OCTOBER 2019 DBTC Ride Schedule


Wednesday, October 2nd:

9:30 AM Leisure Ride H1-20 SE Meet Julie Brown, 303-947-7908 in the Parking Lot at Bible Park. (From Yale and Monaco, go east and turn south into the parking lot.) This is an out-and-back, heading east on the Highline Canal. We will ride to Fairmount Cemetery to view the fabulous fall colors! Bring a snack and money for lunch after the ride. Please arrive early, as we will leave at the designated time.

10:00 AM FUN PLUS-H2to3-25 SW Meet Patty Gaspar (303-618-5069) at the Bear Valley McDonalds (Dartmouth and Sheridan). We’ll head toward the rebuilt Bow Mar area and go to Bowles Lake, Grant Ranch to Wadsworth and back to McDonalds. We’ll ride some hills and lots of ups and downs, some beautiful quiet streets and pleasant bike paths. Lunch is afterwards.


Friday, October 4th:

10:30 AM FUN-H1-10-15-SW Meet Ellen C (outdoorsdiva@yahoo.com) at Lucille’s in Littleton (2852 West Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80120). BEIGNETS, BIRDS AND BIKING IS BACK! We will meet for pre-ride snacks (think beignets) at 10:30 before heading out for some birding at 11:15. If the weather is nice we will bike, if not we will walk. We will do most of our birding along the Platte River Bike Path but may also go up to Sterne Park to look for the Wood Ducks. Expect plenty of bird watching stops! As of late September, some Widgeons and Shovelers are back. And there are still Common Mergansers, Snowy Egrets, Cormorants, Night Herons and Great Blue Herons around. If we are in need of liquid refreshment post birding we may stop in for a BEER at Blind Faith Brewery which is conveniently located right next to Lucille’s.


Saturday, October 5th:

11:00 AM FUN-H2-22-SE Meet Dick and Lynette Shelton (720-934-9824) at Treads Bicycle Outfitters, 16701 East Iliff Ave., Aurora, for an end of season ride to Arapahoe Road bridge and includes a loop around Cherry Creek Reservoir, finishing back at the Peak to Peak Tap Room next door to Treads. Easy climbs.


Sunday, October 6th:

9:00 AM FUN PLUS-H2-25 +-NE Meet at Cake Crumbs Bakery, 2216 Kearney St., Denver. These rides will be Show and Go. Each Sunday, we pick a different route, and the distances vary from 25 miles up to 50 miles. We ride east toward DIA and Watkins, sometimes north to Brighton, southeast to Aurora Reservoir or Cherry Creek, or maybe northeast to Broomfield and the new Highway 36 Trail. Some rides may be faster than others; reminders and routes are announced on Meetup. If you want to be the leader, just announce on MeetUp what the plan is.

9:30 AM FUN–H1–21-Downtown Meet Jeff Krinsky (720-373-9107) for this Final Free Fall Beverage Ride. We will meet at the City of Cuernavaca Park downtown (Exit at 20th Ave going east away from the mountains. 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 at the break on the return voyage at the REI Starbucks where we will check out the new landscaped sitting area.


Wednesday, October 9th:

