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.


Thursday, May 11

Monday, May 15th -Let's Ride

By the looks of the long term weather report Monday the 15th looks to be a good day to ride in County. We will meet at the parking lot at the West end of Main St in Frisco, across form the Kayak shop (used to be called the El Rio lot now the West Main St lot) at 10AM. For those who are interested we will place a pizza order at the start of the ride which will be delivered to my house in Frisco at about 12 noon. At the start of the ride I will give you precise directions to my house which is about 1/2 mile from the lot. You will be able to park on our block. Bring drinks, chairs and a few dollars to over the cost of the pizza. The ride possibilities are, out and back to Breck, or up to Copper Mtn and beyond probably to the first wood bridge above Copper. The last report was that there is one 50 yard stretch of snow on the Frisco to Copper section of the Rec Path.
Hope to see you on Monday.

Norm Stoller

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 (<randy.baumgardner.senate@state.co.us> ) 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 <bikebreck@yahoo.com>
To: "randy.baumgardner.senate@state.co.us" <randy.baumgardner.senate@state.co.us>
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 www.godspeedcycling.com

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