DBTC Ride Schedule • April 2018

Saturday, March 31st 

10:00 AM Show and Go – Beside McDonalds at Hampden and Sheridan. Riders will determine pace.

11:00 AM, MTB/ATB P1, T1 Big Dry Creek Trail – Meet Chuck and Peggy Caldwell (303-8071562) for a 16 mile ride on a portion of the Big Dry Creek Trail. Perfect ride for a hibernating bear to kick the rust and dust off its joints and bike. Meet in the large parking lot north of Big Mac & Little Lu’s Seafood Market (2851 W. 120th Ave. Westminster CO 80234). We’ll ride west on the trail to Standley Lake and return. After the ride hungry bears can catch some fish (and beer) at the seafood market. Directions: Go west from I-25 on 120th Avenue for about two miles to the entrance to Country Club Village (first exit after Zuni). Go north into Country Club Village and take the second left. You’ll find Big Mac & Little Lu’s on the left and the parking lot on the right.

Sunday, April 1st: Easter Sunday

10:00 AM Show and Go – Crown Hill Park, just east of 26th & Kipling, Riders will determine pace.

Wednesday, April 4th

10:00 AM Leisure Ride H1-15-SW – Meet Cathye Woody (720-530-3940 cell) at the west end of the parking lot for the Broken Tee Golf Course (2101 W. Oxford, Englewood 80110) and ride to Fox Hollow Golf Course and back on the Bear Creek Trail. Bring a snack for the ride. Lunch after the ride is optional at Panera.

10:00 AM FUN H1-25-SE – Meet Ellen Fitzpatrick (720-209-2269) at Reynolds Landing (S. Santa Fe and right on Brewery Lane) for an out and back ride starting north along the Platte River to REI/ Confluence Park. Club will treat for a beverage at Starbucks. We’ll return to the cars and plan for an optional lunch at the Breckenridge Brewery farmhouse.

11:00 AM, MTB P2, T1, SW, Highlands Ranch and East West Trail -- THE RIDE: Meet Steve Thomas (303-429-2531) for a 14 mile ride on the Douglas County East West Trail with some riding on the Highlands Ranch Backcountry trails. The trail is smooth dirt singletrack with some short climbs and no rocks. THE TIME: Meet at Pronghorn Park at 10:45AM to start the ride at 11:00AM. THE DIRECTIONS: Go south from C-470 on Broadway to Wildcat Reserve Pkwy. Go right (west) on Wildcat Reserve. Take the first left, Weathersfield Way, a short distance to Pronghorn Park (10601 Weathersfield Way, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129), on your right. THE FOOD: Bring snacks, drinks and chairs for after the ride at the park. QUESTIONS: Contact Steve Thomas at 303-429-2531.

Saturday, April 7th

(Opening Weekend Downtown Package Part I): 10:00 AM FUN–H1–20-Downtown PART 1 CHERRY CREEK: Meet Jeff Krinsky (720-373-9107) for this Incredible FREE BEVERAGE WELCOME to Spring Adventure. We will meet at the City of Cuernavaca Park downtown (Exit at 20th Ave going east. Turn right over the bridge onto Little Raven, then turn right onto 19th Street, then right onto Platte River which becomes Rockmont Drive, and go until you dead end into the parking lot) for this fantastic ride down the Cherry Creek Bike Path to the 4 Mile Historic House and beyond. A beverage of your choice will be provided to all riders on the return voyage at the REI Starbucks before we head back to the cars.

Sunday, April 8th 

(Opening Weekend Downtown Package Part II): 10:00 AM FUN-H1-23-Downtown PART 2 PLATTE RIVER: Meet Jeff Krinsky (720-373-9107) for this Incredible FREE BEVERAGE WELCOME to Hudson Gardens Adventure as they get ramped up for the season! We will meet at the City of Cuernavaca Park downtown (Exit at 20th Ave going east Turn right over the bridge onto Little Raven, then turn right onto 19th Street, then right onto Platte River which becomes Rockmont Drive, and go until you dead end into the parking lot) for this fantastic ride down the Platte River Bike Path to the infamous Hudson Gardens and back. A beverage of your choice will be provided to all riders by DBTC at Nixon’s Coffee House at Hudson Gardens.

