How Crested Butte’s Best Mountain Bike Trails Came to Be

Crested Butte is just four hours from Denver, but with its rugged, towering mountains and small town vibe, the Wildflower Capital of Colorado feels about a million miles away from the big city. And despite its reputation as a ski town (and don’t get us wrong, the powder is just as magical as you’ve heard), Crested Butte has just as much going for it in the summer. In addition to the wildflowers, which hit their peak in mid-July, summer in this charming mountain town means it’s mountain biking season. In fact, if you’re a mountain biker, you’ve got Crested Butte to thank. (more…)

Ride Report: The Iconic 401

The iconic 401, a mountain biker’s dream! The scenery on this trail will definitely take your breath away (if the elevation and climb haven’t already done that). Mind-blowing vistas and wildflowers as far as the eye can see are what you should expect from this classic Crested Butte ride.

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Rider Profile: Cooper Ott

cooper ott cb devo coachOver the course of the summer, we’ll be doing a series of blog posts profiling our local riding heroes. These are the people who inspire us to be better mountain bikers ourselves and we look to them as mountain bike role models.

Cooper Ott is the rider we all strive to be. Her original background is in cross-country racing, but starting last year she made waves in the western Enduro circuit. She was the overall female winner of the Big Mountain Enduro series in 2016, and has already started 2017 strong with wins at the Enduro Cup in Moab and the GoPro Games Enduro in Vail. Outside of racing Cooper is a dedicated member of the Gunnison Valley bike community and a coach for CB Devo throughout the summer. You can often find her out on the trails with a posse of kids eager to ride. (more…)

Ride Report: Matchless+Dr. Park

The day didn’t start as planned. My buddy Shaw met me at my house in CB South at 8am with the initial plan to ride Crystal Peak/400/Block and Tackle/Doubletop/Hunter Creek. I figured this was my best bet to rack up a ton of Trailquest miles. 45 minutes after we left my house Shaw came to the realization that he didn’t have a helmet. Since that particular ride is quite remote and has a reputation for being a little gnarly, we scrapped our plan and returned to my house to grab a spare helmet and reassess.

Plan B was to ride a large portion of the motorized singletrack on Dr. Park and finish with the famed descent into Taylor Canyon. Since we had already spent 1.5 hours on failed logistics we decided to shuttle this ride, knocking down the mileage from 40+ to a more manageable 19.7 miles.

matchless dr. park map
south matchless to dr. park map

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#OneGoodRide Instagram Roundup July 2017

The alpine season is finally here in full force. Yes, we know that the 401 still has limited access, but limiting yourself to this ride is limiting your imagination for everything else there is to ride in the Valley. Case in point, this month’s #OneGoodRide Roundup features photos from some of the lesser-known trails in the valley. Trails that have short rideable windows, maybe a little hike-a-bike, or are just a little farther away from town than the rest.

Enjoy these selections, follow their profiles, and remember to use #OneGoodRide for your chance to be featured in August!

@14erskiers

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Ride Report: Green Lake Trail

Green Lake Trail is one of the closest trails to the town of Crested Butte. Access is directly behind the Big Mine Ice Arena at the end of Belleview Ave. Be prepared for a long and arduous uphill battle. Starting at 8890’ in town, winding switchbacks with a consistent pitch take you up to 10600’ over about 3.5 miles. Daniel and I decided to take a morning to tackle this trail.

green lake trail climb
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Rider Profile: Dave Wiens

Over the course of the summer, we’ll be doing a series of blog posts profiling our local riding heroes. These are the people who inspire us to be better mountain bikers ourselves and we look to them as mountain bike role models.

Photo Credit: Angel King/ RTI Sports

Photo Credit: Angel King/ RTI Sports

Dave Wiens is a long-time Gunnison local, trail advocate, and mountain bike racer. Dave was hired this year as the new Executive Director of IMBA, and is the founder and former Executive Director of Gunnison Trails. Dave may be most known though for his record of six consecutive Leadville 100 wins, including wins over Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis. He has been an accomplished mountain bike racer for over twenty years, and continues to dominate in many of the local races in the valley.

What brought you to the Gunnison Valley?

I grew up in Denver and came to Western State right out of high school in 1982.

Were you riding before you moved here?

Yes, but not a mountain bike. I had a Stingray and a Schwinn Varsity and rode all over Denver on them. (more…)

Ride Report: The 409s

One of the funny things about Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley is that there are so many trails that many of them don’t even have proper names. Instead, they get numbers. The most famous of the numbered trails in the Valley are the 401 and the 403 (ride them in succession and we call it “804”). But beyond that, there are a ton of trails that are simply called whatever number the Forest Service gave them. When other trails are added in the nearby vicinity, the numbers become even more complex and that’s how we ended up with trails like 409.5 (four-oh-nine-and-a-half) and 405.2A (four-oh-five-point-two-a).

Don’t be fooled by the lack of a proper name though. These trails aren’t after-thoughts. Some of my favorite trails in the Valley are named with numbers. On Saturday, July 1, we set out to ride one of my favorites (409.5– see my previous ride report) and one that I had never ridden before in its entirety (409).

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TrailQuest So Far: The View from the Top

I’m #1 on the TrailQuest Leaderboard (when published on June 26, 2017– Graham will probably pass me soon and you’ll see that below…). TrailQuest is a game to see how many unique single track trail miles we can log in a season, or in multiple seasons. Bike, run or hike.

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#OneGoodRide Instagram Roundup June 2017

Another busy month has come and gone in the Gunnison Valley. Some highlights include The Original Growler over Memorial Day, a 64 mile race won by 1 second; the release of our new map APP CBGTrails which includes Trailquest, a game that challenges you to ride all 750 miles of Gunnison Valley singletrack; and the opening of some of our north valley trails like Lupine, Snodgrass, Strand, and 409.

We’ve gone through once again and gleaned our favorite photos from Instagram that use the hashtag #OneGoodRide and sorted them out for your viewing pleasure. The wildflowers are starting to go off so make sure your tagging your pictures too. We expect some stiff competition for the next Roundup in July.

@courtneyrogersburton

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