So, I know I can google up a storm and I intend to but I also want some more personal feedback that the sites may not have. So thank you for your patience and for your assistance Boulder County BFers!
What I am looking for are some regular group rides that are not dominated by upper-tier amateur, hammer-the-legs-off riders. I love(d) those rides but I am returning to cycling after a few years and a few injuries that put me at risk of re-injury if I push it too hard. I'm in my 30s and am fairly fit (6' and 160) if somewhat unconditioned. I am able to ride about 20 rolling miles @ about a 17mph avg but keeping the same avg and terrain I am pretty much spent at 35miles. I also cannot handle climbing very well yet since it requires a fair amount of power in the saddle and I can't safely ride out of the saddle yet (injury). So no drop, more avg ability, flatter rides are preferred.
I'm not at all adverse to joining a club but I am not yet able again to participate at the level of most serious clubs. Any suggestions for someone who is very much not a beginner but wants the group dynamic and encouragement w/o dragging down a faster group? I'd also love it if someone knew of rides originating in the Longmont or Lafayette area but Boulder/Lyons is certainly doable...
Thanks a ton and safe riding folks!
BTW - as I research and find area clubs, rides etc I will post that info for all. Please feel free to do the same if you find things relevant to road riders in/near the Boulder Co area....
Last edited by HokuLoa; 08-11-11 at 02:46 PM.
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As far as I can tell, there aren't many clubs around boulder, sadly, just a ton of race teams and a few weekly hammerfests that you nor I can participate in. The club I'm in is women only, and by your stats I'm guessing you are male.
Try BlueSky Velo in Longmont. They might have more to offer you in winter, when everyone is doing base miles. I think they are hammering right now.
There are some shop rides - Bicycle Village has one - but those can be sketch.
Good luck, and I hope you get some better replies here -- I'll be looking too.
I live in that area and can think of a few groups, but like the previous poster said, they like to go pretty hard. Ask around at some LBSs (University Bikes, etc) in boulder county, I'm sure they know of lots of local cycling groups of all speeds. Or just HTFU and ride with a serious club (sarcasm). Seriously though if you aren't adverse to riding solo for the time being, a good ride (that fits your restrictions) is anything on the diagonal highway, though you probably already know that. Boulder to Niwot is one of my favorites. Ride to Niwot , have breakfast/lunch in town, ride back.
Hey thank you both for the replies. Much appreciated!
So yeah, my problem is that I am not even remotely new to cycling or the area. I know a ton of great rides and I don't mind solo. I'd like to ride with a group but, everyone I usually would ride with and/or the clubs are in hammer mode whereas I am in my first few hundred miles of the season due to injury. I keep a good 17-18mph avg over a flat-rolling 2hrs but real hills (ie foothills) are too much physical pressure and hammered flats are out of my current range. I know of some of the shop rides but sadly, from experience I have little trust for the "new/unpredictable" riders on them so I end up soloing but w/ a group anyway. Certainly an option but preferably I would find a club/group ride that is composed of experienced riders who for whatever reason like to take it a bit more moderate despite the fact that we are into August and at theoretically "full speed." Still looking....