PV Derby Course Preview

The Warriors Cycling team headed out to Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch earlier this week to do some trail work and pre-ride the course.  I must say that this was my first time at the ranch and I was absolutely blown away by the beauty, trails, and environment.  Wildflowers were abundantly sprouting on the rolling ranch land and the ponderosa pines are always impressive.

My photography does not do the Pikes Peak views justice
My photography does not do the Pikes Peak views justice

One of my favorite things to do is volunteer with my local mountain bike club on their trail work nights.  The feeling of getting out on the trails and shaping them with shovels, Pulaski’s, McLeod’s, and of course rocks is hard to beat.  It allows you to truly get a feel for how trails are shaped, drained, and the creation of “flow” as we like to call it.  With that said, I was pumped to work on our PV Derby race course!

Clearing the trail up Bobcat Gulch

We are planning on some more trail work on the course this Wednesday and Thursday.  Help is needed and we are offering a FREE race entry AND the opportunity to pre-ride the course before it opens on Friday morning.  Contact me for details.

Placing some good, flat rocks over a stream crossing
Placing some good, flat rocks over a stream crossing

Once we finished our trail work for the day it was time to ride.  To be honest I was not going to ride because of a nagging knee injury but after being out on the trails and imagining what they’d be like on my bike I couldn’t resist.

It is very hard to describe the beauty of the area and the trails.  The course hits all of your riding senses; from fast open meadows, to technical rocky downhills, uphills, traverses, and fast flowy singletrack through Ponderosa Pines.

Fast, flowy singletrack through the Ponderosa Pines
Fast, flowy singletrack through the Ponderosa Pines

 

Open meadows = time to put it in the big ring and pedal!
Open meadows = time to put it in the big ring and pedal!

 

Fun and technical uphill in the Crevices section of the course
Fun and technical uphill in the Crevices section of the course

Originally we planned on setting the course as an 11-mile circuit but after our ride we decided to add more singletrack and less laps.  The course is now a 17-mile circuit meaning 3 laps for Endurance, 2 laps for XC, and 1 lap for Appetizer.  Juniors, depending on age, will be lapping the short course.

In the end I was very impressed with the Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch.  I haven’t even begun to tell you about the campsites, disc golf course, and lake.  Come out Friday to experience it for yourself first hand when pre-riding opens at 10:00am.  On-site registration and check-in opens at 4:00pm followed by a potluck for all racers camping on-site.  Make sure to bring your favorite picnic style dish to share with all.  After the potluck join us for a group Night Ride presented by Voyager Made.  They will have 15-20 bike lights available for use.  We’ll take a smooth social lap around the 5-mile junior course.  I can’t wait to experience the trails at night.

You can find more details about the race schedule, the Upslope Brewing BBQ & Brews, and start times on our Event Info page.  Thanks for reading and I hope to see you all on the trails on Saturday!

 

Postponement – Ridgeline Rampage

Hello Racers,

We were really hoping to race tomorrow but unfortunately received too much moisture here in Castle Rock making the trails unrideable. With potentially even more rain on the way, we have to postpone again and are currently eyeing September 17th as the new race date. We will confirm the new race date this coming week so please stay tuned.

Thank you everyone for your patience over the past two weekends.

From all of us on Race Crew,

Warriors Cycilng

Happy Hour at Giant Denver

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What goes better together than bikes and craft beer?  Well both at your local bike shop of course!  Warriors Cycling, Giant Bicycles, Giant Denver, and Upslope Brewing are partnering on a Happy Hour the Thursday before each RME race.Untitled-1

Head on over to Giant Denver to enjoy some complimentary Upslope brews, food, and 25% discount off of all in stock merchandise (excluding bikes and framesets.)

Happy Hour Dates & Times at Giant Denver in Littleton:

  • Thursday, May 12th – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Thursday, June 2nd – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Thursday, July 14th – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Thursday, July 28th – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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Ridgeline Rampage Postponed

We are following the weather forecast for this weekend closely, and this morning we made the decision to postpone Ridgeline Rampage. The forecasted precipitation Thursday night through Friday night will undoubtedly make the trails muddy on Saturday. We do not want to ruin this great trail system and the hard work of many trail crew volunteers.

In conjunction with the Town of Castle Rock, we are rescheduling Ridgeline Rampage to Sunday, May 8th. We hope that our early postponement allows you time to change plans and join us to race the following Sunday.

Our refund policy states no refunds due to weather rescheduling, acts of God or other personal scheduling issues.

However, there are three options that we’d like to present to you:

  1. Come out and race on Sunday May 8th. The weather is looking great!
  2. Transfer your registration to someone else who would like to race
  3. Transfer your registration to any other Warriors Cycling race in 2016. Your credit can be used toward any race you choose.

Updated start times and schedule will be posted on our website soon. We’ll have a special gift for Moms and games for the kids, so bring the family out to race next Sunday.

Thanks for understanding and please do not hesitate to reach out with questions.

From all of us on race crew ~

Warriors Cycling