Thursday, June 22

June 26 Bike Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,

Ruth Halley pointed out an error in my directions so I road the route today to make sure there were no other problems.  I found that at the point where we use to be able to ride on dirt for about ten feet we must now get off the bike since stones have been laid that make it impossible to ride.  Before we ride this again I will modify the route to avoid this section but do not have time to do it for this year.  The following is the corrected version of our June 26 ride.   Important changes are in bold.  The ride has some beautiful views of the Gore Range and the Ranch Golf Course at Keystone.


Bike path to River Run Area of Keystone
(some may prefer different routes)
Then start back on road through Mountain House Area
Stay on road and make first left
Ride past area where we normally weave through the fence
To Keystone Ranch House Road
Just before the Ranch Restaurant turn left to stay on
Keystone Ranch House Road
At end of road turn around, returning to weave through fence
(normal place where we ride)
You should be on Elk Spur Lane
Go straight / left at Elk Circle
*Go left on River Course Drive and stay to far right on
what appears to be a sidewalk (It is the community
path)
*Stay on path until the end and go right (It looks like a
golf path) and is steep in places
Stay straight on the path crossing over a road
*Follow the path to the left watch for small section of
hard pack dirt at end Get off your bike
Ride through Condo Parking lot turn Left on Summit Drive
Left onto Vail Circle
Left onto Summit Drive / Cove Blvd
Left on Whispering Pines Ranch Road
Left on Forest Glen Road
Right on Royal Coachman Blvd
At Coachman Court get on bike path
Return to Start

See you Monday 9:30 at the Dillon amphitheater parking lot.

John Bowyer

Tuesday, June 20

June 21st and 26th Bike Rides

Wednesday June 21 is Bike To Work day around the county and there is a lot going on for bikers.  I plan to be at Whole Foods in Frisco around 8:45 am for their free breakfast.  Please park away from the store so we do not take all the prime parking. After breakfast the plan is to bike to Silverthorne. Silverthorne is offering a bingo game whereby you fill out  your bingo cards by stopping by the designated businesses, I will have about 20 extra bingo cards with me. Sauce on the Blue will have a pizza and beer party for $5 starting at 4.30 pm.There will be a drawing of the bingo cards during the party. I hear there are some good prizes so be sure to stop by the businesses to get your card checked off.

It would be nice for members to wear their new Summit Biking shirts or their Classic ones.

On June 26 the ride will be from the Dillon Amphitheater parking lot at 9:30 and go to the River Run area of Keystone.

The new route takes us to the River Run Area of Keystone,  then out to the Old Ranch House, through Soda Creek and back to the Amphitheater.  Please print out the directions below and have them with you.  The route will take many of you to places you have not ridden.  I will ask some riders to post at a few of the turns so hopefully people do not get lost.  If you are asked to post wait for about 10 riders then ask another to post. Places where riders will be asked to post are shown with an " * ".

TOUR DE SODA

Bike path to River Run Area of Keystone
(some may prefer different routes)
Then start back on road through Mountain House Area and
past area where we normally weave through the fence
To Keystone Ranch House Road
Just before the Ranch Restaurant turn left to stay on
Keystone Ranch House Road
At end of road turn around, returning to weave through fence
(normal place where we ride)
You should be on Elk Spur Lane
Go straight / left at Elk Circle
*Go left on River Course Drive and stay to far right on
what appears to be a sidewalk (It is the community
path)
*Stay on path until the end and go right (It looks like a
golf path) and is steep in places
Stay straight on the path crossing over a road
*Follow the path to the left watch for small section of
hard pack dirt at end
Ride through Condo Parking lot turn Right on Summit Drive
Left onto Vail Circle
Left onto Summit Drive / Cove Blvd
Left on Whispering Pines Ranch Road
Left on Forest Glen Road
Right on Royal Coachman Blvd
At Coachman Court get on bike path
Return to Start

The route should take about 2 hours.  We will have a grill available.  Please bring a dish to share with your friends and as always something to drink.  Plan to be back for lunch around 11:45.  Since we have so many new riders people are asked to where a name tag.  Any name tag will do.

If you have not taken the time to look at our web site (summitbiking.org) it has a lot of information on biking in general and Summit County specifically.  Rick Oshlo has put many hours into creating a very useful web site.  While there if any of you have not paid this year's dues ($10 per person) it is very easy to do so.

