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!

John

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


Tuesday, July 3

Thursday Ride To Ute Pass

Hi Summit Bikers,

Since there are so many people in the County, I plan to ride to Ute Pass and back from North Pond at 9 am on July 5.  Anyone wishing to join is welcome.  Some chance of rain so bring a jacket.

John Bowyer

Fw: [Summit Biking] July 9 Bike Ride

Sorry for the date error.  My proof reader and I both missed it.


Hello Summit Bikers,

Next week's ride, July 9, is either to Copper or Vail Pass starting at the Dillon Amphitheater parking lot.   A picnic will follow around noon, so plan to be back by then.  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.  Remember to bring those name tags and mingle with others at the picnic.  We all get into long conversations with close friends and forget that new people are left out.

Our annual meeting will follow the ride starting at 12:30.  There are a number of activities happening around the county concerning biking and we will receive updates.  In addition, there are some changes to our club everyone needs to be made aware of.

Be cautious riding Vail Pass as there are 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

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June 9 Bike Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,

Next week's ride, June 9, is either to Copper or Vail Pass starting at the Dillon Amphitheater parking lot.   A picnic will follow around noon, so plan to be back by then.  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.  Remember to bring those name tags and mingle with others at the picnic.  We all get into long conversations with close friends and forget that new people are left out.

Our annual meeting will follow the ride starting at 12:30.  There are a number of activities happening around the county concerning biking and we will receive updates.  In addition, there are some changes to our club everyone needs to be made aware of.

Be cautious riding Vail Pass as there are 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 26

July 2 Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,

Normally we do not have a bike ride around the Fourth of July.  However this year the Fourth falls on a Wednesday so I think we should do a ride.  In order not to have an impact on planned rides we will do the ever popular Green Mountain Reservoir route again.

Next week's ride, July 2, 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 very busy road. Our ride is on a much quieter road but it does have  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 a sandwich.  Bonnie has plans and will not be available to do a grill -- so we have to rough it. Be sure to wear name tags, especially at the picnic.  Talk to the new people and let them know we are a friendly group.

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

Ride Safe!

John Bowyer