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So I finally got to ride singletrack today. It was a 30 min drive from where I stay. The friend that I went with doesn't really ride and has platform pedals and baggy fox mtb shorts. Now that i've been here for a bit i'm getting used to the elevation but not 100% used to it. There was a nice cool breeze and it was sunny and 70 today. I decided to leave the arm warmers at home. Luckily I also forgot my camelbak at home too. oops. Having only one bottle was ok because we rode slow and stopped many times for by buddy to catch his breath. Reminded me of Kevins adventure out west with his cuz except this is no place to ride if you aren't in good shape. The trails were dry, a little dusty, and pretty smooth overall. The rockgarden parts were crazy though and we both walked most of them- up and down. We didn't go all the way to the top due to mr platform cramping but it's ok because I didn't have fuel and my legs/lungs were feeling it.

It's so dry, water up here is key. It's like you need an iv in you at all times. You can't drink enough. My lips have been so chapped that they split but they are starting to get better. When you are riding it's perfect though because you don't sweat as much and when you do the breeze cools/drys you quickly.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/321350090

I also did one road ride. Got lost several times and due to path closures had to turn around two different times. The way south was really windy and uphill. At 11mph I was thinking, wtf is going on? Then after I turned around I had the most serious tail wind in my life. Add in the fact that I was going slightly down hill. I was flying and felt like Spartacus (Cancellara). It took 2hrs to get to the southern most point and 45 minutes to get back home.

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Nice! So lucky having trails like that to ride let alone so close to home.

My mom's out there visiting some friends near Ft Collins and keeps texting me pictures of some of the trails she's hiking. Making me mad jealous!

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I rode the Colorado Trail yesterday as an out and back, the parking lot is 22 minutes from where i'm staying. There is a 6 mile (hard packed) dirt road before the singletrack started. It's a perfect warm up and I encountered two herds of Bighorn Sheep. Tried to film the best I could (with a pos phone) while riding past them. Even caught two smashing each other, I was pretty far so it's hard to see on the film but was epic in person. I stopped a lot to talk to locals, get advice, and make contacts. A couple hiking closer to where I turned around gave me cherries to eat and topped my Osprey with water. Time to buy a bigger one of those too.

Ate 2 Honey Stingers, 2 raspberry hammer gels, 2 espresso hammer gels, 2 bottles of perpetum, 100oz water in the Osprey, and a big handful of cherries. Sweat my balls off but didn't really cramp up. Probably due to taking it "easy" as it takes everything you have to not walk your bike up some sections.

There was one section that was so rocky that you had to hike up (and down) it. Once you got past that, the singletrack here is awesome. Lots of climbing that doesn't seem to end and an equal amount of shit your pants descending. I had one big oh shit moment where I jumped a roller and the trail curved in, almost went flying down the mountain. Overall an awesome day and I feel like i'm getting stronger each ride.


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I knew these posts were coming up sounds awesome Tony!

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its official, I'm coming out to sample the Colorado koolaid later this month! Quick trip, in late thursday the 27th and out Sunday the 30th, will be trying to scare up a Jet9 carbon rental/demo bike for a couple days of awesomeness. Decided to do this instead of the Copper Harbor trip next month which sucks but a worthy trade off.

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Hell Yea! It will be worth it!

There are too many places to ride, time to start picking two that you want to try out.

http://www.bicycling.com/mountainbik...rails?page=0,0

The lot to park at for this is 1 hr 41 min from where i'm at.

Colorado Trail, Tiger Road, Near Breckenridge
Covering 500 miles between Denver in the northeast and Durango in the southwest, the Colorado Trail is littered with amazing riding opportunities. One of the best is a stretch near the ski town of Breckenridge. From Highway 9, head east on Tiger Road to the Dredge parking lot, then jump on your bike and continue up the road to the North and Middle Forks road junction. Now turn right, keeping an eye out for the Colorado Trail crossing the road. Go left here and grind you way up a sustained climb, staying left at the fork about 40 minutes into the ascent. Now sit back and enjoy. The trip down has several sustained go-as-fast-as-your-nerves-can-handle sections, plus lots of amazing Rocky Mountain views.


