APRIL RIDE SCHEDULE


2016 DBTC Spring Training Road Rides with Donald Schmertz – Saturdays at 10:00 AM – MeetUp.com. The first ride on Saturday, April 2nd is at 11AM!!!!

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Saturday April 2nd:


FUN H1-20-NW 10:00 AM Meet Jeff Krinsky (720-373-9107) at Prospect Park in Wheat Ridge for the OFFICIAL FIRST RIDE OF SPRING RIDE!! Experience this classic DBTC ride on the trails of Ralston Creek and Clear Creek as we knock the cobwebs off of our equipment and get our biking legs back! All riders will be awarded with a special spring surprise.


MTB P2, T2, South Valley Open Space THE RIDE: Meet Mark Shimoda (303-514-6248) for a nice gentle ride on our first day of the season. We will ride the South Valley and Grazing Elk trails. These have some short steep climbs, but are basically non-technical. There are several options to add more miles and/or for a more technical ride. THE TIME: 10:15AM (WHEELS ROLLING AT THAT TIME! PLEASE ARRIVE ENOUGH EARLIER TO GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO PREPARE FOR THAT START TIME.) THE DIRECTIONS: From the interchange of Key Caryl and C-470, go west a short distance to the first signalized (and somewhat oddly configured) intersection. Turn left (south) and climb the curving road to the stop sign at the three-way intersection at the top of the hill. Continue straight (and downhill). In a very short distance, you will see the South Valley parking lot and restrooms off to your left. Drive past those to the entrance road a short distance beyond. THE FOOD: Bring tailgate picnic food and beverages to share post-ride. Also bring folding chairs - and tables - if you have them. THE FINE PRINT: The weather can be poor at this time of the year, the trails might be muddy and eating outside or even riding might not be pleasant. If trails are muddy, we will not ride. If the temperature is below 55 degrees Fahrenheit, we will not ride. If winds are blowing and the sun is shy and hiding behind clouds, we might head for a restaurant instead of eating in the parking lot under adverse conditions.


Sunday April 3rd:


FUN-H2-20-NW 10:00 AM Meet Merri Bruntz (303-517-9781) at Crown Hill Park (26th & Garrison) for a ride to Sloans Lake via a route that first goes west through Wheat Ridge neighborhoods and then heads east to the lake. Every portion of this route is on roads with bike lanes or the Clear Creek Trail which has been augmented to avoid the “dreaded dirt road.”


INT-H-2-25 +-NE 10:30 AM Each Sunday until fall meet DBTC riders at Cake Crumbs Bakery and Coffee shop located at 2216 Kearney Street, Denver. These rides will be lead by various ride leaders. The April rides will begin at 10:30 a.m. May rides will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will start earlier as it warms up. Each Sunday we pick a different route and the distances vary from 25 miles up to 50 miles by mid summer. We ride east towards DIA and Watkins, sometimes north to Brighton, southeast to Aurora Reservoir or Cherry Creek or maybe north east to Broomfield The rides are coordinated by Doug Schuler, and sometimes are led by other club members. Reminders are announced on Meet Up and Yahoo as well as changing start times. Questions, call Doug 303-829-5861


Tuesday, April 5th – Easy Tuesday!

FUN-H1to2-25-SE 11:00 AM Meet Cyndy Klepinger at Lowry Soccer Fields, Fairmont Blvd and Sports Blvd near the outdoor restrooms on the west end of the park. (303) 725-1565 or matilda8@msn.com. We’ll ride a loop on Highline Canal and other bike paths to enter the Cherry Creek Reservoir on the east. Depending on the group, a loop around the reservoir is possible. Return on Cherry Creek and Highline Canal Path. This is a no-drop ride.


Wednesday, April 6th


“ROSES”-H1-14-NW 10:00 AM Meet Wes and Dianne Chowen, 303-204-5887, at City of Cuernavaca Park for a ride on the Platte and Sand Creek to explore the construction of the North Commuter Rail Line, including what will be the longest bridge in Colorado! Bring a snack and money for an optional lunch following the ride.