10:30 AM INT-H1-25 – 30 -NE, Meet Cyndy Klepinger at Cake Crumbs 2216 Kearney ST Denver for ride going east byway of Highline Canal to Aurora Sports Park, returning via Smith Road. No drop ride, but few stops to regroup. Ride updates posted on MeetUp.

12:00 Noon, MTB P2, T2, SW. South Valley – Follow Dick Plastino (303-988-5359) around the paths at South Valley, over to Rattlesnake. Meeting Location: From the interchange of C-470 and Ken Caryl, go west one-third mile to the traffic signal. Bear left and go a mile. On the way you’ll go through a 4-way stop. Just past that, look to your left and you’ll see the parking lot and restrooms. Turn left into the parking lot. Food: Bring a beverage and food for the parking lot. A chair is always nice as well.

Monday, April 9th

10:15 AM BEGINNING/FUN-H1-25-SE – Meet Cyndy Klepinger (303-725-1565 or matilda8@ msn.com) at Lowry Soccer Fields, Fairmount Blvd and Sports Blvd. near the outdoor restrooms on the west end of the park. We’ll ride a loop on Highline Canal and other bike paths to enter the Cherry Creek Reservoir on the east. Depending on the group, a loop around the reservoir is possible. Return on Cherry Creek and Highline Canal Path. This is a no-drop ride.

Wednesday, April 11th

10:00 AM Leisure Ride H1-20 Central – Meet Suzanne Gruba and Richard Giesler at City of Cuernavaca Park, 3500 Rockmont Drive, Denver, 80202. Ride north on Platte trail for 10 miles out and back. Lunch in nearby pub or cafe.

10:00 AM Fun-H1-24 SW Meet Susie Frakes (303-910-8206) behind the tennis bubble on Bowles and Federal for a ride down to REI and back. A nice warm up ride for the beginning of the season. This is a weather permitting ride - check if it is questionable.

Saturday, April 14th 

Kickoff 9:00 AM INT H2-20 SE Meet Ellen Fitzpatrick (720-209-2269) in parking lot ready to go at 9 sharp. This will be a circle trip riding at intermediate pace (12-15), half road, half paved bike path, starting north on the Platte trail, then east on Little Dry next to Dartmouth heading uphill to Dahlia. Then proceeding south onto Happy Canyon and west onto Quincy, and finally some downhill to Clarkson. From there south to catch Big Dry bike trail west back to the Platte by 11 for our DBTC scrumptious kickoff lunch! Have layers as it may be a cold morning.

9:30 AM Show and Go Platte River Grill Parking lot. Riders will determine pace of this 90-minute ride out and back on the Platte prior to the DBTC luncheon.

After Lunch Rides: 

Leisure 1-16 SW – Ride North on the South Platte River Trail 8 miles and ride back.

Introduction for Ride Leaders: Patty Gaspar will lead a ride after Kickoff to Chatfield Reservoirand back. Everyone is welcome to join, but this is to help those who are apprehensive about becoming a ride leader. We will talk about introductions, directions and other issues that might arise. Some leaders always want to be in the front, others are perfectly happy in the middle of the pack and figure those ahead better wait. When you are the leader you get to pick the route and make the rules. The strength of the club is in the ride schedule. We need more leaders for a greater variety of rides. Everyone has at least one route to share with us.

Sunday, April 15th

10:00 AM Show and Go SE Corner of Orchard and Parker Rd Riders will determine pace.

1:00 PM INT H2-25-SE - Meet Clark Wilson, (303-495-0671) at 5495 E. Atlantic Pl. Denver, CO 80222 Pass through Bible Park, circle Cherry Creek Reservoir and return on Cherry Creek Bike Path.

Tuesday, April 17th (Evening) - CANCELED DUE TO HIGH WINDS!!!

5:45 PM FUN-H2-15-20 W – Meet Jeff Krinsky (720-373-9107) for this brand new adventure, The Hidden Gems of Golden. We will meet at Lions Park at 10th and Maple in Golden and ride the Golden Circle and beyond to Heritage Park and other unexplored areas. The ride will be 15-20 miles as determined by the amount of remaining sunlight.

