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    So, what's the word on Colorado Springs?

    Hmmm, where do I start...

    Still *planning* on coming to Denver. (Living in Denver thread) My wife was being pursued for a teaching position there and was offered the job but turned it down. When hiring for the new school year starts the offers will be better. I'll probably even drive out to have a look around in the next couple of weeks.

    Colorado Springs:

    Last night I found a job in Colorado Springs that I'm highly qualified for. I spent some time in CS a couple of years ago and came away thinking it just wasn't a good biking town. That said, I was task saturated while there and didn't have a real good look around. This somewhat rare job is tempting but it's just a job. What's the riding scene like in Colorado Springs?

    What's more, what's up in CS?! It looks like the whole town is up for sale on realtor dot com. Some of the homes I've seen listed there were very attractively priced in comparison to anywhere else we've looked. I guess I'll start reading their newspapers too.
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    Colorado Springs is coming around [slowly] to cycling. I've been riding for several years here, and they haven't killed [or even hit] me yet.

    Some roads are narrow, and there are NO flat roads. You are either going up or down. My 32 mile training route gets in 4,000 feet of climbing, but then again I'm seeking out the good hills.

    Drivers seem to be getting used to cyclists as more and more of them are around lately. They just don't build in much shoulder or have very wide lanes in some areas. You can get around those good enough.

    Excellent mountain biking right in town, and unlimited riding right outside of town.

    The bicycing contact in the city transportation office is excellent. Mentioned a 2 inch lift in the sidewalk of a bridge pathway and 2 days later the crew had completely redone the pathway on both sides of the road. I just requested a little asphalt to smooth out the transition

    Let me know if you have specific questions,
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    i completely agree with all of don's points. the bike paths keep getting better, more cyclists seem to be out everyday, motorists are getting more aware... the moutain biking here is simply incredible. road riding is also great. also, there's a velodrome here, if that tickles your fancy.

    don, what's your 32 mile route with 4,000 of elevation? sounds like my sort of ride.

    what areas of town were you looking at houses? i own a house downtown and love where i live. i personally can't get into the lifestyle out east or up north. those areas of town also seem waaaaay less cyclist friendly. i pretty much stick to between downtown and manitou springs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isotopesope View Post
    don, what's your 32 mile route with 4,000 of elevation? sounds like my sort of ride.
    Live in rockrimmon so start at Delmonico and Rockrimmon
    Up Rockrimmon turn right and up Vindicator Then Right on Centennial and up.
    ride to top of hill, turn around and back down... turn right at the wallgreens on vindicator and go up
    to top of mountain shadows. continue down and turn right on 30th.. go to Garden of gods.
    Ride through garden of gods and come out past balanced rock. Go right under 24 then left over the bridge and turn right toward manitou springs. go through town, then climb all the way up to the highway entrance.... now the fun part. Zoom downhill all the way to cascade. Left on cascade and cruise up to fillmore. Left onto Fillmore and climb the beast just past I 25. Turn right at the top and fly down the hill. Left at garden of the gods road and ride to the top. Right then quick left to go back over Mountain shadows again. You can get to 50 down the backside of this if you blaze. Down vindicator then home.

    Somewhere over 30 miles and 4k climbing It's my Ride The Rockies training ride..

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    sounds like a great ride. i'll have to try riding up to the top of mountain shadows... what is that exactly? i've lived all of my 30 years in this town, and i'm not sure i know exactly what and where that is... is it just a neighborhood? i love riding up and around the monastary, then down into the rockrimmon/vinicator area... which i usually take to 30th, then to the garden, etc. i don't know street names around there too well...

    do you ever do the acacia park starbucks group ride on saturday or sunday? i've yet to go, but have a few friends that will go occasionally.