9:30 AM Leisure/Fun/ATB H2-16 or 24 Foxton Rd Ride Meet Lin Hark and Patty Gaspar at The Fort 8:15 AM or South Platte Hotel 9:15 AM Ride can be shortened since it is 2 out-and-back rides. Meet Lin Hark (mtnlin08@gmail.com or 303-578-9369) at 9:15 AM at the trailhead, or 8:15 AM at The Fort Restaurant to carpool to Foxton Rd and the South Platte River for an easy ride on an old railroad grade. Hybrid or mountain bike is preferred but a road bike will work. Surface and grade is similar to Waterton Canyon. This is a beautiful ride on a railroad grade along the North Fork of the South Platte River Canyon above Strontia Springs Reservoir above Waterton Canyon. If you love to ride Waterton Canyon you will love this ride even more!!! Lunch after at Zoka’s in Pine. Directions to The Fort Restaurant in Morrison 8:15 AM: from 285 and C-470 go south on 285 (toward the mountains) 1.8 miles, Turn right at CO-8 Go .01 mile and turn right into the parking lot along the road in front of The Fort Restaurant. Look for Lin’s white Toyota Prius with the bike on the top. Directions to Foxton Road 9:15 AM: from 285 and C470 go south on 285 (toward the mountains) 14 miles, Go past the turn off for County Road 73 (where the Bradley Station is) .2 miles, Turn right where the sign says Foxton Road, Go a short distance and turn left and go under 285, the road winds and comes to a “T”, go left. Go about 12 miles all the way to the end of Foxton Road, At the River go left and continue for 5 miles to the trailhead across from the historic South Platte Hotel.


Friday, October 11th:

10:00AM FUN-H2-20-NE Trike/Bike Friday Ride Join Lise Neer (303-249-8621) at Cake Crumbs Bakery & Cafe (2216 Kearney St, Denver, CO 80207) for a spin on your trike, Bike Friday (or whatever bike you like!). We’ll ride through Lowry to the Highline Canal, connect with the Cherry Creek trail then out and around CC reservoir. Return via Cherry Creek trail & Kearney. Or we may ride downtown to REI and points south or north, and loop back to Cake Crumbs. Ride will cancel if raining at start time or if T-storms are forecast. (Note start-time change for October, and check https://www.meetup.com/Denver-Bicycle-Touring-Club/events/ for last-minute changes and announcements!)

4:00 PM FUN PLUS 15 to 18 miles SW Meet Suzanne Carter (equinelites@aol.com) just northeast of the Pedal Bike Shop in Littleton (2640 W Belleview Ave #100.) We will ride for 15 to 18 miles on the Bear Creek Trail. Meet near the river side of the parking lot. We will ride along bike paths and have a beer or whatever at the Pint Room (2620 W Belleview Ave, Littleton, CO 80123 ) following the ride.


Saturday, October 12th:

10:30 AM, MTB, P2-3, T2-3, Golden Gate Canyon State Park - Mule Deer Trail. Meet Cathy Leibowitz (720-644-7189) at the Visitor Center, 92 Crawford Gulch Road. $7 parking fee. Get your pass and then we can park above Kriley Pond - I’ll have maps for everyone. Options - the Mule Deer Trail is 7.4 miles (we will start from the pond and ride Blue Grouse to the start of Mule Deer so it a bit longer) and there are other trails if you want to extend the ride. Some tough spots but very doable- just gorgeous!!! Refreshment - lets picnic at the pond. Contact information for Cathy Leibowitz - 720-644-7189. Directions and trail descriptions can be found at cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/ GoldenGateCanyon.


Sunday, October 13th:

9:00 AM FUN PLUS-H2-25 +-NE Meet at Cake Crumbs Bakery, 2216 Kearney St., Denver. These rides will be Show and Go. Each Sunday, we pick a different route, and the distances vary from 25 miles up to 50 miles. We ride east toward DIA and Watkins, sometimes north to Brighton, southeast to Aurora Reservoir or Cherry Creek, or maybe northeast to Broomfield and the new Highway 36 Trail. Some rides may be faster than others; reminders and routes are announced on Meetup. If you want to be the leader, just announce on MeetUp what the plan is.

9:30 AM FUN PLUS-H2-23-NW Meet Jeff Krinsky (720-373-9107) for THE HIDDEN GEMS OF ARVADA. We have all experienced the traditional Arvada classic trails of Ralston Creek, Clear Creek, and Van Bibber. Check out this new route instead that explores Lake Arbor, Pomona Lake, the Arvada Fire Fighter’s Park and other forgotten areas and is guaranteed to be an adventure! Meet at the SE corner of HWY 36 and 104th at the back side of the now closed Black Bear Diner, formally Quaker State and Lube Restaurant (10392 Reed St., Westminster, CO) by a hidden entrance to a hidden trail where the adventure will begin (and end).


