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"Rollin' On 20s and 27.5s!"

MOUNTAIN BIKING REPORTS AND LOG


 

Scroll down and click any ride report below to see its photos and story.

Or explore this interactive map of everywhere I've ridden since starting my ride log:

= MTB ride     = bigger MTB ride     = IMBA Epic     = road ride     = bigger road ride

(some locations above are approximate)

 

Moab in September

"Camping on the ground and shredding rocks with Klucks and the Crazy Crane Crew"

Moab, UT

September 23-25, 2016

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Pikes Peak

"Up and down the monster Barr Trail with Klucks"

Manitou Springs, CO

July 27, 2016

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South Park Burning Bear

"Came on up to South Park, had a real good time!"

Guanella Pass, CO

July 17, 2016

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The Notorious Big LAF Ride (Lenawee, Argentine, FATS)

"Trying out a novel linkup featuring four high summits in a long, amazing day mostly above treeline."

Georgetown, CO

July 9, 2016

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Thirteen Thousand Two Hundred Fifteen Feet of Freedom!

"Hitting the Continental Divide Trail from Jones Pass to Herman Gulch and some Georgetown Trails on Independence Day."

Empire, CO

July 4, 2016

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"Palo Duro Canyon Spring Break"

Exploring the second-largest canyon in the United States via bikes, hikes, and even a few horses.

Music by Junior Brown.

Canyon, TX

March 16-19, 2015

 

"Big Bend Bike Bash"

My third trip to the Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest in Lajitas, TX was the best yet!

Music by Long John Hunter.

Lajitas, TX

Feb 11-15 2015

 

EPISODE IV: "Mount Elbert - Rocky Mountain Highest"

Mount Elbert tops out at 14,439 feet, which makes it the highest peak in Colorado, and the second-highest in the continental US. It's also one of only a handful of 14ers that's legal to mountain bike on, although this is rarely taken advantage of, presumably due to the ordeal required to get bikes to the summit.

The average grade works out to approximately 1100 ft/mile (20%) but frequently runs even steeper than that. So on the descent, you spend a LOT of time with your butt way behind the seat, hovering just above the rear tire.

While thusly hanging on for dear life, you get to simultaneously negotiate extended stretches of loose gravel, jumbled babyheads, nasty switchbacks, and treacherous trenches; solve tricky puzzles of embedded boulders, drops, and rollers; greet and dodge hikers; survive steep shots through tight trees and over crisscrossing roots; and finally, savor a blast down a winding forest road packed with sweet, sweet jumps.

In other words, it is a wicked awesome mountain biking experience, and truly worth the effort!

Music by Laurie Anderson, Flight of the Conchords, Kongar-ol Ondar, and Depeche Mode.

Twin Lakes, CO

August 16, 2014

EPISODE III: "Monarch Crest - Double Drop"

Absolutely amazing day of mountain biking, featuring two trips across the Monarch Crest, and descents of both South Fooses Creek and Agate Creek trails.

Despite getting two car rides up Monarch Pass, there was still plenty of effort expended in twice traversing the (literally) breathtaking Monarch Crest which rolls along between 11-12k feet.  Both descents were sensational, ridiculously fast technical rippers that went on for so gloriously long that you got exhausted going downhill (a very good thing!).

Music by Richard Wagner, Walter Murphy, and Kraftwerk.

Sargents, CO

August 10, 2014

EPISODE II: "Crested Butte - Chunky Style"

A positively scrumptious mountain biking sampler platter, linking several lesser-ridden technical treasures just outside Crested Butte, Colorado.  If you've ridden all the CB classics like Doctor Park, Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadmans, 403+401, Teocalli, etc. and crave something just a little bit chunkier... well... this loop featuring 409, 409.5, and 402 may be for you!

Music by Little Walter, Lightnin' Hopkins, Stevie Vaughan, and James Cotton.

Crested Butte, CO

August 4, 2014

EPISODE I: "Crested Butte - Doctor Visit"

Super fun mountain biking on the classic Doctor Park loop near Crested Butte, Colorado.

We included the singletrack "Bonus" section, which adds some sweeping views to a ride that's otherwise mostly about the riding itself... meaning, excellent, swoopy, somewhat technical blasting down through the trees, and a famously chunky switchback finale.

