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.

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It’s not often I skip the uphill ride and shuttle to the top. But sometimes it just has to be done. That was the case last weekend when my buddy Drew, aka @elementelectric, came to town. We shuttled Pass Trail-Engineer Mountain AND Haflin Creek Trail dame day. Only about 15 miles total of riding, but we dropped close to 5,000 vertical feet and rode two epic downhills.

Chasin Aliens

Drove Gene and his son Gavin the 25 miles south to experience the amazing Alien Run Trail. This is high desert riding at its finest. Located just south of Aztec, New Mexico, rumor has it that an alien space craft crashed at this site. I have to say that the three single track loops you can take are out of this world! The boys handled the 6 mile beginner loop like champs

Ezra

Had a great time taking Ezra, from East Tennessee, up and over Telegraph. A elementary school teacher, he was on a 4 week vacation with his family through the west. He made sure to carve out some time to hit the renowned Durango single track!

Bro Trip

A couple friends, Chris and Alex, try and take a trip each year to meet up and ride bikes. This year they chose Durango, and DMBT to show them around. We ended up heading west to ride Phil’s World. It was a great 17 mile ride, complete with Ska beers in the lot after. Looking forward to the next time.

Jayhawks Hit the Trail

Allen, from Kansas, was looking for an activity with some adventure to it on his last day of vacation in Durango. They had already hiked, rafted, rode horses and shopped. He decided to try mountain biking for him, his daughter, and her friend. They all did great, with his daughter declaring that was the most fun activity they had done on their trip.

Cats in the Cradle

Always great to lead a father and son duo on a ride. Billy, who just graduated from THE Ohio State, and his dad Chris, an ultra marathoner, wanted to get out and see Durango from a different view. We went on our classic 4 hour tour, covering 23 miles and 2,200 foot elevation gain, with dramatic views and epic single track. Finished up with some delicious beers at Steamworks brewing Co.

Maritime to Mountain Time

Took John, a graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, out for his inaugural mountain bike ride. You would have thought he had ridden for years from the way he handled the 23 mile, 4 hour tour all over the Durango trails.

Do It Again

Always nice to get repeat customers. Brian and I last rode together in 2016 on a 20+ mile ride in Twin Buttes and Grandview. This time around I decided to take a lap in Overend Mt Park before climbing up Lions Den and Skyline, finishing with a sweet decent down Sugar and then in through the gulch. All told 21 miles and 2,700 feet of climbing. Brian is a heck of a rider and a lot of fun to ride with.