Ron Garrett



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July 1, 2015



My buddy Chris and

I got an early start,

arriving in Idaho

Springs at about

6:30. We parked

at Beau Jo’s pizza,

with thoughts of

lunch after the big

climb. We rolled

out of Idaho Springs at about 7:00,

the sky was blue, and it was cool but comfortable.

The climb up to Georgetown was a perfect warm up for the elevation gains between Georgetown and Loveland Pass. Here’s the link to the route we took:

The trail from Bakerville to Loveland Ski Area was a complete surprise, insomuch as the surface was perfect. The climb on the trail was nice and steady, and the trail ended just below the Loveland Ski Area.

We stopped for photos and a quick snack at the Loveland Ski Area, and then started our climb up to the pass. The road surface was in really good condition, and the traffic was light, which was an added bonus.

The four mile climb to the pass went by very quickly. Some nice folks offered to take our picture, and we returned the favor.

We spoke with a couple of ladies who had climbed to Loveland Pass from Dillon. They informed us that it’s much harder climbing the pass from that direction, so the gauntlet has been thrown down, and that’ll be added as a future ride.

The ride back to Idaho Springs was very easy. We did get rained on for about 5 minutes East of Georgetown, but other than that, it was a perfect morning for a ride, and the lunch at Beau Jo’s was outstanding.

January 1, 2015


I had a good year of cycling and running. My 2014 distance

numbers were:

  • 6,072 total miles

        - 5,800 cycling

        - 272 running

This is my Strava Cycling Heatmap which shows the ground I covered in 2014,

On Memorial Day, and while riding for the Denver Parks and Recreation Volunteer Courtesy Patrol, a skateboarder caused me to crash on the Cherry Creek Trail. I suffered road rash and a pretty bad concussion (the new helmet I had purchased in March was cracked all the way through, so it did its job). As a result, I lost virtually the entire month of June, as my Doctor recommended against riding for at least four weeks. I missed the Elephant Rock and Denver Century rides, so I’m looking forward to participating in both in 2015.

I participated in the ColderBOLDER 5k on December 6th and had a great time. I ran it at a 7:44 /mi pace, which for me is pretty good.

I’ve also started participating in the Runner’s Roost mid-week run club, which has got me excited about group runs again.

I looked ahead and have entered the following rides & runs to my 2015 calendar:

  • Platte River Half Marathon - Boulder, CO: April 12, 2015

  • BolderBOULDER 10k - Boulder, CO: May 25, 2015

  • Elephant Rock Century - Castle Rock, CO: June 7, 2015

  • Denver Century Ride - Denver, CO: June 20, 2015

  • Buffalo Bicycle Classic Epic Century - Boulder, CO: Sept. 13, 2015

  • ColderBOLDER 5k - Boulder, CO: December 5, 2015

January 5, 2014


I had a great year cycling and running. My 2013 distance numbers (in miles) were:

  • 6,329 cycling

  • 293 running

This is my Strava Cycling Heatmap which shows the ground I covered in 2013,

I looked ahead and have entered the following rides & runs to my 2014 calendar, including Pedal the Plains, which will be my first multi-day ride:

  • BolderBOULDER 10k - Boulder, CO: May 26, 2014

  • Denver Century Ride - Denver, CO: June 14, 2014

  • Buffalo Bicycle Classic Epic Century - Boulder, CO: Sept. 7, 2014

  • Pedal the Plains - Eastern CO: Sept. 19 - 21, 2014

  • ColderBOLDER 5k - Boulder, CO: December 6, 2014

August 10, 2013


This was the most challenging ride that I’ve done (by far), and the most beautiful. I knew that I was in for a tough day when we got to Idaho Springs (about 33 miles into the ride) and I already felt like I’d ridden about 50 miles. As I’d soon learn, the real climbing was just beginning.

The climb up to Juniper Pass from Idaho Springs was a 17 mile grind of mostly 4% to 5% grade with little if any respite. I got into a good cadence and worked my way up.

Amazing view a mile or two below Echo Lake.

