Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Venus is getting closer


Last Wednesday night Robin Ketchem won the drive train clean while I demonstrated how to properly clean and lube a drive train. We rode toward REI again and appreciated the cool breeze and the shade of the big trees long the path. The total mileage for the trip was 15; that the farthest this group has went this year. Great job!!

This Week
On Wednesday we will continue with the theme of cleaning and I will give away a free frame cleaning during the clinic. Please bring your bike into the store. We will start promptly at 6 pm and try to be out riding by 6:30 pm. I would like to do some hills this week. Let’s see if we can manage the short loop through Cherry Creek State Park. I think this will end up between 12 and 15 miles. Be ready for the climb up the dam road and the 2 short hills before leaving the park.
For the Sunday ride, I’d like to give you one more chance at hills before Venus de Miles. We will meet at Challenger Park in Parker at 7:30 am and leave from the parking lot of the Rec. Center at 8 am. This is a long ride. The total distance will be about 50 miles. It’s a tricky ride!!! Getting to Chatfield seems all too easy, but you realize that once you turn around its a climb nearly all the way home. Remember to have enough food with you. Eating regularly is one of the best ways to prevent a bonk. As always, call if you get lost or need directions. 303-903-3473.

Challenger Park
17301 E Lincoln Ave
Parker, CO 80134

Its nearly time for Venus. Take some time this week to sit down with a cup of tea or coffee and read through the entire event packet. There are many good tips, suggestions, and guidelines for you to better plan your arrival, parking, and take off times. It’s a great read and I won’t soil the ending. I have attached the information that Venus has posted on their website. Enjoy!!

Jersey Updates
They are at the printer. Bethany, Dawn, or I will take a picture and email it out when we see the finished product. We will workout the details of returns when we have a definite date to get them back. The price turned out to be $20 each person for the graphic design fee and the screen printing fee. If you under or over paid, I will settle up with you when we give them back to you.

RMNP Weekend
We tried to cook up a girls only weekend earlier in the summer but the road into the park was under construction. Patricia says the new road, “is like butter.” We are attempting to put together a bike weekend at Patricia’s cabin in Grand Lake. It will consist of riding in Rocky Mountain National Park, with the option to stay overnight at the cabin. Which is where Austin and I spent our second wedding anniversary. This is the nicest, most welcoming cabin I’ve every seen. It’s got a beautiful deck and all the comforts of home. I will send out more details as I get them; we were thinking mid to late September.

Side Notes
Congratulations to our Rattlesnake Triathletes!!! Jackie and Kelly both did great at the sprint distance. Way to go Ladies!!

Good luck our Tour de Cure ride, Bethany has been training hard and fundraising hard so that she can have a great ride this Saturday.

If you are up for a double feature riding weekend, I am taking the Aurora Store’s group ride on our Aurora Res. Route. Any one wishing to join us is welcome. We will meet at the store at 9 am and leave at 9:30 am. Email or call me with any questions about this ride; it is the intermediate/advanced level ride and we will end up at around 50 miles. Let’s make it a century weekend!!

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