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    Old Colorado City 1st Annual Fat Tire Festival

    My good buddy down in the Spring, Aaron Egge, is spearheading a day long mountain bike excursion through the beautiful mountain outside Colorado Springs. The proposed date at this time is June7th 08. The plan is to start in town and ride the Jones Downhill Loop coming back through captn jacks, chutes etc. with the day ending with a barbecue and beers. Most of logistics are still in planning mode but he has tentative sponsors from Colorado Cyclist among others. He is currently developing a brochure to post online with details and more details will develop as the logistics get solved.

    Plan for a full day of epic colorado springs backcountry riding ending in a fiesta.

    I am just trying to help out a little but Aaron is doing all the foot work. Would love to get a show of interest from you guys out there which will help decide what is required to make this a truly fun day.

    this could be the start of something really cool and I'm not aware of anything that currently exists like this. Its a great way to bring everyone together and enjoy our passion for riding all the while meeting new people who all share the same interest.

    Suggestions are welcome so please let us now what you think.

    Cheers and happy trails...

    Stay tuned for an official flier from Aaron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papawheelie
    The plan is to start in town and ride the Jones Downhill Loop coming back through captn jacks, chutes etc. with the day ending with a barbecue and beers.
    Suggestions are welcome so please let us now what you think.
    This is a shuttle ride right? You don't expect people to actually pedal their bikes all the way up to Frosty's do you? That there is crazy talk.

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    I think the plan is to start from Bott Park (not sure where that is) but it is a nice easy ride up to Frosty's on Old Stage/Gold Camp and the descend back to the park. Approximately 30-40 miles and is not has hard as you think. You could call it a Death March but with a good group size, there usually consists of lots of rest stops and it is really a nice ride. Shuttles are always an option for folks with trucks if you don't want to make the climb. But I say its really a moderate ride overall and its always nice to be done at the end of the ride and not have to go get shuttle vehicles. But again, shuttles are always an option.

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    Sounds fun to me

    Beer, Food and riding, what could be better.
    I do believe loudpawlz is ribbing you, he's funny that way.

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    I'm in - have an email list setup? Any way to keep up on the pending "Death March"?
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    sounds like a good time.

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    Could it be changed to the next weekend?

    I think it is a great idea and one of my favorite rides in the Springs. Alot of the local racers will be out of town that weekend. 6/14 or 6/15 would work better for any of the Mountain States Cup racers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papawheelie
    ...through the beautiful mountain outside Colorado Springs.
    bike tours of norad?

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    'bout time

    I'd love to see an event get started up here in Colorado Springs. We have such great in/near town riding that I think it's a shame we do not have any major bike festivals or races. It's not as though we don't have any high profile locals (USOTC, USAFA, Carmichael, SRAM, and RockShox all come to mind rather quickly). While we may not have the quaint status or lore of Fruita or Crested Butte, I would think that, with the combined populations of Denver/Colo Spgs/Pueblo, we should be able to easily support a major festival.

    I've only lived here 6 years, have there been prior failed attempts at establishing festivals or races here?
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    If this goes off, count me in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by papawheelie
    I think the plan is to start from Bott Park (not sure where that is) but it is a nice easy ride up to Frosty's on Old Stage/Gold Camp and the descend back to the park. Approximately 30-40 miles and is not has hard as you think. You could call it a Death March but with a good group size, there usually consists of lots of rest stops and it is really a nice ride. Shuttles are always an option for folks with trucks if you don't want to make the climb. But I say its really a moderate ride overall and its always nice to be done at the end of the ride and not have to go get shuttle vehicles. But again, shuttles are always an option.
    I'm pretty familiar with that Jones park loop, at a moderate pace from downtown Colorado Springs it usually takes about 6 hours(not shuttled). This is a great loop, I look forward to hearing more about the event!! Bott park is near 26th and Cimarron, near the Fairview Cemetery.

    Thanks for the info!!

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    Good point, Sol Vista is on 6-8 so the 14th might be the day.

    Egge, you got that down????

    I think as many people as we can get to come out the better, the only thing to worry about is the forest service. They can get all up in your grill if your not careful. So, this will be grassroots and then see how she goes. If planned well, the city and forest service should welcome such an event as it helps with tourism and the like.