Monday, October 14th:

10:00 AM FUN PLUS-H3-25+ SW – Meet Carol Bennett (720-425-6124) in Highlands Ranch: Take Exit C470 at the Lucent off-ramp and drive about 1/2 mile south and enter the Target parking lot at SSgt. Jon Sills Drive, and follow the entrance until the southwest corner of the Target parking lot, just north of the Kaiser Building. Meet at the Southwest corner of Highlands Ranch Parkway and Lucent Blvd. We will ride the streets and green belts in Highlands Ranch and will back-track to the west part of Highlands Ranch and make our way to the north and will continue to the extreme east portion of Highlands Ranch. The route is general at this time, and I can add or delete portions of the ride by request of the group. This is a no-drop ride. Bring some snacks and plenty of water. There are bathroom stops in most of the parks. The group can decide if they wish to stop at a local eatery after the ride. Keep the shiny side up!


Wednesday, October 16th:

9:30 AM Leisure H1/H2-16-SE Centennial Trails Ride and Lunch. Meet Jill McMahon (303 888-0314 cell) in the Homestead Farm II neighborhood pool parking lot across the street from 7676 S Krameria Street, Centennial. (This is south and east of Dry Creek and Holly. This is NOT my address.) We will ride through the Willow Spring open space, the Centennial Link Trail and the Highline Canal Trail to the Goodson Rec Center and back. Lunch will follow at our house for riders and others who did not ride and just want to come to lunch. If you would like to bring a dish to share - that would be a big help - but not required. Please RSVP no later than Monday 10/14 at noon to my cell number if you wish to come to the lunch. If you want to drop off food earlier, call or text for my address. Bring a snack for the ride.

10:00 AM FUN PLUS-H2(H3)-25to30-SW Meet Patty Gaspar (303-618-5069) behind the tennis bubble at W Bowles and S Federal ride into Ken Caryl and over the hog back. The scenery is beautiful on the downhill then we’ll come back through Chatfield. This is the hardest ride I lead, but the backside of Ken Caryl is worth it. Lunch afterwards is in downtown Littleton.


Thursday, October 17th:

10:30 AM, MTB P2, T2-3, Mt. Falcon Park – west lot (Show’nGo). Meet at the Mt. Falcon Park west lot in Indian Hills. Find trail info at https://www.jeffco.us/1332/Mount-Falcon-Park . THE DIRECTIONS: Going west on 285, take Indian Hills Parmalee Gulch exit. Follow Parmalee Gulch Road till just past Parmalee Gulch Park. Turn right on Picutis, follow till right turn on Nambe, then right turn on Mt. Falcon Road. THE FOOD: Mac Nation in Indian Hills (near the Indian Hills Post Office on Parmalee Gulch)


Friday, October 18th:

10:00AM FUN-H2-20-NE Trike/Bike Friday Ride Join Lise Neer (303-249-8621) at Cake Crumbs Bakery & Cafe (2216 Kearney St, Denver, CO 80207) for a spin on your trike, Bike Friday (or whatever bike you like!). We’ll ride through Lowry to the Highline Canal, connect with the Cherry Creek trail then out and around CC reservoir. Return via Cherry Creek trail & Kearney. Or we may ride downtown to REI and points south or north, and loop back to Cake Crumbs. Ride will cancel if raining at start time or if T-storms are forecast. (Note start-time change for October, and check https://www.meetup.com/Denver-Bicycle-Touring-Club/events/ for last-minute changes and announcements!)


