Wednesday, September 13

Bike Ride September 18

Hello Summit Bikers,

This beautiful fall weather will not be here for long, so we need to take advantage of it.  Next weeks ride September 18 will start from our house, 1512 Legend Lake Circle Silverthorne 80498.  We will ride either on the Blue River Trail up the dam and on to Montezuma, returning for a picnic on our back deck. Plan to be ready to ride at 9:30.  There will be a grill so plan to bring something to cook, as well as something to share.

Ride safe!

John Bowyer

 

Monday, September 11

Bike Ride September 11 Change

Hello Summit Bikers,

Do to a high chance of rain we need to move todays ride to North Pond in Silverthorne, starting at 10 am.  There are a number of rides that we can do from there and we will have good shelter for our picnic. I will announce some options then.  Plan to complete your ride by 12:30.  We will not have a grill, however bring a dish to share, as well as a sandwich and a drink.

John Bowyer

Wednesday, September 6

September 11 Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,

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 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. 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!

Friday, September 1

Friday rides around the lake now start at 10am

Due to the cooler temperatures in September, the Friday rides around the lake start at 10am (from the benches in Dillon).

Stephan.Horlak@USA.Net

Tuesday, August 29

No Ride September 4 Labor Day

Hello Summit Bikers,

I hear people have been slacking off while I have been out of town.  Good news is Monday is Labor Day so you get this week off as well.  The following week, September 11 we will be meeting in Georgetown to ride either Guanella Pass, Loveland Ski Are or to Idaho Springs.  This was schedule for a week later but people have asked that it be moved up so we hopefully avoid the leaf peepers.  More info next week.

John

Sunday, August 27

Lunch after Monday, 8/28/2017 ride


If your are riding with group on Monday, 8/28/2017 and coming to lunch with us, we will be dining at Casa Blanca on 2nd Street in Leadville  (half block up from Harrison, the main street in town).  I suspect we'll get there between 11:30 & noon.  Our reservation is under my name, Bob.  The restaurant phone number is 719-486-9969.  They do not take credit cards.  It's cash only there.

If you get lost coming to the ride or going to the restaurant, call me on my cell at 570-807-6550. I'll try to help you out.
Bob

Tuesday, August 22

August 28, 2017 Turquoise Lake Ride


Next week, Monday, August 28th, we will try again to do a Turquoise Lake ride.  We will meet at the Turquoise Lake dam at 10 AM, ready to ride.  We will not be doing a picnic this week.  I'm planning a lunch at a restaurant in Leadville.  It would be very helpful, if I had count on the number of people who are planning to do this ride & have lunch with the group.

Please email me (pa1co2rv3@yahoo.com) by Saturday 8/26/2017 to let me know whether you are planning on riding with us and having lunch with group. 
Bob

Directions to Turquoise Lake dam:
From the Copper Mtn exit on I 70, take route 91 south toward Leadville.  As you enter Leadville there will be a Safeway on your right at a stop light.  Continue on US 24 past the Safeway toward E 8th St, turn right on W 8th St, bear right onto James St,  turn left onto McWethy Dr, turn right onto CR-4 to the dam.

Friday, August 18

Fw: Fwd: Monday August 21st ride


Hi everyone
We will be meeting at 9:30 am, ready to ride, at the Dillon town hall for the Monday August 21st ride.  We will be riding around Lake Dillon. Riding to Montezuma or Loveland Pass are alternate options.  The Monday picnic will follow in the adjacent park. The will be no grill.  As usual, bring a sandwich and something to share. John  Bowyer will be out of town so I am leading the ride. If anyone is willing to assist me that would be much appreciated.
Bob Giordano


Thursday, August 17

Monday August 21st ride

We will be meeting at 9:30 am, ready to ride, at the Dillon town hall for the Monday August 21st ride. We will be riding around Lake Dillon. Riding to Montezuma or Loveland Pass are alternate options. The Monday picnic will follow in the adjacent park. The will be no grill. As usual, bring a sandwich and something to share. John Bowyer will be out of town so I am leading the ride. If anyone is willing to assist me that would be much appreciated.
Bob Giordano

Friday, August 11

August 14 Ride

Hello Summit Bikers:

A reminder to print out the ride and bring it with you.  The annual meeting will follow our picnic.  We will have a grill.  See you at North Pond in Silverthorne ready to ride at 9:30.

