Ridin with the Boys

Went on a nice 3 hour tour with Ross, his son Ryan, and nephew Jacob. Ross and Ryan, from Chandler, AZ ride a bit, while Jacob from Lake Havasu, AZ is a downhiller for sure. All three were able to keep up and cover plenty of ground on a splendid Fall Sunday morning in Durango.

Snowmass

This years Colorado Parks & Recreation Association (CPRA) conference was in Snowmass, Colorado. As always, the bike was in tow in order to catch up with some homies and ride. This was the second time I’ve ridden here, the first in 2007. The town and their Parks, Open space, and trails dept have done an amazing job adding and improving many trails since then. What an amazing time to be there with the fall colors poppin!

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Ice Lake

Sometimes you have to ditch the bike and go for a hike. Tracy and I hiked to Ice Lake in Silverton. Only a 7.5 mile round trip hike, but up over 2,600 feet in 3.7 miles. The reward is amazing views and turquoise blue waters.

Up from the 505

Father and son, Michael and Chris, came up from Albuquerque over Labor Day weekend looking for some fun. Lucky for them they didn’t have to look to hard. One call to DMBT and we had them dialed in. Three hours and 12 miles later, both had huge smiles on their faces.

The Champ

Had the pleasure of taking out @joselyne_edwards and her manager Brian Green Friday morning for a brief 45 minute spin. Joselyne, a mixed martial arts fighter from Panama, was in town for a big match Saturday at the Sky Ute Event Center. True to form, Joselyne won the match beating Brenda Gonzalez by armbar for the King of the Cage World Championship. It must of been the pre fight Mtb ride right? LOL Congrats Joselyne. Watch out UFC!

From The Woodlands to the Mountains

Had a blast showing Jason, Rachel, and their daughter Katie, from the suburbs of Houston, TX, around Durango on our Town & Trails Tour. This trip was also special as my wife Tracy was guiding with me, and she was awesome. In total we covered 15 miles, 1,300 feet elevation gain in 3 hours. I was so impressed with the family seeing that 2 of the 3 has never been Mountain biking. They were already talking about “the next time.” Thanks once again to our friends at Second Ave Sports for the killer bikes!

Rolling Pass-White Creek

The July rains have begun and we finally got the 416 Fire under control. The Colorado Trail has reopened and we have been hitting up the high country rides. Last weekend we rode from the top of Molas pass on the CT over Rolling Pass, to White Creek, Engine Creek, Cascade Creek Trails. 25 miles, 3,000 feet climbing and about 5,000 feet of downhill.

Fab Five

Something to be said for the family that rides together. Had a great time showing Charles, Justine, Ewan, Noah, and Ariadne around town from the seat of a mountain bike. We tackled some single track, as well as exploring historic neighborhoods, cruising along beside the Animas River, and checking out downtown. Thanks once again to 2nd Ave Sports for providing some first class bikes!

Monarch Crest

I was stoked to finally ride the Monarch Crest Trail. Listed as one of the top five rides in Colorado, this trail did not disappoint. I started in Poncha Springs, using High Valley Bike Shuttle to get me to the top of Monarch Pass. From there I rode Monarch Crest to Silver Creek finishing on Rainbow Trail. All told 38 miles, 2,600 feet elevation gained and close to 6,000 feet descended. An epic ride for sure!

Prospect Trail

Was in Telluride July 1, first day the Prospect Trail was opened for the summer. Rode the gondola up to start the ride, finishing with some great downhill flow. Was even greeted with bacon and grilled cheese at the top by the San Miguel Bike Alliance.