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Hideaway Park Brewery, SEND Demo partner for summer ride experience

In an effort to maintain a traditional part of Winter Park’s summer season during the coronavirus pandemic, two local businesses are partnering to offer safe mountain bike demo experiences by appointment.

Winter Park’s Hideaway Park Brewery will host demo appointments in partnership with SEND Demo every day of the week through Nov. 1.

“There’s an advantage in the one-on-one interaction,” Matt Pacocha, owner of SEND Demo, said in a release. “We’re not trying to be a bike shop. We’re trying to provide a new and welcoming way of connecting brands to riders. At the same time, we’re giving mountain bikers a meaningful way of trying products without the pressure of the sales floor.”

Hideaway Park Brewery is known as a rallying point for mountain bikers in the community thanks in part to owner Andy Brumenschenkel’s Tuesday night rides, a recurring bike gathering that typically drew around 50 people.

“We know that riding mountain bikes and having a beer after helps people get through tough times, so we’re going to do our best to keep promoting that philosophy in the most socially responsible way we can,” Brumenschenkel said in the release.

With that in mind, Brumenschenkel and Pacocha feel the demo provides a unique opportunity for riders this summer.

“We see this as a great way to try new stuff on before having to plunk down a wad of hard-earned cash,” Brumenschenkel said.

The brewery offered a few demo bikes last summer as a trial run for an expanded program, such as the one it’s now offering with SEND Demo.

Interested participants will get the opportunity to try out gear from brands like Evil Bikes, Shimano, PRO Components, Lazer helmets, Schwalbe tires, CushCore tire inserts, Marzocchi and FOX Racing Shox. 

Available for the demos are the new Following V3 or Offering models, which are two 29-inch wheeled Evil Bikes that were handpicked for Winter Park’s 600-miles of singletrack trails. 

Staff will ensure the correct fit, suspension setup, tire pressure, and, if participants are interested, talk shop about Evil Bikes’ entire line, the custom-built demo bikes and the partner brands involved.

“These two Evils are absolute hoots to ride—literally, you’ll be hooting and hollering in the woods on them,” said Pacocha. “They’re also equipped with Shimano’s full range of 12-speed components from Deore to XTR, which from a buyer’s perspective can help the rider understand the performance and economic differences between them.”

All of the gear will be available for sale and riders who purchase an Evil Bike from the demo or on evilbikes.com will receive their demo fee back as a discount on the bike. Those who participate and are of-age will also get a free beer following the ride.

To schedule a demo ride, book online https://send-demo.square.site or email info@sendstrategy.com.

BLM to host public meeting on Strawberry recreation area improvements

The Bureau of Land Management is hosting an open house meeting to discuss plans to improve access and trails in the popular Strawberry Special Recreation Management Area. The meeting will be 5-7 p.m. March 11 at the Headwaters Trails Alliance in Fraser.

Located about 0.5 miles north of Tabernash, the Strawberry recreation area includes 8 miles of single-track, non-motorized trails interconnected with 10.5 miles of roads, creating a stacked-loop network that offers a variety of bicycle riding options.

Under the proposal, more than 7 miles of existing trails would be improved and 5 miles of new trails would be constructed in the Strawberry recreation area, which is managed with an emphasis on mountain biking. Additionally, more than 4 miles of trails would be rerouted to make them more sustainable, and about 4 miles would be rehabilitated. The proposal also includes plans to improve four trailhead parking areas. 

“We have worked closely with partners to develop this 18 mile trail system proposal,” Kremmling Field Manager Bill Mills said. “These improvements will help keep the Strawberry (recreation area) a premier mountain biking experience in Grand County.”

The proposal and associated environmental assessment will be available for public comment beginning March 11 at https://go.usa.gov/xdECB. Comments need to be received by April 10, 2020, and may be emailed to blm_co_kr_webmail@blm.gov or mailed to Bureau of Land Management, Attn: John Monkouski, P.O. Box 68, Kremmling, CO 80459.

Know that any personal identifying information included in the comment, such as address, phone number or email address, can be made publicly available at any time. While writers can request that the comment withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee they will be able to do so.

Last year, recreation on land managed by the BLM in Colorado generated $618 million and supported more than 5,000 jobs. 

Get your body and bike ready for mountain bike season while you wait for area trails to dry

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Sunny skies and warm weather are making locals eager for mountain biking season, but area trails are not yet ready.