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

John Bowyer

Tuesday, August 8

August 14 Bike Ride

Hello Summit Bikers:

Next week August 14 we will ride from North Pond in Silverthorne, starting at 9:30.  North Pond is about 2 miles North of  I 70, across from the elementary school. 

The route is below.  Please print this out and have for the ride. If lost ride downhill as the recpath is along the Blue River. 


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 from North Pond through Silverthorne to the top of the dam and onto 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.  Our annual meeting will follow the picnic so please plan to stay a little longer than normal.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about what is occurring in the County with regards to biking.

If there is an emergency my cell number is 970 393-2190.

Margaret and I will be gone for the next two weeks, however the rides will organized by Bob Giordano. 

Ride Safe and have fun!

John Bowyer

Monday, August 7

August 7 Bike Ride

Good Morning,

It appears we can get the ride in Vail done today prior to rain.  Be sure to take rain gear, just in case.  If you get to Big Horn Park and are ready early, feel free to start.  We will have the picnic along with the grill afterwards.

See you in East Vail!

John Bowyer




Sunday, August 6

August 7 Bike Ride

Check your email in the morning regarding the ride.  As of this writing there is a good chance of rain, however, after last week I am reluctant to call off the ride until the last minute.  I will try to have an email out before 7 am.

Hope to see you in the morning.

John Bowyer

Wednesday, August 2

August 7 Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,
 
Next Monday, August 7 we will once again venture outside Summit County to East Vail.  The ride will be from Big Horn Park, starting at 10 am.  There will be a grill available so plan to bring something to cook (more people either need to use the grill or we should stop having it), a drink and 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 8:45 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.

The following week, August 14 will be our annual meeting so plan to attend.  Other changes are also being made to the calendar for future rides, such as adding Turquoise Lake back in.

Remember the tourist 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 Bowyer

Sunday, July 30

Turquoise Lake Cancellation and New Ride for 7/31

Hello Summit Bikers,

The forecast for Leadville is not promising for tomorrow and I hate to have everyone drive up to see Turquoise Lake in the rain, so we need to postpone the ride once again.  As an alternative we can meet at North Pond (in Silverthorne) and ride up the dam and around the lake.  There may be a morning shower in Silverthorne and if it is still raining at 9 am do not show up.  

There will be no grill as fire restrictions still apply (although they should be eliminated next week).  One advantage to meeting at North Pond is we can go inside if it does rain for our picnic.  Bring a sandwich and a drink for lunch.  You do not have to bring things to share since things are iffy and I realize most of you prepare things ahead of time..

North Pond is about 2 miles North of the I70 exit for Silverthorne, across from the elementary school.

Hope to see everyone tomorrow.

John Bowyer 

Tuesday, July 25

July 31 Bike Ride

Next week's ride, July 31, we will once again try Turquoise Lake near Leadville.  This is beautiful ride with great views of the lake and the mountains around it.  Please be ready to ride at 10 am.  We will meet at the Maid of Erin parking area.  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 right 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 am still checking on how to ride but have talked to others who have ridden during the road construction and it sounds like it will not be a problem.
 
Do not count on a grill.  If this changes I will let you know.  Plan to bring something to eat for lunch as well as something to share with your friends and a drink. 
 
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. 

Ride Safe!

John Bowyer

Tuesday, July 18

July 24 Bike Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,

 Next week we have one of the most popular rides of the season, Bob Gilson's ice cream ride!

There seems to be a problem with people remembering to bring name tags so next Monday when the line forms for ice cream priority goes to those people with name tags.  Lets see if that improves the number of people wearing tags. 

The ride July 24 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). North Pond is on the North side of SIlverthorne, across the street from the elementary school.  Ute Pass is on the right about 8 miles North of Silverthorne.  I plan to leave from Silverthorne, so if I am not at the bottom of Ute Pass at that start go without me.  
 
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.

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, 7/24. 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, so bring a chair. 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.  
 
