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If you are like me you love to ride dirt roads. There are great dirt road riding north of Boulder but it is relatively limited. These roads are in great shape and can be easily ridden on a road bike. If you are also like me you have a handful of rides that you ride every week. You stay in your comfort zone of rides and don't diverge from that.
This year I have made a resolution to explore. I want to try new mountain bike rides, new road rides and even different bike paths for commuting. I started my exploration last week by heading east to explore some great dirt road riding. I started my ride at Union Reservoir just east of Longmont.
I headed east to start the ride but then north staying on mostly dirt roads in between US287 and I-25. The dirt roads varied greatly from firm packed smooth dirt to very loose and rocky. I was on my cyclocross bike for this ride and I am glad. There were sections that would have been a challenge on a road bike.
Very little traffic on these roads and the views were amazon of the Indian Peaks and Longs Peak.
- Total distance: 48.2 mi?
- Elevation gain: 2212 ft