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By Julie Norman

It seems as though we are constantly surrounded by numbers these days. How many miles did you ride? You should exercise 5 days a week for 30 minutes a day! How many calories did you burn? How many “active minutes” is your fitness tracker showing for today? These numbers can be overwhelming and can often turn a fun activity into work. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe my personality just isn’t one that can work with tracker tools of any kind … fitness, calorie, ...



By Dale Shrull

Rider after rider zipped back to the Flat Top Flyer for another trip to the top. Smiling and excited, riders couldn’t wait for the high-speed lift to whisk them back up to enjoy another downhill mountain bike ride at Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Saturday was the second day of Powderhorn’s new venture into downhill mountain biking and the riders were pumped. “Awesome. That’s all I have to say,” said Tyler Johnson of Delta. “Downhill is so much fun and ...


Get Out! Not middle of the road

By Julie Norman

We’re lucky folks to live in a state where mountain biking is possible almost all year. Except for January and February (and sometimes even then if you have a fat bike) it’s possible to find excellent biking at least somewhere in Colorado. June provides an especially interesting time for biking. It’s warming up here in the valley, which means biking earlier in the day or heading to higher ground. However, the popular high-elevation rides like Crested Butte’s 401 ...


The downhill thrill

By Dale Shrull

Mountain biking at ski resorts has long been a destination for those looking for high-speed thrills. As summer approaches, Powderhorn Mountain Resort is set to join the list of ski resorts that have mountain bike trails. “The Grand Valley has always been a major mountain biking and tourism destination, so this will be really good for Powderhorn and the community,” said Powderhorn General Manager Sam Williams. Now that the snow has disappeared and the dirt had hardened, ...


Get Out! Question everything

By Julie Norman

On a recent snowy spring camping and biking trip to Cortez and Durango, we reminded ourselves of this: the main goal of a bike trip is to ride every day. This is often easier said than done as spring weather is never predictable and summer weather in the mountains is even less so. Still, there are things you can do to ensure that your next camp/bike trip is as successful as possible. In this case, success equals: a day of biking, eating lots of great food, perhaps drinking some good beer, ...


Get Out! The power of pedaling

By Julie Norman

Two years ago, I participated in and wrote about the April 30 Days of Biking Challenge. The challenge is social-media based, though you can “pledge” to do it on 30daysofbiking.com. The rules are simple: get on your bike every day. It doesn’t matter how far you ride, though I do tell myself I have to go at least a mile, unless it’s raining. There’s no prize for finishing, except being able to say you did. Last year I skipped it. This year after seeing almost ...


Get Out! Basic training

By Julie Norman

Squeeeeeeee. Squeak squeak squeak. Ping! Rattattatatatat! What IS that noise? Many times I’ve had to stop on the trail after asking myself this question. Is it a brake rubbing? A shifter problem? Is my chain dirty? If you find yourself asking these questions frequently, you may be in need of some basic bike maintenance. Maintaining your bike is just like putting gas in the car. It’s one of those things none of us truly wants to take the time to do, but if you don’t do ...


State funds help Grand Valley Ranger District maintain OHV trails in area national forests

By Staff

Your face is dusty, your ATV muddy and your adrenaline is at an all-time high. You have just finished riding one of your favorite trails in Grand Mesa National Forest and couldn’t be happier. Have you wondered how all these miles of off-highway-vehicle (OHV) trails traversing a vast and diverse landscape stay in good shape? Forest services across the nation have the annual challenge of maintaining hundreds of miles of trails with limited budget and personnel. The Grand Valley ...


Get Out! Some tips to consider for this biking season

By Julie Norman

My dad is fond of doling out bits of wisdom and advice. I’d say I use it about 50 percent of the time. Southern dialect reigns in most everything he says, and it’s especially true when he’s getting ready to share with me one more bit of knowledge. “Well, what you oughta do…” is my cue that I’m about to get some advice, whether I’ve asked for it or not. Honestly, most of the time he’s pretty spot on. Having spent years listening to and ...

Grand Junction 2016 RIDE Mountain Bike Magazine

By Julie Norman

The 2016 RIDE Mountain and Road biking magazine is here! In it you can find great maps of the area, with QR codes, plus lots of great articles trails to ride and things to do in Grand Junction, Fruita and along the Western Slope. Click here to read the 2016 RIDE Mountain Biking Magazine.  ...

