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    COS Wednesday Night Ride 12/5

    So last week was pretty sick which required a lot of concentration so we never got around to talking about what we are going to ride this coming Wednesday (unless I just missed it due to headyness of ride). Today I did a little Pulpit/University Park loop with Molly today and I had an idea. How about this:

    Pulpit Rock parking lot ->
    Around single track to University Park ->
    Up smooth climb to University Park neighborhood (into cul de sac) ->
    Bike path to Palmer (I know a good route) ->
    Around south to Palmer Park stables ->
    Big outer limit loop around Palmer with maybe some detours ->
    Back around to NW corner but on the single track paralleling Austin Buffs ->
    Bike path back to University Park ->
    *Extra Credit* bike lane up to high point drop in Coordinates: 38.903415,-104.795229 ->
    Northern technical trail back to Pulpit...

    Thoughts? Too much concrete? I'd just rather not do a pure Palmer Park ride since we've been there twice recently...

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    Tame and easy night ride to recover from a bonko ride is normally a red rocks or two loop. Nothing super hard but still not too much paved stuff. That would be my vote.

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    Ride bikes, check.

    So I had some stuff left in my truck last week, bag with chain cleaner, lube etc. and body armor. If no one wants it I will keep it
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    I'm downfor whatever. A while ago Jay was talking about a lot of singletrack inthe Pulpit Rock area--any chance we could rie that into what Chris suggested? I would kinda prefer to avoid Palmer Park if were just going to dabble there...

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    I have never ridden Pulpit Rock, and there is nothing better than riding new trails for the first time in the dark. I am up for whatever route is chosen.

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    I'm down for whatever really.
    Weather should be awesome, as usual. :-D
    Where is Pulpit Rock parking lot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Short Bus View Post
    I'm down for whatever really.
    Weather should be awesome, as usual. :-D
    Where is Pulpit Rock parking lot?
    The one I know is right off Nevada near I-25. If we start there, maybe we can finish at il vicinos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian View Post
    The one I know is right off Nevada near I-25. If we start there, maybe we can finish at il vicinos.
    I was thinking something similar. Il vicinos would be a nice finish. We can probably squeeze about 7 miles out of pulpit rock and don't mind playing guide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydude View Post
    I was thinking something similar. Il vicinos would be a nice finish. We can probably squeeze about 7 miles out of pulpit rock and don't mind playing guide.
    So how about we start at the parking lot to the north of Il Vicinos then? It's pretty easy to get from there to the Pulpit Rock trailhead. There used to be singletrack from UCCS to about where Costco is now (you probably know the trail) to get back down to Il Vs.

    I haven't ridden the trail above UCCS for a long time, but I remember some fun stuff up there.

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    I'm in for some Jaydude laps at Pulpit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian View Post
    I haven't ridden the trail above UCCS for a long time, but I remember some fun stuff up there.
    Is this Stumpjumper fun or Enduro fun?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bismirle View Post
    Is this Stumpjumper fun or Enduro fun?
    Stumpjumper

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    Quote Originally Posted by bismirle View Post
    Is this Stumpjumper fun or Enduro fun?
    There is a trail above UCCS that would be fun on the Enduro, but that would be the only section we're going to ride that would be Enduro fun (and you can ride that trail on the Stumpy no problem).

    Maybe P-dubs can join us this week without having to skip class. What time is your class over Paul? Wear your bike stuff to class and we can meet you somewhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian View Post
    There used to be singletrack from UCCS to about where Costco is now (you probably know the trail) to get back down to Il Vs
    see the map i attached for a nice pulput/austin bluffs loop, the blue section is the singletrack you're referring to (and it's awesome, i do laps on it)

    i'm out unfortunately, last class before finals then wednesdays are free!!!

    edit: i'll bring my bike stuff and try to catch you guys when I'm out of class around 7:30ish
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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian View Post
    There is a trail above UCCS that would be fun on the Enduro, but that would be the only section we're going to ride that would be Enduro fun (and you can ride that trail on the Stumpy no problem).
    OH, the hike-a-bike entrance for this trail (right behind the UCCS apartments/fitness center) is actually really close to where i'll be around 7:20, and it ends in a fun roller-filled stretch of downhill that goes south down the main campus bluff

