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    Sun 2 Dec EPIC Colorado Springs ride

    I've got a great ride idea! This Sunday (2 December) its supposed to be in the upper 60s F here in Colorado Springs. So, I'm hoping to get together as many folks as possible to do a big loop with tons of great singletrack at pretty high altitude. I'm picturing a few groups anywhere from social pace on the basic loop to folks who want to add lots and work hard. The main idea is to go up and ride Forester Trail (awesome singletrack up above 3000m/10,000ft). The most basic version of the loop will be almost 40mi with over 5000ft of climbing. I plan to do lots more and am hoping to set up groups in between the 2 extremes as well. I can promise great singletrack and riding higher than you've most likely every ridden w/o snow in December. We're also planning to BBQ (bring whatever you want to grill and your drinks) at my place after as I live about 3 blocks from the start/finish. So, who's interested?

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    Im in if the weather is going to be what they say....I can also guide a bailout for folks around mile 30 if needed

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    I may be interested, but not sure if I'm ready to do 40 miles (or even 30 for that matter) as I'm new to the area. What time are you thinking? Where is Forester Trail? Is this mostly downhill?

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    The ride is a loop, so equal up and down, unless you find someone to shuttle you up. Forester Trail goes from Frosty's Park to Jone's Park up in upper N. Cheyenne Canon. If we get enough folks (and locals) there will be lots of ways to make the ride easier, but the jewel of this ride will be Forester which is at the top of the loop.

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    What time are you thinking of starting? How long will it take? I have some things going on Sunday morning and night. I want to make sure I can do it.

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    In.....come on inflexibles and tits make this a ride to remember!

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    I'm in ill be back muwahahahahaha

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    Definitely interested, but need to check family plans. Curious...where's Forester? Haven't ridden that yet.

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    I would love to rock the Inflexibles shirt Sunday but I don't think I can get away for that long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crosey View Post
    What time are you thinking of starting? How long will it take? I have some things going on Sunday morning and night. I want to make sure I can do it.
    That's a tough one to answer. The most basic version of this route can easily be done in under 4 hrs, but that's no breaks and riding steady tempo which I'm guessing the group going this route won't be doing (more social in nature). Perhaps others can chime in on better guesstimates of total time to ride from Stratton up to Forester and back.

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    I would call a normal person pace in the 5 hour range with a snack break and a beer break when needed as well. Takes longer if you stop to take in the sights but 5 ish hours going down jones is about right in my mind you can shave a bit of time going down pipeline.

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    So I realize most of the inflexables just did a shuttle....but is anyone interested in shuttling to the camp grounds and meeting the group at the beginning of Pipeline/Jones? I am a big ***** and don't care to ride Gold Camp/ Old Stage all the way up.

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    I'm up for this, if enough other are in as well. I haven't done a 20+ mile ride since September, so 40 miles seems a bit much for me. 30 is doable though.
    Last edited by Klucks; 11-29-2012 at 09:02 AM.

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    Unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to make this one. Too much going on Sunday. I do plan on riding Saturday morning if anyone wants to join me. I'm thinking Falcon at 10 am.

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    Thinking this may be worthy of my time....

    As long as there some people that ride non *Kip speed*

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    Im in the non kip speed zone, come on down and bring some of those fellas with you.

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    If anyone shuttles I may be up for it. I have no desire to pedal all that this weekend.

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    Tempted... can you guarantee epic HAB?

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    Just got offered free Broncos tix for Sun......Decisions, Decisions....

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    ^^^ Easy.
    Take tix.
    Give em to me tonight.
    Go for ride Sunday.
    Thanks in advance.
    I will give you a beer tonight.

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    Not sure about the HAB, I plan on riding the longer way around then the HAB way we went last time. Sounds like you could have beer and a ride I know what I would do. I dont like crowds so I would pick riding to 10k feet in december!!!

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    Kip dont HAB, he just rides it!LOL, I may shuttle to the wye campground, got a bone to pick on a strava section and need the full squish so I may have a driver and a truck to get up there. I could bring a few extra people? Or I may just bust out the old two niner and ride there.......hmmmmm...Oh yeah, I will not be in the kip speed zone (going up) either, if I do.

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    keep talkin
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Your invited too Icegeek

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    I think I'm going to be able to make this. What is the start time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn W. View Post
    So I realize most of the inflexables just did a shuttle....but is anyone interested in shuttling to the camp grounds and meeting the group at the beginning of Pipeline/Jones? I am a big ***** and don't care to ride Gold Camp/ Old Stage all the way up.
    I'm looking around for shuttle drivers for B and I for Sunday too... can toss some gas $ for sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    Your invited too Icegeek
    Oh yeah, if I hear that the inflexibles did a shuttle ride and I heard about it here, after the fact, well, F them all.
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    I would say roll out of stratton by 9:30ish, the shuttle crew could hook up with that group at the wye (backwoods) section at 11ish, then we all roll foresters or pipeline, jacks, 666, ohhhh or 720!

