Tag: ride report

Ride Report: Lupine Loops Part 1

Because it’s so close to town, and because it’s a relatively easy trail, people ride Lupine a lot. If I hammer, I can ride it in about an hour door to door making it a good lunch ride. It’s also an aptly named trail and is one of the best spots in the valley to… Read more »

Visit Colorado Video Shoot

Back in early September, we spent one glorious, and exhausting, day filming a short film about mountain biking here in the Gunnison Valley with a crew from Visit Colorado. The result of that day of shooting is now live (after the jump). The women of the Gunnison Valley stepped up as High Altitude Models (H.A.M.s) and Vital… Read more »

Ride Report: Roaring Judy, Eccher Gulch Loop

cliff move on Roaring Judy

Earlier this summer when I did my first mountain bike clinic, my coach was a contractor my husband Tom has worked with on a few jobs around the valley. Jason and I discussed my desire to improve so I could join in on some of Tom’s big rides including Tom’s current favorite: Roaring Judy to Eccher… Read more »

Ride Report: 409.5

Back in the saddle. We had a string of non-mountain biker house guests here overlapping with when the Enduro World Series was in town. Between spending days out on the course shooting photos, afternoons in sponsor village, and evenings entertaining visiting family, I had a two-week stretch without a mountain biking fix. I was ready for a shorter… Read more »

Ride Report: The 401

The 401 (aka Trail Riders Trail #401) is arguably the most well-known mountain bike trail in the world. Search youtube for “401 trail” and you’ll find hundreds of videos (here’s my favorite). If you played word association with a group of mountain bikers and said “Crested Butte,” most would say “401.” But, I had never ridden… Read more »

Ride Report: Doctor Park

Sunday I was due for “a trip to the doctor.” Gunnison Valley locals like to say this trail is called Doctor Park because it’s a cure for what ails you. Last week’s rain had left me antsy to get some quality hours in on my bike. This 20 mile loop was just the prescription I… Read more »

Ride Report: Reno Flag Bear Deadman’s

“You only say that because it’s the coolest ride ever!” This was the shouted response from Tom after I yelled out, “This is the coolest ride ever!” as we rode down the switchbacks of Deadman’s trail last weekend. At about mile 19 out of 19.4 and close to five hours into my biggest mountain bike… Read more »

Conquering Strand

Final move in the rock garden on Strand

Out of all the trails in the Gunnison Valley, Strand is probably the one I’ve ridden the most. It’s a good distance for a shortish ride after work. It’s easily accessible from most parts of the north valley. Most intermediate riders can ride most of it. But it’s probably not anyone’s favorite.