So i'll be moving to the Denver area in the next year and was hoping to get some general information about the types of rides out there and if you don't mind some opinions from people who already live and ride there. I'm in the market to buy a new road bike and was considering the Cannondale Supersix 3 which is about 16lbs or a Cervelo S5 Rival which will be about 17lbs- my question is, do you think the weight penalty of the Cervelo will be too much to live with out there?
Are most of the weekday group rides in areas that are hilly? I have been riding for a few years and like to do group rides with the racers in my area so they are fast but our hills are short and steep so weight isn't a huge factor where I live. Doing some crit racing is not out of the question for me but when I first move out i'd just be looking for group rides. What kind of terrain do you hit in a 2hr and 4hr ride from Denver or Boulder?
Also what wheels would you recommend for something like the triple by-pass? Are carbon tubulars ok or is the braking not good enough for the descents?
Thanks in advance for your info!