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    A further option is for folks to park at the upper lot; that knocks the ride down under 30 miles. If anyone is feeling ambitious I might climb a bit higher than Frosty's and drop down onto Forester via some good steep singletrack. All are welcome at our place after. Bring some drinks and food for the BBQ, we're right on the creek. For those on squishy bikes there are some special "features" where you can use all your suspension and then some.

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    I'm probably going to encourage those climbing to show at our place by 8:30. I'd like to pedal closer to 8:30, definitely before 9am. All my add-ons on the way up are going to take a while and the extra time also allows for folks to be as social as desired on the way up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    In.....come on inflexibles and TITS make this a ride to remember!
    This TIT would but gotta do a final walk through on the new house, take my oldest daughter SKYDIVING, and pick up a trailer for the move next week. Have fun and I'll catch ya soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek View Post
    Oh yeah, if I hear that the inflexibles did a shuttle ride and I heard about it here, after the fact, well, F them all.
    Next time we will call you direct..

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    This boob would like to join in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slow View Post
    This boob would like to join in.
    Smart decision was made....














    I'll be riding down with that ^ boob, making it a pair of tits

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomegrownMN View Post
    Smart decision was made....

    I'll be riding down with that ^ boob, making it a pair of tits

    Got room for one more? I may want to join this party, but won't know until tomorrow...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ingluis View Post
    Got room for one more? I may want to join this party, but won't know until tomorrow...
    Are you suggesting a tripple nipple?
    Last edited by HomegrownMN; 12-01-2012 at 12:00 AM.

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    I'd be in for a long ride Sunday. Just moved to the Denver area a few weeks ago from Montana so I am no stranger to riding the mountains.

    I ride a 6in AM bike, I'll stay in the saddle all day at a moderate pace... not sure what climbing pace y'all are thinking about keeping. Let me know if there's room!

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Dub View Post
    I'd be in for a long ride Sunday. Just moved to the Denver area a few weeks ago from Montana so I am no stranger to riding the mountains.

    I ride a 6in AM bike, I'll stay in the saddle all day at a moderate pace... not sure what climbing pace y'all are thinking about keeping. Let me know if there's room!

    Kips pace is like the the energizer bunny, he just keeps going and going and going.....

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    Here are some details. Meet at my place between 8:15-8:30am and trying to roll by 8:45am. PM me for the address for those who don't know it. We have a few locals that know the route and possibly people skipping some of the climb (if there is a shuttle please let me know, I'd like to get my g/f on it so she can catch ride after half marathon run). The ride up will split into at least 2 groups, maybe 3. The basic group will be a social pace and probably not hit where shuttlers get dropped off until noon. BYOB and BBQ food, hopefully most will get back between 3-4 and social time can commence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ingluis View Post
    Got room for one more? I may want to join this party, but won't know until tomorrow...
    Maybe. It'll be a tight fit with 3 bikes inside my 4runner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slow View Post
    Maybe. It'll be a tight fit with 3 bikes inside my 4runner.
    Got that hitch mounted up?
    I've got the Thule for 3 bikes if so

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    Quote Originally Posted by p_DuBs View Post
    I'm looking around for shuttle drivers for B and I for Sunday too... can toss some gas $ for sure!
    Looks like I'm in. I will be shuttling to the campgrounds and will have room for 3 more in the cab. I'm open for suggestions on the leave time.

    KJ- Are the peddlers going to traverse across by the campgrounds or ride up 379?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomegrownMN View Post
    Got that hitch mounted up?
    I've got the Thule for 3 bikes if so
    I'm out, so don't worry about it. Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn W. View Post
    Looks like I'm in. I will be shuttling to the campgrounds and will have room for 3 more in the cab. I'm open for suggestions on the leave time.

    KJ- Are the peddlers going to traverse across by the campgrounds or ride up 379?
    Normally threw the camp grounds at least that is the way I will be going, just to get off that damn road!

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    Looks like the shuttlers will be meeting at KJbikes place at 10:30. It appears that my truck is full, but we could try and squeeze more if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjbike View Post
    Here are some details. Meet at my place between 8:15-8:30am and trying to roll by 8:45am.
    Slow & I will be there in time for mas shenanigans :thumbup:

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    Have fun and be safe guys. I was whipped after the shuttle ride this wed night so there is no way in He&& that I would want to pedal up and then ride back down. And I have to work Sunday night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn W. View Post
    Looks like the shuttlers will be meeting at KJbikes place at 10:30. It appears that my truck is full, but we could try and squeeze more if needed.
    Gonna see if I can't squeeze on in there...
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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