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butterGOLD Ride May 5th, 2018

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ButterGold is turning six!! And we all know what that means; it's ButterGold's rubber chicken anniversary!!

On May 5th 2018 we'll be doing it all again. Celebrating the majesty of rubber chickens.....er,  Belgian classics with bikes, food and booze. If you’re reading this it’s because we want you to join us. ButterGOLD is a course civilisée ride (butter-speak for a gentlemen’s ride) and will rumble to the north and east of Boulder, hitting all the best back-roads and dirt-roads. Sadly there will be some pavement between the fun bits.

 This year, after much experimentation and countless spreadsheets, the 80mile and 50 mile courses remain. The 50 mile ride is basically the 80mile route with a generous short cut. It depends on registration but we plan that the 80mile ride will have at least two departing groups, the 50mile route will have at least one and the whole thing is set up so roll into Butter HQ together-ish. 

The object of the game is for each group to stay together. If someone flats or has a mechanical we don’t just leave them out there, that’s not how we roll at butter. We will assign four group leaders to help manage the mayhem.

On the topic of the $50 price tag It's pretty simple really; if you go race it costs up to fifty bucks, and all you get is your ass kicked' and some bar tape.... maybe. When you roll with us we'll feed you, take you on a sweet ride, take care of you and regale you with conquests and adventures of yore. Then when we're done we'll load you up again with food and beer, slap you on the ass and send you home. As always Butter will donate every leftover dollar to charity. Last year the intention was to donate to the family of Steve Tilford and get some bikes for High School MTB programs but bike availability was problematic so we helped some junior programs and donated heavily to local U23 riders going to CX Worlds. We have not decided on a beneficiary for this year yet but would like to take another crack at getting bikes for High School kids. 

General info

Feel free to pass on the invitation link. If you would like to get a group together or think someone you know might be into it clue them in so they can sign up. We will cap the number of entries and it fills up quick so don’t screw around.

Pre-registration/RSVP only.

ButterGold is a USAC sanctioned and insured 'non-competitive training ride', you must be a current USAC member or purchase a one-day license to be covered and you must sign a waiver. 

Location: Butter's rubber chicken ranch and immersive cyclocross experience, 6152 Hygiene Rd, Longmont, CO  80503

Course: Your choice of 50 or 80 miles, 70% dirt 30% pavement. There will be rest/resupply stops at which all the leftover doughnuts must be eaten. 

Parking: Parking is available but we want to encourage you to carpool be badass and ride out. 

Maps/Course: Garmin/ computer ready maps coming soon!! We make our maps on Ridewithgps.com.  If you have a Garmin or other device that can show you a map just load it up and follow the little line or the course map can be loaded into the ridewithgps free app on a smartphone.

 

Pre-ride

7:30am: Doors open. Come in, relax, eat a little, caffienate, watch bike racing. Pre-ride starch and stimulants will be served: doughnuts + pastries + coffee

Come half kitted-up, there is limited space for changing.

You can leave post-ride clothing/gear at the studio, it will be secure until we return.

 8:50: Robson’s pep talk and safety review. It’s kinda like the pre-flight safety demonstration that the airlines do. It’s all shit you’ve heard before but we gotta say it again. Feel free to read an old Velo News or return some emails if we're boring you. 

 

butterGOLD Ride

We'll be working out the departure times based on the route and speed soon!

 As noted above ButterGold is not a race, the object of the game is to have a kick-ass day, ride together, laugh, take pictures and enjoy some great food and drinks before and after the ride. And if we're lucky we'll raise a fistful of cash and give it away. 

 

Rest/resupply stops will be strategically placed. Ride food, leftover doughnuts, mexi-cokes, hydration mix, portables and water available. 

 

Recommended equipment:

  • Road or CX bike with 30-40mm tires
  • Lower pressures(50-70psi, even lower on wider tires) for soaking up the bumps
  • 28mm is probably the thinnest you can get away with, 32mm road or gravel tires are ideal. 

Prepare to be SELF-SUPPORTED - We will help out where we can including rest/refuel stops but prepare as if you're doing it all on your own.  All riders must have their own spares, additional clothing, rain cape, pump etc. If you sign up for this butterGOLD make sure you are able to complete the course and bring everything you need to pull it off.

Absolutely all road rules apply, groups will ride safely and predictably. That said, we might roll a stop sign or two in the middle of nowhere, and there's a lot of 'middle of nowhere'.

If you happen to get dropped and the bastards don't wait you have options:  Take a shortcut and try to catch up or wait for the next group and jump in.

 

Post-Ride

Food and beverages will be served, stay as long as you like, if you’re still in the studio when the sun goes down we’ll drive you home. ButterGold 2015 and 2016 achieved a level of epicness previously unheard-of in any cycling circles. It's going to be awesome, our reputation is on the line!!

 

 

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Butter Gold 2016 (03:47)
This year delivered another wicked day on the bike for Butter Gold, a celebration of the Spring Classics. Starting off with snow, ending with sun, with a whole lot of mud in between. The fundraiser event raised enough money for us to buy 3 complete mountain bikes for the Boulder High School Mountain Bike Team. Take a look at the the day spent grinding the back roads north of Boulder, CO. Thanks to Panache Cyclewear for their help this year! Video produced by Oblique from Boulder, CO Special thanks to Mariel McCown and Lucas Flores
  • Butter Gold 2016
    This year delivered another wicked day on the bike for Butter ...

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