Routt County Riders Executive Director Kelly Northcutt said it’s important to be mindful of not riding the local trails when they’re wet because tires can leave tracks this time of year.

The first trails to dry up in Steamboat will be the backside of Emerald Ridge and Rotary Loop, since they are lower in elevation and west facing to receive more sunlight. Beall Trail is under a seasonal closure for elk calving.

“Last winter, we dried out a lot faster,” Northcutt said. “This year, the higher-up trails on (Buffalo) Pass or upper Flash of Gold will probably not be viable until July. It totally depends when the snow all melts up there.”

To stay updated on trail conditions, check the Routt County Trail Conditions group on Facebook, where trail users are posting updates, or check the Trail Forks website.

But there are other options for cyclists as they prepare for the upcoming season.

Gearing up

Ski shape is not the same as bike shape, and the best way to prepare is to start pedaling.

“It’s a good time to retune your body, retune your bike,” Northcutt said. “People could be intimidated to go from skiing to a Moab (mountain bike) trip with 10 people. You start somewhere, and it takes a while to get back in your groove.”

Northcutt rides her commuter bike to town and attends Manic Training and spin classes to get her endurance back. Routt County Riders member Ian London advises cyclists to take advantage of the paved or gravel roads on a road bike in Steamboat Springs.

Paved routes like River Road (Routt County Road 14) out to Stagecoach Reservoir or Twentymile Road (C.R. 33) out to the coal mine are London’s favorites this time of year. For a bigger loop, connect them through Oak Creek.

Gravel routes such as the Emerald Loop, Airport Loop, C.R. 29 and C.R. 179 are in riding shape, but gravel roads farther out are not yet ready for the season.

Local bike shops are a good resource for finding trails ready for riding, but for the first taste of mountain bike adventures, cyclists are traveling to Moab, Grand Junction, Fruita and Glenwood Springs.

If traveling isn’t an option, Craig’s Cedar Mountain is expected to be one of the first trail systems in the area to dry. The mountain had 2.7 miles of track built last summer, and 1 mile of flow trail and 2 miles of singletrack are in the works for the upcoming summer.

But before riders start pedaling, it’s important to check the bike.

“It’s good to check your tires,” Northcutt said. “A lot of times tires can dry up, and the side walls can crack. Make sure that you have good tread on your tires and that your fork and shock have been serviced recently after so many hours of riding.

It’s the same as your car: You want to keep up on the maintenance to run smoothly.”

Headwaters Trails Alliance releases county master plan, details $6M in projects

Over 1,000 miles of trails crisscross Grand County, attracting all kinds of recreators and providing countless opportunities to explore, several of which are detailed in a new strategic master plan that focuses on improving the county’s various trail systems.

The Headwaters Trails Alliance released its Strategic Trails Plan last week, which outlines $6 million in work over the next 10 years and includes maps and analysis of the existing trails broken into three subareas – Winter Park and Fraser, Granby and Grand Lake, and Hot Sulphur Springs and Kremmling.

It’s centered around four goals to improve county-wide connectivity, increase engagement and educate users, develop trail projects that enhance the experience and enhance the community focus of the trail system.

“They are overall broad goals that allowed for all of the different objectives and then the benchmark being underneath that, which allowed us to put projects with those particular goals and objectives,” said Meara McQuain, executive director for the Headwaters Trails Alliance. “That’s the 30,000 foot view for what the county really needs to be sustainable and improve the outdoor recreation experience and safety.”

In order to accomplish these goals, the plan includes opportunities and constraints for each subarea, as well as identifies specific project ideas that would be in line with the plan.

For example, in the Granby and Grand Lake areas, connectivity between the towns and their trail systems was identified as an opportunity and a potential project would be to engage the railroad in discussions to provide trail access from downtown Granby to Kaibab Park.

McQuain noted that the Headwaters Trails Alliance will be starting work on some projects identified in the plan this year, such as improving safety and maintenance of trails in the Strawberry Creek area.

According to the plan, successful implementation is dependent on the collaboration of the various agencies which manage the land the trails are on because no single agency has the resources need to accomplish the goals. It is also dependent on finding the needed money, which is why the plan includes potential funding sources and partnership opportunities.

In order to create the master plan and its goals, the Headwaters Trails Alliance worked with the relevant land agencies, municipalities and stakeholder groups to develop feasible ideas based on existing infrastructure and that address the variety of users.