FUN/INT-Show and Go-You can join the “Roses” to explore the rail line and ride at their pace or you can ride the trail out to 104th and back.


MTB P2.5, T2, 6:00PM, Green Mountain. SHOW AND GO. Meet at the Florida trailhead, at the top of Alameda Boulevard at the intersection of West Florida Drive and Alameda Boulevard in Lakewood.


Saturday April 9th


MTB P2, T2, Hidden Mesa THE RIDE: Meet Larry Leeds (303-483-5036) for a warm up ride on the Cherry Creek Trail south to Hidden Mesa, then a couple loops on the paths at Hidden Mesa and then back north to the cars. THE TIME: 10:00AM (WHEELS ROLLING AT THAT TIME! PLEASE ARRIVE ENOUGH EARLIER TO GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO PREPARE FOR THAT START TIME.) THE DIRECTIONS: Drive south on Parker Road to Indianpipe Lane in 2 the formerly lovely hamlet of Parker, Colorado. If you blink, you’ll probably miss Indianpipe Lane, which, according to Google Maps, is the first street (on your right - and opposite South Pine Drive on your left) south of the Kohl’s store in Parker. That store is on your right, just south of the Parker Road/Twenty Mile Road (on your right)/Hilltop Road (on your left) intersection. Turn right on Indian Pipe Lane, then immediately right again into a trail access parking lot with bathrooms. THE FOOD: Bring tailgate picnic food and beverages to share post-ride. Also bring folding chairs—and tables—if you have them.


RIDES TO
THE KICKOFF PARTY

INT/ROAD-H2/3-33-SW 2:00PM Lise Neer (303-249-8621) This ride will go South on the Platte River trail, then West on the 470 trail to Bear Creek Lake Park, and back via Bear Creek and Platte trails. We’ll take a break halfway around at the Conoco in Morrison. Meet behind the tennis bubble (SE side) at Bowles & Federal. Check out the map here: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1004756639.

FUN-H2/3-18-SW 2:30 PM Kathy Stommel (719-671-5579) Meet behind the tennis bubble (SE side along the river) at Bowles & Federal. Ride will make an interesting loop including segments of Columbine Trail, C470 trail, Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Chatfield State Park and finally Platte River trail, returning to the tennis bubble in plenty of time for the Spring Kickoff which is right across the street.


Sunday, April 10th


FUN-H2-24-NW-10:00 AM Meet Jeff Krinsky (720-373-9107) for this brand new ride, THE HIDDEN GEMS OF INTERLOCKEN! The adventure begins at the Safeway at the Rock Creek Village Shopping Center in Superior. We will take secret trails and use portions of the new HWY 36 Trail to take us on a loop that includes the hidden gems of Flatirons Mall, Interlocken, Standley Lake, and Rock Creek Village! Rock Creek Village Safeway is centrally located in Superior at the NW corner of Coalton and Rock Creek Parkway (Address is 1601 Coalton Road Superior, CO. 80027.) The ride is mostly on paved trails but there are a couple of quarter-mile segments of lightly-graveled well-kept, un-paved trails.


INT-H-2-25 +-NE 10:30 AM Each Sunday until fall meet DBTC riders at Cake Crumbs Bakery and Coffee shop located at 2216 Kearney Street, Denver. These rides will be lead by various ride leaders. The April rides will begin at 10:30 a.m. May rides will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will start earlier as it warms up. Each Sunday we pick a different route and the distances vary from 25 miles up to 50 miles by mid summer. We ride east towards DIA and Watkins, sometimes north to Brighton, southeast to Aurora Reservoir or Cherry Creek or maybe north east to Broomfield The rides are coordinated by Doug Schuler, and sometimes are led by other club members. Reminders are announced on Meet Up and Yahoo as well as changing start times. Questions, call Doug 303-829-5861


Monday, April 11th

FUN-H1-28-SE-10:00 AM Meet Ellen Fitzpatrick at Village Greens Park. We will ride through the Cherry Creek reservoir, head south on Jordan Road, hook up with the Cherry Creek Trail and take it to Parker. We will lock up our bikes and have a light snack at the frozen yogurt place or other place. This ride will be at a slow, 10-12 mph pace).


