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Western Colorado RIDE Guide


Get Out! The end of a season

By Julie Norman

The end of mountain biking season is upon us. Sure, there might be days in December when we can ride, but soon the snow will fall and the temperatures will drop, and only those crazy few (or ...

A perfect bike ride is un-bear-able

By Dale Shrull

It was the perfect day for a quick bike ride. But really there’s no such thing as truly perfect. Cooler temperatures, very little wind, not a lot of cyclists out and a bear on the ...


Get Out: Biking for 30 straight days a good, tough challenge

By Julie Norman

In April, myself and other bikers all across the country took part in a 30 Days of Biking Challenge. The rules were simple: Ride your bike every day for 30 days. There were no guidelines for ...


It’s tourist biking season

By Julie Norman

Spring biking in the valley can get crowded. Out-of-towners head here to get away from the muddy, thawing trails of mountain towns. Locals are just happy to have warm, long days for biking ...

2014 Calendar of Bike Events

By Staff

March 8-11 — Moab Skinny Tire Festival Routes through the famous landscapes of Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. The ride benefits cancer survivorship ...


There’s an app for that

By Special to the Sentinel

Strava Free (Premium membership $6.99/mo) Strava is the best known app among mountain bikers — spend five minutes in the Lunch Loops parking lot and you’ll no doubt see bikers ...


Rediscovering Lunch Loop through Three Sisters and the Bookends Expansions

By Special to the Sentinel

By Chris Muhr and Libby Collins COPMOBA/Mesa Land Trust Lunch Loop is known to many of us for its rugged and wild mountain bike terrain. Yet, the land on which that trail system traverses is ...


Tips and tricks for mountain biking

By Staff

By Julie Norman and Sparky Moir The Daily Sentinel Some people learn best by taking the hands-on approach. They’ll just jump on a bike and rely on trial and error. Others prefer ...


Valley served by three main trail systems

By Special to the Sentinel

By Dennis Jones Ride contributor Riding in the Grand Valley is, in a word: awesome.  The terrain, scenery, and trails are unlike anywhere else and make this a popular destination for ...

The Daily Sentinel’s 2014 Ride Guide

By Julie Norman

The Daily Sentinel’s annual RIDE magazine is now available!  All articles will appear online shortly, and you can always access our FREE E-Edition of the magazine by clicking ...


Get Out! No powder to ski? Take your mountain bike to Moab

By Julie Norman

If you aren’t a skier, you might not understand how obsessed we become with snow. Starting around the first of November (while we’re still out biking), we keep a careful eye on ...

Moab: new trails, old favorites

By Julie Norman

Not surprisingly, Moab made’s Top 10 Mountain Bike Destinations list a few weeks ago. A few others on the list are Fruita; Crested Butte; Whistler, British Columbia; ...


Here, you eat and ride

By Bill Haggerty

SANTA FE, N.M. — “Don’t drink and drive,” warn numerous highway signs between Grand Junction and Santa Fe, N.M. None of them, however, ever mentioned not eating and ...


Get Out! Park City has plenty of bike trails to explore

By Julie Norman

If you’re looking for a great getaway with plenty of biking, hiking and spectacular views, put Park City, Utah, on your short list of options. My boyfriend and I recently spent a week in ...

Cyclists beware: Strava is addictive, and fun

By Scott Mercier

Strava? What the heck is Strava? I had seen ads during the Tour de France about Strava, but it wasn’t until I was riding Slumgullion Pass outside of Lake City that I had a direct ...

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