Ride safe
 
John Bowyer

Friday, July 14

July 17 Ride CHANGE

Hello Summit Bikers,

Just found out that they have the road partially closed in Turquoise Lake and it is impossible for us to do the route we normally do.  Since the road is in bad need of repair lets hope we see an improvement.  Given this it is necessary to change next Monday's ride.  Instead we will meet at 10 am ready to ride at the Georgetown Visitor Center.  Please park along Argentine Road (take exit 228 off I 70).  Turn right at the traffic center and park along road.  Do not park at the visitor center since they 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 following the ride, as well as a dish to share with your friends. The picnic will start around 12:15.

Options for rides are Georgetown to Loveland Ski Area or Georgetown to Idaho Springs.  On our previous outing this year to Idaho Springs we found the road system in town under massive repairs.  For riders going to Idaho Springs, stop prior to entering town and retrace your steps to Georgetown.  The ride to Idaho Springs should be quick but remember it will be uphill on the way back.  Temperatures Monday morning should be in the 70s so very pleasant for riding.  Please bring a name tag (any name tag will do) and wear it!

Remember to use hand signals and let your other riders know where you are going.  

Ride safe!

John Bowyer

Monday, July 10

July 17 Ride

I apologize for not having a grill.  There was one there last week when I checked out the site but I suspect that because of the fire ban Dillon removed it. 

Next week's ride, July 17, takes us out of the county to Turquoise Lake near Leadville.  This is beautiful ride with great views of the lake and the mountains around it.  Please be ready to ride at 10 am.  We will meet at the Maid of Erin parking area.  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 right 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.
 
Do not count on a grill.  If this changes I will let you know.  Plan to bring something to eat for lunch as well as something to share with your friends and a drink. 
 
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 stuff.  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

Wednesday, July 5

July 10 Ride Change

Hello Summit Bikers,

I spoke with Dillon Town Hall people about the parking at the amphitheater July 10 and was told it may or may not be available. The safe thing to do is to announce a different start point.  We will meet at town hall.  To get there turn at the traffic light on route 6 toward Lake Dillon.  Town hall is on the left.  Parking is available in the parking lot next to town hall or on Lake Dillon Drive in front of town hall.  The picnic will be held in Town Park just past the town hall parking lot. This has no other impact on the picnic or routes (other than a small change at the start).

Remember we will have a grill.  Bring your name tag, any name tag will do (preferably with your name).

Sorry for the change but stuff happens.

John Bowyer

Tuesday, July 4

Summit Bikers July 10 Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,

Next weeks ride, July 10, is to Montezuma or Loveland Pass.  Those riding to either A-Basin or Loveland Pass please use caution as all hazmat trucks use Loveland Pass as well as many visitors. 

Meet at the Dillon Amphitheater at 9:30 am ready to ride.  We will have a grill so bring something to cook as well as a dish to share with your friends.  As always bring your own drink.  Aim to be at the picnic around noon.

Remember to use hand signals and ride safe

In case of emergency my cell number is 970 393-2190.

John Bowyer
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Saturday, July 1

No Ride July 3

Hello Summit Bikers,

Due to the large number of tourist in town this weekend through July 4 there will be no ride this week.  Our next scheduled Monday ride will be July 10, meeting at the Dillon Amphitheater parking lot.  I will put out an email regarding this ride next week.


John Bowyer

Thursday, June 22

June 26 Bike Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,

Ruth Halley pointed out an error in my directions so I road the route today to make sure there were no other problems.  I found that at the point where we use to be able to ride on dirt for about ten feet we must now get off the bike since stones have been laid that make it impossible to ride.  Before we ride this again I will modify the route to avoid this section but do not have time to do it for this year.  The following is the corrected version of our June 26 ride.   Important changes are in bold.  The ride has some beautiful views of the Gore Range and the Ranch Golf Course at Keystone.


Bike path to River Run Area of Keystone
(some may prefer different routes)
Then start back on road through Mountain House Area
Stay on road and make first left
Ride past area where we normally weave through the fence
To Keystone Ranch House Road
Just before the Ranch Restaurant turn left to stay on
Keystone Ranch House Road
At end of road turn around, returning to weave through fence
(normal place where we ride)
You should be on Elk Spur Lane
Go straight / left at Elk Circle
*Go left on River Course Drive and stay to far right on
what appears to be a sidewalk (It is the community
path)
*Stay on path until the end and go right (It looks like a
golf path) and is steep in places
Stay straight on the path crossing over a road
*Follow the path to the left watch for small section of
hard pack dirt at end Get off your bike
Ride through Condo Parking lot turn Left on Summit Drive
Left onto Vail Circle
Left onto Summit Drive / Cove Blvd
Left on Whispering Pines Ranch Road
Left on Forest Glen Road
Right on Royal Coachman Blvd
At Coachman Court get on bike path
Return to Start

See you Monday 9:30 at the Dillon amphitheater parking lot.