Ultimately, the goal is to set Grand County’s trails apart by utilizing the community-driven plan to diversify and improve users options in a way that will positively impact the future.

“Recreation is the hot industry, not just in our county, but across the country and we know that (…) it is a multi-billion dollar industry, so it’s a big pie that we want to make sure Grand County continues getting a piece of,” said Maire Sullivan, an employee at the Headwaters Trails Alliance. “If we don’t continue to maintain and preserve and improve the experience of those people that are coming here, we’re going to be losing out on our piece of that pie.”

Ride the Rockies bicycle tour won’t be returning to Grand County this year

Nearly 2,000 bicyclists pedaled their way through Grand County last year during the epic Ride the Rockies tour, but they won’t be coming back again in 2019.

Ride the Rockies, an annual bicycle tour that covers hundreds of miles of routes winding through the Colorado Rocky Mountains, announced over the weekend that it will shift its location this year to focus on Crested Butte, Snowmass and Gunnison.

The communities of Grand Lake, Winter Park and Fraser braced for an influx of riders coming into the area last year as riders camped overnight at each of the towns. It brought with it a stimulus to the local economy — a boon to local lodging, grocery stores and restaurants — but also busier roadways and some frustrated residents.

Last year, the route began in Breckenridge, with riders navigating roadways along the I-70 corridor to Edwards then up to Steamboat Springs before heading over to Grand Lake, through Winter Park and then back to the starting point in Breckenridge.

The route this year will take riders in a loop from the starting point in Crested Butte to Gunnison, Buena Vista, Snowmass, Carbondale, Hotchkiss and then back through Gunnison to the finish line at Mount Crested Butte.

Ride the Rockies 2019 goes from Sunday, June 9 to Saturday, June 15.

Our picks for the top bike routes in Grand County

Cool Loops

12.8 total miles

A desert environment that resembles Fruita with washes/arroyos and a mountain bike play area.

This is a “cool” local loop with great riding in a desert environment. Ride through draws with alternate lines and a bike play area. This route has blue markers on posts.

Start at the Kremmling Town Square and head north on 3rd St. Take a quick right on Kinsey, left on 9th. At .75 miles, take a right on Jackson, right on 21st St., left on Kinsey, At 1.5 miles, turn left on CR 22. At 2.8 miles, take a left CR 224. At 3.5 miles, take a right on BLM-WS0240 to OHV Open Area Parking (alternate trailhead). At 4.2 miles, turn right on BLM 66. At 4.46 miles, turn right on BLM 101/2242.1. At 5.2 miles, turn right on WS0236. At 5.8 miles, turn right on 105. At 5.83 miles, turn right on BLM 123. At 6.57 miles, turn left on Sandtrap Loop. At 7.1 miles, turn right for counter clockwise loop. At 9.3 miles, turn left on BLM 551.  At 9.8 miles, turn right on CR 22 and head back towards town.  Turn right on Kinsey, right on 21st, left at Jackson Ave. Left on 9th St.  Right on Kinsey. Left on 3rd St. and return to Kremmling Town Square. PLEASE NOTE: the seasonal closure on these trails until April 15.

Leland to Leap

8.7 miles, out and back

Fun features and new flowy trails built by the town of Winter Park.

A close to town (Winter Park) ride with lots of single track. Rock and wood features for bonus fun.

Start at Winter Park Information Center and cross Hwy. 40 towards McDonald’s. Go straight, then turn right on Lion’s Gate Drive. Left onto sidewalk/path at Kings Crossing Rd. After crossing railroad tracks, right onto Leland Creek dirt path.  At first switchback, right for Sundog. Right for a short bit on Sunset Pink, then right onto Akima’s Way. Left onto WTB which eventually intersects with D4. Right on D4. Just before popping out onto FS 159 road, Leap Frog single track is on your left. Ride Leap Frog until left uphill at D3. At intersection with D4 stay right on D3. Right at Sunset Pink. Stay right for all remaining intersections until you come out on CR 148 dirt road. Left on CR 148/Vasquez Rd to U.S. Highway 40. Left at stop light to return to Winter Park Info Center.

Rogers Pass

29.9 total miles

Historic and above treeline with a hike option.

Big climbing on historic Corona Pass. Riding above treeline on Rogers. Lots of bumpy downhill and abundant single track. 

Only for those with a hearty soul and strong legs.  

