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    Boulder area Marshall Mesa evening group ride Thursday 3/13/08

    Yep that is right, weather is nice enough now that everyone should dust off those lights and come on out to the New Marshall Trail Head (South East corner of Hwy93 and Eldorado Springs Drive) at 5:30pm Thursday. Plan on riding by 5:45 to 6. This will be a fun ride, no drop atmosphere and we will loop the dowdy trails at least. There are several options for folks wanting to cut it shorter. Will not need the lights for a good part of it. I may do another loop earlier if anyone is interested--possibly the Dirty Bismarck.

    Eats and such at Southern Sun afterwards. Plan on about 1.5-2 hours of riding. I have extra lights if someone needs them.

    Lets put some faces to names and maybe even meet a few riding partners...

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    FUNK! My biike isnt quite ready yet, but still would like to join future rides. I live in Superior, so that would be super easy!

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    Nice

    Glad to see some others out riding. I will try to make it. What's the plan for a dirty bizmark before hand?
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    Well have to see if it works out with work


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    Super in normally for that route and a group but hitting Hall in the afternoon. Post again soon and I'll tag along. Names to faces..... here's mine from yesterday. I'm kind of proud. The Bone got the best of me but think I'm only laying low for a day. I realize this is over kill for a group ride post but wanted to put these somewhere on the Frange board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bstrick
    Super in normally for that route and a group but hitting Hall in the afternoon. Post again soon and I'll tag along. Names to faces..... here's mine from yesterday. I'm kind of proud. The Bone got the best of me but think I'm only laying low for a day. I realize this is over kill for a group ride post but wanted to put these somewhere on the Frange board.
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    High jack successful ...glad you are okay--I throw in a sports mouth guard during techy sections for that very reason--I smacked my teeth on a fall hard like that but chipped one pretty badly--and the lip took a hit also like yours. Mouth guard $4 Dentist reconstuctive surgery and ceramic tooth patch $500. Funny, my dentist in Boulder was the one that recommended it--he fixes a LOT of mountainbikers' teeth there! You do the math....

    Guess we will see how the weather holds tomorrow too!

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    I was actually thinking of riding it around 5:00 with a co-worker. But now I'm questioning it due to weather and that my wife wants to eat out tomorrow.

    BTW,..With the time change, it's time for earlier riding without lights.

    And here is the weather forecast. I'm not trying to be negative, just realistic. It will be a good ride even if forecast is right...just prepare accordingly.

    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick...Type=graphical

    I do want to meet and ride and photography and booze with some of you all though.....

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    what time would the dirty biz-naz start up? I tend to need to leave work fairly early so I might be up for that then do the reg loop with the late comers

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    I'm probably reading the chart wrong but that looks like every winter day I've ridden? Maybe a little warmer and less windy? Is it supposed to rain/snow significantly before 9pm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    what time would the dirty biz-naz start up? I tend to need to leave work fairly early so I might be up for that then do the reg loop with the late comers
    I can probably be on the road from 108th and Wadsworth at 4:15pm if I bust a$$. I can meet anywhere along the loop.
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    If you want to meet with the Dowdy ride, I would suggest leaving the Marshall Mesa trailhead by ~4:10, even earlier if it's windy...

    Pivvy, you might want to catch the group on 66th, or even take your time and wait at the Coalton trailhead on McCaslin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cartographer
    If you want to meet with the Dowdy ride, I would suggest leaving the Marshall Mesa trailhead by ~4:10, even earlier if it's windy...

    Pivvy, you might want to catch the group on 66th, or even take your time and wait at the Coalton trailhead on McCaslin.
    How do you guys join up to the Coalton trailhead if I want to ride backwards on the route to meet you?

    When I do the loop I just hit that dirt road out of Cowdrey and the go over the hump and turn on Coalton just before the wall. Or I could pass the wall on 128 and ride backwards from where coalton meets high plains until I meet you guys. I just want to maximize pedaling time before meeting the main group later and it would be cool to meet up with the early loop.
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    I don't think you'd want to go backwards on the McCaslin road, so if you want to maximize ride time and like rocks you could park at the 128/93 trailhead for High Plains/Greenbelt and ride east on High Plains till you meet the group coming up Coalton. This would also be good for getting off Dowdy later on. I think the timing would work out where you'd not have to wait, but it would maybe depend on how efficient the group is.