Saturday, October 19th

THIS RIDE ONLY IS CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER and SUNLIGHT: Annual Fall Ride and picnic 7:00 AM FUN PLUS/INT-H2-63-SE Meet Ellen Fitzpatrick (720-209-2269) for an early start for a metric century ride starting at the Arapahoe Trailhead (park South side of Arapahoe Road east past Jordan Road). This is a loop ride heading south on Cherry Creek Trail and west on C-470 Trail winding our way to the Platte river greenway north to REI, then north and east through Park Hill. From there south along Krameria and other paths to the Cherry Creek Trail and south into the reservoir and back to the picnic. Bring snacks as there will be only 3 or 4 quick rest stops.

8:00 AM FUN-PLUS (Avg. pace of 13-17mph) H2-3, 33 or 45 miles Join Cyndy Klepinger (303-725-1565) from the Arapahoe Trailhead on the Cherry Creek bike trail next to Arapahoe Road. Ride to the Piney Creek trail to Aurora Reservoir out & back (33 miles incl. 8 mile loop around the res), with opportunity to add a 15-mile loop around Cherry Creek reservoir and back (for a total of 45+ miles). Bring plenty of water and snacks.

9:30 AM LEISURE RIDE H1/H2-20 SE Cherry Creek Trail and Piney Creek Trail. Meet Jill McMahon (303 888-0314 cell) at the Arapahoe Rd Trailhead for the Cherry Creek Trail (just past Jordan Road on the south side of the street.) We will ride north into Cherry Creek Park and turn east on the Piney Creek Trail. We will ride about 20 miles to a point just past E 470. This is an out and back ride.

10:30AM Leisure/FUN H1-2, 15 miles – Join Lise Neer for a Cherry Creek loop and then we’ll join the FUN PLUS group at the intersection of Piney Creek and CC trail—just north of the Arapahoe Road trailhead--as they return from Aurora so we all get to the picnic around noon. 12:00-2:30 PM PICNIC!! at Arapahoe Trailhead on the Cherry Creek bike trail near Arapahoe Road and Jordan Road. As the rides return, lunch will be there.


Sunday, October 20th:

9:00 AM FUN PLUS-H2-25 +-NE Meet at Cake Crumbs Bakery, 2216 Kearney St., Denver. These rides will be Show and Go. Each Sunday, we pick a different route, and the distances vary from 25 miles up to 50 miles. We ride east toward DIA and Watkins, sometimes north to Brighton, southeast to Aurora Reservoir or Cherry Creek, or maybe northeast to Broomfield and the new Highway 36 Trail. Some rides may be faster than others; reminders and routes are announced on Meetup. If you want to be the leader, just announce on MeetUp what the plan is.

10:00 AM FUN-H2-20-NW MAJESTIC FAREWELL SURPRISE RIDE Meet Jeff Krinsky (720-373-9107) at the Majestic view Nature Center north parking lot (north on Wadsworth to W 72nd Ave, west on 72nd, just west of Carr on the south side. THIS IS NOT THE ENTRANCE at GARRISON ST. nor 71st ST!) The ride will go west on Ridge Road and van Bibber Creek Trail, north on the new Blunn Trail and then return on most of the length of Ralston Creek Trail. The theme of this ride is a “farewell to summer” so a surprise to remember the 2019 biking season will be provided to all participants during the Ralston Creek Golf Course break!


Wednesday, October 23rd:

9:30 AM Leisure Ride H1-15-20-W Tour of Idaho Springs Meet Richard Gieseler (303-722-1475 ) at NW corner of W 6th Ave and Kipling in the east end of the Furniture Row parking lot at 9:30 AM . We will carpool to Idaho Springs to the parking lot at the Forest Service lot at the SW corner of CO 103 and I-70. This spot lies on the Charlie Taylor Water Wheel Trail, the Prospector Trail and the Idaho Springs trail. Mountain bikes or bikes with low gears recommended for the occasional slope. We will view the lake below the water wheel, the experimental mine, the Apex gold mine and mill, Idaho Springs Hot Spa, possibly the former Kermit’s Bar and the mountain park overlooking the town. I will include many stops for rest, viewing, photos and breathing on this leisure ride. I may offer rides in my new red Tesla Model 3 and may experiment with the summon feature in the Forest Service parking lot. Bring your electric and hybrid cars for a bike and car rally, not a race!