John Bowyer

Tuesday, June 20

June 21st and 26th Bike Rides

Wednesday June 21 is Bike To Work day around the county and there is a lot going on for bikers.  I plan to be at Whole Foods in Frisco around 8:45 am for their free breakfast.  Please park away from the store so we do not take all the prime parking. After breakfast the plan is to bike to Silverthorne. Silverthorne is offering a bingo game whereby you fill out  your bingo cards by stopping by the designated businesses, I will have about 20 extra bingo cards with me. Sauce on the Blue will have a pizza and beer party for $5 starting at 4.30 pm.There will be a drawing of the bingo cards during the party. I hear there are some good prizes so be sure to stop by the businesses to get your card checked off.

It would be nice for members to wear their new Summit Biking shirts or their Classic ones.

On June 26 the ride will be from the Dillon Amphitheater parking lot at 9:30 and go to the River Run area of Keystone.

The new route takes us to the River Run Area of Keystone,  then out to the Old Ranch House, through Soda Creek and back to the Amphitheater.  Please print out the directions below and have them with you.  The route will take many of you to places you have not ridden.  I will ask some riders to post at a few of the turns so hopefully people do not get lost.  If you are asked to post wait for about 10 riders then ask another to post. Places where riders will be asked to post are shown with an " * ".

TOUR DE SODA

Bike path to River Run Area of Keystone
(some may prefer different routes)
Then start back on road through Mountain House Area and
past area where we normally weave through the fence
To Keystone Ranch House Road
Just before the Ranch Restaurant turn left to stay on
Keystone Ranch House Road
At end of road turn around, returning to weave through fence
(normal place where we ride)
You should be on Elk Spur Lane
Go straight / left at Elk Circle
*Go left on River Course Drive and stay to far right on
what appears to be a sidewalk (It is the community
path)
*Stay on path until the end and go right (It looks like a
golf path) and is steep in places
Stay straight on the path crossing over a road
*Follow the path to the left watch for small section of
hard pack dirt at end
Ride through Condo Parking lot turn Right on Summit Drive
Left onto Vail Circle
Left onto Summit Drive / Cove Blvd
Left on Whispering Pines Ranch Road
Left on Forest Glen Road
Right on Royal Coachman Blvd
At Coachman Court get on bike path
Return to Start

The route should take about 2 hours.  We will have a grill available.  Please bring a dish to share with your friends and as always something to drink.  Plan to be back for lunch around 11:45.  Since we have so many new riders people are asked to where a name tag.  Any name tag will do.

If you have not taken the time to look at our web site (summitbiking.org) it has a lot of information on biking in general and Summit County specifically.  Rick Oshlo has put many hours into creating a very useful web site.  While there if any of you have not paid this year's dues ($10 per person) it is very easy to do so.

The tourist are everywhere!  I just try to remember that without them we would not have so many amenities, so smile and say hello as you ride by.  Ride safe!

John Bowyer

Wednesday, June 14

June 19 Bike Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,

Next weeks ride, June 19, is either to Copper or Vail Pass starting at the Frisco Marina at 9:30.  A picnic will follow at the Marina around noon.  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.  Folding chairs are also good, although the grass (the non smoking kind) is good.

On Wednesday June 21 Summit County is doing Bike to Work Day.  There are many places around the county with morning refreshments.  Whole Foods did a nice job last year and will be starting with coffee and breakfast stuff early - 7 am or so.  I will be there around 8:30 and we can do a ride around the lake afterwards.

Be cautious riding Vail Pass as there are all ready 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 13

Wednesday Informal Ride

Lew Dymond is planning to ride tomorrow, Wed., June,14 from Frisco Marina, leaving at 9:45 am, if anyone wants to join with me. Planned route. Frisco Marina bike path to Revett Drive to Tiger Road, to Estates Drive up and back, to Gold Run Road, to Highlands Drive to Breckenridge, return via bike path. Total Distance 28 miles with 1,850' of elevation gain.