Wednesday, April 18th

10:00 AM Leisure Ride H1-15 SE – Meet Jean Stevenson (303-349-1596; Do not call after 9:00 p.m. or before 7:00 a.m.) in the shopping center on the northeast corner of Parker Rd and Quincy Ave., Aurora; park away from the stores. We will ride trails and roads within Cherry Creek State Park, observing boats, birds and other bikers; avoiding the steepest hills, for total of about 15 miles. Bring a snack and money for lunch after ride, optional, at Emerald Isle.

10:00 AM FUN/INT-H2-20 to 25 SE – Meet Patty Gaspar (303-618-5069) at Village Greens Park – NE corner of Union and Dayton for a loop ride from the park through Denver and Aurora on trails and then a lap around the reservoir on our return. It should be a beautiful ride. Lunch, of course.

Saturday, April 21st 

10:00 AM Show and Go SW – Carson Nature Center, (North on So. Platte Parkway, West of Mineral and Santa Fe) Riders will determine pace.

1:00 PM, MTB P2, T1, Pueblo Mountain Bike Getaway – Day 1 -- Meet Jeff Baysinger (303969-9241) at the Pueblo West Econo Lodge at 1:00 pm. Please note the Econo Lodge is offering a discount rate if you tell them you are with the DBTC mountain biking group. Liz Cameron had made this arrangement. We will drive from there to the Arkansas River Nature Center trail head. This year the group will be exploring the famed Arkansas River bike trail eastward into Pueblo. The distance out will be on the order of 8 to 10 miles or so. Somewhere near the downtown levee area we will turn around and head back (P2, T1). That evening we will dine at one of the local restaurants recommended by the Pueblo area bike enthusiasts. If the weather is nice, enjoy the historic Arkansas River convention center walking park that night as well. The Pueblo West Econo Lodge (719-547-9400) is at 77 S. Radnor Dr. in Pueblo West. Get there by turning west at the US 50 exit. Go about 8.5 miles. The hotel is on your left. Note that this NOT the Econo Lodge at the Eagleridge Blvd exit in Pueblo.

Sunday, April 22nd

9:00 AM FUN-H2-20 SW – Amazing Maze Ride – Celebrate Earth Day with Jeff Messerschmidt (303-904-0573, leave message) meet at the Stone House, 2900 S. Estes, Lakewood, and cycle west through Lakewood and Morrison, then south and east through unincorporated South JEFFco.

10:30 am, MTB P3, T3, Pueblo Mountain Bike Getaway – Day 2 -- Ron Reid will lead a ride on the extensive dirt trail network built onto the south side on Lake Pueblo State Park. Meet at the south shore marina trailhead, 10:30 AM, found on the south side. Note there is a daily use fee ($7) to enter the park. Enjoy a wide variety of green, blue, or black trails in that area. Liz Cameron will take charge for Skull, Cinqueterra, and Quatro Cinco. Maps are available at the park entrance booths. Or ride even further west to explore the incredible VooDoo loop (P3, T3) with Ron Reid. Once again, dining will be in Pueblo for the evening. Of course, there will be a group happy hour at the Econo Lodge that night.

Monday, April 23rd 

MTB P3, T3-4, Pueblo Mountain Bike Getaway – Day 3 -- Check out from the hotel by 10:15 AM. Today the group will be heading west to the Canon City, Colorado area. Either Oil Well Flats (P3,T34) or possibly another of the local trails will be explored. The decision will be made on Sunday night via a tribe pow wow at the Econo Lodge. After riding the Canon City trails, we will be eating a late lunch at the spaceship and art Pizza Madness parlor in downtown Canon City. This is a place you must admire. Leave with your belly full of fun, returning to Denver about 3:00 PM.

Wednesday, April 25th 

10:00 AM Leisure Ride H1- 20 SW – Meet Lin Hark (303-578-9369 c) at Overland Pond Park (S Platte River road and Florida Ave) We will ride trails and streets and stop at a Coffee Shop. DBTC will treat you to a cup of coffee or a treat. There may be a few short hills. Ride options include a shorter option of about 9 miles or the total ride of about 20 miles. Bring a lock for the coffee shop and money for an optional lunch after.

