Tuesday, December 29

Annual Polar Bear Ride/Walk

The 12th Annual Polar Bear Bike Ride/Walk is Thursday morning, Dec 31st, at 10:00 a.m. Meet at the Dillon Town Hall parking lot. After our ride/walk, we'll adjourn to Bootleggers Pizza Parlor.
In case of bad weather, suck it up and come anyway, OR sleep in and join us for lunch at noon.
Since our official photographer, Norm Stoller, will be sitting out this year's ride, would someone or everyone bring a camera that has the ability to forward photos to Stew Everard for the OHG newsletter. I have a camera but not the ability.

Tuesday, November 17

Save The Date

The 2010 "Cycle The Summit" - Bob Guthrie Memorial Ride has been confirmed for Saturday, August 14, 2010! Check our website at http://www.summitbiking.org early next year for more details!

Summit Biking Group

Monday, October 5

Fruita Bike Trip vacancy

Hi bikers,
As you may have heard, some of the Summit Biking Group are going over to the Fruita/Grand Junction area for 3 days of biking, dining, wine tasting,... Oct. 13-15. I have a room with 2 beds reserved at the Two Rivers Winery chateaux for the nights of Oct. 13 and 14 so if anyone not registered for the tour would still like to go, they are welcome to share the room with me, and I can forward information about the tour.
Mary Parrott

Friday, September 25

September 28 Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,


It is that time again when our biking season draws to a close.  For what will probably be our last ride we are doing something a little different.  We will meet in Silverthorne between Chipolte and Old Navy, near the bike path away from the stores, this Monday September 28.  Everyone should be ready to ride by 10 am   Chipolte is located on the north side of route 9 from I 70.  Take the right next to Wendys and the first left into the shopping center. 


There are several options for rides starting at this location.  Option 1, is to ride up the dam path and on to Keystone and Montezuma. Option 2 is around the lake and return option 3 (which I will be leading) is one that winds through Silverthorne, Willowbrook and Three Peaks returning to the starting point.  After the ride we plan to enjoy lunch at Chipolte.  Since Chipolte is one of the largest donors to the Swan Mountain Rec path this year we felt it would be nice to hold the end of the season party there. 


Bike shirts will be available for pick up during lunch.


Hope to see everyone there!


John Bowyer

Tuesday, September 22

Fwd: An Invitation

This invitation is for all of you who helped with the bike path cleanup on Aug 4th. If you plan on attending, please email me to let me know how many will be attending. As you can see from the attachment, RSVP's are needed by 10/2. So please contact me no later then 10/1 if you will be going.

Dear Volunteers,

Please join us for our celebration of YOU, our wonderful volunteers, on
Wednesday evening, October 7th. Hope you can join us!

Claudia Wiley
Summit County Open Space and Trails
P.O. Box 5660, Frisco, CO 80443

Monday, September 21

Monday Ride 9/21 Cancelled

To all,

The Ride today is cancelled due to the forecast of 35 degrees and probable rain/snow mix.


See you all next week.


Bob Faucett



Saturday, September 19

Monday September 21st Ride

This Monday, 9/21 (weather permitting) we will go back to our usual Dillon start and head to Montezuma with shorter rides around the Lake or to Frisco.

The weather forecast for Monday is a high of 46 with possible rain/snow showers, so be sure to check our blog or your e-mail Monday morning to see if this ride gets canceled.

Bonnie will bring the BBQ stuff, so you can bring something to grill and a dish to pass.

We'll let it warm up a bit, so be ready to ride at 10.00am. Lunch will be closer to noon.

The following week, 9/28, will be the last "official" ride of the season.

Bob Faucett

Friday, September 11

September 14 Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,


This Monday we are going back to visit Green Mountain Reservoir.  Meet at 10 am ready to ride.  For those that do not know this is about 10 miles North of Silverthorne on route 9.  Meet at the intersection of route 9 and Heeney Road.  Afterwards the picnic will be held at 1512 Legend Lake Circle (come to the back yard).  Please park on the same side of the street as the house, to comply with the parking permit, otherwise you risk a $40 ticket.  Please plan to bring something to share, cook (we will have a grill) and drink as well as lawn chairs.  This will give people a chance to talk to Margaret and see how the recovery is progressing.


Directions to Legend Lake Circle from Green Mountain Reservoir:  Drive south on route 9 past Three Peaks Golf Course.  Drive past the Golden Eagle / Bald Eagle Intersection and turn left at the next turn onto Blue River Run Circle.  Take the first left and go over a small bridge.  This puts you on Legend Lake Circle.  Take the first right and go around the circle to 1512 Legend Lake Circle, parking on the same side as the house.  If all else fails our number is 970 513-0610.


