Jason Sumner was on his way to becoming a pro sports reporter when he happened to cover a bike race. It changed his life. He writes, aBecoming a cyclist meant exploring my home state in ways I never had before. Fifteen years and thousands of miles later, I get to share that state with you. Weare both lucky. Colorado is a great place to ride bikes.a This guide is intended for everyone, from novice to expert bicyclists. Itas accessible, friendly, and fun, highlighting truly classic rides rated from easy to epic. Some crawl up mighty peaks. Others carve through towering red rock canyons. A few amble along rippling rivers. Two traverse National Parks. Another crosses a 1, 200-foot high bridge. Many simply roll easily, availing time to feel the breeze in your face and the sun on your skin. Itas clichAc to say, but there really is something for everyone. 75 CLASSIC RIDES This popular cycling series, launched with guides to Washington and Oregon in 2012 and Northern California in 2014, is modeled after our bestselling a100 Classic Hikesa series. The guides feature a larger format, color throughout, quality photographs, and coverage of the best, most challenging, and/or most popular cycling routes (primary roads, back roads, and cycle paths) in the given state. While the bulk of rides are typically near population centers, each guide is a full-state guide and also covers key riding destinations and overlooked or more remote areas. Out of 75 rides, the majority are doable as one- or two-day outings; however, a few rides might be more of the adreamera ride, hence our inclusion of at least one cross-state route in every book. The idea is to inform and inspire! Each and every ride in these guides includes the following: ac Difficulty level ac Distance round-trip ac Average Time it takes to complete the route ac Elevation Gain over whole course ac High Point on the route ac Best Season to ride ac Maps/Info for reference, including land managers ac Brief overview of ride, noting general nature of experience and any highlights ac Directions to start of route (from nearest major town, intersection, or other landmark) ac Full narrative description of ride: overall nature of the ride, sights along the way, best towns along the route for food/refueling, dangers, info on road shoulders/bike lanes, etc. ac Variations/Alternate Routes details if applicable ac Mileage log ac Elevation profile ac Photograph ac Map of route ac And a DOWNLOADABLE cue sheet, accessed once the book is purchased!GETTING THERE: Ride starts at Confluence Park, just east of the REI flagship store in downtown Denver. ... then right on Platte St. Just after REI, there is a small free parking lot on left side of what becomes Water St. From I25 northbound , take exit 211 for 23rd St., ... Youa#39;ll also encounter a 100, 000squarefoot REI flagship store, which includes a bike shop and Starbucks lest you need repairs, tools, or fuel.
|Title||:||75 Classic Rides Colorado|
|Publisher||:||Mountaineers Books - 2015-05-15|