Wednesday, April 13th


FUN-H1-20-SW 10:00AM Meet Merri Bruntz (303-517-9781) at the Stone House (Estes & Yale along the Bear Creek Trail). We will ride east on the Bear Creek Trail to the South Platte Trail taking it south to Hudson Gardens for a break. We will return via the same route.


“Roses” H1-20-SE 10:00 AM Meet Judy Deist, 303-841-4792, CP 303-906-4305 at the Broncos Parkway Trailhead, entrance on So side of Broncos Parkway between Jordan Rd. and Parker Rd. for a ride along the Cherry Creek Trail. Bring a snack, and money for lunch at a favorite restaurant following the ride.


MTB P2.5, T2, 6:00PM, Green Mountain. SHOW AND GO. Meet at the Florida trailhead, at the top of Alameda Boulevard at the intersection of West Florida Drive and Alameda Boulevard in Lakewood. A Day Trek in Breckenridge Join Lin Hark in Breckenridge to enjoy a day of trekking (X-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking) on Boreas Pass, a soak in the hot tub and/or pool and dinner at a Breckenridge restaurant after. Meet at the parking area on the west side of Boreas Pass at 10 AM for a hike or ski depending on the weather and snow report. Sign up by April 8th. Lin will send out more info on the itinerary on April 10th to those who RSVP and sign up for this outing. Contact Lin Hark at mtnlin08@gmail.com or 303-578-9369 www.summitpost.org/boreas-pass-trailhead/166134


Thursday, April 14th

INT-MostlyH1- 26 +/-- 4:00 PM Meet Cyndy Klepinger at the Cook Rec Center parking lot at Cherry Street (between Monaco and Quebec) for a training ride for those participating in the popular Elephant Rock ride. Also, if you are going on a tour and need a longer training ride, come join us. (303) 725-1565 or matilda8@msn.com The plan is to ride to Cherry Creek Reservoir, circle one way, then possibly turn around and circle the other way. Pace will be about 15 mph typical cruising speed (not an end of ride average). The Subaru Elephant Rock, June 5, is a popular cycling event in Rocky Mountain Region and is the unofficial start of the Colorado cycling season. For more information on the ride, go to www.elephantrockride.com.


Saturday, April 16th


FUN-H1-20-SE 10:00 AM Meet Dick Shelton (720-934-9823) at the Cherry Creek Trailhead on Broncos Parkway, adjacent to Tarawa Gardens, for an easy 20 mile ride to Scott Road and back.


MTB P2, T1, first day of Pueblo weekend THE RIDE: Join Jeff Baysinger (303-969-9241) for 2 days exploring bike paths and trails around Pueblo, Lake Pueblo State Park and the Arkansas River. Expand upon your Colorado history knowledge. The Saturday afternoon ride will use the Arkansas River bike path, below the dam, near the state park. The path follows the north river side and has a great stop at a Nature Center. THE TIME: 12:45PM (WHEELS ROLLING AT THAT TIME! PLEASE ARRIVE ENOUGH EARLIER TO GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO PREPARE FOR THAT START TIME.) THE DIRECTIONS: Meet at the Econo Lodge motel at 71 South Radnor Drive. This motel is in the Pueblo West area, on the south side of Highway 50. THE FOOD: Get together for dinner in the evening at a restaurant by the revitalized and historic River Walk Area of downtown Pueblo. THE FINE PRINT: Please RSVP by Friday, April 15, to Jeff Baysinger at 303-969-9241. MORE FINE PRINT: In addition to many motels in the Pueblo area, camping is available in Lake Pueblo State Park. To reach the camping area, take I-25 south to Highway 50 (exit 101); go 2.9 miles west (toward Canon City); turn left (south) on North Pueblo Boulevard (Highway 45); go 4.0 miles to Highway 96 (Thatcher 3 Avenue); turn right for about 4 miles; turn right on South Marina Road, which will take you into the park and to the camping area