Tops out at 11,900 feet. Start at Winter Park Public Works Trailhead south of Winter Park. Left onto paved Fraser River Trail. Paved trail enters parking lot at Telemark Drive. Go right, then left on Winter Park Drive. Turn left at intersection with road gates. Cross US Hwy 40 at stop light and ride up Lakota Trail road until you can merge right on Arrow Trail road. Right on FS 128 dirt road until you come to Buck Creek jeep road on the left. Right on FS 149/Corona Pass Rd. dirt road and climb until you reach the top of the old railroad trestle. Directly across from the trestle is Rogers Pass single track. Ride this as an out and back. Afterwards, head back down  FS 149/Corona Pass Rd. Right at Broken Thumb two track. Cross FS 128 dirt road to Twisted Ankle single track. At drop out on South Fork Loop, go right. Straight at intersection for Burnout Loop. Right on the two track for recommended counter-clockwise ride of this lollipop loop. Stay on main two track always keeping left until sign to return right to South Fork. At intersection after beaver ponds, right to cross bridge, then left on Idlewild single track. Right on Ditch Trail until Homestead two track and go left. Left again on Crosstrails single track. Right onto Winterwoods. Merge left onto Serendipity. Continue to Yankee Doodle and go right downhill. Left at Meadow single track. Straight on Ski Idlewild Road into town. Left on side walk to ride Fraser River Trail back to Winter Park Public Works.

Vasquez

8.2 miles, out and back

Fun flowy new trail with alternative rock lines for added difficulty.

A mostly single track ride covering trails west of the Town of Winter Park. Fun optional wooden features.

Start at Winter Park Info Center and cross Hwy 40 towards McDonald’s. Go straight then turn left on Lion’s Gate Drive. Right onto Vasquez Road. After road turns to dirt, take a left onto the newly redesigned Twin Bridges single track. Right onto Blue Sky. You’ll pop out onto FS 897.0 dirt road. Veer right/straight until road takes you right/down over creek and then right on Vasquez Rd/FS 148 to Take D’Leap on left. Ride until right onto Leap Frog. Left for a short stretch on D4 then right on D3. Right at Sunset Pink. Near bottom, after big rock, left to Sundog, which will pop you out at the bottom of Leland Creek. Continue downhill and back towards town on Kings Crossing Rd. Left to cross railroad tracks. Right at US Hwy 40 and back to Winter Park Information Center.

Arrow

11.8 total miles

Tough climb followed by forested flow downhill.

Lots of single track starting with a challenging climb up to the old town of Arrow on Corona Pass. Then a fun downhill followed by rolling trails through a new growth forest.

Start at Winter Park Information Center and head east on Rendezvous Way. Left on Ski Idlewild Road. Ride the road until you see an old white fence on the right. Just after that you will see Meadow Trail on your right.  Turn right at Yankee Doodle single track after small rock bridge. Climbing approximately 3 miles you will cross CR 80v/Corona Pass Rd twice before you get to the top and Arrow single track. Descend until you take a right on South Fork Loop single track. Straight at intersection for Burnout Loop. Right on the two track for recommended counter-clockwise ride of this lollipop loop. Stay on main two track always keeping left until sign to return right to South Fork. At intersection after beaver ponds, right to cross bridge. Quick left onto Idlewild single track. Left on Ditch single track. Right on South Fork single track before bridge. Climb up to left for Whoops single track. Left on Serendipity single track until it rejoins Yankee Doodle. Turn right and descend to Meadow then left onto Idlewild Road dirt road and back to Winter Park Info Center.

Strawberry

14 miles, out and back

Beautiful wildflower ride to a high meadow with side trip to Strawberry Lake.

High quality, beautiful single and double track winding through alpine valleys and meadows. A great ride if you are seeking seclusion. Excellent wildflower factor. 

Start at the parking area for the High Lonesome Hut on CR 84 road approximately 4 miles from Hwy. 40 outside of Tabernash. Go around gate and straight on the double track towards the hut. At the hut, stay left and follow double track until single log bridge over creek where the ride turns to single track. Left at Caribou. Ride past Strawberry West. Left at Strawberry Creek. Left on Strawberry West which will circle around until you rejoin Caribou. Right on Caribou to return right to Strawberry back past the hut and on to the parking area. NOTE: There are several trails in this area with “Strawberry” as part of their name. Stay true to the trails listed in this description to avoid getting lost.