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    Quote Originally Posted by p_DuBs View Post
    OH, the hike-a-bike entrance for this trail (right behind the UCCS apartments/fitness center) is actually really close to where i'll be around 7:20, and it ends in a fun roller-filled stretch of downhill that goes south down the main campus bluff
    Yes, that's the trail I'm thinking of. It's always the first trail to dry out in Colorado Springs so I used to ride it a lot back when we used to get snow...

    From there, it goes behind the campus buildings and then drops into one of the neighborhoods off of Union. I haven't ridden up there in about 5 years so I don't know what it's like now. I wouldn't be surprised if there weren't a few new trails that have been added since then.

    We can try to steer the group to be in the area of the main campus at 7:30 if that is when you'll be able to ride.

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    Is it Wednesday yet?
    So K-man, the official spot to meet is at Il Vecinos @ 6?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Short Bus View Post
    Is it Wednesday yet?
    So K-man, the official spot to meet is at Il Vecinos @ 6?
    Yeah, I think that makes sense, but I'm not the guide so maybe one of them should weigh in. Il Vs is on the north side of that strip mall, and there is more parking lot to the north of the restaurant--my thought is to meet there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian View Post
    Yeah, I think that makes sense, but I'm not the guide so maybe one of them should weigh in. Il Vs is on the north side of that strip mall, and there is more parking lot to the north of the restaurant--my thought is to meet there.
    Il Vs is a great place to start and finish The only thing I am not sure about is how we are going to incorporate the single track that parallels Austin Bluffs. I usually do not include this in my normal loop but I think Chris had some ideas...

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    should be out of class around 7, maybe earlier, so ill give you guys a call and try to link up

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    Always fun to hit new trails. I am excited about this. First night ride in weeks too. I have my shiny new Amoeba to rock thanks to Scar taking care of me after I put that nice size dent in my old one. Templeton man.... Templeton....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydude View Post
    Il Vs is a great place to start and finish The only thing I am not sure about is how we are going to incorporate the single track that parallels Austin Bluffs. I usually do not include this in my normal loop but I think Chris had some ideas...
    We could ride down that on the way back from the campus unless Chris has other plans.

    I definitely would like to ride the roller trail from the top of the mesa down to campus at some point on the ride (even though I'm Unit-ing on this ride). I remember that trail as having some fun lines on it.

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    attached an idea for the leader(s) of the group... after finishing at pulpit the group could head down the road that goes behind the UCCS sports fields to the apartments, Hike-a-bike up the bluff, back down the roller trail, thru campus back to the fitness center, then drop in on the trail that takes you back down to Nevada (unless y'all wanna head to palmer to get some more mileage in)
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    Quote Originally Posted by p_DuBs View Post
    attached an idea for the leader(s) of the group... after finishing at pulpit the group could head down the road that goes behind the UCCS sports fields to the apartments, Hike-a-bike up the bluff, back down the roller trail, thru campus back to the fitness center, then drop in on the trail that takes you back down to Nevada (unless y'all wanna head to palmer to get some more mileage in)
    That would work. THe hike-a-bike will suck, but it is short. I use to live on Palm drive behind UCCS and know that they did work on the "roller trail" (the old ROTC) trail that drops down the ridge towards the east. Totally rideable, if a bit sketch in a spot. There is a gnar rock garden just before you hit campus, but in a good way. The trail that parallels Austin Bluffs down to the Nevada parking lot is super fun. I use to commute on it to work. Getting to that trail through campus takes about 2 minutes, mostly downhill. Riding down the stairs and popping under Nevada puts you right in the Smash Burger parking lot.

    We should park right near Il Vicino so we can watch the bikes. They are not busy on Wednesday nights.

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    Could you ride a CX bike on this ride or would that be absurd?