Sunday, April 17th


INT-H-2-25 +-NE 10:30 AM Each Sunday until fall meet DBTC riders at Cake Crumbs Bakery and Coffee shop located at 2216 Kearney Street, Denver. These rides will be lead by various ride leaders. The April rides will begin at 10:30 a.m. May rides will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will start earlier as it warms up. Each Sunday we pick a different route and the distances vary from 25 miles up to 50 miles by mid summer. We ride east towards DIA and Watkins, sometimes north to Brighton, southeast to Aurora Reservoir or Cherry Creek or maybe north east to Broomfield The rides are coordinated by Doug Schuler, and sometimes are led by other club members. Reminders are announced on Meet Up and Yahoo as well as changing start times. Questions, call Doug 303-829-5861


MTB P3, T2-3, second day of Pueblo weekend THE RIDE: On Sunday, wander about the 50+ miles of trails located south of the reservoir in Lake Pueblo State Park. The ride will venture along the arroyo arms of the reservoir. Keep an eye out
for bald eagles and pelicans. Voodoo Loop will definitely put a spell on you. THE TIME: 10:30AM (WHEELS ROLLING AT THAT TIME! PLEASE ARRIVE ENOUGH EARLIER TO GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO PREPARE FOR THAT START TIME.) THE DIRECTIONS: Meet inside the park, near the parking lot by the Arkansas Point Campground. For directions, see “MORE FINE PRINT” above in the description for Saturday. There is a small vehicle fee to pay for entering, but remember these fees help support the park. Parking is safer and trails start right there.


FUN-H1-15-20-NW-10AM Meet Wes and Dianne Chowen at City of Cuernavaca Park for a ride on the Platt and Sand Creek trails and some streets to explore the construction of the North Commuter Line, and what will be the longest bridge in Colorado. Optional lunch afterwards.


Tuesday, April 19th – Easy Tuesday!

FUN-H1to2-25 SE 11:00 AM Meet Cyndy Klepinger at the Cook Rec Center parking lot at Cherry Street (between Monaco and Quebec). (303) 725-1565 or matilda8@msn.com. We’ll ride a loop on Highline Canal to Dartmouth Street, to Franklin Street to Washington Park. Return on Cherry Creek. This is a no-drop ride.


Wednesday, April 20th

FUN-H2-15-SE 10:00 AM Join Ida Sansoucy (303-888-4485) at South HIgh School to ride 15 miles. We’ll head over to Cherry Creek and then downtown on the trail and back along the Platte and wander back to Washington Park. Let’s start the season slow....and build up. Lunch after to catch up with everyone.


“Roses” H1-15- SE 10:00 AM Meet in the shopping center on the northeast corner of Parker Rd and Quincy Ave, Aurora; park away from the stores. We will ride trails and roads within Cherry Creek State Park, observing boats, birds and other bikers, avoiding the hills near the dam, total of about 15 miles. Bring a snack, and money for lunch, optional, at Emerald Isle. Jean Stevenson, H. 303-699-5135, c. 303-349-1596. Do not call after 9 PM or before 7 AM.


MTB P2.5, T2, 6:00 PM, Green Mountain. SHOW AND GO. Meet at the Florida trailhead, at the top of Alameda Boulevard at the intersection of West Florida Drive and Alameda Boulevard in Lakewood.


Saturday, April 23rd


FUN-H2-25-SE 9:00 AM - Mt Nebo! Meet Gaar Potter (303-691-0938) at Eisenhower Park Rec Center (SE Corner of Dartmouth and Colorado Blvd). We will ride to 3 cemeteries and place a rock at Mt. Nebo. We also visit Hampden Hts. Cemetery, Fairmount Cemetery and Lowry. You won’t believe the SNEAKY way we get to Hampden Hts. Cemetery!


ATTENTION!!! THIS MTB RIDE TO SPRUCE MTN HAS BEEN MOVED TO SOUTH VALLEY ON SUNDAY!!!

