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Riding a bike over Colorado National Monument in dark is a real treat

By Scott Mercier

Colorado National Monument is without a doubt one of the most spectacular places in the world to ride a road bike. The steady climbs between sheer cliff walls, the three short tunnels, the rolling terrain over the top, the snaking switchbacks ...


Lunch Loop Bike Park close to town, offers perfect quick getaway from work

By Bill Haggerty

Although a majority of recreational users ride mountain bikes here, my business partner George Rau, his wife Elaine, and their dog Good Boy, hike one of the trails in the Lunch Loop area just about every day. My buddy Geoff Tischbein and his ...

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It’s not too late for some spring skiing, or maybe help reroute Troy Built Loop

By Bill Haggerty

I don’t want to make you jealous, but I’m hiking the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. I’ll report next week. In the meantime: For dog enthusiasts, local “Master Mutten Maker,” Pam Gibbons custom sews ...

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Trail Etiquette 101

By Special to the Sentinel

By Ashley Jordan Some of our trails are for everyone and some are for bikers, hikers and horses.  As mountain bikers we have an amazing amount of love for our sport and what better way to show that love and passion than to simply ...


20.5-mile bike journey from Community Center in Mesa to top of Grand Mesa tough

By Bill Haggerty

What a difference a day makes. Twenty four little hours….. “What a difference a day made” was a popular song originally written in Spanish by Maria Mendez Grever, a Mexican composer, in 1934. Originally, the song was known ...


Ocean-going bird makes rare Grand Valley stop

By Dave Buchanan

It’s the rare day a Red Phalarope comes to town. While large numbers of this Arctic breeding bird are seen along the coasts during its migration to and from its winter waters in southern oceans, it’s rarely seen inland. And Mesa ...

Lifetime parks pass for seniors available Nov. 1

By Staff

The new Aspen Leaf Lifetime Senior Pass, available to Colorado residents ages 64 and older, will go on sale Nov. 1. That is two months earlier than initially planned, according to Colorado State Parks. The new passes cost $175, are valid for ...

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Yoo-Hoo for ‘Rollers’: A great road bike trip starts near Glade Park Store

By Bill Haggerty

“Yoo-Hoo!” screamed Dave Von Borstell’s cycling jersey as he flashed by on his Giant 24-gear, two-wheel road-racing machine. With a keen eye on a tiny rear-view mirror attached to the visor of his Bell Helmet, he announced, ...

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Riding the right way: James Wilson hosts clinic to help individuals improve form, skills

By Patrick Bahr

James Wilson is teaching what he knows and loves. Wilson hosted an informational clinic Tuesday about improving mountain biking skills at MTB Strength Training Systems, 573 S. Commercial Dr., Suite 5. “You can learn how to apply your ...

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Ride the Rockies cyclists to experience natural wonders in Colorado National Monument

By Staff

Have you noticed a few extra cyclists in town this weekend? They’re here for the start of “Ride the Rockies.” This year’s Ride begins today, right here in the Happy Valley and wraps up June 19 in Salida. In celebration ...

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