Saturday, February 4

Fw: SB 93

SB 93 comes for a cote on Tuesday, February 7 in the Colorado Senate Transportation Committee.  This bill makes it legal for bikers to treat stop signs as yield signs and stop lights as stop signs.  I encourage all of you to write to our representative, Senator Baumgardner (<> ) who is on that committee and ask him to support the legislation.  I realize we all do this but it would be nice to make it legal.  Below is the email I sent in.

John Bowyer

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: John Bowyer <>
To: "" <>
Sent: Saturday, February 4, 2017 11:48 AM
Subject: SB 93

Dear Senator Baumgarden;

 As a biker in rural Colorado (living in Silverthorne), I support the Safety Stop Bill (SB 93) proposed by Senator Kerr.  I do realize the importance of checking both ways whenever approaching an intersection.  The extra energy and time required for a biker to come to a complete stop at a stop sign is considerable, and I feel bikers should be allowed to treat the stop sign as a yield sign.  In most cases bikers are out for exercise and in rural Colorado, when they come upon a stop sign it is very easy to determine if it is safe for them to proceed.  Requiring bikers to always stop users considerable energy and does not improve safety.

Likewise stop lights should be treated as a stop sign.  In many locations this is necessary since stop lights do not detect bikers are present and do not change automatically.  Requiring bikers to find and push a cross signal requires extra time, eventually leading to a loss in enjoyment and exercise.

Thank you for your vote to keep Colorado one of the healthiest states in the union!

John Bowyer

Tuesday, September 27

Wednesday 9/28 Ride 10:00 am

Sunny; but cool (maybe cold) weather continues. Let's make the most of it.

Louie, Louie (that's Lew and Lou) will be starting from the Dillon bike path benches where the bike path up from Silverthorne intersects with the bike path from Frisco at 10:00 am Wed 9/28 to ride for about 30 miles. Ride to be determined; but likely to include Montezuma.

Please consider joining us.

Friday, September 23

Monday 9/26 Ride

Monday is the last scheduled ride for 2016.

Meet at Silverthorne's North Pond Park (across from Silverthorne Elemantary School) at 9:30 am.
We have three rides to choose from.
1. North on highway 9 to Ute Pass road. Ride up Ute Pass to the summit and than return the same direction 
   back to North Pond Park. About 30 miles.
2. Same as ride number 1, but at the summit of Ute pass ride down the east side (4 miles) and than turn around and
    return to North Pond Park. About 38 miles.
3. North on highway 9 to Heeney Road, turn left on Heeney road and ride part way around Green Mountain Reservoir, 
    than turn around and return to North Pond Park. About 48 miles.

Lunch will be at North Pond Park at about 12:30.
There will be no grill, so bring a sandwich and something to share.

Thursday, September 15

Monday 9/19 Ride

Monday's ride has several options, including Guanella Pass, Loveland Ski Area, Loveland Pass,
or Idaho Springs.  We will start our ride at 10:00 am from next to the Georgetown Visitor Center
along Argentine Road (take I 70 and get off at exit 228, the visitor center is on your right) Parking is available along 
Argentine Road. The visitor center asked us not to take up all their parking spaces. 
Since there are no grills bring a sandwich and a drink for after the ride social hour. Plus please bring something to share with your
fellow riders. The picnic will start around 12:30.

Something to think about, Monday is NATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY.

See you Monday

Wednesday, September 14

New Colorado Cycling Film at Breck Film Festival

The Breckenridge Film Festival is screening a new Cycling Documentary titled "GODSPEED The Race Across America" at 3pm on September 18th in Breckenridge CO. Information on the film is available at

Tuesday, August 16

Guthrie BikeTrail trash pick up day

Hi fellow bikers
Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 17th is our Guthrie bike trail cleanup day. We're meeting at 9:30 AM by the pit toilets in Summit Cove parking lot. Our adopted segment is actually pretty clean, so we'll probably be able to ride around the lake. I would suggest that you bring a small backpack lined with a plastic bag for any trash you might pick up. I'll bring some disposable gloves.
Bob Giordano, President Summit Biking

August 22 Bike Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,

Sorry we did not have a grill August 15 but Bonnie and I miss communicated.

Next weeks ride has several options, including Guanella Pass, Loveland Ski Area or Idaho Springs.  Be ready to ride at 10 am from next to the Georgetown Visitor Center along Argentine Road (take exit 228 off I 70).  Parking is available along Argentine Road and the visitor center asked us not to take up all their parking.  Since there are no grills bring a sandwich and a drink for after the ride during our social hour following the ride as well as a dish to share with your friends. The picnic will start around 12:15, although the Guanella Pass riders may need more time. The road to Guanella Pass has been chipped sealed and is rough to ride down.

I have had a great time putting the rides together this season and am sure Don Hansen will continue to do a great job.
Ride Safe!
John Bowyer 

Monday, August 8

August 15 Bike Ride

Hello Summit Bikers;

Below is a route through Silverthorne.  Do not worry about the many turns since most of them are easy to follow once you riding the route. The recpath does go by the outlets (watch for walkers) and the route does cross Route 9 twice so caution is advised. Please print this out and have for the ride. If lost ride downhill as the recpath is along the Blue River. We hope to have a photographer take a picture as we wind down the dam.  If you have a SummitBiking Jersey please wear it and hopefully we will have a sunny day.

Dillon Amphitheater – Start
Go toward the dam
R on Silverthorne path
to N. Pond
R End of Path (Allegra Dr)
R at stop sign (Hamilton Cr Rd)
Ride to top and turn
L on Lakeview Circle
Complete Lakeview Circle turn
L at bottom of Circle
(continuation of Hamilton Cr Road)
R on Bald Eagle
Cross Rt 9 to Golden Eagle
L on Falcon Dr.
L on Golden Eagle
L on Two Cabins
R on Arnica Ln
L on Currant Way (easy to miss)
L on Hunters Knob Rd
R Game Trail Rd
R on Rt 9
L at N. Pond
R on Allegra Dr.
L on Recpath
Return to Start
Picnic start 11:45 or so

An alternative route is to ride down the Dam and through Silverthorne to North Pond (end of the recpath) and return, riding the dam to Frisco and returning around 11:45.  We will have a grill so please bring something to grill, a drink and to share with your friends.

If there is an emergency my cell number is 970 393-2190.

Margaret and I will be gone from the end of August through the rest of the biking season.  Don Hansen will be leading the group during this period.

Ride Safe and have fun!

John Bowyer

Sunday, August 7

Annual Meeting Reminder

The Summit Biking Annual Members Meeting is scheduled for Monday August 8th at the Dillon Marina/Amphitheater park immediately following the Monday Group Ride and Pot Luck Lunch. Please plan to attend if possible.

Tuesday, August 2

August 8 Bike Ride -- Tour De Soda -- and Annual Meeting

Hello Summit Bikers,

Next week, August 8 we are having the Summit Biking Annual Meeting and I have planned a new ride for us.  Plan to meet at the Dillon Amphitheater at 9:30am ready to ride.  The meeting will begin at noon so be sure to be back in plenty of time to eat something and be ready.  We will not have a grill so plan to bring a sandwich, as well as something to share and drink.

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 " * ".


Bike path to River Run Area of Keystone
(some may prefer different routes)
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 return 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
*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, but if you know you are behind return to the start for the meeting.  Lunch and the meeting will be in the picnic area shelter over looking the lake.

Ride safe!

John Bowyer