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    Trail Ridge road

    Anyone done it? I really want to and was wondering what others thought of the ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by funrover
    Anyone done it? I really want to and was wondering what others thought of the ride!
    Yea, a bunch of times. Including a solo fully loaded unsupported tour over it...only time I've been all the way over It's a cool ride...both in terms of temperature and 'coolness'. Not a lot of air up there. And don't let some fat Texan in an RV tell you that Rainbow Curve is almost the top . You ain't even getting started at that point.

    It's worth doing...at least once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute
    Yea, a bunch of times. Including a solo fully loaded unsupported tour over it...only time I've been all the way over It's a cool ride...both in terms of temperature and 'coolness'. Not a lot of air up there. And don't let some fat Texan in an RV tell you that Rainbow Curve is almost the top . You ain't even getting started at that point.

    It's worth doing...at least once.
    I will do this ride. I drove it for the first time last weekend and couldnt wait to be in good enough shape to ride it!
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    I want to do this one as well. Too many rides. Too little time.

    Someday I need to repaint my porch and a few other home repair projects. No time with all the rides.

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    ive done it from both sides.

    from granby is pretty easy, fror estes is pretty strenuous. neither way will kill ya though. its high up but pretty steady, no serious grades, just lots of tight turns towards the top.

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    A group I ride with is planning to do this ride towards the end of July. If you're interested in joining let me know.
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    Count me in! Nothing obliterates my ego quite like riding with BM.

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    It's gonna be a weekday ride. Here's the info I have so far:
    Location: Loveland, Colorado
    Max Distance: 110.0 mi
    Cost: $.00

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    This ride will be held on either Tuesday the 24th or Wednesday the 25th depending on the weather forecast. Stay tuned to bikejournal that week so you know which day we are actually going to ride.

    This epic should only be undertaken by those in excellent physical and mental health. There is over 10,000 feet of climbing and we go up to elevations over 12,000. The route starts in Loveland, goes thru Thompson Canyon, up the dreaded Devil's Gulch and then drops into Estes Park where the real torture, er, um, fun begins!
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    Weekday rides are impossible for me to make unless my wife has the day off. Plus, with that amount of climbing y'all will drop me like a hot potato. However, we will see. Stranger things have happened.

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    fyi there is going to be construction on trail ridge road this summer

    > http://www.9news.com/news/local/article.aspx?storyid=69325
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    > http://www.byways.org/press/news/2007/305

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    Quote Originally Posted by DataJunkie
    Weekday rides are impossible for me to make unless my wife has the day off. Plus, with that amount of climbing y'all will drop me like a hot potato. However, we will see. Stranger things have happened.
    I believe that would happen to me also.
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    Up it once in mid summer. Back down in a T-storm with 1-3 inches of hail on the road. Had to stay in the car tracks. Be redy for rain after 2:30 PM.
    This space open

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    Quote Originally Posted by colorado dale
    fyi there is going to be construction on trail ridge road this summer
    I read about that... shouldn't seriously affect the ride (Well, other than the possibility of some pretty rough pavement)
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    How about Old Fall River Road? Has anyone ridden that? I'd like to ride that on my touring bike someday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by velo2000
    How about Old Fall River Road? Has anyone ridden that? I'd like to ride that on my touring bike someday.
    When I loved in the area it was unpaved and one way only for cars. Ask the Park Service for detaiuls.
    This space open

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken cummings
    When I loved in the area it was unpaved and one way only for cars. Ask the Park Service for detaiuls.
    A ladies man, eh? It's still unpaved and one way up. Not just for cars however.
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    read about my trek up Trail Ridge Rd last Labor day here: http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=225625

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    If you really want to make it a super bad-a$$ ride...start from Boulder (or get a ride up to Estes), over Trailridge Rd. (make sure you get some obligitory pics at the top...sorry, none of mine are digital) then down into Granby...over to Frasier/Winterpark then up and over (what is that...Loveland Pass, right?) then down to Idaho Springs where you get picked up...but not before destroying a huge pizza. I did this ride three or four times (the last being in 1994 however) with none other than Lennard Zinn (and a few other guys, and yeah...he is a hella climber!), each time on his birthday. It's a killer ride!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redtires
    (what is that...Loveland Pass, right?) then

    Berthoud. Good idea.
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    We're starting from Loveland, and I was actually thinking about just riding all the way around and back to Golden. It's not really that far (Well, after the rides I have planned for June it really won't seem very far!)



    Anyone wanna come with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by valygrl
    Berthoud. Good idea.

    Ahh.....yes! Thank you!!!!

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    I went over Trail Ridge Road (starting from Estes) as part of an unsupported 4-day tour up there once. Awesome ride! It'd probably be even better when not towing an extra 30 pounds behind me... :-)

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    I just got back for a driving trip over Trail Ridge today. There's good news and bad. The sorta bad news is that there is repaving of the road from top to bottom. The good news is that they are nearly done with paving from the bottom to Rainbow Curve and the pavement is very nice!

    The bad news is that it looks like they are going to start rotomilling from Rainbow Curve on up. The milling machine was parked at Rainbow Curve. Also, there is a section of road right at the top at Lava Cliffs that isn't paved. It's only about 300 yards long and isn't that bad. Be careful coming back down from the Alpine Center because you are on a downhill run right there. Also, there isn't any water at the Alpine Center because their piping is still frozen. You might be able to get bottled water over at the souvenir shop, however. I didn't go in so I'm not sure.

    Otherwise the road is in great shape. There's lot of snow along the road but none on it.
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    Any news on conditions as of June 26th? Both paving and snow would be helpful. Thanks.

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    How many miles is it from Estes park to the top?

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