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Fall in love

By Julie Norman

We’ve been traveling and adventuring fools this bike season, but we’ve still managed to find time for plenty of riding here at home. We’ve been sticking to a routine of favorite trails when riding in Grand Junction, Fruita, and Loma, and since it seems months sine I’ve written about specific rides around here, I wanted to share some with you. At 18 Road we have a standard route for rides: We ride up Prime Cut, down PBR, back up Prime Cut, over to Joe’s ...


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New race series to kick off in October

By Staff

The Mountain and Desert Race series, Urban Tread Adventures, is gearing up for the upcoming season, which starts on Oct. 1. This five-race series features cyclocross and running races on challenging courses from Palisade to Fruita. The races, which are starting about two weeks later than last year, run until Dec. 3. The cycling races will be 50, 40 and 30 minutes for the A, B and C divisions. Running races will have courses up to two-mile laps, depending on terrain and course difficulty, ...


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Reaching new heights

By Dale Shrull

Noah Spears came zipping down a stretch of singletrack lined with aspen trees and took aim at the center of the rock. The dirt trail went right over the rock, and Spears went airborne. As he landed, a robust cheer went up from the small group of spectators as he disappeared down the path during the newly formed Sunday Scramble Mountain Bike Race series. Since Powderhorn Mountain Resort opened its new mountain bike park, dirt has overtaken snow as the big news on the mountain. Last ...


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How I spent my summer vacation

By Julie Norman

It seems an odd time to be writing this, since it’s only August, but everyone’s kids are back in school and so I suppose a “how I spent my vacation” brief is rather appropriate. Our summer has so far been filled with Colorado biking adventures. In June, we camped several weekends in Ridgway. The state park there is decked out with swimming areas, playgrounds, shaded sites and great scenic trails. Of course the biking there is fast, flowing and oh so sweet! In ...


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‘A good change’

By Jon Mitchell

The 18 Road mountain bike trails north of Fruita have gotten a lot more attention over the years. Back in 2005, according to Chris Pipkin of the Bureau of Land Management, an estimated 33,000 annual visitors came to the trails. Ten years later, that number has more than doubled to 77,000. “Anymore, it’s really hard to tell the difference between a holiday weekend and a regular weekend out there,” Pipkin said. The 18 Road trails now serve as a boon to the city’s ...


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IT DOESN’T ADD UP

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, ...


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TICKET TO RIDE

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 ...


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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 ...


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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, ...


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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, ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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