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    I'm gonna try to get the kitchen pass for this one. Maybe I'll see you guys there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cartographer
    I don't think you'd want to go backwards on the McCaslin road, so if you want to maximize ride time and like rocks you could park at the 128/93 trailhead for High Plains/Greenbelt and ride east on High Plains till you meet the group coming up Coalton. This would also be good for getting off Dowdy later on. I think the timing would work out where you'd not have to wait, but it would maybe depend on how efficient the group is.
    Sounds good. No driving for me but riding anywhere is fine. So you guys do take McCaslin from the dirt road that dumps out behind the shopping center and starts where Cowdrey ends? Is that 66th? I ride that road all the time but I never actually looked at the name.

    I can get from home to the top of the wall (McCaslin and hwy128) in under 25 minutes unless it's super windy so it's easy to drop down McCaslin to Coalton or head up 128 further and jump on where Coalton and High Plains meet and go backwards down Coalton.
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    The road is 66th that climbs from 170. You intersect it at the end of, iirc, Cowdry Draw. It likely changes names after climbing and dumping you down and left along the cement canal. This continues through some houses and to McCaslin. Then it's up the paved climb, down again and you're at the Coalton trailhead.

    I would expect the group would hit Coalton ~4:45 if it leaves the main trailhead on time.

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    Sorry about the high jack. No harm no foul. Thanks for the mouth piece idea, that seems perfect. I hope to ride the local loop with you guys soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cartographer
    The road is 66th that climbs from 170. You intersect it at the end of, iirc, Cowdry Draw. It likely changes names after climbing and dumping you down and left along the cement canal. This continues through some houses and to McCaslin. Then it's up the paved climb, down again and you're at the Coalton trailhead.

    I would expect the group would hit Coalton ~4:45 if it leaves the main trailhead on time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bstrick
    Sorry about the high jack. No harm no foul. Thanks for the mouth piece idea, that seems perfect. I hope to ride the local loop with you guys soon.
    I was just kidding anyway about the high jack...it may seem a little silly with the mouthpiece but they have come a long way and you can actually talk and breathe with them in--much different than the ones from HS sports that just sucked royally.

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    The Dirty Dozen Ride...

    So we meet at the Marshall Mesa Parking area at 3:30 to do the dirtybiz. Its about 14 miles or we can make it 18 by adding an early dowdy loop in and still join the late crowd for another round o fun. See you there--and southern sun is still on.

    Side note: Okay, I have heard it all, going out to eat (we are too at southern sun.....so join us), weather (I was just kidding, I climb big mountains and we have not had any bad weather this year from what I know), and yes, I have a new one for you--my bike's rear shock is completely not working now after an internal o ring failed and the spring chomped it all into little bitty parts--so maybe I should bail myself. Nope...I will ride the 13 year old stumpy single speed with 32/19 and show everyone how slow and how much fun I can really have instead. OH, and now that I know Pivvay is coming along I will probably not be able to keep up but will follow the smoke from the burning rubber. And to add insult to injury--the last time I rode with mtbjedi I got left for Mtn Lion bait on the school bus trail so this should be a blast tomorrow night (just kidding). I guess the late crowd was the no drop part though.....

    Lets ride!

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    I'm not sure I can make 3:30. I will try, but if not I'll leave for a dirty bismark a bit after 4. I'm taking my Trek with small wheels and funny handle bar. Hope to see some of you out there

    Somewhat like this:

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    anybody else having trouble with the forums?

    I will likely be there for the early birdy session. is that parking lot at the corner of 93 and marshall?

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    Yeah, I'm getting tons of errors trying to read new posts, today's posts, etc.
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    That's the spot. What time are you planning to be there?

    The forums are most definitely busted. It appears that links to individual threads are ok, but other than the main forums.mtbr.com page, all the forum index pages don't work. It looks like time to buy another box of gerbils.


    EDIT: Actually, it looks like things are running again. Thanks mtbr!
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    luckily this was the most recent thread otherwise I can't get to any topics via the front range forum page.

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    trying to make it at 3:30.