10:00 AM FUN-H2/H3-25 SW – Meet Patty Gaspar (303-618-5069) behind the McDonald’s at Sheridan and Hampden. We’ll head to the Tech Center on various trails. We have to climb some hills and there are sections on the Highline Canal (pea gravel), and then DBTC will buy your morning latte and then we will loop back to Bear Valley. It is a beautiful ride and we get have a wonderful downhill back to Bear Valley. Lunch is in Bear Valley.

6:00pm, MTB, Bear Creek Park, Show’n Go – Meet at the fisherman’s parking lot, 0.2 miles west from the Fox Hollow Golf Course clubhouse.

Thursday, April 26th (Evening)

5:30 PM INT-H3-18 SW – Meet Jeff Krinsky (720-373-9107) for this brand new MINI GREAT AMERICAN DINOSAUR RIDE 2018!!! The adventure begins at the Conoco Station Parking Lot at Morrison and Rooney Road (16283 Morrison Road). We will tour Bear Creek Park and then head north on new trails to Dinosaur Ridge and Red Rocks where we will stop for breaks. Then we will continue on down through Morrison and return to the parking lot. The first 100 attendees will ride for free!!!

Saturday, April 28th

10:00 AM Show and Go SE – Village Green parking lot by the Dam Road and E. Union Ave.

10:30 AM, MTB P2-3,T2-3, USAFA Falcon Trail, Colorado Springs -- Directions: I-25 South to exit 156B, (Air Force Academy, North Gate), West on Northgate Blvd approx 1 Mile; then bear left onto Stadium Blvd and drive south on Stadium Blvd for about 1.3 miles; then turn right onto Academy Drive and go west for about ½ mile and bear right into the Falcon Trail parking lot. The trailhead is at the west end of the parking lot. Overview: Join Bob Kochevar (303-870-6833) and other MTB group enthusiasts on this fun, approx 13.5 miles, single track loop trail which tours the grounds of the US Air Force Academy. Rebuilt about ten years ago, it boasts long climbs, flowy singletrack downhills, and beautiful views as it crosses high prairie and low mountain woodland terrain. A couple of short, moderately technical sections add interest. Description: The trail is 95% single track, on dirt, including exposed plateau and shaded forest riding. The trail covers rolling terrain, with climbs and fun descents. You’ll end up generally climbing to the high point on the west side of the Academy grounds, about 1,400 feet above the start of the loop. One potential hike-a-bike section can be avoided by a 0.2 mile detour. There are a few road and stream crossings, but it’s hard to miss the trail which is well marked. From there, it’s mostly downhill, with a few climbs to keep you honest, back around the loop to the start. Further details on the Falcon Trail Loop, including a ride profile, can be found on the “MTBProject” app, and you can find a PDF map by googling “USAFA Trails Map”. Following our ride, we will have lunch at Pikes Pike Brewing Co. in Monument, or Colorado Mountain Brewery, in North Colo. Springs. NOTE: Subject to US Air Force Academy access restrictions. ID is required for driver and passengers. Auto access from the north gate of USAFA only. Vehicles can be subject to a search.

Sunday, April 29th

9:30 AM FUN H1-20-NW – Meet Jeff Krinsky (720-373-9107) at Prospect Park for the OFFICIAL FIRST PROSPECT PARK RIDE OF SPRING!! Experience this classic DBTC ride on the trails of Clear Creek, Van Bibber, Blunn, and Ralston Creek as we knock the cobwebs off of our equipment and get our biking legs back! All riders will be awarded with a special spring surprise.

Thursday, May 3rd

6:00 PM FUN-H1-18-SE – Meet Dick Shelton (720-934-9824) at Treads Bicycle Outfitters, 16701 E Iliff Ave, Aurora, 80013. We’ll ride around Cherry Creek State Park and return to Peak to Peak Brewery for snacks and drinks. This ride will continue 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 (Katy Lunsford), 5/31.

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