    a loop i like to do a lot is start downtown (where i live), take bijou over i-25, right on walnut, then turn left on mesa road and take it across unitah, across filmore, to the lookout and down towards the garden, turn left onto 30th, turn right into the garden for a loop and down that road by the balancing rock, turn right on el paso and up into manitou, take the back way through town (lover's lane to canon... behind the police station) and then turn right on manitou ave towards the highway... but i take that lower road to the right, which snakes you up to highway 24 at the light for cave of the winds. depending on my mood i'll cross 24 and ride to the top of cave of the winds. it's brutal and they'll kick you off if they stop you. every time i've been stopped it's the first time i've been told... hehehe then head back through manitou on the main drag to 26th. turn right and cross highway 24 and take it to gold camp and take that all the way up to where the pavement ends. depending on my mood, i'll either turn around and head back down or i'll ride on the dirt, through the tunnels, until the pavement starts again at the bottom of high drive/bottom of captain jacks parking lot, so i can ZOOM down through the helen hunt falls canyon to cheyenne canyon rd to tejon to home... mountain bikers really give me looks when i'm riding the dirt section of gold camp road on 23's!

    i'm not sure the mileage or elevations, but it's steep and fast and fun and usually bonks me out!

    well, if you see some tall drink of water riding a dark blue lugged de rosa, say hey!

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    I've only been commuting and training in CS for 3 years but I've noticed a significant increase in the number of riders on the roads/Green Way. I don't do any MTBiking but I know there are endless miles of terrain and many MTB riders as well. Motorists are generally watchful and friendly but as with anywhere, you encounter turds too. Also, the Green Way running from Palmer Lake to Fountain is very well maintained and even gets plowed after snows.

    maybe I'll see you guys on one of those group rides. I'll keep my eyes open for the De Rosa.

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    Well I comute to school on a bike and use all the MTB trails here!!! I think it is a very friendly place for bikes! I have never really had issues in the years I have been riding here. I have found the trail system here to be okay, does need work but I have found ways to ride without getting nto traffic to much! the longer rides I do are great HWY 24 is a great way to just get out and cruise, been doing that for years. I do most of my road riding on the east side. I mtb all over you have Palmer Park, Cheyenne Canyon, Red Rocks, Garden of Gods, etc etc etc....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyPC8MyBrain View Post
    Live in rockrimmon so start at Delmonico and Rockrimmon
    Up Rockrimmon turn right and up Vindicator Then Right on Centennial and up.
    ride to top of hill, turn around and back down... turn right at the wallgreens on vindicator and go up
    to top of mountain shadows. continue down and turn right on 30th.. go to Garden of gods.
    Ride through garden of gods and come out past balanced rock. Go right under 24 then left over the bridge and turn right toward manitou springs. go through town, then climb all the way up to the highway entrance.... now the fun part. Zoom downhill all the way to cascade. Left on cascade and cruise up to fillmore. Left onto Fillmore and climb the beast just past I 25. Turn right at the top and fly down the hill. Left at garden of the gods road and ride to the top. Right then quick left to go back over Mountain shadows again. You can get to 50 down the backside of this if you blaze. Down vindicator then home.

    Somewhere over 30 miles and 4k climbing It's my Ride The Rockies training ride..
    How cool. I live just behing the Shell station at Woodman and I25. I have almost the same training ride, but have not worked up to the top of the hill or Mountain Shadows bits yet. I just take Vindicator to Centenial then turn right to 30th. As the weather warms up, maybe we can meet somehere and ride together.

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    I've been riding a road bike since 2005. I have 6600+ miles since then. This winter and last winter have been pretty tough, but usually, we get some riding in all year. I love riding the Air Force Academy, great road, little traffic and plenty of climbing. I would have to have Colorado Springs over crowded, but there's always room for another roadie. Heck, we'd probably even take another mud dog mountain biker.

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    Cool sounds like a plan. I'm going to start training with my daughter for RideTheRockies here as soon as the weather warms just a tad, so there will be all kinds of opportunity for rides.

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    I'd like to join in one.. I will take the rear! I bet I am the slow guy!

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