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    I will buy you beers--plural--if you ride a CX bike...haha You will be walking the bike here and there, but at least 80% will be CX'able.

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    I like beer!

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    I will be on the SS so do I get a beer as well?

    See you in 24hrs

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    I will buy you a beer if you ride SS dressed as a woman. Just an idea!

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    Actually that goes for anyone.

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    Why don't we save the cross-dressing cross ride for the end of the world..... That way we don't have the awkward wake up the next morning thing to deal with? Still having car trouble, out this week. Sad because I looked at Il Vicinos - wood fired pizza!? That is always nice.

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    Yaaahh...popped the cherry on page 2 of the thread....must be getting close to Wednesday :P

    BTW..friend and I are going to Buffalo Creek tomorrow. Any takers let me know, there are two seats available. 8:30am at my house near Stratton...

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    DAMN YOU!!! the one day that I have something to do you go off to BC.......oh well I have to be a big boy sometimes right?

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    I'm looking doubtful for this ride. Jaenette is STILL sick with strep after a week and just went back to the doctor for more powerful antibotics. She was feeling better through the help of the 'roids they were giving her, but the antibiotics aren't making any dent in the bacteria. They have her on stronger stuff now, but she is pretty miserable so I think the best bet is for me to bail.

    I'll be in touch if that changes--have fun guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian View Post
    I'm looking doubtful for this ride. Jaenette is STILL sick with strep after a week and just went back to the doctor for more powerful antibotics. She was feeling better through the help of the 'roids they were giving her, but the antibiotics aren't making any dent in the bacteria. They have her on stronger stuff now, but she is pretty miserable so I think the best bet is for me to bail.

    I'll be in touch if that changes--have fun guys!

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    Tell Jaenette to get well! Hopefully the new meds will bring her some relief...
    I can testify that strep sux...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydude View Post
    I"m going to pick Ackley up and J's new pills and then see how she's doing when I get home. She keeps saying I should ride so if she twists my arm I might be there. I've gotta see how she's doing to make the call though.

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    On my way back from buffalo Creek, still gonna try to meet up

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    Sorry I missed out on this ride. I got stuck on I25 for forever on my way home from up north today. One broken down car in the median and it took me 45 plus mins to get home.

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    Great ride last night! We definitely need to put Pulpit into the rotation.
    I still can't get over how warm it was.

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    Pulpit Rock was fun. It was a little odd to incorporate the University trails but really liked the "pdubs section" along Austin Bluffs and the " campus section"

    There also is a lot more trail that we did not ride. I am surprised that we rode over 10 miles, it did not feel like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydude View Post
    Pulpit Rock was fun. It was a little odd to incorporate the University trails but really liked the "pdubs section" along Austin Bluffs and the " campus section"

    There also is a lot more trail that we did not ride. I am surprised that we rode over 10 miles, it did not feel like it.
    We'll have to hit that again sometime so I can see the trails. How was the new Il Vicinos?

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    I was surprised when I saw the mileage. Here is the track. The full ride time was 3:16. The weather was too nice to keep the breaks short.

    <iframe height='405' width='590' frameborder='0' allowtransparency='true' scrolling='no' src='http://app.strava.com/runs/31136397/embed/1bb2e7a23dce0641b5af1bb0991b5f4e8c2ccf8f'></iframe>
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    What a wacky looking route that turned out to be. Can't believe the mileage, I was sure we wouldn't break 10.

    I bet if we do that a couple more times, we and our horses will break in those thin spots Jay showed us. Goes to show how much is really out there.

    There should be Il Vicinos at all trailheads.

    HTRN--Too bad you couldn't make BC. We had a good loop: 33 miles with a run on Blackjack and finishing on the new trail Hello Kitty. It was big day for me yesterday with the two rides but I felt like it was a challenge I needed to do.

    I only got one picture last night and it was of my feet (flash testing with my phone). It does however have a beer can in the frame.
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    I have a pic from the first beer stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bismirle View Post
    I have a pic from the first beer stop.
    The views were kick ass up above the University. And Hats off to Tennubs for riding his CX bike!

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