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A Great New Training Ride – Cedaredge

Lush farmlands, adobe hills, and a great views of Grand Mesa and Rocky Mountains made the hills worth it.

Thanks to the  Cedaredge Boy Scouts’ fundraising project we were introduced to a wonderful, new-to-us, area for road cycling.  The 3rd annual Apple Blossom Ride located in Cedaredge, Colorado provides the perfect combination of steep hills, stunning vistas, lush farmland, prolific orchards, bird-filled wetlands,  and very little traffic.

Sno-capped Rocky Mountains in the distance.

There were three ride options easily distinguished by their appropriate names: The 12 mile Applesauce, the 25 mile Apple Core,  and the appropriately named, 50 mile Hard Cider.

The last, steep hill before snacks and beer.

Interestingly enough, most of the riders participated the Hard Cider. My guess is they were using it as a training ride for Ride the Rockies or Bicycle Tour of Colorado, or they wanted to take advantage of the $10 Cedaredge Bucks that many of us used at DB’s Brewery for post-ride rehydration and fellowship

With well-marked routes, good aid stations, a nice spread of food at the end, lovely t-shirts, and the afore-motioned Cedaredge Bucks, the organizers went out of their way to make the ride friendly, fun and safe.

I highly recommend checking it out next year!