As 2023 ambassadors of STB GRVL, we are happy to organize and lead the Denver community in local training rides.
We predict that the weekday rides will be a smaller group of riders and therefore, we will have the flexibility to be more casual and "go with the flow" depending on weather and the group's desires. Regardless, we will always start with a solid plan, and most likely start the rides from the Denver area.
This week's Wednesday ride will meet up at Confluence Park, outside the Starbucks in REI
Be there at 8:45 am to meet other riders.
Wheels down at 9:00 am sharp. (We will wait no more than 5 min. If you find yourself running late please text Laura at 303-726-4774 and meet us further long the route.)
Distance: approximately 59 miles
Elevation Gain: approximately 1200 ft.
Gravel Ratio: 60% Gravel / 40% Paved
Route on Strava: https://www.strava.com/routes/2977643366035465788
Link to GPX File
From REI, we'll head out on the Platt Trail, Mary Carter Trail, and Dry Creek to the High Line Canal Trails.
This route could just as easily be called the "Pleasantville Fun Route", as it is a super enjoyable tour of some of Cherry Hills and Cherry Heights most beautiful and manicured real estate. As you roll along the shaded, crushed gravel of the High Line Canal Trail, you'll see picture-perfect horse properties, mansions with tennis courts and pools, as well as some lovely views of open fields/parks, mountains, and a few little ponds.The tour continues on the Cherry Trail system which feels like secret alleyways that go past more beautiful neighborhoods.The Cherry Trail is a hidden gem for gravel bikers with a fun off-roading feel to it. Expect to encounter single track, double track, and some grassy areas that don't have much of an established path at all. In most cases, you will be flanked on both sides by fences and will see private property signs, but as long as you stay on the trail you are on public property trails for everyone to enjoy.
* If you are attending any of our group rides, you MUST fill out our liability waiver, which can be signed HERE.
* All genders are welcome.
* While this is a group ride, you are 100% responsible for yourself. Please bring enough hydration and fuel for the ride as well as sunscreen or anything else you might require. Be prepared for varying conditions and weather like heat, cold, rain, snow, etc. Make sure your bike is in good working order and you have the supplies to fix a mechanical issue or flat. Helmets required. 32mm width (or wider) and tubeless tires strongly recommended.
* You will be rarely traveling with cars, but the route does cross a few busy streets. In many cases there are crosswalks with lights or underpasses, but you do have to be aware, slow down and wait for a safe time to cross. (There are underpasses for the crossings at University although the one at mile 16 is super easy to miss and is not clearly marked coming from that direction.)
*Because there are lots of turns and some of the trails seem to hide in plain sight, this route is one where you must have a bike computer or phone to navigate. We recommend zooming in tight to avoid losing your way.