Intersection Maps added to Lunch Loop

By Julie Norman

by: Chris Muhr Thanks to our local cartographer John Hodge and COPMOBA, we now have intersection maps at the Lunch Loop/Tabeguache, 3 Sisters Trail System. These new maps are COPMOBA’s first attempt to give riders not only on the ground maps of the trails systems but with the “you are here” Bikerpelli icons on the map, trail users will be able to orient themselves and hopefully eliminate some of the confusion for our first time users or out of town visitors to the ...

It’s great to be a kid!

By Julie Norman

Best rides for kids: The pump track and bike park at Lunch Loop, along with Kid’s Meal and Hop, Skip and a Jump. While trails at Lunch Loop tend to be rockier than most, we’ve seen plenty of kids enjoying themselves out there.  The pump track is perfect for kids practicing on their balance bikes and the beginner trails here provide signs and tips for riding.  There are easy, intermediate and advanced options in some sections of Kid’s Meal which allow for a fun ...

An interview with MAD Racing’s John Knish

By Julie Norman

John Knish is the man behind many races in the Grand Valley, including the Cyclocross series and the Rumble at 18 Road.  Here he answers a few questions for us. TDS: Cyclocross seemed to go really well this year.  Can you explain to us what acyclocross race entails? Can anyone race? I assume you’re planning more races for next year? JK: We saw 30% increase in participation over last year in both the run and cyclocross events.  I like wiki’s definition of ...


Urban adventurers

By Dale Shrull

Bicycle racing in the fall? Off-road racing? While many people are moving their bikes into storage after a long spring and summer of riding, others discovered the Mountain and Desert Racing series that started on Sept. 13. For MAD Racing owner and CEO John Klish, it’s all about cross training after the long riding season. This year, he introduced a running component to the series and called it Urban Tread Adventure. Competitors have the option of cycling or running with a few doing ...


Salty Treads race tests cyclocross ‘frienemies’

By Dale Shrull

With a twisting, turning course that went from grass to dirt with big and little obstacles, it was cyclocross racing at its best. Saturday’s Salty Treads race was the fifth of six races in the Mountain and Desert Racing series. Carbondale’s Chris Brandt pulled away from Colby Lash of Glenwood Springs to take first place.  Most competitors said the Little Salt Wash Park course was the most challenging and fun of the series. “It was definitely one of the most ...


Haggerty giving proceeds from book to Riverfront Trail Project

By Staff

Bill Haggerty loves the outdoors and has the worn and tattered boots to prove it. When it comes to hiking in the Grand Valley, Haggerty is the go-to source for hitting the region’s trails. The former Colorado Division of Wildlife Information and Education Specialist and outdoor columnist for The Daily Sentinel, is the author of several guide books. His most recent guide book, “Best Easy Day Hikes: Grand Junction and Fruita,” is the leading source for information on ...

Rider and the Wolf

By Dale Shrull

Long before anyone even thought about taking to the mountains on a bicycle, Mike Rust was building mountain bikes. Through the 1980s, he welded and molded bike frames to be durable enough to withstand the pounding of off-road riding. Norman Bardeen, 65, of Grand Junction, bought one of Rust’s early bikes when he lived in Crested Butte. “Back then, if you wanted a mountain bike, he was the only show in town,” he said. “The mountain-bike thing was really gripping ...

COPMOBA meeting a wealth of information

By Julie Norman

I mountain bike two to three times per week most months of the year. I write this column, which is almost exclusively dedicated to biking, and I help produce our RIDE magazine each year. Yet, until Aug. 10, I had never been to a Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA) meeting (although I did attend the drop-in fundraising event at Colorado Mesa University several months ago). I’m almost ashamed to admit that, but there it is. I went to the Aug. 10 meeting ...


Get Out and ride

By Julie Norman

I thought about titling this, “How I spent my summer vacation,” but then I realized our trips this year started back in May, which is technically spring. It’s been quite the season of touring and checking out new bike trails around the state. Here are a few of the highlights: ■ In May we drove down to Durango via Cortez, so our first stop could be Phil’s World. If you’ve never ridden there, it’s like the best parts of 18 Road with slightly taller ...


Trail ready for riders

By Dale Shrull

Bob Nicholson and Terry Klishbaugh looked perplexed. It was a puzzle and the piece wasn’t quite fitting like they hoped. The piece in question was a large flat rock, and the puzzle they were working would be a rocky stretch of a trail where mountain bikers would be able to zip along in the high country. Being the “young guy,” Klishbaugh chiseled down the rock a little with a pick-axe, then hefted it into place. “You can fill in the rest with dirt,” Carl ...

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