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Ride Recommendations Colorado

Old 08-26-11, 04:45 PM
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Magnolia Road [evil grin]
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Old 08-26-11, 05:58 PM
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I am trapped in CO due to weather on the east coast (my house is located approximately 15 ft above sea level) . The altitude sickness depends a lot on the individual. I didn't feel too bad till I hit about 13,500, but my wife had headaches and swollen fingers etc at as little as 12,000. Of course we stopped for a lot of break while going up.
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Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
I think you guys are over stating the altitude case. If the guy gets a headache or nauseous, there's a good chance he'll be smart enough or feel sick enough to coast back down to his car. The serious symptoms of altitude sickness are quickly abated by descending to a lower altitude.
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Not really over stating at all. For someone coming from sea level and possibly riding alone advocating a serious climb far out of Boulder is silly w/o fair warning to acclimate. One can VERY easily go from "I'm OK, this is a tough climb" to gorked out on the road in a serious medically emergent state. Sure, lots of people jump right to it successfully but that does not mean the danger is not there or that it is a smart decision (especially alone). It is hard sometimes to convince people of that reality but years of experience at altitude and in emergency medicine solidifies the very real dangers. Keep in mind the running mantra of this forum "HTFU" and how that does not play well with altitude safety...

On a silly side note: as children my friends and I would take great but perverse pleasure in watching tourists coming straight from sea level hotels to the top of the 10K ft mountain I lived on and proceed to pass out and collapse when trying to immediately trot up stairs to an observation deck. Virtually guaranteed that one in every tour bus would get up a handful of stairs and just stall and begin to keel...
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Old 08-27-11, 12:21 AM
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Originally Posted by HokuLoa View Post
On a silly side note: as children my friends and I would take great but perverse pleasure in watching tourists coming straight from sea level hotels to the top of the 10K ft mountain I lived on and proceed to pass out and collapse when trying to immediately trot up stairs to an observation deck. Virtually guaranteed that one in every tour bus would get up a handful of stairs and just stall and begin to keel...
Saw a guy from the lowlands ride the cog railway up to the top of Pikes Peak, get out, and light up a cigarette. Bad move. Passed out almost instantly, did a totally unconscious face-plant onto the bare gravel. Dumbass.
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Old 08-27-11, 02:35 AM
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If you like climbing, I looked into and completed Mt Evans & Independence pass.. both I highly recommend..

Im from Southern California and was recently in Boulder for the 70.3 Tri.. never ridden above 6000ft prior.. You'll definatly feel the thin air but if your fitness level is good, chances are your body will adjust, it didnt take me long.
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Old 08-27-11, 07:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
Magnolia Road [evil grin]
My sick, sick cycling partner suggested this ride for sunday: Flagstaff, Magnolia, Sugarloaf, 4 mile, Sunshine.

I said yes. I have no idea what I was thinking. THis morning I get an email adding Linden to Lee Hill if we want more.... :\

edit - oh yeah, plus SuperJames. Not gonna happen.
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I kinda like that kind of sadistic/masochistic partner... The type who when making ride plans over the phone with you could swear you heard a little "mwahahahaha" in the background as you hang up.


Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
My sick, sick cycling partner suggested this ride for sunday: Flagstaff, Magnolia, Sugarloaf, 4 mile, Sunshine.

I said yes. I have no idea what I was thinking. THis morning I get an email adding Linden to Lee Hill if we want more.... :\

edit - oh yeah, plus SuperJames. Not gonna happen.
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Old 08-27-11, 12:25 PM
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http://www.summitcolorado.com/summit-county/biking/ and http://www.coloradobicyclerides.com/...bikeRides.html
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Old 08-27-11, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
My sick, sick cycling partner suggested this ride for sunday: Flagstaff, Magnolia, Sugarloaf, 4 mile, Sunshine.
Nice.
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Old 09-08-11, 06:29 PM
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You will all be relieved to know that I survived the dreaded altitude acclimation.

Thanks all for the recommends. I didn't ride as many miles as I would have liked, but I did hit some of the rides you all mentioned. The rest will get done next year!

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Old 09-08-11, 07:04 PM
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Nice!
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Old 09-09-11, 02:21 AM
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Kickarse mate - well done. Glad you enjoyed it.

Nice pics! Where are they from?
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Old 09-09-11, 08:09 AM
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The pics are from National Monument, which is not close to Boulder, but is a really nice place to ride.
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Old 09-09-11, 09:06 AM
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Great area. Fruita becoming the new Moab for MTBR also.
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The pics are from National Monument, which is not close to Boulder, but is a really nice place to ride.
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Old 09-09-11, 10:20 AM
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Looks like you made it over to the western slope.
We have some great road riding here.
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Old 09-10-11, 02:49 AM
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Originally Posted by malec View Post
The pics are from National Monument, which is not close to Boulder, but is a really nice place to ride.
Ah, of course. I thought I recognized them, especially that great big wall, but could not place them. Now I know exactly where you rode.

Fantastic place to ride - good for you, well chosen.
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Old 09-10-11, 06:53 AM
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Come to Summit County. The bike paths are not busy now.
You can ride Swan Mountain, where the ProCycling Challenge drew big crowds and then ride up Vail Pass. A favorite ride is Lake Dillon to Montezuma, a scenic and challenging ride. In mid-September Ute Pass north of Silverthorne is colorful with the aspens turning. The shoulder is nice and wide except for a mile where you can use the bikepath along the river. Maybe I could show you around.
When you get ready to buy a place here, let me know.
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Old 09-10-11, 07:05 AM
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I'll be out in Colorado for the week. Any rides that I absolutely must do?
An absolutely amazing ride is from Colorado springs to Aspen, past the Garden of the Gods, up Pikes Peak, past Twin Lakes and up and over Independence Pass. Stunning beauty and great challenges. I rode this route several years ago around this time of year and was blown away by it's colors and beauty. Be prepared for major temp and weather shifts. The top most leg of Pikes peak had to be abandoned due to wicked and dangerous winds. The ride up and over Independence pass started at 75 degrees and at the top was 33 degrees with flurries. I was in and remain in awe over the gorgeousness of this area of the country. There was one section I still can't get out of my head. I believe it was on Route 82, past Twin lakes and heading towards Aspen, a mountain on my left on a partly cloudy day, the sides of which had patches of every color known to man. The beauty of that scene will remain with me forever. Independence pass was an absolute blast.

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