The Oval light has been forming up already this season. Same route but base mile pace w/ regroups if things *accidentally* get ramped up on the climbs. Should be game on by Saturday Jan 7th.
The Oval is a cold hard Colorado classic and the best way to spend a Saturday morning. Plus it will make you pretty fit too.
Bring your A game to the Southwest corner of the CSU Oval right in front of the Statistics Building. The ride heads out at 10am Saturday mornings The turnout is solid from early December until the racing starts in March or April.
When this ride reaches its maximum distance of 80 miles it has it all. From flat crosswind sections, rollers, power climbs to the long grinds. The city limit sign east of Berthoud has become a hotly contested mid ride sprint. This ride doesnt stop for food, flats, pee breaks or bags of money. Last year I saw a guy loose a $30.00 frame pump and keep going. Now thats a training ride!
There seems to be some confusion about this. Some people think hit is at the top of the climb near the Horsetooth Mountain Park and some think it's a sprint to the speed limit at the end of the descent from the reservoir on Harmony Road. From now on lets call it at the speed limit sprint. This give the climbers a chance to get away and the sprinters a chance to chase them down Plus its the longer of the two options. Bring the 11 tooth.