MTB P2, T1.5, Spruce Mountain - Spruce Meadow THE RIDE: Meet Mary Sue Dickerson (720-209-8126) at the Greenland Open Space trailhead. Starting at the Greenland trailhead, we will ride the Spruce Meadow Trail to the Spruce Mountain Trailhead. Then it’s up and over Spruce Mountain and complete a loop over Eagle Pass. We will stop at the first lookout on Spruce Mountain for a snack and to admire the views of surrounding buttes, Pikes Peak, the Palmer Divide, Carpenter Creek and thousands of acres of protected open space as part of an animal corridor to Pikes Peak National Forest. Once we finish Eagle Pass, you will have a choice of riding the rest of Spruce Meadow Trail or taking the gravel road back to Greenland trailhead. Spruce Mountain with Eagle Pass Loop is about 8 miles and has two or three moderately challenging sections. Spruce Meadow would be rated as easy and is 8.5 miles long. If people want to ride more, ride part of Greenland Open Space. THE TIME: 10:30AM (WHEELS ROLLING AT THAT TIME! PLEASE ARRIVE ENOUGH EARLIER TO GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO PREPARE FOR THAT START TIME.) THE DIRECTIONS: Take I-25 south past Larkspur approximately four miles to Greenland Road (exit 167); turn west (right) for 0.2 miles on Greenland Road; then turn south (left) for 0.5 miles on Noe Road to the Greenland Open Space trailhead. THE FOOD: Bring tailgate picnic food and beverages to share post-ride. Also bring folding chairs—and tables—if you have them.


Sunday, April 24th.


FUN-H2+-22-SW 10:00 AM Meet Lin Hark (303-578-9369) at Reynolds Landing (1 mile north of Carson Nature Center and Aspen Grove) at 6745 S Santa Fe Dr. There is a signal at the street named Brewery Lane, turn west, toward the river, and go past Breckenridge Brewery all the way to the parking lot at the end of the road. We will ride to Chatfield State Park on the South Platte Trail, climb the dam, ride around the lake, take a break at the Marina, ride back around the lake and back to our cars.. Lin rides at a slower pace of around 10 mph. We will regroup after climbing the dam to enjoy the beautiful view of the lake and the foothills (and catch our breath). Lunch after at the Breckenridge Brewery.


INT-H-2-25 +-NE 10:30 AM Each Sunday until fall meet DBTC riders at Cake Crumbs Bakery and Coffee shop located at 2216 Kearney Street, Denver. These rides will be lead by various ride leaders. The April rides will begin at 10:30 a.m. May rides will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will start earlier as it warms up. Each Sunday we pick a different route and the distances vary from 25 miles up to 50 miles by mid summer. We ride east towards DIA and Watkins, sometimes north to Brighton, southeast to Aurora Reservoir or Cherry Creek or maybe north east to Broomfield The rides are coordinated by Doug Schuler, and sometimes are led by other club members. Reminders are announced on Meet Up and Yahoo as well as changing start times. Questions, call Doug 303-829-5861


Monday, April 25th

FUN-H2-26-SE 10:00 AM Meet Ellen Fitzpatrick (720-209-2269) at Eisenhower Park Rec Center (SE Corner of Dartmouth and Colorado Blvd). We will bike the unpaved portion of the Highline Canal through Greenwood Village to the Goodson Recreation Center and beyond, crossing Broadway, catching the Lee Gulch Trail for a short distance to the Platte River. From there we will head North, stopping for refreshment along the way before continuing on to Dartmouth and east back to our start. Highland Canal and Lee’s Gulch trail portions of this route are unpaved so hybrid or wider tire bikes are advised.


Wednesday, April 27th


“Roses” H1-18-SE 10:00 AM Meet Anne Layshock, 303-771-6353, Cell: 303-818-5094, in the East parking lot on the SE corner of Cherry Creek Mall, for a ride on the Cherry Creek Trail & Highline Canal to Bible Park and on to Hampden Heights to return to the Cherry Creek Trail. This is a loop ride, gradual uphill, downhill all the way back. Bring a snack and money for an optional lunch following the ride.


