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    Boulder Group Rides

    Iím not getting great search results.

    Looking for fast group rides in the Boulder Area. I will be there in June.

    Prefer rides that can be reached by bike from downtown.

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    There's not much on line, I've looked around for it quite a bit.

    Go to Boulder Cycle Sport (north store), ExcelSports and University Bike and talk to the shop guys.

    The well-known racer rides are Gateway and BusStop. These are both huge very fast racer rides, with a reputation for getting in trouble with the cops for taking up the whole road. I don't go on these, they are way out of my league. I've never found anything formal published online about them, but the bike shops will know. Prepare to be shelled.

    http://theroadtocat1.com/2011/02/05/the-gateway-ride/
    http://departmentofgrouprides.com/no...er-group-rides

    Most of the bikeshop rides are lame, but Louisville Cyclery has a weekday and weekend ride that some of my team mates do, that is supposed to be quite a good training ride. http://louisvillecyclery.com/article...ation-pg57.htm Louisville is within range to ride to the start.

    Rocky Mountain Cycling Club has group rides around the whole greater Denver area, some of them start near boulder, the Saturday ride is climbing the Sunday ride is flatter. Generally this club is made up of non-racers, brevet riders, and there is a mix of fast and slow, men and women... but it does have a contingent of masters racers, ex racers, and people who are going to be racers but they don't know it yet. There is some competitive and fast riding, but it's not a race-group-ride like Gateway. It would be a good way to get a challenging ride in with other people. I see they have the copper triangle 6/15, if you are hurting for car transportation but want to get to the mountains, try to find someone on RMCC who you can get a ride up with, that is a really spectacular mountain loop. The June 1 ride if you are here then is also a good one - lots of climbing.

    http://www.rmccrides.com/
    http://www.rmccrides.com/schedulecurrent.html#jun

    *Apart from the above,*(edit) most of the rides leave from Amante coffee in north boulder, so worst case you could go up there and see if there is anything you can join. Amante and Boulder Cycle Sport are next door to each other, so the BCS guys might know what the deal is at Amante, what time, and which rides welcome newcomers.
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    Thank you so much valygrl.

    I didnt find much online either. Im not so interested in getting into trouble with the law but I like the idea of a ride that will crush my soul!

    I have put the rmcc June 1st ride on my calendar.

    Cheers.

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    Update: stoked to leave for Boulder this Sunday. The race calendar looks awesome!

    I imagine that climbing Mt. Evans would include preparations for any kind of weather and likely cold no matter what. Anyone climb it and care to describe the weather? Also, is biking in Rocky National good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robabeatle View Post
    Also, is biking in Rocky National good?
    Trail ridge road is a classic. Ride early in the day to avoid RV traffic.

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    Thanks!

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    Blizzard, snow, clear and sunny, windy - any and all of the above.
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    Alerts and Notices


    The Mount Evans road is scheduled to open for the 2013 season on Friday, May 24, 2013, depending on weather conditions!

    • The top five mile section of road to the Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site is scheduled to be closed for the season on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at Summit Lake.
    • The lower section of the road will remain open until Monday, October 7, 2013, depending on weather conditions.
    • The entire road will be closed on Saturday, July 20, 2013, until 2:00 PM for the Bob Cook Memorial Hill Climb bicycle race.
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    You are spot on about preparing for the weather on those high rides. Whatever clothes you bring, you will think it's too much on the way up and you will know it's too little on the way down.

    You have to pick the right day, and they can be fine, but you still have to bring a lot of clothes for descending. A packable rain(ish) jacket, long finger gloves and an ear band are *minimum* even on a "perfect" day. Both rides have significant time above tree line, where wind can be a very big factor (15-25 mph is normal, 50mph is not uncommon) and have afternoon thunderstorms regularly. That said, I've ridden both multiple times, and only had to hitchhike once off Trail Ridge, in a sideways hail storm. Luckily, friendly people in pickup trucks are the norm here.

    Here are some weather links:
    Top of Trail Ridge http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick...&FcstType=text
    Top of Mt Evans http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick...64200&site=den

    There's a race up Mt. Evans, (Bob Cook) racing at 12-14,000 feet is kind of ridiculous, but what the heck.

    Here's a ride you should do when you get to boulder, it's a classic, moderate (?) climbing ride: http://goo.gl/maps/pHL4m
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    Thanks a bunch!

    valygrl: That ride looks great, I can't wait. Is the preferred direction clockwise for that route?
    Last edited by robabeatle; 05-24-13 at 09:21 AM.

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    Both are good. Clockwise is steeper climbing with better views on the descent. Counter is less steep but you are climbing for longer.
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    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robabeatle View Post
    Update: stoked to leave for Boulder this Sunday. The race calendar looks awesome!

    I imagine that climbing Mt. Evans would include preparations for any kind of weather and likely cold no matter what. Anyone climb it and care to describe the weather? Also, is biking in Rocky National good?
    How were your rides?
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