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    good training route eastward of Colorado Springs?

    Just wondering which roads is the best for a semi long training route eastward of Colorado Springs? I'm currently trying to find some flattish route to keep it easier on my knee and to be able keep going for quite a while, like a hour or so 1 way. possibly much more on a day of no other plan.

    The area I'm hoping to be able to go eastward from is where Platte leave from Colorado springs.

    This google map link (hopefully) will show the general area where E Platte leave colorado springs.
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...09863&t=h&z=14

    if you look around, you can see that there are 2 roads leading out eastward from there. one of them (94) is lesser used so MIGHT have better road but don't have any small towns or any places along the road nearby. I've seen the other one and it seemed slightly rough. those of you who ridden the route 24, could you let me know if that particular road is rough or not? too busy? or what?

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    I always rode east on highway 94, then turned on either Curtis or Peyton roads then north to 24.

    Turn left on on 24 then right on Woodmen Rd to return to town. I haven't been on Woodmen Rd for a few years, it was safe riding then, not sure how it has changed.
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    thanks you mean like this?

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sadd...,0.439453&z=12

    I didn't think about coming back on woodmen that way. I was just thinking of a out and back route and completely didn't think of a loop like that. seems like a good route to adjust the distances. originally I could get around 35 miles on the route till I looked at your suggestion and saw that you meant to take the 94 then another road back up to peyton then woodmen. now the route I've just linked to are 55.5 Miles. which is good cause I really need some extra long rides. especially since I could work up to it from 35 miles to the 55 miles. I've only done 1 half-century before and it was extremely bothersome since I had to go thru the town traffics all day. that route should be relatively clear though so it a good way for me to attempt a full century someday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curiouswill View Post
    Yes, generally, I would pick something other than N. Academy to ride back in on, but I'm sure you can figure that out.

    Another REALLY nice ride out that way is an out and back on Elbert road (starts on Judge Orr Rd goes north). We would ride north to the store in Elbert, have a break and ride back, start in East Colo Sprgs or Peyton. There are also options to work into Black Forest on the return, make it as long a ride as you wish.
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    i went out about 10 miles one way along the eastward Platte route (24) and rather like the condition of the road though the constant incline bugged at my knee a bit but not as much as the other routes I've ridden so hopefully I can use this route to build up my knee some more. which was exactly why I wanted to find out more about the eastward route just had to see if I could find some other's opinions about this before I go out that way so thanks shifty.

    P.S. I've ridden academy a few times in the past and find it generally easy to keep up on it. though once I get to or near galley, I would turn to chelton and continue south to my home. I don't have a vehicle so I'm limited to biking the entire way from and to my home.

    P.S.S. I want to try and stay along the academy route simply because I'm more likely to bonk at this stage than before so being near a bus route would be extremely useful for me to get back home if that happen.
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