Saturday, March 17, 2012

Swiss recon

With a 3:30-4:30 ride planned I was able to connect with Adam, who was game to do a bit of an adventure ride. The plan was to do all of the Switzerland Trail from Boulder. The Switzerland trail is West and pretty far uphill, so it was a little uncertain whether there would be snow or mud.

The climb up four mile road to the start of the Switzerland was pleasant enough and the first several miles were outstanding. The Switzerland Trail is a pretty rough road that's not maintained. We actually began in the middle and headed North. The first portion was great with very little snow, but after crossing Gold Hill Road we quickly hit a long stretch of deep snow. This section is North facing so it needs a bit more time to dry out.

Adam and I decided to head back down through Gold Hill. We stopped in at the cafe in Gold Hill where Adam indulged in the spinach quiche. The route off the hill was steep, fast and winding, and very scenic but only partly on gravel. I'm not sure a huge hill and a huge descent was the best training for the constant up and down routes I'm doing, but it was a hell of a ride. I'll be back. Enough word, time for some pix.

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