Maybe more would recommend this ride after a good nights sleep and 5 replenishing meals, with short-term memories of exhaustion fading into long-term memories of fun. And if they regain the ability to "get off the couch," as Sherman, one of the riders mentioned.
Yesterday afternoon Jon said, "I'd like to thank everyone for doing my favorite ride with me." Jon's idea of a favorite ride was 8400ft of elevation gain, in 87 miles, with 4200 calories burned. The surprising thing is his friends went right along with him. They started happy, they ended happy. Everyone had a great time yesterday riding this recommended bike ride in the foothills of Colorado.
Bike Route: Southwest Denver area - start near Chatfield Reservoir in Littleton, Colorado, to Sedalia, to Deckers, CO Rd 126 to Buffalo Creek, Foxton Road, to High Grade Rd, and back to Deer Creek Canyon and Wadsworth.
|Recommended Colorado bike ride|
|Littleton, Sedalia, Deckers, Buffalo Creek, High Grade Loop|
The cast of characters: Jon, Kathy, Sherman, Dustin, Sue, Michael, Sharon, Janet, Bobby, Clay, Susan, Gwen, Frank, Linn, Karen, Tom.
Requirements: bike, sack lunch, rain jacket, wit.
Why: because it's Jon's favorite ride. And he brought a sag vehicle!
Images from the day riding a bicycle in Colorado with a great group of friends (this one is for my friends!):
We gathered on a warm Sunday morning, for Jon's favorite ride, at the corner of Wadsworth and Deer Creek Canyon in SW Littleton, CO, a common area to begin rides for Denver cyclists.
We were told to bring a lunch, so Bobby rolled up with his lunchbox.
Jon said a prayer, or something... , we're not sure what he was up to ... but he claimed it was something different...
All smiles at the start
|Sue, Dustin, Clay|
|Gwen and Susan were ready|
|Sue and Kathy|
|Peak to Peak|
|Michael checking if there was space left in the truck for him|
Sure enough, the road got really steep (down) after this point
Happily regrouping at the bottom of Pine Creek Rd after the dirt section
|Jon and the group (and some other riders who rolled up)|
|Sue and Kathy on S Foxton Rd|
|Linn, Sue, Jon, Kathy all smiles riding along the river|
|Kathy and Jon|
|Sharon and Michael swaggering|
|Bobby, Sherman, Clay relaxing at lunch|
|Jon and Dustin|
The rain stopped, the sun returned and the jackets came off (either that, or Kathy got some gu gel on her glove)
|Dustin, Michael, Bobby|
But Jon was still smiling (did I mention it is his favorite ride)
the fun continued on the beautiful Colorado roads
|Susan and Tom|
Regrouping again before the last climb up SW Platte River Rd to Pleasant Park Road with it's fast fun descent down High Grade Rd / Deer Creek Rd to complete the loop ride.
It was a feel good day with a great group of very strong capable fun riders. Thanks!
Relaxing after the return to Deer Creek, that's me in my Spanish colored helmet (although I'm American Irish - go figure).
Shameless plugs for some of yesterday's awesome riders: Jon Heidemann and Kathy Zawadski operate the Peak to Peak Training Systems in Lakewood, Colorado, and will be opening up a new Fast Lab location later this month in the Centennial (Tech Center) area. They offer performance testing, winter compu-trainer classes, specific fitness and strength classes, plus excellent cycling coaching services. Michael Gibson owns Westside Cycling (Specialized, Giant dealer) in Lakewood, Colorado. Bobby Verenna owns Campus Cycles (Trek, Giant, Orbea dealer) in Denver, Colorado. Please visit them. Oh and I write a professional cycling guide called PedalDancer.com and I discovered Dustin is a faithful reader - thanks Dustin!
Bobby is headed to cycle in France in a couple weeks with his wife, Clay is headed to Bordeaux soon, and Tom will be biking across Tanzania (or some place). Hopefully next Fall, we can do it all again on these beautiful roads right here in Colorado.