Note that this was our shakedown ride with the GoPro and we learned a few things to improve in the future, for sure. But I've decided the cracked lens and sometimes-shaky video just add "flavor", and think this one still came out reasonably entertaining, and hope you enjoy it also.  :)

Music by Dr. John, John Lee Hooker, and Muddy Waters.

Crested Butte, CO

August 2, 2014

Rollins & Rogers Rail Romp

"Taking the high road up and over the Divide several times on a perfect fall day."

Rollinsville, CO

September 27, 2014

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Jonesin' for a 13er

"Closing out the summer season with a marvelous chunk of Continental Divide Trail above 13,000 feet."

Empire, CO

September 20, 2014

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Summit County Stoke

"Breck Bike Week activities, Georgia Pass, Lenawee, Wheeler Pass, and more."

Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon, and Keystone, CO

August 20-31, 2014

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Rocky Mountain Highest

"Dragging mountain bikes to the summit of Colorado's highest 14er and plunging back down."

Twin Lakes, CO

August 16, 2014

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Double Dropping the Crest

"Twice across the Monarch Crest, dropping two marvelous technical descents, Fooses Creek and Agate Creek."

Sargents, CO

August 10, 2014

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Whitepine Canyon Creek

"A lesser-known alpine loop on the other side of the highway from Monarch Crest, infamous for its hike-a-bike but famous for its ten mile singletrack descent."

Sargents, CO

August 9, 2014

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Ye Olde Crusty Butt

"Back for our third summer in a row, for a couple more glorious weeks in mountain biking paradise."

Crested Butte, CO

July 25 - August 7, 2014

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Late Season Expedition Up the Palisade Cliffs

"Riding up to and across the snowy cliffs in the shadow of Mount Rainier, with winter already settling in."

Enumclaw, WA

November 23, 2013

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Riding on Another Planet

"Dazzling exploration of an otherworldly volcanic landscape, just before winter arrives."

Mt. Saint Helens, WA

October 30, 2013

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Rollin' the Highest Region with Rasta Stevie

"Gettin' high on the Colorado Trail with a legend of such things, from Bolam Pass to Blackhawk Pass to Hotel Draw."

Durango, CO

September 5, 2013

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BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT! (of a sort)

"Adding a brand-new carbon fiber wunderbike to the family."

Durango, CO

August 27, 2013

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The Scarp Ridge Adventure Loop

"Mind blowing scenery and a full day of adventure exploring high elevation terrain rarely traversed on bikes."

Crested Butte, CO

August 10, 2013

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The Gentleman's 804

"Shuttle dropoff + Trail 403 + Trail 401 = a gentlemanly yet worthy version of the mighty Loop 804."

Crested Butte, CO

July 31, 2013

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Up Among the Clouds

"Got so high, I touched the sky!  Monarch Crest to Starvation Creek with some interesting weather thrown in just for fun."

Salida, CO

July 28, 2013

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Copper Highness

"Rollin' all of the Colorado Trail between Copper Mountain, Searle Pass, Kokomo Pass, Camp Hale, Tennessee Pass, and Wurts Ditch Road."

Copper Mountain, CO

July 21, 2013

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Len-a-whee!

"Getting high (>12,500 ft!) for the first time of the season in Colorado."

Arapahoe Basin, CO

July 7, 2013

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Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest

"Headed out to the very remote Big Bend area of Texas for another round of epic riding, camping, and fun with a bunch of other crazed mountain bikers."

Lajitas, TX

February 13 - 18, 2013

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Buffalo Creek: "To the Wilderness and (not) Beyond!"

"Exploring lots of new terrain at a favorite trail system on a perfect fall day in Colorado."

Pine, CO

Sunday, October 21, 2012

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The Redstone Cyclery Big Fall Ride

"Tagging along with the locals for a day-long ride on some of the best (and chunkiest) trails of Boulder County, Colorado."

Lyons, CO

Sunday, September 30, 2012

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Breaking in the New Guy (Kenosha to Breck)

"High elevation autumn fun, going the distance over Georgia Pass on Segment 6 of the Colorado Trail."

Breckenridge, CO

Saturday, September 22, 2012

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Folding Bike Mechanical Extravaganza

"All the gory details about what was involved in preparing my Dahon Jetstream XP folding bike for serious off-road riding, and what's been required to keep it rolling through thousands of miles of such abuse over the years..."

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Skookum Flats and Palisades Adventure Ride

"With the snow finally melting, it was time to go exploring some backcountry trails in the rugged and spectacular Washington Cascades outside Mount Rainier National Park."

