CSCC Fall Colors Ride down the Gold Camp Road

Dave VanDerWege: Past President

Go West (using our 15 passenger van) will return a driver for each car back to the KOA (after dinner at Rudy’s) to drive their cars back to Colorado Springs.  The use of these options could result in between 15 and approximately 60 people being able to participate.  To provide this support service, Go West will collect $35 for each person transported, including their bike.  The sagging of the ride and transport of any riders with mechanical or physical problems down Old Stage Road to Colorado Springs, a sweep and the rest stop will be included with these fees.  Go to club calendar listing or to sign up for transportation.

The riding starts at the Cripple Creek KOA Camp Ground promptly at 10:00 AM on Friday. For those who are driving their own cars, you can leave your car at the KOA for the day and be transported back for pickup after dinner at Rudy’s. The Cripple Creek KOA is located just off of HWY 67 from Divide at the bend where the old town of Gillette used to be. You turn on to CR 81 toward Victor. It is about a half mile down 81 and can be seen from the road on the left. If anyone would like to go up Thursday and stay the night before, or even the weekend, it is a cute place and they have a number of camping cabins as well as camper spots. You of course could be transported back up on Friday. No need to contact them to just leave your car for the day but if you would like to camp here is their website. It can also be used to help locate the start.

This will be considered a mountain bike ride and everyone should ride a bike with at least 2 inch tires. Even though the grade is generally flat (and includes a 700 ft. elevation gain in the first part of the ride), the main challenges are washboards on the county road portion of the ride and soft decomposed granite spots on the closed trail final third of the ride.  The riding technique should be to control your speed on the extended downhill stretches.  Go West uses fat bikes in its teen programs and we are happy to make them available to any riders who would like, for an additional $35 for the day.  We even have 2 child size (24 inch wheel) fat bikes if someone would like to make this a family event.  The Hub bike shop also rents Salsa fat bikes for $45 a day and $85 for a suspension fatty.  Bikes can be reserved along with transportation.

We are excited to provide support so this unique riding opportunity can resume. If you have any questions contact Dave VanDerWege at 719-373-3943,
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