Tag: why we ride

3 Favorite Mountain Bike Rides in the Gunnison Region

As the seasons change and the riding becomes less and less appealing in Crested Butte due to rain and snow, we begin to focus on mountain biking in the desert. When Coloradans think about “desert riding”, Fruita or Moab are two of the main areas that first come to mind. But, Gunnison has its own… Read more »

Trailquest Advice from the First Finisher

TrailQuest isn’t just about challenge.  There are plenty of smiles in there too!

A week and a half ago, I became the first person to complete TrailQuest, a challenge to ride 750+ unique miles in the areas surrounding Crested Butte, Gunnison, Paonia, and Crawford. As a natural explorer and goal-setter, I easily gravitated toward this ambitious challenge. Some say that challenges like this aren’t for everyone. But, I… Read more »

My Love Affair with Hartman Rocks

POV from bike on a desert trail at Hartman Rocks

This past April, I set out to ride 150+ miles on my bike. That was a fairly ambitious monthly total for someone with a full-time job living in a climate that often delivers a wintry mix throughout the month of April. It was even more ambitious because I didn’t want to skip any of my… Read more »

3 Favorite Rides in the Continental Divide / Monarch Pass Region

dropping into canyon creek

  Over the last two years, Frank and I have been doing our best to chip away at TrailQuest – a challenge to ride 750+ miles of trails surrounding the Crested Butte and Gunnison area. Aside from giving us a fun goal to work toward, TrailQuest has also given us a reason to explore trails… Read more »

3 Favorite Rides in the Needle Creek Trail Area

hicks downhill needles mountain bike

  Once upon a time, my husband Frank and I thought we had ridden everything worth riding in and around Crested Butte /Gunnison. We’d ridden hundreds of miles of trails, and definitely found ourselves off the beaten path on numerous occasions. But, the TrailQuest Challenge showed us that we still had many more miles to… Read more »

Fat Biking Crested Butte & Gunnison – Trails for Every Rider

Fat biking is fun at any time in the Gunnison Valley, but those wide tires really come in handy when winter rolls around. TRAILSOURCE.COM

Disclaimer: Some of these routes pass through or under avalanche terrain and users should review the CBAC report and bring proper gear before venturing into avalanche terrain. Crested Butte is no doubt a mecca of mountain biking. It has been since the very first days of the sport. Sitting at 8,909 feet above sea level,… Read more »

Rider Profile: Rachel Alter

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. A fairly new addition to Gunnison, Rachel Alter has made quite an impact on… Read 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.

TrailQuest So Far: The View from the Top

Screenshot of app homescreen with settings

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.

Ride Report: Lupine Trail

The opening of Lupine marks the start of riding on the north end of the Gunnison Valley. With South/Southwest facing aspects, the full exposure of the sun melts off the snow and makes way for flowers. Spring has been super busy for me this year. The chaos of life sometimes blurs what is important. A… Read more »