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    I see all this talk about the early bird ride, will you still be coming through MM trailhead at 5:45? I can't make the early one, but I did get clearance for the 5:45 meet and Southern Sun festivites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbjedi1
    I see all this talk about the early bird ride, will you still be coming through MM trailhead at 5:45? I can't make the early one, but I did get clearance for the 5:45 meet and Southern Sun festivites.
    As far as I know the early group intends to finish the loop in time to meet with the 5:45 group. At least that's my plan.
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    marshal mesa parking lot is that the one just off 93? Just up the hill from eldo canyon?

    Forgive the dumb questions from the denverite shooting for 3:30 meet
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    Dave,

    New Marshall Trail Head (South East corner of Hwy93 and Eldorado Springs Drive) at 5:30pm Thursday. Plan on riding by 5:45 to 6.

    That trailhead is further north than the one you're probably thinking of at hwy 93 and hwy 128.

    Edit: That appears to apply the the 3:30 meet as well.
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    second P from the top, I'm guessing?


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    Yes, That second P is the meet for both times. Sorry the 3:30 is so early for some...just wanted to make sure that we all get back for the later meet since that was my original thing...well at least I should be there!

    Mtbjedi--yep I will be back for the second round at 5:45ish. Sosun for sure.

    Cartographer-- I will look for you out there-where will you start from? We most likely will not get going until 3:45 so I figure you can catch me anyway! I will head clockwise from marshall towards 66 etc...

    Great to see all the interest.

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    I'll try to get to the trail head by 3:30, otherwise I'll chase you down if I can.

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    Where can I get one the mouthguards-would sports authority have them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokefork
    Where can I get one the mouthguards-would sports authority have them?
    Any of those types of stores--they have several styles and brands and some are more comfy--for like $8 instead they get real nice--you cannot even tell you have one on your teeth. You mold them by boiling them in water and then pressing on to your teeth. Even if one brand does not fit that well, just try another--overall pretty cheap still--I tried two different ones just to see.

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    I'm going to try to make the 5:30 session. Blue and white 2007 RM Element.
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    so what ride is happening at 3:30?

    i've got a COMBA board meeting back in golden at 6:30... but it sounds like there are 2 rides, early/late, meeting up?

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    You are too busy to read the thread? Just kidding.

    The ride is at 5:30. There is an "early" group meeting to do an extra loop before hand and then meeting up with everyone else for the ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pivvay
    You are too busy to read the thread? Just kidding.
    The ride is at 5:30. There is an "early" group meeting to do an extra loop before hand and then meeting up with everyone else for the ride.
    not too busy... too ignorant. i guess i don't know what the "dirty bismark" is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt
    not too busy... too ignorant. i guess i don't know what the "dirty bismark" is.
    A dirt version of the Morgul-Bismark course made famous by the defunct Coors Classic road race. The dirt version is basically linking up a bunch of trails inside the boundaries of the loop for the road course.

    See the picture below, but ignore the Dowdy Draw segment that runs on the West side of 93.
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    Hall was really good. How was the D biz? I'd like to do this next week if the weather holds.

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    thanks for the ride gents

    all this time i thought dirty bismark was just something for which governor spitzer paid $1000 an hour...



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    VAhardtail: Thanks for organizing this. It was good to meet a few more mtbrers.

    The trails are in fine shape (until the next snow?). The weather held nicely and provided some beautiful backdrops for the ride. It's quite a treat to have fun dirt that's dry in March so close by.

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    good to meet everyone and thanks to VA.

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    Great ride last night everyone!

    Great meeting everyone last night and thanks for coming out and making this ride awesome. Super fun group and if the weather holds--we can do more. We had two groups that rocked it out. First group left about 4pm and we did the official Dirtybiz with 6 riders--had a bit of wind on High Plains for sure heading West. Somehow we missed Pivvay on the back end of the loop but he joined us at the Marshall TH for the second round. The second group of 9 riders (yeah!) left at 6pm for the Dowdy Loop. Just under 25miles with the two loops. The wind calmed down for the later ride and made for a nice finish without lights. About 8 of us went to Southern Sun afterwards for some great beer and food--plus a little scheming on the maps for an epic loop up high after the thaw! See ya next week! Here are a few pics including the trail loops we did.
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    A few more pics...

    You make up the caption in one of these of Dave and the group....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockymtnway
    I'm going to try to make the 5:30 session. Blue and white 2007 RM Element.
    Great you joined us last night--hope you had fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt
    not too busy... too ignorant. i guess i don't know what the "dirty bismark" is.
    Great catching up with you last night--hope you made the board meeting.

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