Great (and free!) group gravel ride hosted by Pedal Bike Store of Littleton with raffle tickets benefiting Trips for Kids Denver Metro and Kids on Bikes.
It was a wonderful route of mostly low-traffic dirt roads that rolled for 50 miles through farmlands and had awesome views of Pikes Peak (we appreciated a day of no singletrack!).
We were lucky that it had rained recently so the roads weren’t dusty and the dirt was often hard packed.
The ride was well attended and the pace was speedy with a friendly competitive spirit. We enjoyed the company of Naked Women’s Racing teammates and other gravel cyclists in the community.
I (Laura) loved my new Crank Brothers eggbeater pedals and cleats that didn’t get clogged with dirt and were a breeze to clip in and out of.
Who ordered a strong headwind for the final five miles of a fifty mile ride?! (Having ridden in this area a few times now, we are noticing that it tends to be windy.)
There was an unpleasant farm smell that came and went throughout the ride. (The smell was a mixture of dirty socks and urine–yuck!).
Do this ride if you want a quintessential gravel ride with moderate challenges and smooth dirt roads that allows you to keep your speeds up.