    Thanks for all the responses, lets get it done.

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    I'm shuttling....





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    It's a buttload of climbing and fireroad riding, and your not gonna finish at Bott park if you do CJ's and Stratton/chutes, maybe 666 to Palmer/Sec 16 and finish at Red rocks?

    Plus you have to climb up 26th and then lower Gold camp if you start from Bott park, might be tough logisticly with a big group. I would say the ride will take longer than 6 hrs as well riding up from town, I've done it and I wouldn't call it a mod ride, 5k+ of climbing, more if you do palmer/sec 16 at the end. My 2 cents

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    Sounds interesting as I don't know all the ins and outs of the CS trails but have riden some of them. I wouldn't want to see huge groups as that isn't my style so breaking them up might be nice.

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    I'm in, but I'm riding with kchri.
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    From the "Organizer"

    Please spread the word on this ride. The more feedback I get the better. This will be the first event of this type I've put together and I need to gauge concerns and options.

    In response to earlier posts:

    The ride will go through Statton Open Space and proceed down 21st St. back to Old Colo. City. I will make contact with some local watering holes to secure a post-ride party locale (hopefully with some discounts for the riders).

    Shuttling...always an option, but at this point, I would prefer to make that a person-by-person decision and leave support (vehicles) for that decision up to the individuals.

    At this point, I need to get my hands around the scope of what we may be able to put together and work the logistics-including permits, sponsors and volunteers-as needed. I need to ensure that the first year of this event doesn't turn into the last year due to poor planning and execution.

    Thanks again for the feedback. I will start on sponsorship "pimp duty" ASAP and hope to hear from more in coming days/weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scblur71
    I will make contact with some local watering holes to secure a post-ride party locale (hopefully with some discounts for the riders).
    Mmmm... watering holes.

    Here's my advice... if you even want it. If not, disregard everything I say. ;-)
    You may want to look into Jack Quinns since they seem to be very receptive to giving discounts and space to group athletic events. And they're definitely cool with sweaty, smelly people in spandex. Look what they do every Tuesday night: Jack Quinn's running club. Not only do they give all attendants discounts on drinks, free spaghetti and salad, but they pretty much donate the entire upstairs.

    If I could pick any watering hole for a post ride re-dehydration session it would be the Bristol Brewery. Small, but cool atmosphere... and ever better beer. However, I don't know if they'd be too keen on idea of a bunch of smelly dudes (and chicks) in spandex taking over their space for a few hours. The advantage to the location would be that it's a downhill coast from Stratton to South Tejon. Us shuttlers will be exhausted and looking forward to the coasting.
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    I'd like to reserve a seat on the kchri bus.


    For post ride, ya can't beat outdoors: tailgates, ice chests and bbq. Any spots at/near Red Rocks?
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Waterng holes:
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    bristol used to have a group ride leaving from there for a year or so. they were very bike friendly from what i recall but that coming from someone who does not drink.

    i think that loop would be a great ride. i would be stoked to do. i don't think its too far at all. that ride is so much more rewarding when you earn it not shuttle it but thats just my opinion. if you need a volunteer i am more than willing to help out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rroeder
    It's a buttload of climbing and fireroad riding, and your not gonna finish at Bott park if you do CJ's and Stratton/chutes, maybe 666 to Palmer/Sec 16 and finish at Red rocks?

    Plus you have to climb up 26th and then lower Gold camp if you start from Bott park, might be tough logisticly with a big group. I would say the ride will take longer than 6 hrs as well riding up from town, I've done it and I wouldn't call it a mod ride, 5k+ of climbing, more if you do palmer/sec 16 at the end. My 2 cents

    i agree it is best finished in red rocks or the section. its easy to take the 666 trail down to high drive.

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    For the record? The MSC would be stoked about coming to the Springs in 2009. I've been having an ongoing conversation with Steve Johnson from USAC about a suitable venue. If there's anyone on this thread that's got their fingers into the civic and open space mix feel free to give me a shout. We'd be interested in a 2-day XC/endurance event as a 'Hi, how are ya" to the powers that be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge29er
    I'm pretty familiar with that Jones park loop
    I'm not as much as I should be.

    I look forward to hearing more about the event!!
    Me too.

    Thanks you guys for organizing this.

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