Saturday, February 23

Ride The Rockies 2019 Tour

Hello Summit Biking;

We now have a team of six for this years Ride the Rockies bike tour, June 9 through 15.

There is still time to join us but time is running out.  The team name, which you should identify when joining is Team Summit.  To select our team, during registration click on "Team Member Registration" and in a drop down menu a list of the teams available drops down, scroll down to Team Summit and click on it.  There is an online processing fee that can be avoided by calling Ride the Rockies (303-954-6700) and requesting a one time code.  Entering this code allows you to join the ride and then send in a check to "Ride the Rockies."

This years ride goes from and returns to Gunnison.   Being on our team guarantees you the lowest price and the team is open to all riders, whether a member of Summit Biking or not.  Anyone having a question can contact me at 

This will give you a good excuse to get out and ride this Spring and be in shape for all our summer rides.

Ride Safe,

John Bowyer

Sunday, January 20

Ride The Rockies 2019

Hello Summit Biking;

I realize it is difficult to think about biking with all the great snow we have been having,  but now is the time to start planing for this year's Ride The Rockies tour, June 9 through 15.

We have a formed a team to participate in  Ride the Rockies this year that I encourage you to join.  The team name, which you should identify when joining is Team Summit.  This years ride goes from and returns to Gunnison.  This will be my seventh time doing this ride and I have always found it well supported and organized.  Being on our team guarantees you the lowest price and the team is open to all riders, whether a member of Summit Biking or not.  Anyone having a question can contact me at 

This will give you a good excuse to get out and ride this Spring and be in shape for all our summer rides.

Ride Safe,

John Bowyer

Monday, September 3

September 10 Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,

Next weeks ride, September 10, 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 as 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.  In addition, please bring and wear name tags. 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.

If the weather does not look good for Monday I will send out an email, late Sunday.

Ride safe!

John Bowyer

Wednesday, August 22

August 27 Bike Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,

Summit Bikers adopted a section of the Recpath to clean up on the East side of the Swan Mountain Recpath and next week's ride will be our annual clean up.  Come prepared with a small plastic bag (like those provided at the super market).  We will meet at the Dillon Amphitheater ready to ride at 9:30 am.  The ride will be clockwise around the lake.  Based on my observations there will be little trash to pick up on our section.  Our head trash person, Charlie, will explain the trash procedures prior to the ride.  Those that would like to add a few additional miles can add on a ride to Copper prior to returning to the amphitheater for lunch.  There will be no grill this week but please bring a dish to share, a sandwich and a drink.  Plan to be back for the picnic around 11:30 or so.  Hope to see you there.

Ride Safe!

John Bowyer

Monday, August 13

August 20 Ride

Next week we will ride to either Montezuma, A-Basin or Loveland Pass.  We will meet at North Pond in Silverthorne, ready to ride at 9:30 am.  There will be a grill so plan to bring something to cook, as well as a dish to share.  As always bring whatever you want to drink.  I suggest avoiding the rec path through Keystone as things are very busy.   The suggested way is to turn right on Elk Drive going through the fence to Keystone Ranch Road and going left through the River Run Area of Keystone to Montezuma Road and to Montezuma.  Please do not gather on the road at the end of Montezuma Road.  Those planning to ride to Montezuma should include a ride out to Keystone Ranch.  To do this addition pass the fence and continue on Keystone Ranch Road to the end.  Return to the fence and ride back to the start.  The goal is to get back to the picnic around noon.

Most of you had name tags last week and it does work well.  Keep wearing them!

Ride Safe!


Saturday, August 11

Bike Ride August 13

Hello Summit Bikers,

The grills at the amphitheater are still not usable so we will change venues to North Pond in Silverthorne.  North Pond is located about 2 miles north of I 70 on the right hand side across from the elementary school.

Please be prepare to ride at 9:30.  Bring something to cook as we are moving the venue to have a grill.  

Hope to see you Monday.

John Bowyer

Monday, August 6

August 13 Ride

Hello Summit Bikers;

Sorry about the confusion this week and not having a grill or utensils.  Next week August 13 we are back in the county with a ride through the neighborhoods of Silverthorne.  We will meet at the Dillon Amphitheater parking lot ready to ride at 9:30 am.  We will have a grill and utensils next week.  Be sure to bring something to cook, a dish to share with your friends and something to drink.  Please print out the route below and bring it with you.  It may seem there are many turns, however it is simple to follow once on the ride.   If by chance you get lost ride downhill toward Route 9, find the rec path and return to the start.

An alternative for those who do not want to climb as much is to ride from the amphitheater to Frisco and either onto Copper or to Breckenridge, returning to the start around noon.

Please help this old trip leader who has memory problems and wear name tags, at least during lunch. 

Dillon Amphitheater – Start

Go toward the dam

Rt on Silverthorne path

to N. Pond

Rt End of Path (Allegra Dr)

Rt at stop sign (Hamilton Cr Rd)

Ride to top and turn

Lt on Lakeview Circle

Complete Lakeview Circle turn

Lt at bottom of Circle

Rt on Bald Eagle

Cross Rt 9 to Golden Eagle

Lt on Falcon Dr.

Lt on Golden Eagle

Lt on Two Cabins

Rt on Arnica Ln

Lt on Currant Way (easy to miss)

Lt on Hunters Knob Rd

St on Maryland Creek Trail

Lt on Maryland Creek Road

Rt to stay on Maryland Creek Road

Lt on Maryland Creek Lane

Rt on Rt 9

Lt at N. Pond (careful crossing Road)

Lt at N. Pond

Rt on Allegra Dr.

