Thursday, May 28

US Pro Challenge Community Ride

Save the Date!

The US Pro Challenge is hosting a Community Ride in Breckenridge Sunday morning June 21st (Father's Day). The ride starter and leader will be Timmy Duggan, retired pro cyclist. Olympian and 2012 US National Road Racing Champion. Timmy spent his professional career racing for TIAA-CREF, Liquigas-Cannondale and Saxo-Tinkoff. 

The US Pro Challenge will spend two days in Breckenridge this year. Stage 4 from Aspen will finish in Breckenridge on Thursday, August 20 and the Individual Time Trial will be held in Breckenridge the following day. The US Pro Challenge will have two VIP passes for the Breckenridge stages to give away before the Community Ride start.

Two routes will be offered for the ride, with additional options for each; including a route up the now infamous Moonstone Rd climb that has featured prominently in the Breckenridge stage finishes the last two years and will be featured again this year in both the Stage 4 finish and the Stage 5 Individual time trial.

The ride will start at 9am from the Breck Bike Guides shop at 411 S Main St #12 in Breckenridge. 

Come early to meet Timmy and others, and to register for the VIP Pass drawing.

Tuesday, May 26

June 1 Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,

Monday was a great day to start the season on, with no rain for a change.  Next week we are going to try a new route for us, starting at Minturn.  After this we will be back on the schedule posted at To get to the start got west to exit 171.  Take the exit off to the right, turning right onto route 24 towards Minturn.   Turn right into National Forest Center and park on the left close to route 24. Figure 45 minutes drive from Frisco.  Plan to be ready to ride by 10 am.

There will be two routes, either turning right on route 24 and riding through Minturn and up Black Mountain or turning left and going under Interstate 70 and towards Edwards.  The route up Black Mountain has a lot of uphill, riding on the shoulder.  The route towards Edwards is a combination bike path and shoulder.

I am not sure about picnic facilities so it is best for those wanting to socialize afterwards to bring their own lunch and lawn chairs.  Plan to be back at the start around 12:30.

Stay to the right and use hand signals to communicate.

Ride Safe,

John Bowyer

Thursday, May 21

May 25 Ride Change

Hello Summit Bikers,

After hearing from several of you concerning the flooding at Bear Creek Park, I contacted the park and found out the water is still rising.  In the park many areas are closed and the bike path has several inches of water on the south side and totally impassable on the north side.  Based on this I have decided to rethink our initial ride and change it to Idaho Springs riding to Georgetown.  Plan to meet at the parking lot behind the Buffalo Restaurant & Bar at 10 am ready to go.  We plan to have lunch at the Buffalo Restaurant following the ride for those that would like to join us.  (estimated around 12:30 pm).

To get to the start point head East on Route 70 and get off on exit 239.  Turn left and continue on Colorado Boulevard to 16th Ave and turn right.  Two blocks down are some large parking lot (close to I70).  Turn into the lot on the left.

Hopefully, the rain will hold off for us and things will get better for biking.

John Bowyer

Monday, May 18

May 25 Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,

I realize that looking out the window it is hard to believe but bike season is here.  It is time to take the bikes out, oil things make sure all is working as well as find those bike clothes.  This season`s first ride will be held Monday May 25 starting west of the 470 loop near Bear Creek Lake Park at the Morrison exit. There will be no picnic this week. Those wanting to stay for lunch can join me at the Blue Cow in Morrison. They are located at 316 Bear Creek Avenue and according to their web site has plenty of parking.
Directions to 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.

There will be two routes to choose from; a loop up route 74 to Evergreen (see below for specific directions) or ride Bear Creek Trail to the Platte River. Both of these are about 2 hours.

Route 74 Ride Directions

The route goes through Morrison and up to Evergreen Lake.  Stay on route 74 until Evergreen Parkway.  Ride on shoulder of 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.
Lunch at Blue Cow Restaurant (around 12:30 or so)
They are located at 316 Bear Creek Avenue and according to their web site has plenty of parking.
This season`s rides are on the website  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 2014 bike season. This is also a great time to tell others about our rides, since most Summit Country people are very active.
John Bowyer