Meet the New Castle Pines Cycling Club
Article and photo by Patte Smith
There is a new opportunity on Tuesday evenings to meet people, get some exercise and cycle throughout the Castle Pines community and surrounding areas – all while enjoying the views of the Front Range from Pikes Peak to Longs Peak.
Mark Massey, a fellow neighbor and cyclist said he was itching to get out and start cycling around the area after experiencing the isolation of the past few months. “I was riding along Daniels Park Road looking at the buffalo and enjoying the views of the Front Range and noticed other cyclists riding by themselves or in twos,” remarked Massey. “I felt the want and need for folks to get to know and reach out to build more relationships, not just for myself, but to support our community. I had an idea.”
Massey approached Berg Haus manager Bruce Ringgenberg to ask if the bar and grill would be the neighborhood hub for a new Castle Pines Cycling Club (CPCC). “Bruce gladly listened to my idea and agreed. A believer in serving our community, he graciously offered cyclists a place to meet and have happy hour after our rides.”
The first CPCC outing in mid-June consisted of four cyclists and has grown each week. “We have about 30 riders now,” said Massey. “We cycle through neighborhoods enjoying the scenic beauty, fitness, fellowship and friendship, while forging ahead on two wheels.” Massey emphasized that “anyone can join us, whether you ride or not – come join us on the patio for happy hour.”
The rides vary, but many times the group rides through Beverly Hills where they encounter wildlife such as wild turkeys, deer and coyotes, as well as views of the Colorado mountains.
CPCC meets Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. at Berg Haus in the King Soopers parking lot in the City of Castle Pines. The bicycle rides are about one hour, and the group then socializes at the bar and grill, enjoying an evening outdoors with new friends and cycling enthusiasts.
“We encourage other cyclists to join us,” stated Massey. “The weekly rides and details are published each week on the Strava app. Riders must self-assess if they are able to participate in the rides. Prospective cyclists are always welcome to join us on Tuesday evenings after 7 p.m. at Berg Haus to chat with us about the difficulty of the routes we ride.”
The goal of CPCC is to have fun, meet new friends, enjoy the beauty in and around the area and build a more connected community.