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.

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.

2017…What A Year

Now that the dust has settled on this new year, I thought it a good time to take a look back on 2017, a monumental year for Durango Mountain Bike Tours. The biggest event for the company by far was the addition of Jim Mackay as a business partner, and the formation of DMBT LLC. Jim brings with him a wealth of knowledge in business development, marketing, web design, as well as a passion for biking and the outdoors. Revenue more then doubled in 2017 from 2016.

New permits were acquired, giving us access to guide at Phil’s World in Cortez, Alien Run In Aztec, and The Road Apple in Farmington. ’17 also saw me crack a Trek frame, get a new Santa Cruz, get that bike stolen, then get it back.

We had over 150 clients from 15 different states and 9 different countries. Tours started in March, and went all the way past Thanksgiving. New products were offered like the “No Brainer” and Southwest Single Track Adventures. Many partnerships and contacts were made through the industry with great folks like Gary and the gang at 2nd Ave Sports, Laurel and Bill from Wild Bunch Desert Guides, the Shuttlesmith from Santa Cruz, and Will from Trail Sports in Sedona, to name a few. Riding in amazing places like Moab, Sedona, Santa Cruz, Prescott, Grand Junction, Fruita, and Keystone among other places was a highlight as well.

2018 is looking to be even bigger and better. We’ve already had our first tour of the year (January 5th!), are forming some new incredible partnerships, looking to gain more permits and trail access, while building up our gang of amazing knowledgeable bike guides. Check out some of the happy faces and friends we made this past year.

Here we go 2018, Let’s Ride!

Winter Riding?

With the mild winter we’ve been having here in Durango and the southwest, the bikes are still out and shredding trails. Not only are we riding Phil’s and Alien, all the trails in town are still dry and in great shape. January 5th we already had our first tour of 2018 go out! Here’s a few pics from the last few weeks.

Sand Canyon

One of our favorite fall riding spots is Sand Canyon. It is part of Canyons of The Ancients National Monument, a 176,000 acres area protecting an archaeologically-significant landscape located about an hour west of Durango. It is a popular biking and hiking area with close access to many cliff dwellings. This trip was a few weeks ago with Jim Mackay and Walt Brown.

Here’s a Story…

The story this fall in Durango and the Southwest has been the warm temps and dry weather. While not good for early season skiing and boarding, it’s been terrific for the mountain biking. Such was the case the day after Thanksgiving when Jim and I took Steve and his blended family of 4 boys out on a four hour tour around town. Since skiing was out, Steve, who owns land here and recently finished construction on a place, wanted to get out with the boys and explore Durango’s single track. We were more than happy to accommodate. Looking forward to riding with him again.

Purg opener

November 18, opening day at Purgatory. What do you do when winter has not hit quite yet? The answer is open up the mountain for skiing/riding and mountain biking. That was the scene Saturday. Lift 1 and 2 accessed a few trails to slide down on the snow, and lift 4 was devoted to bringing the bike up and riding down the flow trail. A unique experience for sure! It won’t be long until the bikes are in the shed and the boards are out mackin the powder.

Zac Attack

Took out a really nice young man on a 4 hour tour. Zac, from Austin, TX, was in town visiting for a week. He doesn’t currently own a bike, and he really had never ridden on single track. However, that did not stop him from giving it a try. He is a natural, and we knocked out almost 20 miles, riding some pretty challenging terrain, especially for a novice.