The tourist are everywhere!  I just try to remember that without them we would not have so many amenities, so smile and say hello as you ride by.  Ride safe!

John Bowyer

Wednesday, June 14

June 19 Bike Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,

Next weeks ride, June 19, is either to Copper or Vail Pass starting at the Frisco Marina at 9:30.  A picnic will follow at the Marina around noon.  We will not have a grill but bring something to eat and a dish to share with your friends, as well as what you would like to drink.  Folding chairs are also good, although the grass (the non smoking kind) is good.

On Wednesday June 21 Summit County is doing Bike to Work Day.  There are many places around the county with morning refreshments.  Whole Foods did a nice job last year and will be starting with coffee and breakfast stuff early - 7 am or so.  I will be there around 8:30 and we can do a ride around the lake afterwards.

Be cautious riding Vail Pass as there are all ready many downhill people taking the shuttles up.  In addition, use hand signals, and keep others informed when passing.

Ride safe and have fun!

John Bowyer

Tuesday, June 13

Wednesday Informal Ride

Lew Dymond is planning to ride tomorrow, Wed., June,14 from Frisco Marina, leaving at 9:45 am, if anyone wants to join with me. Planned route. Frisco Marina bike path to Revett Drive to Tiger Road, to Estates Drive up and back, to Gold Run Road, to Highlands Drive to Breckenridge, return via bike path. Total Distance 28 miles with 1,850' of elevation gain.

Thursday, June 8

Casual Rides Around the Lake Start Tomorrow (Friday 6/9)


Join us for a casual ride around the lake and end up at the Dillon Farmers Market.  The ride (~17 miles) starts at 9:30 from the benches in Dillon.  This is where the bike path comes up from Silverthorne.
 
If anyone is riding from the Silverthorne area, we leave Angler Mtn Ranch at 9 am.
 
Call or Email If you have questions –
 
(614) 264-5407 Mobile

Tuesday, June 6

June 12 Bike Ride -- Changed Start Location


We had a great turn out June 5 with many new people.

Due to the work in Dillon we have to change the start of next weeks ride. Meet at the South end of the Breckenridge Recreational Center (near the ball fields) at 9:30 am ready to ride.  The address of the Breckenridge Recreational Center is 880 Airport Road.  The ride is around Lake Dillon.  Those that want a slightly easier ride can ride to Frisco and Dillon and return.  We will have a grill so bring something to cook and share with your friends.  As always bring your own drink.  Aim to be at the picnic around 11:30.  In order to get to know names better everyone is encouraged to bring a name tag to the picnics.  We all know some of the people but it is always good to get to know more.

As a reminder this Wednesday, June 7, is a bikers happy hour at Bakers Brewery (531 Silverthorne Lane, Silverthorne) at 5 pm. 

Next Monday, June 12 Pearl Isumi is holding a special sale for Summit Biking with an additional 20 percent off of everything in the store and a door prize drawing for an opportunity to win a Pearl Isumi gift card.  Light refreshments will be served.  Come check out the products at the Pearl Isumi location in the Silverthorne Outlets from 3-5 pm.

The most important part of the bike is the chain.  Keep it clean and oiled.  It should be checked for replacement after 2000 miles of riding in the mountains.  When riding be sure to use hand signals and ride safe.  Stay to the right hand side and stop out of the flow of traffic.

In case of emergency my cell number is 970 393-2190.

John Bowyer


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Tuesday, May 30

Monday June 5 Bike Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,

Rumors of me not coming back from Africa were exaggerated and I look forward to coordinating most of this years remaining rides.
 
Next weeks ride, June 5, will be the Green Mountain Reservoir. The start of the ride is at the intersection of Route 9 and Heeney Road, approximately 20 miles north of Silverthorne. Plan to be ready to ride at 9:30 am. Most of the parking is on route 9 at the intersection with Heeney Road. Be careful crossing route 9 as it is a busy road. Heeney Road is not very busy but it is a road with some traffic and people are encouraged to ride single file near the shoulder. This is the only Summit County ride with rolling hills as you ride on the west side of the reservoir.  Pay attention as there are some pot holes and a rough spot or two.

Afterwords, we will have a picnic at North Pond in Silverthorne. North Pond is across from the elementary school at the corner of Hamilton Creek Road and Route 9. Please bring something to share with your friends, whatever you want to drink and something to grill as we will have a grill. 