Lt on Recpath

Return to Start

Picnic start Noon or so

Have a great ride and stay safe!

John Bowyer

Sunday, August 5

Bike Ride on Monday August 6

Hello Summit Bikers,
Next Monday, August 6 we will once again venture outside Summit County to East Vail.  The ride will be from Big Horn Park, starting at 10 am.  Plan to bring a dish to share with your friends. For those who would like to car pool meet at the west end of Frisco at the parking lot at 9 am.  Carpools are recommended as parking is tight.  Multiple rides are available from Big Horn, including West Vail Pass and the Gore Trail trough Vail and onto Minturn or Edwards.  The picnic will start around noon.

Directions to Big Horn Park: Go West to exit 180 in East Vail. Get off on the right and turn left going under I-70 on Bighorn Road. Go right on Streamside Circle. Stay on Streamside Circle and turn right on Meadow Drive. Bighorn Park is on the left ahead.

Remember tourists are in town (West Vail also gets many downhill riders), slow down and do not cut corners.  Use hand signals and let others verbally know where you are.

Ride safe and have fun!

John Yates

Monday, July 16

July 23 Bike Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,
The ride July 23 is to Ute Pass. There will be two starting points; North Pond in Silverthorne starting at 8:30 am (A group riders -- faster group perhaps with pace line) or from the bottom of Ute Pass road at 9:30 am (where Ute Pass intersects Route 9).  
The reward for the trip will be a picnic hosted by Bob and Jay Gilson in Hamilton Creek, Silverthorne. They will have a propane grill available for those who want to cook. As usual, bring something to eat and something to share with your friends as well as your drink. As a special treat, Bob intends to make some ice cream which will go as far as it goes, since he never knows how many people will be there.  For some reason this tends to draw the biggest crowd of the season.

Below are the details from Bob:

I plan to make some ice cream for the Ute Pass post-ride picnic at our house next Monday, 7/23. I expect to have plenty, but you just never know who the professional ice cream eaters are out there. The picnic will be on our deck and in the house, so please leave your bike shoes off at the porch, since we don't really have a lawn, and the view is prettier from the deck anyway. We have about 6-8 deck chairs and about the same inside. The deck rail is 2x8 flat, so it makes a good rest for a glass or dish.
From the Silverthorne Elementary School, which is on Hamilton Creek Road, drive/ride 1.3 miles up Hamilton Creek Road, then turn right onto Crescent Moon Trail. We're the 4th house on the left and the address is: 0137 Crescent Moon Trail. For those of you who know Roger and Sue Paluska, they live in the first house on the left of the same road.

We give extra points for those who ride up to the house, but if you're driving, we have room for some 8-10 cars to park just beyond our driveway in a cul-de-sac; plus you can park along one side of the road to allow others from the few houses beyond us to get past. About 6 can park in our driveway, but you'll have to back down to get out. If you're concerned, just carpool up from the elementary school. Or... this is where the extra points for riding up the hill come into play.

Bob's home phone is: 262-6123 if any questions or problems. His cell phone is: (405) 210-6222 if you're calling while we are on the ride.  

I will be gone the next few weeks but a few able body assistants have agreed to coordinate rides.  Do not use this for an excuse to go crazy.  Use hand signals, wear name tags and be friendly (It makes others think what have we been smoking.). 

There have been several close calls on the path so be sure to ride defensively.  Many tourist are around and although not all problems are caused by them they sometimes forget when on vacation that other people use the paths.  
Ride safe
John Bowyer

Tuesday, July 10

July 16 Bike Ride

Hello Summit Bikers:

Next week's ride, July 16, takes us out of the county to Turquoise Lake near Leadville.  This is a beautiful ride with great views of the lake and surrounding mountains.  We will meet at the Maid of Erin parking area.  Please be ready to ride at 10 am.  To get there take route 91 at the Copper exit toward Leadville.  As you enter Leadville there will be a Safeway on your right at a stop light.  Take a right at the stop light (Mountain View Drive) and follow the signs toward the golf course.  As you near the golf course there are signs for Turquoise Lake.  Follow these until you reach road 9C, take a right here and the Maid of Erin Parking area is on the left.  (If you reach the dam you have driven past the turn.)  There is a small fee, reduced for those with Access Cards.  Fee envelopes are available as you enter the parking area.  Please bring a pen to complete the envelope.  If this area is full there is free parking near the dam (which is a short bike ride or walk back to the picnic area).  To reach the dam go out of the Maid of Erin parking area and take the first right, go past the road you drove in on and park on the left just before the dam.  To walk back to the picnic area after the ride follow the path along the lake, it takes about 5 minutes.
I normally ride counter clockwise, control my speed and look ahead for potential problems.  Since this is a circle those that want a shorter ride should plan to turn around.  Remember this is on a road so stay to the right and watch out for pot holes.

There will not be a grill this week.  Plan to bring something to eat for lunch as well as something to share with your friends and a drink.  Folding chairs are needed as well.
Those that would like to car pool are encouraged to meet at the west end of Frisco in the parking lot at 8:45.  If the chance of rain in the morning is over 50 percent an email will be sent out Sunday night. 

Since we have so many new people this year I thought I should give everyone some of the basic info.  If it is raining when the ride is to start there will be no ride.  I do look at the forecast and will send out an email the night before, especially if we are going out of the county.  Rides out of the county start at 10 am, all others are at 9:30.  All riders are required to use helmets (although this is not a state law it is a rule of the club).  Please wear name tags so your old trip leader can remember you.  Any name tag will work.
Ride safe and have fun!
John Bowyer