Nothing beats springtime in the Southwest. Snow in the high country to get those last days in on the slopes, and single track drying out down low just itchin to be ridden. While more and more town trails in Durango become ride ready, we are so happy to be the only guide company with permits to lead tours on the fast, flowy, fun trails at Phils World, Alien Run, and Glade Area trail system, all 30-40 minutes from Durango. The Webb family, Tony, Micah, Hollis, and Titus, great riders from Georgia, can check Phils off the “must ride” list.
The 2021 tour season has officially kicked off with a four hour ride with Rachel Varn. Rachel, living in Maryland, is the founder of Pedal Power Kids, an organization formed to get more kids on bikes! Saturday’s tour, a 17 mile ride on the Alien Run trail system, including the Outer Limits, was certainly memorable. The Alien Run trail system gets its name because supposedly on March 25, 1948 a UFO crashed on this piece of high desert ground near Aztec, NM. The official site of the crash is marked by a plaque. The trail is made up of 3 separate loops, each one slightly more difficult. This includes the Outer limits, a 9 mile section made up of challenging terrain with ups and downs, twists and turns. Alien Run is a great ride for early and late season tours.
Although it was a warm 85 degrees when we departed from Pedal the Peaks bike shop, it was nothing compared to the 100 + in Tucson, AZ where Steve is from. As a perk for hitting some sales figures, Steve and some colleagues were treated to a long weekend in Durango, where mountain biking, fishing, golf, and other activities were scheduled. Steve and I did a casual 2 hr ride through OMP getting him ready for his much longer Saturday ride. Looking forward to getting him and his wife out again this fall.
Another great tour this weekend with Dan from Denver. He and is wife of three months took a trip to Durango to get away, hike, bike, and check out the six breweries we have in town. Good for them we partner with most of the breweries and give out free pint cards. Dan and I knocked out 16 miles in 2 hours. He is a really good rider.
Celebrated America’s birthday this year leading a tour with Cord and Bianka from Germany. Both physicians, they were traveling from Detroit to San Fran through some mtb hotspots like Durango, Moab, And Tahoe. Great story, Cord was a HS exchange student in late 70’s and just reunited with his host mom 40 yrs later. She is now 90 and found him on Facebook, thus the trip. Cord and Bianka can both ride amazing. We knocked off 17 miles and 1,500 feet.