When thinking and writing about the Evergreen life style I keep on getting pulled in one direction. Cycling seems to be in Evergreens DNA and there is no going back. This sport for some and recreation for others begins with five year olds training for our Jefferson County Park and Rec’s triathlon for children. Starting with a twenty five meter swim, four hundred meter ride and four hundred meter swim this annual event is a challenge but great fun for our kids. Evergreens local Jeffco Park and Rec also sponsors a 2x a week mountain bike class for preteens that often times feeds into our local High schools mountain bike teams. Ages range from seven to thirteen and this year’s class of thirty five focused on solid trail riding and etiquette with other open space and trail participants such as runners, hikers, other cyclist and yes even equestrians. Our community is very diverse. Learn more about our local Jeffco Parks and Recs and how they support our local recreational and fitness community here http://evergreenrecreation.com .
Driving in Evergreen demands more attention to detail than other communities. After a while it becomes second nature but the skill is to peel your eyes off of the snowcapped views of the continental divide and watch for the plethora of elk and cyclist. The volume of riders seems to increase as we approach the triple Bypass season. This ride from Evergreen to Avon over three mountain passes is the peak (no pun intended) for many of rider’s seasons. The ride is 120 miles from Evergreen to Avon over Juniper Pass (11,140 ft.), Loveland Pass (11,990 ft.), Swan Mountain and Vail Pass (10,560 ft.), with over 10,000 ft. of lung/leg burning elevation gain. Our community and local government seem to have embraced these brightly colored pilots of two wheeled vehicles resembling everything from F16s’ to monster trucks as we share time in line at our local bagelry. And I wouldn’t be shocked if the county had our local road crews trade in there orange vests for those colorful and effective cycling jerseys.
Things have gotten cranked up a notch with the USA Pro Cycling challenge http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com and I predict the sport will go even more viral in our community. 250,000 attended on the final day to watch the conclusion of this mountain crushing race. This race brought a lot of media attention and tourism to Evergreen not to mention the famed “Team Jelly Belly” http://www.teamjellybelly.com who based themselves here at altitude for two weeks. It was sort of a big deal for us to watch these world class athletes careen up and down some of our local rides and our own “Serenity” paper reports that they loved Evergreen and said it was the best place they have ever trained. If you’re moving to Evergreen call me. We will find you a home and I think there are more bike shops than barber shops.
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