8:30 AM (or 9:30 to meet in Frisco) FUN-H2-20 West Frisco to Breckenridge fall ride. Meet Linda Wheeler (419-973-8282) Those wanting to carpool should meet at 8:30 am at the Evergreen McDonalds (at the freeway exit for Evergreen). We will drive to a parking area on Forest Drive in Frisco, off of W Main St. Dress for the weather and bring plenty of water for higher elevation. Beautiful views, a few hills but nothing too difficult.


Thursday, October 24th:

10:15 AM-FUN-H1-25 SE – Meet Cyndy Klepinger (303-725-1565 or matilda8@msn.com) at Lowry Soccer Fields, Fairmont 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. Lunch afterwards at restaurant in Lowry. This is a no-drop ride.


Friday, October 25th:

CANCELLED CANCELLED CANCELLED - 10:00AM FUN-H2-20-NE Trike/Bike Friday Ride Join Lise Neer (303-249-8621) at Cake Crumbs Bakery & Cafe (2216 Kearney St, Denver, CO 80207) for a spin on your trike, Bike Friday (or whatever bike you like!). We’ll ride through Lowry to the Highline Canal, connect with the Cherry Creek trail then out and around CC reservoir. Return via Cherry Creek trail & Kearney. Or we may ride downtown to REI and points south or north, and loop back to Cake Crumbs. Ride will cancel if raining at start time or if T-storms are forecast. (Note start-time change for September, and check www.meetup.com for last-minute changes and announcements!) CANCELLED


Saturday, October 26th:

11:00 AM, MTB, P2-3, T2, Waterton Canyon. Jeff Baysinger (303-969-9241). One of our favorite rides! Meet by 10:50 at the Waterton Canyon parking lot. This ride has the first 6.3 miles along the access road to Strontia Springs Dam, climbing around 600 feet. Often bighorn sheep are seen along the road. Just past the dam, get on the single track Colorado Trail and ride to Lenny’s Bench. This next 1.75 mile stretch climbs about 500 feet. The descent is always a kick. Afterward, join for some late lunch refreshment at Virgilios Pizza (10025 W San Juan Way. Littleton, CO 80127). They make some of the best pizza in the area. Waterton Canyon is about 4 miles south on Wadsworth from C-470.


Sunday, October 27th:

9:00 AM FUN PLUS-H2-25 +-NE Meet at Cake Crumbs Bakery, 2216 Kearney St., Denver. These rides will be Show and Go. Each Sunday, we pick a different route, and the distances vary from 25 miles up to 50 miles. We ride east toward DIA and Watkins, sometimes north to Brighton, southeast to Aurora Reservoir or Cherry Creek, or maybe northeast to Broomfield and the new Highway 36 Trail. Some rides may be faster than others; reminders and routes are announced on Meetup. If you want to be the leader, just announce on MeetUp what the plan is.

10:00 AM FUN PLUS-H2-22-NW Scary Halloween Graveyard Ride. Meet Jeff Krinsky (720-373-9107) at Arvada park and ride, NW corner of Wadsworth Blvd and 55th for this tour of scary, old Arvada graveyards. Costumes are welcome but not required. There will be a ghoulish lunch afterwards for those who survive this haunting experience!


Tuesday, October 29th:

10:00 AM, MTB P3, T3, Dakota Ridge / Red Rocks. THE RIDE: Meet Steve Thomas (303-419-2531). The ride will start at the Green Mountain west parking lot. We first climb the Zorro Trail to the Dakota Ridge Trail to the Red Rocks Trail to the Village Trail then across Hwy 93 back onto the Dakota Ridge Trail to the Zorro trail and back to the parking lot (total distance is approx. 6.2 miles). The ride is technical with a lot of rock outcrops, plan on some hike-a-bike. THE DIRECTIONS: Go west on Alameda Pkwy., over 470, then right on S. Rooney Rd. The parking lot is on the right. THE FOOD: Bring snacks, drinks and chairs for after the ride. QUESTIONS: Contact Steve Thomas at 303-419-2531.