We hope to get in a few more rides but as everyone knows things can end fast this time of year.   Hope to see you there.


John Bowyer


Sunday, September 6


As I will be out of town for the next several weeks, Bob Faucett has the jerseys. He will have them with him at each of the next rides. If you need to contact him his email address is faucettdds@comcast.net, or phone at:970-547-1440.


Bike path closure Sept 14th

To all,


Brad at County Open Space and Trails informs me that the section of bike path from Officer's Gulch to the top parking lot (east of the Cooper Conoco) will be closed starting a week from tomorrow - Monday, Sept. 14th - for re-paving.


Once closed, bikers will need exit and enter at Officer's Gulch and ride I-70 to and from Copper.


Bob Faucett

Saturday, August 29

Monday 8/31 Group Ride

This week's ride will take us down to Idaho Springs for the start. We will ride up to Georgetown and back. For those wanting more miles, you can head up to Guanella Pass or to Bakerville (or both). John Bowyer said the road between Idaho Springs and Georgetown is now complete and there is no longer a 2 miles section of gravel.

Picnic materials will be provided by the Chebuls, so bring something to share and, if you choose, to grill.

Plan to be ready to ride at 10.00am (we're giving everyone an extra half hour to get down there).

Try parking around Colorado Blvd and 23rd St. See attached map. There is a Park at this location which usually has ample parking. There is additional parking at the Tourist Info Center across the street. If all is full, the fall back parking will be behind the usual restaurants (The Buffalo Bar and Restaurant).

Al Kahn will have the jerseys for those that ordered a new one.

Friday, August 28

Margaret Knode Surgery

If you do not know Margaret Knode, please delete and sorry for the inconvience.




This is to give the news that Margaret Knode has been rebuilt better than before and slightly taller.  The surgery went for about two hours and the surgeon reported to me that things were just as he expected.  Originally he stated he expects a full recovery for Margaret, which means more biking skiing and all the things we love to do in Summit County.


For those that did not know Margaret started having tingling in the hands in May.  At that time we thought it was a pinched nerve.  She even saw a doctor in England who gave her several tests and stated she would likely get back to her old self soon.  However, after returning to America the sensations did not go away so we went to our doctor here.  He did some tests and ran a MRI to determine she had an old injury which had developed some bone spurs.  He recommended a surgeon that he has respected.  In addition, we looked at non-surgical options seeing a doctor at Steadman Hawkins.  After seeing both of them it became obvious the only option was for surgery.  The bone spurs were pressing into her spinal column which if left untreated would eventually shut off all feeling below her neck.


It is now 3:15 pm and Margaret is in her room for the night.  She is weak on the right side, which the nurse says they will watch.   She is in very little pain but sleepy as you might expect.  If all goes well and some strength starts to return to her right side we expect to be out of here by noon Saturday and on our way back to Summit County.  The nurse just had her press up her hands and strength seems to returning to the right side.  In case we do not get out of here Saturday I will send another email.

I am sure several of you will want to come by which will do Margaret some good.  Please call 970 513-0610 before coming so I can make sure she does not have too much of a rush.

John Bowyer


Wednesday, August 26


For all of those who have ordered jerseys I'm happy to report they have arrived. I will have them with me for pick up at next Mondays ride. They will probably also be available at each of the rides through the end of the season. If you can't pick them up there you can contact me at alskahn@comcast.net or 970-547-9881 for other arrangements. If I don't hear from you, I'll just hold on to them until next year.

If you didn't order a jersey, want one, and are a mens or womens medium, we have one of each available.


Monday, August 24

Lost and Found

Only one item found after today's picnic.A blue High Performance Earth Friendly insulated bag.  If this item is yours please let me know.  Either you can pick it up in Silverthorne or at next weeks picnic.
John Bowyer

Sunday, August 23

Cancel Turquoise Lake August 24 Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,


After reviewing a couple of web sites it appears there is a good chance for rain tomorrow, especially in Leadville.  The ride around Turquoise Lake is being changed to meeting at the Lake Dillon Amphitheatre parking lot at 9:30 am if the weather allows.  Hopefully we will dodge the rain as we have so often but if not at least we did not drive far to find out.  A grill will be available, assuming we are able to ride.  Sorry for the late notice but as we all know living in the mountains has its challenges.  If it is raining in the morning I will send out another message around 8:15 am.


