From another thread:
Sign up for our ride at:
BFN 50+ First Annual Ride - Monday, August 31
BikeJournals.com has an annual ride (which I believe tsl attended this year) to which a lot of folks manage to find their way. I believe that they move it around to different parts of the country. Club Hypoxia (started from BJ) here in CO was the host this year.
I have ridden with them a couple of times in many years past.
The 50+ forum could also have a ride.
May I suggest the Rio Grande Trail from Glenwood Springs to Aspen and return, following the Roaring Fork River, about next September? - 2009.
A beautiful 44 mile one-way trail (88 miles round trip) that just about anyone could ride,
From a recent review:
New and Improved!
By keith.dickerson on June 11, 2008
This trail has grown! The trail is now 40 miles or so, stetching from Glenwood Springs, through Carbondale, then onto Basalt and Aspen. Paving with asphalt for the northern 30 miles or so has just been completed, with a Grand Opening ceremony later this month. The first couple of miles north of Carbondale and the 10 miles south from Carbondale are pristine, following the Roaring Fork river for much of the time, with very few road crossings. There is a gorgeous bridge crossing the Roaring Fork just north of Carbondale. I've ridden numerous rail-trails over the years, and this trail ranks right up there with the best of the best at this point!
Plus, there is also the trail from Glenwood through BEAUTIFUL Glenwood Canyon following the rugged Colorado River that can go on up to Edwards, etc. (32 miles round trip).
I am thinking of a ride that would be totally inclusive for just about anyone to ride, yet allow for those wanting more challenges to have that opportunity in addition.
There are myriads of very challenging rides in the area.
Independence Pass, Grand Mesa (both extremely challenging), Vail and Vail Pass, etc., etc.
Lots of moderately priced motels in the GS area, plus fancier ones.
Also, river rafting, the world's largest hot springs pool, caverns, hiking and many other activities.
For those interested, there is a 6 hour gorgeous train ride through the mountains and along the Colorado River from Denver to Glenwood. Glenwood is about 2.5 hours and 150 miles west by car from Denver.