Wednesday, October 30th:

9:30 AM Leisure Ride H1-15-20-SW Show N Go Meet at Reynolds Landing (Go west on Brewery Lane at Santa Fe Drive where there is a light. Continue past the Breckenridge Brewery to the big parking lot at the end of the road on the right.) This ride will be a Show N Go ride and will go in the direction decided by the participants on trails and/or streets.

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 we’ll have our morning latte COMPLEMENTS OF DBTC to celebrate the end of the official season. Then we’ll loop back to Bear Valley. It is a beautiful ride and the fall leaves should be spectacular PLUS there are birds you need to see along the trail. We have a wonderful downhill back to Bear Valley. Lunch is in Bear Valley.


Saturday, November 2nd:

10:00 AM, MTB, T1, P2, Highlands Ranch Backcountry Trails (approx. 13 miles). Meet Steve Thomas (303-419-2531) to explore the numerous trail options available at the far south end of Highlands Ranch, including a portion of the Douglas County East-West Trail. All the trails are smooth single track with no rocky areas, just lots of twists and turns and a few short climbs. We will meet at Pronghorn Park in Highlands Ranch. Go south on Broadway to Wildcat Reserve Pkwy. Go right on Wildcat Reserve and take the first left, Wethersfield Way. Go south on Wethersfield a short distance to Pronghorn Park, which will be on the right. Bring a snack to share after the ride.

Saturday, November 2nd: Lin’s Birthday Rides -- 3 Ride choices from REI. Suggested parking at City of Cuernavaca Park for 3 hours or less, REI overflow lot south of the store, or the Downtown Aquarium pay lot. (Directions to Parking: exit I-25 at 23rd Ave., drive past REI and continue north on Platte St about 5 blocks, under the overpass, to the parking lot.) Note: Lin rides at a Leisure pace (8-10 mph) but faster riders are free to go ahead at any point in the ride.

9:15 AM STAGE 1 FUN/Leisure-H1-18-Central Meet Lin Hark at REI’s South Deck FUN/Leisure morning riders will meet at 9:15 AM sharp for the morning 18 miles.

9:15 AM STAGE 1 FUN-H1-25-Central Hardy riders can brave the morning chill for a short brisk ride north to South Platte River Park on 88th and back on the South Platte trail to arrive at REI for a quick break before stage 2 at 11:15 AM.

11:15 AM STAGE 2 FUN/Leisure-H1-16-Central Meet Lin at the REI Flagship Store’s sunny porch for the second stage of her birthday ride. Ride out and back on Cherry Creek Trail. Meet at REI no later than 11:15 AM.

1:15-2:15 PM LUNCH CELEBRATION Lunch at Starbucks Meet your DBTC friends at REI hopefully out on the deck in the sunshine, but if the sun’s not shining we can go inside Starbucks to warm up. If you’re not riding anymore but just want to join the fun just come for lunch! Or do your own ride from home and meet at REI for lunch.

2:15 PM STAGE 3 FUN/Leisure-H1-25-Central Start with Lin from REI for the last leg going South on the Platte to Hudson Gardens and back. Riders who choose to do only the afternoon ride can come at 1:15 PM to join the group for lunch before riding the afternoon 25 miles (or turn around whenever you like). Bring layers of clothes, water, snacks, lunch to eat at REI (or you can buy a sandwich at Starbucks or Vitamin Cottage) a lock and money for lunch. No gifts, your presence will be Lin’s gift. This ride will go regardless of the temperature or trail conditions. Note: The miles don’t add up because Lin will be riding to and from the ride herself.









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