John Bowyer

Thursday, August 20

Monday, August 24 Ride

Monday 8/24 we are going to do Turquoise Lake in Leadville. If we wait
any longer it may be too cool to enjoy the ride. In order to give us a
little time to get up there and for the temperature to increase the
start time is 10 am. We will meet at Maid of Erin, a day use area.
There is a small fee which can be reduced using the discount passes
for the National Parks / Forest. I am not sure of the fee so bring a
$5 bill and a couple of ones. Car pooling is encouraged. We will have
a grill so plan to bring something to grill and to share as well as
what you want to drink. Please bring camp chairs.

Directions: At the Safeway just as you enter Leadville go right.
Follow the signs for Turquose Lake. Where the road splits for the lake
go left. The Maid of Erin Day use area is to the right. If you get to
the dam you have gone a little too far.

Bob Guthrie Memorial Ride 2010

Wanting to continue the success of the last 2 rides, the Guthrie Ride Committee is soliciting volunteers to chair the Food and Beverage Committee. If interested please read the info below and help continue the accomplishments of prior years. Wes and Rita Adams who chaired the committee the first 2 years stand ready to share their experiences and information gained as chairs with the person(s) selected.

Volunteer (s) are needed to chair the Food and Beverage Committee for the August, 2010 Bob Guthrie Memorial Bike Ride.
Experience the rewards of contributing to this important undertaking.

Responsibilities Include:
1. Planning:
 Size food donations, facilities, and volunteer workforce to feed riders and volunteers in a timely and efficient manner.
 Coordinate F&B plans with other committees.
 Participate in overall event planning.
2. Provisioning:
 Obtain food and beverage donations from local restaurants.
 Assure that donations arrive at the event venue.
3. Operational Administration and Oversight:
 Sign up workforce.
 Develop and assign volunteer tasks.
 Day of event F&B volunteer training and assistance.

The current chaircouple strongly suggests that the responsibly be split into two committees; Provisioning and Operations.

To apply, or for further information, please call or e-mail Rita and Wes Adams.
970-262-6890, wesrita@cs.com

Saturday, August 15

Bob Guthrie Ride Photos

Some photos taken during the recent Bob Guthrie Memorial Ride by Norm Stoller are posted on the website.

Go to http://www.summitbiking.org
(if you aren't reading this in the blog there) and click the link on
the right side of the home page.

Friday, August 14


As many of you know The Mint is having their 25th anniversary on Aug 18. I am bringing this up as The Mint is a Platinum Sponsor of the Bob Guthrie Memorial Ride. If you participated in this year's ride, then you know how good their food is, as they provided the delicious hot food we all enjoyed.

As members of Summit Biking, and users of the Rec Path in general, it is up to us to show our appreciation of all our sponsors by supporting them as they support us. Keep an eye peeled on the Summit Daily where there will be more information on The Mint's anniversary, and look below for a list of all the ride sponsors, and make sure they know how much we appreciate their assistance.

Organized by:
• Avalanche Physical Therapy
• Friends of the Swan Mountain Recpath
• Wilderness Sports

Platinum Sponsors:
• Chipotle
• Dillon DAM Brewery
• J Kent and Mary Nan McHose
• Krystal 93 FM – KYSL
• Ralph and Lila Stair
• The Mint Steakhouse
• Town of Frisco
• Town of Silverthorne

Gold Sponsors:
• All Terrain
• Alpine Bank
• Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
• Clif Bar & Company
• Copper Mountain
• St. Anthony Summit Medical Center
• Vail Summit Orthopaedics
• Wheat Ridge Cyclery

Silver Sponsors:
• Buffalo Mountain Animal Hospital
• Comcast
• Hammer Nutrition
• Hebert – Allied Chiropractic
• Rocky Mountain Cabana
• Subway
• Summit Biking

Bronze Sponsors:
• American Adventure Expeditions
• Apex Mountain Homes
• Arapahoe CafĂ©
• Ascent Electric Co
• Backcountry Brewery
• Breckenridge Brewery
• Breckenridge Grand Vacations
• City Market
• Creative Angle
• Denver Bike Touring Club
• Diane Designs
• Gilchrist Catering
• High Trail Sports
• Howling Coyote Coffeehouse
• John Fielder
• Lee and Julie Gelman, M.D.
• Maverick Sports
• Pearl Izumi
• Powerade
• Raindrops on Roses LLC
• Raw Indulgence
• Starbucks
• Swire Coca-Cola USA
• SYSCO Corporation
• Talking Trash Inc
• Warriors Cycling

Thursday, August 13


FYI from Bob Faucett:

The bike path between Officer's Gulch and the parking area at the top of the climb from Frisco to Copper Conoco station is going to be closed weekdays starting around August 24th. The path is going to be torn up and refinished between the square culverts just past the upper ponds to the bridge at the parking area.

