Summit Up 5-9-2011: Where we’re marveling at the recreation insto-transformation |

Summit Up 5-9-2011: Where we’re marveling at the recreation insto-transformation

Summit Up
Special to the Daily/Sheila Flanagan

On the first nice weekend in awhile, we noticed an almost instant recreation transformation in Summit County.

We’ve been hearing rumors that people have stowed their skis – never to be seen again… at least until after summer.

We’ve also heard many say, “I’m done,” surely speaking about the snow and the associated activities, not that they’re cooked thoroughly. Though, we suppose that metaphor applies, too.

Even though the streets seemed empty ’round these parts, we didn’t quite believe it all until this weekend. The same weekend Loveland Ski Area closed up shop.

This weekend has been crazy. Bicyclists were just everywhere.

It’s like Summit County’s been taken over by masses of Spandex-clad health nuts.

And given how many cars have been on the Main Streets of the county, we’re going to wager we saw more bikes out than cars.

Which, really, is what Summit County’s all about in the summer.

Some say it’s great, because it embodies our neighbors’ and friends’ outdoorsy-ness.

Some say it’s a nuisance (they’re usually the folks who drive) because cyclists don’t pay attention to road signs.

We say, whatever floats your boat.

But we can’t help but make fun observations as we roam around (we won’t say if it was on bike or by car).

There are pretty much four classes of cyclists, our favorites being the super-human, uber athlete that rides over Loveland and Hoosier passes – faster than we can drive them.

And, just to spite us mere mortals, they do it a few times over.

Then there’s the sport class, who ride the slightly tamer Swan Mountain Road. There’s the chance we could tag along behind these folks. Way behind.

The amateur class still wears Spandex, but, well, they kinda have an extra tire hanging around the mid-section. They can be found on the recpath between Breck and Frisco. All the while donning Spandex, mind you.

Lest we forget the recreational riders, these folks are on the touring bikes, towing children in trailers with clear plastic windows that we’re pretty sure really just act like toddler greenhouses.

We suppose it’s just time to work off all those apres-ski nachos and pitchers of beer.

We’ll grab a glass and watch.

Happy Monday!

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