This is a fun ride to bring a guest along since it is an out and back and difficult to get lost on.

John Bowyer

Friday, May 26

Monday 5/29 Bike Ride


The ride will be between Idaho Springs and Georgetown and back. We will meet at Countney Riley Copper Park in Idaho Springs at 10:00 am ready to ride. To get to the park take exit 239 from I 70, and go straight on Colorado Boulevard. The park is on the left next to the creek. The drive takes about 45 minutes. We will have a grill so bring something to cook and something to share with your friends. As always bring what you would like to drink. Plan to be back for the picnic between 12:30 and 1:00. This is the same park we have been to for the last few years.

Thursday, May 25

Summit Biking Jerseys

We have exciting news about our new Summit Biking Jerseys. For those of you that missed ordering a jersey last summer we able to place another order with Primal in June.

Primal is allowing us to reorder a smaller quantity at the same price as last year of $70.00 (plus tax) per jersey.

This is a limited offer from Primal. We must get back to Primal with the number of jerseys and sizes by the middle of June.

We are asking you to let us know if you are interested in purchasing a jersey and what size you anticipate you would need. If you have not seen the new bike jersey and have questions about sizing ( they do run a bit small but not as small as Pearl Izumi sizing) go the the Summit Biking web page (summitbiking.org) and clink on the link on the right side of the web page that mentions the new jersey. There is a picture of the jersey there and another link to the sizing at Primal. This jersey is a full zip.

We will not have the sample jerseys at this time to try on to determine your size. The club will order additional jerseys in case the size you anticipated you needed was not correct.

Once you pick up the jersey in the summer (probably the end of July) you will pay the club for your jersey at that time.

If you are interested in a jersey please email Polly Koch (Polly.Koch@juno.com) directly no later than June 16th with gender and size information

Monday, May 15

Monday May 22 - Bear Creek from Morrison to Denver

The Monday, May 22 ride is the Bear Creek Trail from Morrison into Denver, which starts west of the 470 loop near Bear Creek Lake Park at the Morrison exit (more details a bit further below).  There is a gas station across the road from the parking lot with rest rooms.

 Directions to the Ride

To get to the start of the ride go east on 70 toward Denver and get off on 470 south. Take 470 to the Morrison exit and turn right. The parking lot is on the right at the corner of S. Rooney Road and Morrison Road. If you are late, the bike path is across Morrison Road from the parking area, then ride east under 470. The drive from exit 205 (Silverthorne) to the start is approximately 1 hour. Plan to be ready to ride by 10 am. If it appears likely that it will rain during the ride I will send an email out the afternoon before canceling.

 Details of the Bear Creek Ride

From the parking lot the trail starts on the other side of Morrison Road and goes through Bear Creek Park (though bikes do not need to pay).   Go right shortly after the entrance shack and ride past the beach area and up over the dam.  On the other side of the dam you pass a golf clubhouse and ride down the road until you get to a stop sign.  Bear Creek Trail goes off to the right and follows the creek all the way to the Platte River.  At the Platte River the intent will be to turn around and ride back (though you hot shots might want to also ride a ways up the Platte River Trail before turning back).

An alternate riding route for those that would prefer it would be a loop up route 74 to Evergreen.  The route goes through Morrison and up to Evergreen Lake.  Stay on route 74 until Evergreen Parkway.  Ride on the shoulder of the Parkway until Kerr Gulch.  Turn Right on Kerr Gulch.  Stay on Kerr Gulch until it meets Route 74.  Turn left on Route 74 and return to Morrison.

There will be no "official" picnic for this first ride but those wanting to bring their own food to eat afterwards certainly can do so. I understand from John that there are no picnic tables at the parking area, though there may be suitable options in the area – I'll try to scout that out before the 22nd but that may not be possible.  Other options for those interested would be to find a restaurant either in the area or on the way back up to Summit.  In the past, John and others have met at the Blue Cow in Morrison (though John admits he's not sure if that's still available).  The Blue Cow is located at 316 Bear Creek Avenue and according to their web site has plenty of parking.  I'll leave it to you all to plan and coordinate your own lunch arrangements.

This season`s rides are on the website SummitBiking.org.  There is a lot of other useful information on the site such as safety tips and where Summit Bikers can get discounts at local bike shops.  Members without a life time membership should use the website and join for the 2017 bike season. This is also a great time to tell others about our rides, since most Summit Country people are very active.