Riders will be allowed to travel between Officer's Gulch and Copper on I-70 in both directions while it is closed. The work is expected to take 3-4 weeks.


Also, don't know if you have been up there, but the Sapphire path is well under way with a lot of the path already cut and retaining walls being built next week.

8/17 ride

This week's ride will begin at 9:30 from the Dillon amphitheater. From there ride on up to Montezuma and back down again for lunch. Of course there are other ride options including just going to Keystone, around the lake, etc. There will be a BBQ for lunch, so bring something to char if you wish, along with a drink and a dish to share.

Wednesday, August 5

Just a reminder about the groundbreaking on Thus, Aug 6 at 10:30 to be held at Sapphire Point for the newest section of the Swan Mountain Recpath. If you plan on attending, it would be best if you could bike to it, as parking is very limited. And, to show our support of the project, wear your Summit Biking jersey.

Saturday, August 1

Swan Mtn Path Groundbreaking

There will be a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Sapphire Section of the Swan Mountain Recpath on August 6th at 10:30 a.m. at Sapphire Point, off of Swan Mountain Road. Come join the festivities.

Friday, July 31

8/3 ride

This weeks ride begins at the Copper Mountain Transportation Center at 9:30. The ride will travel up to Fremont Pass from there, and back down for lunch. If you don't want to ride the road to the pass, you have the option of going to Frisco and back, or Vail Pass and return. As usual we'll have lunch after riding, but with no BBQ. Bring something to eat and drink and something to share with your fellow bikers. You might also want to bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and if you have a table you can bring, please email Bonnie at bonniesaunders1@yahoo.com.


Wednesday, July 29

To ensure that the Swan Mountain Rec Path is in great shape for the Bob Guthrie Memorial Ride on Sunday Aug 9th, we are going to have a clean up on our section of the path on Tues Aug 4th. We'll meet at the fisherman's parking lot at the bottom of Swan Mountain Rd across from Summit Cove at 8:30. We'll car pool to the path and clean it up. It appears that most of the cleanup will be to get gravel off the path. I have a number of brooms, but if you have a stiff push broom, bring it with you.

Yahoo Forum Posts

Once again we must ask everyone to please limit their posts in our Yahoo Forum to biking related articles. If this continues we may have to remove you from the mail list. And I can understand why others feel they need to remind the original poster that a non biking email is inappropriate, but keep in mind that this further fills our email baskets.

Friday, July 24

Monday 7/27 Ride

Meet at Dillon Amphitheatre, ready to ride at 9:30 am. The main ride
will be around the lake clockwise. Alternative rides include a climb
up Loveland Pass or a more moderate ride to Keystone, adding a climb
up the existing Swan Mountain Recpath before returning to the picnic.
All rides should plan to be finished between 11:30 & noon. We will
have a grill for those who want to cook. Plan to bring something to
share with the group as well as your own beverage.

Wednesday, July 22

8/10 ride

Just a reminder that there won't be a ride on Monday 8/10, as all of us will be riding the Bob Guthrie Memorial ride on Sunday 8/9.  If you haven't registered yet, there is still time by going to;

Hope to see you all there enjoying the beautiful roads and paths of Summit County, on one of the rides from 15 to 100 miles. 


Thursday, July 16

Monday 7/20 Ride

We're going to adventure out of the County to the other side of Vail Pass and meet at Big Horn Park in East Vail at 9:30am ready to ride. To get to Big Horn Park get off at exit 180 and turn left under I-70 onto Big Horn Road. Make a right on Gore Circle then the first right onto Gore Drive North. Take the second right on Juniper Lane. Big Horn Park is on the right.

There will be two main rides. One along Gore Creek Trail through Vail. This winds through Vail all the way to Minturn, a distance of 12 miles, one way. The other option is to ride up Vail Pass from the West side.

For lunch you should plan to bring a sandwich, something to drink and something to share with others. We will not have a fire. There is some seating but extra chairs may be nice.

Friday, July 10

Monday 7/13 Ride

Monday's ride will begin at the Dillon Amphitheater at precisely 9:30. The published ride will be up to Montezuma and back, but of course there are a number of other options from that start point, inlcuding just going up to Keystone, riding the other way to Frisco, etc. As this will be our catered lunch from Chipotle, just bring what ever you want to drink with your buritto. If you have not ordered a buritto yet, you can order one before the ride starts. Just fill out an order form at the start.

Thursday, July 9

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