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butterGOLD Ride May 6 2017

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You would think we'd learned our lesson by now, but no....

ButterGOLD 2017 is back for more on May 6th. Celebrating the majesty of the 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 we're switching it up a bit. We'll have two options, 80miles and 50 miles. The 50 mile ride is basically the 80mile route with a generous short cut. Each route will have two departing groups, and the whole thing is set up so roll back to 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 Look at it this way; if you go race it costs up to fifty bucks, and all you get is an ass-whoopin' and some bar tape if you're lucky. When you roll with us we'll feed you, take you on a sweet ride, take care of you and regale you with idiotic stories. 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. This year we're sending money to the family of Steve Tilford and buying bikes for school cycling programs. 

General info

This is a friends and friends-of-friends ride due to space, pace, and liability but 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 dally.

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 cyclocross extravaganza, 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. 

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

We'll be screening some of the highlights of 2017 classics season to get everyone in the mood. 

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 bunch 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 28-32mm tires
  • Lower pressures(50-70psi) for soaking up the bumps
  • 28mm is probably the thinnest you can get away with, 32mm road or gravel grinder 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.

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!!

 

 

Product Videos

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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