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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 ...


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 ...

Get Out! Brain games reinvigorate tired trails

By Julie Norman

Do you find yourself in the doldrums of summer riding the same trails over and over? Have you ridden Horsethief Bench or Pet Y Kes so many times you start to wonder if you could, in fact, do it with your eyes closed? If so, you need to try the trail brain game. This summer my riding partners and I have used the brain game to shake things up on our rides. Here’s how it works: Pick a trail that can be ridden either direction, like Mary’s, Steve’s, Pet Y Kes, Time ...


On a quest for the perfect trail

By Dale Shrull

Where to ride? It’s the question every mountain biker has asked. Great trails and fun riding is always the quest. It’s the equivalent of an angler’s favorite fishing hole, but for mountain bikers, they seem to be less guarded about revealing their favorite trails. Everyone who hits the dirt has a favorite or two or three trails. It’s their go-to list for fun. And all riders who love the dirt want to check out new trails, and they want to ride other riders’ ...

Get Out! A few places to go for longer rides, fewer people

By Julie Norman

When we’re planning weekend or after-work rides, one of two questions often pops up: How can we avoid the crowds? Or, how can we make that ride longer? Here are several ways to do both. At Kokopelli Trails If you’re looking to extend a Horsethief Bench ride or find the perfect short, after-work ride, consider Wrangler. The oft-neglected “beginner” trail that branches off Mary’s Loop has a fun downhill at the end of it. We often ride Mary’s out to the ...


Five ways to get out and ride

By Julie Norman

Spring has sprung, with windy days and unpredictable temperatures. None of that, however, will keep us dedicated mountain bikers and hikers off of the trails. We’ll be out there, wind or no, every weekend from now until it snows again, and some of us will be out even after that. So, to celebrate spring and the start of a new bike season, here’s a list of the five types of bike rides you’ll probably go on this year: 1. The solo ride. Solo rides for me are few and far ...

Get Out! Building a trail a way to give back to bike community

By Julie Norman

A few weeks ago I got to be a part of an amazing trail-work day. I set out that morning with plans to help build the Time Machine trail, in honor of Tim Sewell, and the Curt’s Lane reroute. When I arrived at Lunch Loop, lots of people already were milling around the parking lot, signing in, grabbing a bagel and chatting. I found a friend I’d worked on trails with before, and we hung out near the tools until it was time to form groups. We ended up on Group No. 1 along with my ...

COPMOBA: Coming Attractions

By Julie Norman

Here are some coming attractions for this year by COPMOBA chapter: Grand Valley Chapter April 11 and 12 Time Machine Build Day (3 Sisters Park) Upper Curt’s Lane Re-route (Lunch Loop) Spring/Summer Numerous maintenance days throughout the Grand Valley July 18 Completion of Mesa Top Trail and Grand Opening (Grand Mesa) Delta Area Mountain Bikers (DAMB) Chapter July 2015 Trail alignment and initial construction on County Line Trails (Grand Mesa) Uncompahgre Chapter ...

Grand Junction, Fruita and Palisade Mountain Biking Maps

By Julie Norman

Mountain biking maps for Grand Junction and Fruita’s world class Kokopelli, 18 Road and Lunch Loop can be found in this year’s RIDE magazine and also by clicking the individual links below.  These maps are great for pulling out and storing in your pack.  This year we’ve also included maps for Butterknife, the Delta/Montrose Sidewinder trail, and Zion Curtain.  The 2015 RIDE publishes on February 27th and will be included in issues of The Daily ...

COPMOBA and community

By Special to the Sentinel

Hello trail riding friends, We’re quickly tearing into that time of year when our local trails host a mass of riders, both us locals and the throngs of visitors intent on enjoying our wealth of trail nirvana in Western Colorado.  The Ride publication does a great job of getting a lot of the important information in front of folks, but I want to take a moment to talk about the trails themselves, and the people who work throughout the year with a wide array of partners to get ...

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