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Cyclists set for events in Moab, Palisade

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Thousands of cyclists are expected to join cycling icon Bob Roll this weekend for the Moab Century Tour. Roll is a retired professional bicyclist and a current color commentator on VERSUS, a cable television station. The event begins with a warm-up ride Friday, the 100-mile ride Saturday and a cool-down ride Sunday. The ride includes four routes for cyclists, the 65-mile ‘Big Nasty,’ the 100-mile ‘Ultimate,’ the 42-mile cruise or the 72-mile rolling ...

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Trail association honored for work

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Outside his family and his job, Bill Harris has dedicated his life to mountain biking. The 61-year-old Montrose registered nurse was one of a few people who started the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA). Since the association was officially incorporated in 1989, it has built a 345-mile mountain bike trail system called the Grand Loop. COPMOBA has built, maintained or advocated 75 trails over 1,500 miles in western Colorado and eastern Utah. The trails are ...

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Make your knees weak’ views on Moab bike trail come at physical challenge

By Ann Driggers

I have oft wondered what it would be like to stand on the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. So when I found out that the Top of the World is not far away in the Himalayas, but is a mountain bike trail just this side of Moab, I decided it had to be climbed. Starting from the Entrada Bluffs Road it is a 5-mile grunt one way, rising 2,000 feet up a rocky four-wheel drive double-track. Wooed by the reportedly “killer” views that would “make your ...

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GJ native Schnell venturing into new territories on a bike

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Ross Schnell finds himself in the unusual situation of looking for something to do. That’s usually not a problem for him. The Grand Junction native has become a popular and successful mountain bike racer, but sustained an avulsion fracture in his left femur in a French-Enduro Mountain Bike Cup race two weeks ago in Metabief, France. Although the hip injury didn’t require surgery, it does require four to six weeks of healing time. “It is very frustrating,” ...

Bicyclists can ride under Moab moon

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One of the bicycle rides during the Skinny Tire Festival in Moab is a ride to Dead Horse Point State Park. The event organizers are putting on another event June 6-7 featuring that particular ride itself, but this time in the late evening. Moonshadows in Moab is a fully supported 44-mile ride with 2,700 feet of climbing, overlooking Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River. As the sun sets, riders can watch a full moon rise over the La Sal Mountains with canyon shadows ...

OUT: Haggerty’s Hikes May 17, 2009

By Bill Haggerty

If it wasn’t for that 1,800-foot climb within the first six miles, riding my bicycle across Colorado National Monument would have been a breeze. Actually, that first four miles — from the east entrance of the monument to Cold Shivers Point — was the most challenging. It’s steep, with lots of switchbacks and one dark, narrow tunnel. After a short water break at Cold Shivers, however, the next two miles provided a gentle climb to 6,640 feet in elevation. Then, rolling ...


Bicyclists pedal through drizzle in annual competition

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Rain and hail Saturday afternoon didn’t stop 85 teams at the fifth annual 18 Hours of Fruita endurance mountain bike race at Highline Lake. The race ended with one racer finishing his final lap with seven seconds to spare and several others crossing the finish line just moments after the race had expired, nullifying their final lap. Kris Cannon of Steamboat Springs and Derrick Fish of Vail, were able to push just a little bit harder and capture the women’s and men’s ...

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OUTside Connection April 15, 2009

By Dave Buchanan

By DAVE BUCHANAN .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_osSFj7FJQC').innerHTML = output; //]]> It really is spring in western Colorado so get out and stay out. Two of the best ways to get a grip on the joys of mountain biking are the New Belgium Brewing Fruita Fat Tire Festival on April 23–26 and ...

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Gemaehlich, biking buddies make most of White Rim trip

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It was one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life. The thought of my first mountain bike ride on the White Rim trail in Canyonlands National Park was excitement enough. Completing the 85-mile trek with a group of eight others in the worst weather conditions any of them have experienced made it a trip I’ll never forget. Day 1 5:45 a.m. I wake up and hear pouring rain. Great! I’m mountain biking today ... in this? 8:03 a.m. The bikes and all our gear are loaded and ...

Cyclists, house hunters can combine 2 activities this weekend in Palisade

By Carrie Marfitano

House hunters tired of driving around town have another option in Palisade this weekend. Leslie Randolph has put together the “Homes for Sale Bike Trail.” The event will take place in conjunction with the Palisade Spring Fest on Saturday. Randolph is a broker associate with Fruit & Wine Real Estate, 311 S. Main St., Palisade. The tour, which departs from downtown Palisade at 2 p.m., will cover approximately 10 homes in two hours. It is designed to be a fun, informative ...

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OUT: Haggerty’s Hikes February 28, 2009

By Bill Haggerty

Even though Nick is recovering from knee surgery, he still had enough in him to ride from town to Cold Shivers Point on Colorado National Monument the other day. It was so warm this week that I, too, hopped on the bicycle. I did not ride up to Cold Shivers. Rather, I chose to ride beneath the face of the national monument along South Camp, South Broadway and Broadway. I pedaled from the east entrance of the national monument to the west entrance. I enjoyed a great ride on a great day in ...

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OUT: You can ride year-round in Grand Junction.

By Dave Buchanan

What’s that dusty contraption hanging in your garage? Oh yeah, it’s your bike. “Most people hang up their bikes once the weather starts cooling off and forget about them until spring,” said Davis Finley at the Board and Buckle Co. on North Avenue. “That’s too bad, because you really can ride year-round in Grand Junction.” Finley isn’t simply trying to drum up a little shoulder-season business for his bicycle shop. One big reason people ...

OUT: ‘Goathead season’ is here; be prepared

By Dave Buchanan

When it comes to riding your bike in the fall, Bryan Miick has some timely advice. Miick, co-owner of The Bike Shop at 10th St. and North Ave., calls this time of year the “goathead season,” for just cause. “I’ve had 10 flats in two weeks,” said Miick, ruefully shaking his head. “The worst place is the bike path from the (Las Colonias Park) bridge to the Botanical Garden.” Miick said he watched the weeds grow along the path all summer and when ...

Local organization gives kids a chance to experience mountain biking

By Patrick Bahr

Before the weather begins to turn from pleasant to unsympathetic, Saturday provides a great chance to get the outdoors fix. The Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association has two outdoor activities planned for Saturday. First is “Take a Kid Mountain Biking day” at the Lunch Loop trail system. COPMOBA is inviting children ages 7-13 who are able to ride independently to try the new “Kid’s Meal” trail, which is located just below the main parking lot. ...

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Jeanne Golay to be inducted into Bicycling Hall of Fame

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A Glenwood Springs cyclist is earning some just rewards in November. Former U.S. Cycling Team member Jeanne Golay is one of four inductees in the 2008 the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame class. “I am honored and humbled to be included with so many of my cycling heroes and peers,” Golay said. She’ll join an elite group during the induction ceremonies in Davis, Calif., on Nov. 2, joining former inductees such as Connie Carpenter-Phinney, Juliana Furtado, former Tour de ...

OUT: Haggerty’s Hikes September 20, 2008

By Bill Haggerty

Carol Viner told me her boyfriend, Jim Maggio, was an animal. When I came back bloody, she said, “See, I told you so.” Trying to keep up with Maggio on the Western Rim single-track bicycle trail wasn’t too bad. He’d ride out, then stop and wait, then ride again. But, like Jim said, “This is my sport. This is what I do.” I kept up pretty well, until that one little spot where I grabbed the ultra-sensitive front disc brake and flew over the ...

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