You can handle your bike competently. You know how to ride. You even have a pretty good idea of roughly where you want to ride, because you asked your bartender for her favorite trails last night. Or you searched our interactive trail guide. But you want to get a taste of Gunnison Valley riding the way the locals do it.
You don’t need a lesson. You want a mountain bike guide.
Colorado Backcountry Mountain Bike Guides
Colorado Backcountry is owned by Crested Butte locals Janae and Ben Pritchett. They have an impressive list of accomplishments between the two of them. But beyond that, they are just really nice, thoughtful people who like playing in the mountains at least as much as you do. During the winter, they guide backcountry skiing. During the summer, they focus on being hike and mountain bike guides. Their mountain bike options range from two hour skills clinics up to multi-day mountain bike guiding.
Irwin Guides, partner company of Eleven Experience, is the area’s other main mountain bike guide company. During the winter, the Irwin Guides offer catskiing and winter mountaineering as well as ice climbing. During the summer, they offer a wide variety of guided options including fishing, rock climbing, hiking, and more. They offer half day and full day guided mountain bike trips and skills clinics as well. One nice perk of going with Irwin Guides: for an extra fee they’ll send a photographer out with you to document your day.
Irwin Guides is offering a new type of mountain bike experience in the Gunnison Valley. Link up miles of singletrack with some of the best campsites and a vehicle with a guide who will set up camp every night for you. Their overnight mountain bike trip sounds like a pretty good way to cover a lot of ground on your bike.
Colorado Backcountry and Chasing Epic are teaming up to offer four different 4-day trips, one for women only. These all-inclusive trips are designed for riders of intermediate+ fitness and beginner-intermediate technical riding ability. Their trips include everything you need for a killer 4-day vacation in Crested Butte: boutique lodging, meals, high-end carbon bikes, guides, an 8-week training program, ride nutrition, a dedicated trip leader and more. You don’t even need to pack your bike.