FUN/INT FUN-H2/H3-25 SW 10:00 AM Meet Patty Gaspar (303-618-5069) behind the McDonald’s at Sheridan and Hampden. We’ll head to the Tech Center on various trails. We have to climb some hills and there are sections on the Highline Canal (pea gravel), and then we’ll have our morning latte ON DBTC then loop back to Bear Valley. This used to be my bike commute and It is a beautiful ride. We get a wonderful downhill back to Bear Valley. Lunch is in Bear Valley. If trails are muddy we will take an alternate ride on paved trails.


MTB P2.5, T2, 6:00 PM, Green Mountain. SHOW AND GO. Meet at the Florida trailhead, at the top of Alameda Boulevard at the intersection of West Florida Drive and Alameda Boulevard in Lakewood


Saturday, April 30th


FUN/INT-H2/3-20-SW 10:00 AM Meet Kathy Stommel (719-671-5579) at Reynolds Landing for a loop ride starting south on the Platte River Trail to the C470 trail where we will head west with some significant hills before being rewarded with a nice downhill stretch on S. Clarkson St before working our way back to the Platte River Trail, returning to Reynolds Landing. Optional lunch afterwards at Breckenridge Brewery. This is a training ride for Salida Art and Ride Tour participants, however all others are welcome to come along. Reynolds Landing is accessed by turning west off Santa Fe Drive at the traffic light with Brewery Dr, continue past Breckenridge Brewery all the way to the Reynolds Landing parking lot near the Platte River Trail.


MTB P2, T2, South Table Mountain THE RIDE: Meet Steve Farley (303-437-5442) to ride to the top of the mesa and then over to the overlook of Coors Brewery and the view of North Table Mountain. We will then head toward the Castle Rock and walk up the rock steps to the top. We’ll return past the Colorado State Patrol track. Many trail options are available for the adventurous. THE TIME: 10:00AM (WHEELS ROLLING AT THAT TIME! PLEASE ARRIVE ENOUGH EARLIER TO GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO PREPARE FOR THAT START TIME.) THE DIRECTIONS: From the intersection of Colfax Avenue and Denver West Marriott Boulevard (to the north) and Colorado Mills Parkway (to the south), go north on Denver West Marriott Boulevard, cross over I-70 and turn left (west) at Denver West Parkway. Find the access road to the parking lot of the Jefferson County Schools Administration Building, 1829 Denver West Drive, Golden, CO 80401 (just west of the Marriott hotel) (according to Google Maps, by turning south (left) from Denver West Parkway onto Denver West Drive). Go to the large open field at the end of the access road and park. THE FOOD: Bring tailgate picnic food and beverages to share post-ride. Also bring folding chairs—and tables—if you have them.


Sunday, May 1st

FUN-H2-20-SW 9:00 AM - Amazing Maze Ride - Meet JEFF Messerschmidt (303.904-0573, leave message) at the Stone House, 2900 S. Estes, Lakewood, and cycle west through Lakewood and Morrison, then south and east through unincorporated South JEFFco.


Wednesday, May 4th

FUN-H2-18-SW 10:00 AM Meet Kathy Stommel (719-671-5579) at the HIghland Ranch Redstone Park, parking lot off Town Center Dr. between the baseball fields and playground equipment. We will ride a loop of the Highland Canal to Lee’s Gulch to Platte River and finally back on C470 trail - so secluded and beautiful you’ll forget we’re in the city. Highland Canal and Lee’s Gulch trail portions of this route are unpaved so hybrid or wider tire bikes are advised.


Friday, May 6th 

INT-MostlyH1- 26 +/-- 10:00 AM Meet Cyndy Klepinger at the Cook Rec Center parking lot at Cherry Street (between Monaco and Quebec) for a training ride for those participating in the popular Elephant Rock ride. Also, if you are going on a tour and need a longer training ride, come join us. (303) 725-1565 or matilda8@msn.com The plan is to ride to Cherry Creek Reservoir, circle one way, then possibly turn around and circle the other way. Pace will be about 15 mph typical cruising speed (not an end of ride average). The Subaru Elephant Rock, June 5, is a popular cycling event in Rocky Mountain Region and is the unofficial start of the Colorado cycling season. For more information on the ride, go to www. elephantrockride.com.




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