Apr 162011
 

Click to enlargeToday, Karen and I loaded up the bikes and headed over to White Ranch. We’d never been there before and hadn’t really looked up many reviews or suggestions about the place or how to ride it. Before heading out we checked the map and decided to just do the outside ring of the trail system.  I figure “Hey let’s just take all rights and we can keep from getting lost amongst all the trails and get a good 15 miler in”.  BIG MISTAKE!

The initial rolling climb up was nice. It overlooks some beautiful houses, and great views looking east.  When we got to the first fork, to the right we went as we had planned.  Up, down, and around we went, until we came to a spot where it headed down into the valley below.  It looked steep…FUN!

Click to enlargeIt was sure steep alright, we descended 160 feet in just a tenth of a mile.   The problem here was that the climb back up was just as steep, if not steeper in most spot, with large steps every 50 feet or less.  We basically hiked our bikes up 90% of the way 800 feet in just 1.6 miles.  Once we reached the top, the trail got quite nice…we were actually able to stay on our bike’s for more than a couple minutes!

Once we got to the West parking lot, we checked the map and found our way back via Sawmill and down Belcher Hill trails.  While we were blazing down this nice wide open trail, I realized that this is the way we SHOULD have come up!  It took us an hour and a half to do the first half and probably less than 30 minutes to do the second.  Not exactly what I had in mind for today’s ride, but we certainly got a workout out of it.

All in all we kept in good spirits, and it was fun just being outside with each other enjoying the nice weather! 

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We’ll have to do this one again for sure.  Great area and fun trails, provided you do them right!

Jul 242010
 

Today I headed out to Flatirons Vista just south of Boulder and Eldorado Springs.  Weather was great, about 75 degrees, slight overcast, just and all out great morning to go for a ride.  I did the double loop here covering just under 8 miles in about an hour (didn’t really time it, just a guess). 

This is a great trail.  A moderate uphill to start, followed by a fun downhill, then a longer steady uphill, across the mesa thought the woods and out in to the open across the mesa.  Once across the wide open mesa where you can haul ass it heads down a long winding around the mesa.  The last uphill was a little brutal as I was already tired.  Had to take a few minute break here. Once I caught my breath I pounded up the hill and continue around the south end of the loop.  it’s pretty flat across the top then a long fast downhill to the car, making it a great way to finish up the trail.  I think I may try to make that trail a regular spot for me.  Good mix of everything and you can know it our pretty quickly.

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I did OK for my second ride of the summer, but I certainly found out how out of shape I’m in.  I only really took a couple 2 min breaks, but I was working harder than I thought I would be.

The bike on the other hand was a absolutely fantastic. Was the first real trail on this bike and it performed absolutely fantastic.  Very pleased with this investment, can’t wait to get it out again…maybe tomorrow morning.