I'm a groupie. I enjoy riding with a group a lot more than riding alone. Colorado is a little different that back east when it comes to clubs. There are not a lot of them. Most people tend to meet up near a trail or LBS and form smaller riding groups. That's great for those who have been here a while, but I need a little extra help. Along came the recommendation of Team Evergreen. So today I joined my first Team evergreen ride at Keystone Ranch just passed the continental divide. John the ride leader graciously agreed to drive us to the trailhead just outside of Keystone Ski Area. Starting at around 7500' we met up with two others giving us a nice small group of three gals and two guys.
I was a little worried that my lungs would not hold up, but at least there was another rider who was visiting from sea level.
The ride started with a LONG fire road climb into the ski area and passed many beaver damns.
The climb continued for miles, but the scenery was worth it.
John stops to get his bearings. Across the stream and straight up or continue on?
We continue on until we get to the Outback ski lift where the fire road changes over to loose double track and continues to climb.
This sharp turn gave us all some trouble. I tried it twice before making it.
Finally, after climbing forever we reached the top and the Colorado Trail.
Stop for some views, lower the seat, and begin an awesome screaming downhill. I still have the smile on my face!
Somewhere along the way we make a turn off of the CO Trail and head down into the bowl. Still going down! Wow the climb was really worth the payoff.
Things slow down as we hit this little mess.
With so much downhill it's hard to find an unhappy face.
We finish up with a gradual climb up the aquaduct trail and then back down to the car stopping for a photo-op with Colorado's state flower, the Columbine.
A fantastic 21.5 mile 3500' of climbing ride with some great people! I am looking forward to many more rides with Team Evergreen.
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