This is about 1 hr 15 min drive to the lot:

Colorado Trail Off Kenosha Pass, West of Denver
Another top-flight Colorado Trail ride, avoid the afternoon thunderstorms and get an early start for this approximately 24-mile out-and-back high-alpine adventure that starts at the summit of Kenosha Pass off highway 285, about 90 minutes outside Denver. You’ll spend the first few hours zipping through aspen groves, and climbing through thick pine tree forests, before popping into the open for the final push to the summit of treeless Georgia Pass, elevation 11,585 feet. None of the climbs are overly steep, but you’ll definitely feel the sting of the altitude. The return trip is primarily a downhill singletrack romp, but make sure to save a little gas for the final push back up to your car.

There is also Green Mountain which are both right in Golden. And we could ride up/down lair o' the bear and ride 20 min of road to another singletrack spot.

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So here are the shaky cell phone videos I took. Wasn't sure how to post them here so I just uploaded them to youtube.




At the 18 second mark two of them smash each other. It was some national geographic shit!




I love how dude in the background is just painting the shed.

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I rode the segment 2 of the Colorado Trail today. From where I live (Highlands Ranch) to the trail head took about an hour and was almost more fun than riding. The roads were really twisty with no cyclists on them. Don't want to hit one of my people on my way out to ride. There were two dirt roads I had to drive down, they are like washboard and not nice to my car. One part that warned of 15% grade and it was no joke. My little car did not like that part.

To the "race report" of the trail ride. I'm like a pro track day guy at this point as racing is too much money for this year. You hit the trail and it's right next to a river and .25 down the trail heads up hill for the next 5 miles. It took everything I had to not walk several sections. At one point I thought about just turning around and going home. The whole way had killer views. Many parts still have black from forest fire. It's really a desert here and this trail is a lot of tiny gravel with some really soft parts- not easy on your legs. The descent was fun at the top and gets scary toward the bottom. Mistakes can really cost you out here.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/353673062


I also rode up Deer Creek Canyon on my road bike.

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There is so much nice scenery here that I don't bother to stop and take pictures otherwise I'd be out there all day. I did take one of my car when I got home, it has never been dirtier. Also took one of the warning sign. The others are from hiking. St. Marys Glacier has snow still and the others are from Torreys Peak.


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and that last panoramic shot is killer, nice work

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I'm like a pro track day guy at this point as racing is too much money for this year.
You need at least 500 more pics in a FB album of you riding your mtb to qualify for "pro track day" like status. It's one of the requirements.


And love the pics as always.

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Sounds (and looks) awesome Tony.

Don't forget the scenic background superman pose requirement

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Mount Evans

So on Wednesday of this week I had the day off. Left home at 6:30am and 45 min later arrived in Idaho Springs. From there I parked and started the trek up Mount Evans. I took my Osprey Raptor 14 and stuffed it full of warm clothes, a pair of shoes, and an extra water bottle. Shoes so I could walk around on the top easily. It's cold up there too. It was a brutal climb but definitely the most epic ride I have ever done. I could have used a 12-28 cassette but made it happen anyway. I mostly just tried to pace myself and not give up. It was nice at the higher elevation because the views are killer.

Climbing stats:
3 hours 41 minutes to climb the 27.80 miles up.
149 bpm average HR, 189 Max Hr
7.7 avg mph
74 avg cadence- much lower than I wanted.
6,849 ft elevation gain

It was an hour of descending the same 27 miles. The top where you are above tree line, 12,000 ft and above, the roads are very rough. I had to take it easy so I didn't blow out a wheel. When I got past summit lake it was still above tree line but I really was able to start hammering it. I met two other cyclists from Australia at the top and they started descending as I was putting on my cycling shoes again. Shortly after we entered tree line I caught and passed them at about 42 mph. It was on the same straight away but had to pass the second guy on the outside while entering a corner. There was about 30 minutes that was spent descending above 30 mph and it was an absolute blast.

This is one that I'll definitely do again but Pikes Peak will be on my radar for next year. The road there is much nicer and should be fun.

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Still jealous as hell. Nice ride man!

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Depends on the elevation. 6-8K feet is a lot different than 10-12k and 14k is a whole different ball game. When Kevin came out I had been here for 6 weeks. I feel much more acclimated now vs then. Some of the pros racing here said they came out two weeks in advance though. People react differently though and they say there is no correlation to fitness (not sure if I buy that) so like anything ymmv.

I don't know how Dennis comes here and races 100 miles.
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