Want more? Check out the 2018 Explore Grand Bike Guide, available on newsstands around Grand County, which details many more of the county’s best bike routes.

New trail, 36th Chamber, opens at Trestle Bike Park (with video)

Trestle Bike Park in Winter Park Resort unveiled a new trail this weekend. Deemed the 36th Chamber, the jumping trail brings another two and a half miles of hand built trail to the park.

“It’s a huge testament to our trail crews who have been working hard on getting a bunch of new stuff open,” said Steve Hurlbert, director of public relations and communications for Winter Park Resort. “It speaks to the fact that we’re continuing to make Trestle bigger and better, and everyday our trail crew is working to make that happen.”

Hurlbert said 36th Chamber is an intermediate trail with several features including jumps, and it is located on the back side of the park near the Olympia lift.

“There’s some really cool stuff, but it’s not super technical,” he said. “There’s definitely a lot there to keep people excited and interested.”

With the new trail Trestle Bike Park has about 44 miles of trails, part of a concerted effort to expand the park in the coming years. About a year ago Winter Park Resort received approval to add ten miles of trails from the United States Forest Service, meaning 36th Chamber is only the beginning of a series of new trails over the next few years.

The trails are primarily built and maintained by hand by trail crews at the park. Hurlbert said that machines are used when possible, but many trails are too high, or in too densely surrounded by trees to bring machinery in.

“The park is continuing to grow and get better, and there continues to be more variety for riders,” said Hurlbert. “We’re committed to being one of the top bike parks in the country, and the way you do that is to continue to grow and improve.”

Fierce flips and a few fumbles at the Freeride Festival

Winter Park flooded with visitors this weekend as the 11th annual Colorado Freeride Festival came and went, proving again to be one of Grand County’s signature summer events.

The festival took place at Winter Park Resort and officially kicked off Thursday, with guests gathering to watch the Maxxis BMX Stunt Team perform tricks in the village and the Air Downhill competition on Rainmaker Trail.

Jacqueline Thomas won the Women’s Pro Air Downhill event with a time of 3:15.03, while Dillon Lemarr won the competition for the pro level men with a time of 2:54.53.

The competition jumped up a notch on Friday with the start of the festival’s main event, and crowd favorite, the Maxxis Slopestyle competition. Athletes took off down a single-line course complete with wall rides, massive drops and dirt jumps.

With hundreds watching from the rocks overhead, the qualifications narrowed a group of 26 riders down to 16 to compete for $25,000 in prize money.

The Super Downhill event also took place on Friday, again crowning Jacqueline Thomas and Dillon Lemarr who dominated the downhill category all weekend. The two also took first in the Downhill competition on Sunday.

Saturday promised to be the marquee day of the festival, although the weather had different plans. Visitors gathered around communal campfires in lieu of the Maxxis Slopestyle Finals which were postponed to Sunday, as well as the stunt shows and several family activities.

While raining conditions and muddy festival grounds put a damper on the day, the Intergalactic Pond Crossing pumped life back into an immense crowd gathered five rows deep surrounding the pond.

Participants of all ages took turns attempting to cross the pond on a narrow wooden plank, often losing balance and plummeting into the water. The riders did their best to put on a show for spectators as some crossed in costume, on tandem bikes or unicycle.

The action got back underway Sunday morning under a mostly cloudless Colorado sky for the Maxxis Slopestyle Finals.

Early in the morning the international cadre of elite riders took to the hill to grab a few last minute practice runs before judges started scoring their rides. Professional Czech rider Jakub Venzl was hiking back to the top of the course when he took a few moments to talk about the competition.

“It was pretty rough in the beginning,” Venzl said. “I am kind of fighting with the elevation, the same as every year.”

Venzl added he was fighting jet lag as well but added he was slowly putting his run together.

“In the finals you have to risk a little bit,” he said. “You just have to hope for the best.”

Venzl said the Freeride Fest’s slopestyle course was a good course but noted the rain from Saturday had slowed him and other riders down.

“It was a little slow this morning, but it has been getting faster and faster as it is drying up.”

Venzl finished fourth overall in the Maxxis Slopestyle Finals with a score of 84. The top three finishers in slopestyle were Nicholi Rogatkin with a score of 91, Josh Hult with an 89, and Max Fredriksson with an 87.3.

(Sky-Hi News Reporter Lance Maggart contributed to this report.)

Biking hacks

 

Wrap duct tape or electrical tape around pump to always have some handy.

