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Old 07-31-21, 07:40 AM
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Choice Paralysis! Breckinridge?

Family thing in Breck in 2 weeks. Iíll have room for one bike and time for one long ride and maybe another shorter one.

Road. Any of the stuff used on the Triple or Copper, and probably something else too.

Mountain. Not interested in a downhill day but still seems to be loads of xc stuff.

Gravel. Unsure, maybe something on the north side of I70.

It sounds like a fun place regardless of bike. Kinda a ďno wrong answerĒ sort of thing. Also likely to be the one and only long ride I do in August before a century at the end of the month. So regardless of what I bring, Iíll go for a big day.

Looking for opinions with suggestions of routes or trails or whatever.
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Old 07-31-21, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by rosefarts View Post
Family thing in Breck in 2 weeks. Iíll have room for one bike and time for one long ride and maybe another shorter one.

Road. Any of the stuff used on the Triple or Copper, and probably something else too.

Mountain. Not interested in a downhill day but still seems to be loads of xc stuff.

Gravel. Unsure, maybe something on the north side of I70.

It sounds like a fun place regardless of bike. Kinda a ďno wrong answerĒ sort of thing. Also likely to be the one and only long ride I do in August before a century at the end of the month. So regardless of what I bring, Iíll go for a big day.

Looking for opinions with suggestions of routes or trails or whatever.
Bring the mountain bike. You can ride a mountain bike on hard surfaces. Yes, it is slower and a bit harder but think of it as training. You can also ride the mountain bike on anything gravel.

Iím not sure what you are looking at for gravel north of I70 but there really ainít much close by. The Eagle Nest Wilderness and Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness take up a pretty big chunk of territory north of Dillon. You might find a little around Henney but not much. The Blue River Valley is fairly constrained to CO9.

Mountain bike routes to consider:

Peak Trail. If you are in Breckenridge, you can ride the trail down to Frisco (the fun way) and then ride the bike path back up to Breckenridge. Or you can go down to Frisco and ride the trail up (itís a hump!), then ride it back down. Either works.

Bakerís Tank Loop. Ride up Boreas Pass Road (or park at the Rocky Point) up to Bakerís Tank and then the Bakerís Tank Trail back down.

Breckenridge to Bakerís Tank and Back. Similar ride but harder.

Boreas Pass Road. Fairly mild (and many would call it a ďgravel rideĒ) but the distanceÖ38 miles totalÖ and altitude make it a tough ride. While you can ride it on a rigid bike, itís far more fun and way faster on a mountain bike. On the northside, you can drop down Gold Dust Trail instead of the road if you want a challenge. Climb back up the rail grade for an easier return. If you have anything left in the tank at Bakerís Tank, you can take the single track.

Boreas Pass/Georgia Pass. Itís 50 miles. Start in Breckenridge, ride up and over Boreas Pass to Como. Thereís about 4 miles of riding on US285 thatís not the most pleasant but doable. Georgia Pass is just a grind up to the top. On the down side, itís is steep and rocky.

Thereís also tons of mountain bike rides in the Golden Horseshoe which is the area east of town. Too many to list but a lot of challenging and fun riding.
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your choice dilemma is the reason I ride SS/fix ... I'm always more certain about the bike i'm doin the ride on than I am about me doin the ride
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Originally Posted by rosefarts View Post
Family thing in Breck in 2 weeks. Iíll have room for one bike and time for one long ride and maybe another shorter one.

Road. Any of the stuff used on the Triple or Copper, and probably something else too.

Mountain. Not interested in a downhill day but still seems to be loads of xc stuff.

Gravel. Unsure, maybe something on the north side of I70.

It sounds like a fun place regardless of bike. Kinda a ďno wrong answerĒ sort of thing. Also likely to be the one and only long ride I do in August before a century at the end of the month. So regardless of what I bring, Iíll go for a big day.

Looking for opinions with suggestions of routes or trails or whatever.
This is why i kept my himod scalpel. It is my do anything bike. up top at Telluride, maybe there were better choices. But at the bottom etc etc.... the scalpel is a fun exploring bike.

Take your xc bike!
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Old 07-31-21, 01:29 PM
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Sure. Bring your mountain bike. Thatís what most people do. Thatís the easiest, most obvious thing to do. Lots of great mountain biking right out the door in Breck.

But, you, rosefarts are not most people. You do not do things the easy way. You, if I remember correctly did White Rim in a day on your gravel bike. You want an epic. An adventure. A challenge that most people would rightfully reject. You want to ride Mosquito Pass. On a gravel bike.

https://ridespot.org/rides/2285
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The ride from Breckinridge to Vail and back is very nice. Stop for coffee in Vail Village.
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It's hard to have a bad bike ride of any sort out in the Rockies. Enjoy, and post pics.
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Originally Posted by jack pot View Post
your choice dilemma is the reason I ride SS/fix ... I'm always more certain about the bike i'm doin the ride on than I am about me doin the ride
Get a bike that limits your choices, so you donít have to choose.

Cant argue with that.
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Old 08-01-21, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by blazin View Post
Sure. Bring your mountain bike. Thatís what most people do. Thatís the easiest, most obvious thing to do. Lots of great mountain biking right out the door in Breck.

But, you, rosefarts are not most people. You do not do things the easy way. You, if I remember correctly did White Rim in a day on your gravel bike. You want an epic. An adventure. A challenge that most people would rightfully reject. You want to ride Mosquito Pass. On a gravel bike.

https://ridespot.org/rides/2285
I like everything about this idea. Unfortunately I probably canít pull it off. I do crave epics, the less prepared I am, the better. I donít think I can justify 8+ hours when Iím supposed to be there with the family.

Iíll keep it in mind, in case I find some random weekend free.
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A gotta ride is Breckinridge past Copper up the bike path to Vail’s Pass, then turn around and pray your brakes work. If you’re in great shape, go all the way to Vail, get some joe and turn around. My fondest moment in all my trips to Colorado is getting to the top of Vail Pass, puking my guts out, and watching my brake pads melt on the way back (slight exaggeration for literary effect).
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I like everything about this idea. Unfortunately I probably canít pull it off. I do crave epics, the less prepared I am, the better. I donít think I can justify 8+ hours when Iím supposed to be there with the family.

Iíll keep it in mind, in case I find some random weekend free.
Bring a light. Start at 3am. Home before lunch.
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Bring a light. Start at 3am. Home before lunch.
I think Iíll do it as a separate trip, solo, on a day Iím supposed to be at work.

Iím hoping to leave CO for the next year and this would be a great blowout.
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Road bike or gravel bike.
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