There was a well placed aid station just past the summit, which I really needed, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to grab a picture of my bike under the Juniper Pass sign. A nice family offered to take my picture, and I returned the favor.

The decent from Juniper Pass was memorable, as the road was being resurfaced, and big sections of it were hard pack with pot holes and loose gravel. With -6% - 7% grade, this downhill section was harder for me than any of the climbs. Large stretches were also single lane, so traffic was being held up. Many of the motorists were cranky and racing around us, dangerously so.

Next up was a shorter but still grueling climb up Shadow Mountain. At 79 miles into the ride my legs were pretty toasted. The climbing continued again for a few miles before we dropped down into Evergreen, and it was all downhill to Morrison from there.

The scenery along the course was exceptional, but the aid stations were fairly spartan, and much of the course was on narrow roads with a heavy stream of traffic. The course was reported to be 106 miles, and ended up being 110.

I enjoyed the scenery, and it was an incredible challenge, but I don’t think that I’ll do this ride again.

July 7, 2013


It’s been a great year of cycling so far. Thanks to a friend at work, I’ve

ridden Flagstaff (summit and super), Sunshine Canyon Dr. and Fourmile Canyon Dr. West of Boulder. All were exceptional rides, and all were first time rides for me.

View from Sunshine Canyon Dr. West of Boulder

I also rode the Denver Century on June 15th, and I rode the Deer Creek Loop yesterday with a couple of friends.

January 1, 2013


My 2012 distance numbers (in miles) were:

  • 5,529 cycling

  • 461.5 running

Clearly cycling has supplanted running for me in a big way. I’m really enjoying it, my body feels so much better, and backing off on the running miles has helped me enjoy the times I run a lot more.

Now that we’re into the New Year, and past the Winter Solstice

(longer and warmer days are on the way), I've looked ahead and have

entered the following rides and runs to my 2013 calendar:

  • BolderBOULDER 10K - Boulder, CO: May 27, 2013

  • Elephant Rock Century - Castle Rock, CO: June 2, 2013

  • Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run - Manitou Springs, CO: June 9 

  • Denver Century Ride - Denver, CO: June 15, 2013

  • Copper Triangle - Copper Mountain Resort, CO: August 3, 2013

  • Red Rocks Century - Morrison, CO: August 10 2013

  • Buffalo Bicycle Classic Epic Century - Boulder, CO: Sept. 8, 2013

  • El Tour de Tucson - Tucson, AZ: November 23, 2013

  • ColderBOLDER 5K - Boulder, CO: December 7, 2013

December 30, 2012

I got a bike fitting today at Treads Bicycle Outfitters in Aurora on their new Guru Pro Fit system. I have not had a bike fit since I purchased my CAAD 10 (nearly two years ago), so I was long overdue for one. I really liked the ‘feel the fit’ experience of the system.

Essentially the fitter (Mark) made adjustments to the saddle height, drop from saddle to bars, reach from saddle to bars, et al while asking for feedback. After over an hour of working through these adjustments, Mark saved a couple of stored positions based on my feedback.

What really helped me understand the power of this system is when Mark took me from my preferred stored position back to the positions currently setup on my bike. I dropped from a steady (and nearly effortless) cadence of 105 to 95, and trying to maintain the cadence of 95 felt so much harder.

Mark also helped me with my seat position. I was riding predominantly up on the nose of my saddle and didn’t even realize it. Sliding back on the saddle took away a ‘hot spot’ I had, and made my pedaling a bit more powerful. I also had a bit of a hump in my back that I need to work on, so I’ll be focused on that as well.

December 29, 2012

I’m continuing to ride (as the weather allows) for the Denver Parks and Recreation Volunteer Courtesy Patrol.This has been a rewarding experience, and I always find it fun to help folks with bike issues or provide directions. I’m planning to continue next year.

I’ve also been asked by a local bicycle shop to serve as a group ride leader next Spring. This will keep me on my bike a lot this Spring and Summer.


I’m a cycling & running enthusiast.

I also enjoy sci-fi, & I’m a fan of Rush (the band).

Cherry Creek State Park (top and bottom)