Store sunscreen and/or Chamonix butter in contact lens case.

Store multi tool, chain breaker, tire levelers and CO2 cartridges in glasses case.

Clip less peddles make for a perfect beer bottle openers.

Keep a small amount of lube in a travel size container.

Old inner tubes make perfect resistance bands for stretching.

Tape two old toothbrushes together to clean your chain.

Throw a half-filled water bladder in the freezer the night before a ride to ensure ice-cold water.

Cut old bar grips to use as fork stanchion protectors when traveling.

Clean your GoPro housing in the dishwasher.

Zip ties on rear stays for wheel truing. Biking Hacks: Wrap duct tape or electrical tape around pump to always have some handy. Store sunscreen and/or Chamonix butter in contact lens case. Store multi tool, chain breaker, tire levelers and CO2 cartridges in glasses case. Clip less peddles make for a perfect beer bottle openers. Keep a small amount of lube in a travel size container. Old inner tubes make perfect resistance bands for stretching. Tape two old toothbrushes together to clean your chain. Throw a half-filled water bladder in the freezer the night before a ride to ensure ice-cold water. Cut old bar grips to use as fork stanchion protectors when traveling. Clean your GoPro housing in the dishwasher. Zip ties on rear stays for wheel truing.

Explore Grand County by bike

Mountain biking in Grand County and the Winter Park area is one of the best secretes of the mountain bike world. Hundreds of miles of trails are just waiting for you and it doesn’t matter if you have little skill or experience or have legs of steel. There is something for everyone.

While Grand County has an amazing amount of trails the vast majority of mountain biking trails are in the Winter Park area. This is mainly due to the efforts of local trail organizations such as the Headwaters Trails Alliance and Grand Mountain Bike Alliance. Add to that the trail improvements done by the Town of Winter Park, USFS, BLM, Winter Park Resort (aka Trestle Bike Park) and our local hidden gem Granby Ranch and you have an amazing network of world class mountain biking trails just waiting for you to explore.

Your greatest challenge may be just deciding what trails to ride. The Winter Park area has miles of amazing Colorado singletrack and two track, all of which are accessible from downtown Winter Park. Access to mountain biking in Winter Park is fairly unique. You don’t need to drive to ride. Trail heads and access can be had throughout the Winter Park and Fraser area. To find out more information go to Mountainbikecapitalusa.com for maps and trail and route suggestions. Our local bike shops have free maps and great advice as well.

As locals we are fortunate to be able to ride these trails every day. For many others it is a matter of trying to jam in some great experiences in just a few days. I have a few suggestions for you (all of these are on the free mountain bike trail map).

No experience in Winter Park is complete without riding our world famous Tipperary Race Course. It’s not that it is hard that makes it a must but that it is fun and has a great variety of terrain. Epic climbs though mountain meadows, smile inducing singletrack on the Flume Trail, technical classic Colorado singletrack on WTB are just a few reasons to make this a must do.

Don’t overlook the trails close to town as well. Leap Frog is a great area to practice your technical skills (with ride around options). Boulders, rocks and variety of trail challenges make this a fun area just a few minutes west of town. Looking for some more fun singletrack? Head east of town to the Idlewild trail system and explore some great local favorites such as Twisted Ankle, Broken Thumb and Yankee Doodle!

Let’s not forget some of the great bike events going on this summer. The Epic Singletrack Series www.epicsingletrack.com is one of the best mountain bike race series in the US. Many a world class racer has raced this event not only as professionals but as young kids just learning to race. Mountain Bike Capital Weekend coincides with the Colorado Freeride Festival on July 28th to 30th. Join in on mountain bike tours and skills clinics run by national cycling champion Alison Powers or watch some of the best freeride mountain bikers in the world at the Colorado Freeride Festival.

I hope to see you out on the trails. When you out there, don’t forget to smile and say hi! That’s just how we roll in Winter Park!

Looking for more information or want to get involved as a mountain biker? Like Grand Mountain Bike Alliance (GMBA) on Facebook. GMBA is your local mountain bike group. Check out Mountainbikecapitalusa.com.and don’t overlook our great trails organization headwaterstrails.org  Great site by the Winter Park Chamber!

Keith Sanders is the President of the Grand Mountain Bike Alliance, three-time U.S. National Mountain Bike Champion and owner of Beavers Sports Shop. You can reach him at keith@winterparkskirental.com.