Thursday, June 8

Casual Rides Around the Lake Start Tomorrow (Friday 6/9)


Join us for a casual ride around the lake and end up at the Dillon Farmers Market.  The ride (~17 miles) starts at 9:30 from the benches in Dillon.  This is where the bike path comes up from Silverthorne.
 
If anyone is riding from the Silverthorne area, we leave Angler Mtn Ranch at 9 am.
 
Call or Email If you have questions –
 
(614) 264-5407 Mobile

Tuesday, June 6

June 12 Bike Ride -- Changed Start Location


We had a great turn out June 5 with many new people.

Due to the work in Dillon we have to change the start of next weeks ride. Meet at the South end of the Breckenridge Recreational Center (near the ball fields) at 9:30 am ready to ride.  The address of the Breckenridge Recreational Center is 880 Airport Road.  The ride is around Lake Dillon.  Those that want a slightly easier ride can ride to Frisco and Dillon and return.  We will have a grill so bring something to cook and share with your friends.  As always bring your own drink.  Aim to be at the picnic around 11:30.  In order to get to know names better everyone is encouraged to bring a name tag to the picnics.  We all know some of the people but it is always good to get to know more.

As a reminder this Wednesday, June 7, is a bikers happy hour at Bakers Brewery (531 Silverthorne Lane, Silverthorne) at 5 pm. 

Next Monday, June 12 Pearl Isumi is holding a special sale for Summit Biking with an additional 20 percent off of everything in the store and a door prize drawing for an opportunity to win a Pearl Isumi gift card.  Light refreshments will be served.  Come check out the products at the Pearl Isumi location in the Silverthorne Outlets from 3-5 pm.

The most important part of the bike is the chain.  Keep it clean and oiled.  It should be checked for replacement after 2000 miles of riding in the mountains.  When riding be sure to use hand signals and ride safe.  Stay to the right hand side and stop out of the flow of traffic.

In case of emergency my cell number is 970 393-2190.

John Bowyer


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Tuesday, May 30

Monday June 5 Bike Ride

Hello Summit Bikers,

Rumors of me not coming back from Africa were exaggerated and I look forward to coordinating most of this years remaining rides.
 
Next weeks ride, June 5, 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 busy road. Heeney Road is not very busy but it is a road with 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 something to grill as we will have a grill. 

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

John Bowyer

Friday, May 26

Monday 5/29 Bike Ride


The ride will be between Idaho Springs and Georgetown and back. We will meet at Countney Riley Copper Park in Idaho Springs at 10:00 am ready to ride. To get to the park take exit 239 from I 70, and go straight on Colorado Boulevard. The park is on the left next to the creek. The drive takes about 45 minutes. We will have a grill so bring something to cook and something to share with your friends. As always bring what you would like to drink. Plan to be back for the picnic between 12:30 and 1:00. This is the same park we have been to for the last few years.

Thursday, May 25

Summit Biking Jerseys

We have exciting news about our new Summit Biking Jerseys. For those of you that missed ordering a jersey last summer we able to place another order with Primal in June.

Primal is allowing us to reorder a smaller quantity at the same price as last year of $70.00 (plus tax) per jersey.

This is a limited offer from Primal. We must get back to Primal with the number of jerseys and sizes by the middle of June.

We are asking you to let us know if you are interested in purchasing a jersey and what size you anticipate you would need. If you have not seen the new bike jersey and have questions about sizing ( they do run a bit small but not as small as Pearl Izumi sizing) go the the Summit Biking web page (summitbiking.org) and clink on the link on the right side of the web page that mentions the new jersey. There is a picture of the jersey there and another link to the sizing at Primal. This jersey is a full zip.

We will not have the sample jerseys at this time to try on to determine your size. The club will order additional jerseys in case the size you anticipated you needed was not correct.

Once you pick up the jersey in the summer (probably the end of July) you will pay the club for your jersey at that time.

If you are interested in a jersey please email Polly Koch (Polly.Koch@juno.com) directly no later than June 16th with gender and size information

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