Enumclaw, WA

Sunday, May 29, 2012

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Intense, Incredible, Idaho

Featuring rides in Stanley, Ketchum, Sun Valley, and Boise, ID

October, 2011

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Marvelous, Mountainous, Montana

Featuring rides in Bozeman and Helena, MT plus a bit of other touring.

September and October, 2011

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Wild, Wondrous, Wyoming

"We kicked-off our Fall tour of the great American west with a month in Wyoming, exploring incredible trails and spectacular sights."

Featuring Curt Gowdy State Park, Jackson Hole, and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

September, 2011

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Colorful Colorado Summer

'"After three years away, we returned for another glorious season of mountain riding around Denver and Breckenridge."

Various, CO

July thru September, 2011

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2012 DEBCAR Calendar

"A photographic review of some of the best rides of the previous year."

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Arizona Spring Fling!

"Featuring a grand assortment of rides around Phoenix and Sedona during the annual gathering known as AZSF."

Various, AZ

March 16 - 27, 2011

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Big Bend Bender

"Rides during the Chihuahuan Desert Dirt Festival and more."

Lajitas, TX

February 16 - 23, 2011

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Second Tracks

"Taking advantage of a rare opportunity for a snow ride on the familiar trails of Walnut Creek Park."

Austin, TX

February 4, 2011

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2011 DEBCAR Calendar

"A photographic review of some of the best rides of 2010."

 

Texas Hill Country Backroads Tour

"Loaded touring on the Dahon for three nights around Bandera, Tarpley, Leakey, Utopia, and Vanderpool."

Hill Country, TX

November 6 - 8, 2010

 

Ode to Spring: Beaches, Creeks, Pines, Mountains, and Beyond

"Back-to-back epics on the Womble and Syllamo in Arkansas.  (and a little Texas and Louisiana too)."

Various, AR

Spring, 2010

Yoop it Up!

"Riding and sightseeing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula."

November, 2009

 

Falling for the Midwest

"Autumn in Wisconsin and Minnesota."

October, 2009

 

Goin' Round South

Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.

April thru September, 2009

 

2010 DEBCAR Calendar

"A photographic review of some of the best rides of 2009."

 

Spring Flinging in Arizona: The Finale

Black Canyon, Casa Grande, and Tucson, Arizona.

February 23 thru March 14, 2009

 

Recapping Rollin' Phoenix's Finest on my Folding 20er

"Lots of great rides around Phoenix, Arizona."

February 23 thru March 13, 2009

 

Quadruple Bypass: A good ride on 20-inch wheels? Only one way to find out...

Scottsdale, Arizona

Saturday, February 21, 2009

 

Wintertime in MTB Mecca

Moab, Utah

February 2 thru 13, 2009

 

Slickrock Bike Trail: 20-inch REMIX

"Putting a new spin on a mountain biking classic."

Moab, UT

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

 

2009 DEBCAR Calendar

"A photographic review of some of the best rides of 2008."

 

Grand Adventures Around the Junkyard

Grand Junction and Fruita, Colorado.

November 2008 thru January 2009

 

Rim Rock Drive, Colorado National Monument

"Starting the new year in style, with a classic 50 mile road ride."

Grand Junction, CO

Friday, January 2, 2009

 

Jetstreaming Through The Snow!

"Gorgeous winter day on the trails."

Grand Junction, CO

Saturday, December 20, 2008

 

Kenosha East, along the Lost Creek Wilderness

Kenosha Pass, Colorado

Saturday, November 1, 2008

 

Devil's Backbone, Coyote Ridge, Blue Sky 

Fort Collins, Colorado

Saturday, October 25, 2008

 

Curt Gowdy State Park Full Tour 

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Saturday, October 18, 2008

 

Bowman's Shortcut, Two Elk, and some Colorado Trail too!

Vail, Colorado

Thursday, October 9, 2008

 

Kenosha to Georgia, Fall Colors Classic

Kenosha Pass, Colorado

Saturday, October 4, 2008

 

Teocalli Ridge

Crested Butte, Colorado

August 5, 2008

 

New Conyers Olympic Course Lap Record...

Atlanta, Georgia

March 13, 2008

 

Connecting from Alafia to Boyette?

Tampa, Florida

February 25, 2008

 

Note that many of the above also exist as forum posts by "FoldsInHalf".

 


(click here for my full chronological ride log)