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Was planning to start from Golden but we wussed out and started from Bergen Park.

 

It was a beautiful morning and the climb up Squaw Pass went by quickly.  I don't ride Squaw much but it's a great ride with little traffic and a nice consistent low angle pitch.  We took it easy and enjoyed the beautiful weather....rode with a friend and we chatted the whole way up.  I felt super good but didn't feel like pushing hard.  We got to Echo Lake and had little snack and waited for our slow friend.  He didn't show up after 45 minutes so we loaded up with water and headed up without him.

 

It was windy and when we broke above treeline I almost got blown off the road several times.  Stopped for a couple of pics about 4 miles up from Echo Lake

 

My buddy and the panorama

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We are headed to the peak just behind the ridge in the foreground.

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The road goes that way.....Once we got over that ridge the wind was blocked for several miles

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Yours truly at the summit...lots of cars were headed up today...you had to take your lane on the final switchbacks!

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It was cold and windy up there...low 40's and 25-30 mph winds..got off the summit quickly but I came up that way about 5 miles ago.

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The first 5 miles down to Summit Lake is not a fun downhill....the road is in awful shape and it is cold and windy.  It is just survival to make it to the Summit Lake.

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Took a bathroom break and lay in the sun out of the wind to warm up.  I had dropped my buddy on the last few  miles up so I waited about 10 minutes for him.  We were just up there...

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Another shot of the summit ridge and my baby....1283713016890.jpg

 

 

I just went up and came down that way...looking for my friend...

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Gorgeous day and great fun!  Can't wait to come back and do it again next year!  
 

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great report, dawg! One of my colleagues rode the Bob Cook Memorial race on Mt. Evans this summer- he came in 14th, 8 minutes off the front of the Pro/1/2 class, a feat that is unimaginable to me (of course, he came in 10th in the Leadville 100, too.). I am DEFINITELY not in shape for Evans! I settled for a 50 mile round trip ride from home to Lookout today, and felt like I was riding in slow motion. The headwinds didn't help.....

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Very nice report, Dave.  I, like David, found a lot of wind in the midst of my ride.  In fact, I was supposed to ride 5 hours yesterday.  When I left the house, it was pretty calm.  I had my aero wheels on, a Zipp 404 on the front and an 808 rear.  I had a good ride going, with a 21.5 mph average speed, when the wind started howling.  It was also about 90.  Not much fun.  I decided to cut it short, rode back to the house putting on a bit more mileage, and went to the gym.

 

I'm ready to be done with cycling season.

 

Mike

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Thanks for the memories.  I used to live in Idaho Springs and would ride that after work.

 

In the "the older I get the better I was category" I did the race up there in1982, when I was in the Cat1-2 field.  I made a special freewheel, a five speed 16-20, but only went down to the 19 in the race, with a 42 t front.  Every now and then I climb something in a 42-19 and try to imagine how I did that.  I still have that freewheel and pull it out once in a while to remind me that yes, I am getting older!

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Very nice report, Dave.  I, like David, found a lot of wind in the midst of my ride.  In fact, I was supposed to ride 5 hours yesterday.  When I left the house, it was pretty calm.  I had my aero wheels on, a Zipp 404 on the front and an 808 rear.  I had a good ride going, with a 21.5 mph average speed, when the wind started howling.  It was also about 90.  Not much fun.  I decided to cut it short, rode back to the house putting on a bit more mileage, and went to the gym.

 

I'm ready to be done with cycling season.

 

Mike

 

 

grrrr you guys dont realize this is the best time to be in the woods. Best time. summer rains have stopped and trees are changin with cooler and dry temps everywhere.

 

no snow on the east coast till december......

 

edit.....werent you the guys that started riding over skiing in like march? 

 

ski season December - June 

 

bike season - may to december


Edited by BushwackerinPA - 9/6/10 at 4:03pm
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Josh, all things equal, I'd be in that camp.  Unfortunately, the first and most important event of my cycling season the past two years has been the Bicycle Tour of Colorado, a 6 out of 7 day stage ride of around 500 miles through the mountains of Colorado that takes place at the end of June.  There's just no way to be in shape for that event that early in the season without starting training in March.

 

Next year, depending on the route for the BTC, I may select a later multiday stage ride and ski later.

 

Mike

 

ps  my yearly mileage total is now nearly 4,400 miles.  Not bad, considering I really didn't start riding outside until March, and then only one of the weekend days so that I could ski at least one day a week.

 

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grrrr you guys dont realize this is the best time to be in the woods. Best time. summer rains have stopped and trees are changin with cooler and dry temps everywhere.

 

no snow on the east coast till december......

 

edit.....werent you the guys that started riding over skiing in like march? 

 

ski season December - June 

 

bike season - may to december


You aren't really paying attention to our conversation....I already told you that I don't generally have much use for spring skiing.  I've had some great days in the spring but on average after the 3rd week of March if you don't catch the 1st few hours of a powder day...I'd rather ride my bike.  You are different..good for you.  I also don't have but another 2 to 4 weeks before I don't have enough daylight to ride anymore.  I have job that requires me to be at it 5 days a week from before sunrise to after sunset from late Sep to March.  

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You aren't really paying attention to our conversation....I already told you that I don't generally have much use for spring skiing.  I've had some great days in the spring but on average after the 3rd week of March if you don't catch the 1st few hours of a powder day...I'd rather ride my bike.  You are different..good for you.  I also don't have but another 2 to 4 weeks before I don't have enough daylight to ride anymore.  I have job that requires me to be at it 5 days a week from before sunrise to after sunset from late Sep to March.  


daylight you dont need no stinkin daylight.....

 

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/sub/199-Lights+And+Reflectors.aspx?s=2437

 

teammate from this weekends 24 hour race

 

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i use the lights for nighttime ski touring as well.

 

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Dave you never cease to inspire me!

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daylight you dont need no stinkin daylight.....

 

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/sub/199-Lights+And+Reflectors.aspx?s=2437

 

teammate from this weekends 24 hour race

 

995638162_9YpD2-L-1.jpg

 

i use the lights for nighttime ski touring as well.

 

 

 

Yes that's great for you Mr single with no responsibilities but I have young kids at home that need time with their dad at night since he's gone to work all of the day....and I don't enjoy riding in the dark.  I'm up for the moonlight touring though...
 

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Thanks for taking pics and sharing 

 

That's really a wonderful stretch of riding…a real grand “open” ride.  Uniquely CO are the features up high tied with the combination of wind and clean thin air as you’re turning the cranks…and I felt it again with these pano pics of yours.  Also reads like you did well holding a spot up and down that let you pace well among the touring vehicles…that’s a good safe enjoyable day indeed!

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