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Old 09-24-23, 05:59 PM
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Colorado Riding Photos

The Rockies, and Crested Butte specifically, provide for a breathtaking (literally and figuratively) place to ride. I can never get enough of the place.












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Old 09-24-23, 06:31 PM
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I was there last month but only got a few short rides in. It was beautiful!
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Originally Posted by MattTheHat
I was there last month but only got a few short rides in. It was beautiful!
Were the wildflowers in bloom while you were there?
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard
Were the wildflowers in bloom while you were there?
I don't recall seeing a lot of wildflowers. Where we were staying there were loads of hummingbirds. They probably stole the show.
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Great photos and looks like some fantastic gravel roads to ride on!
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I was in Colorado end of June and mid August. Didn't do any riding though. Was there to fish.



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Looks like heaven!
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My father in law is in Grand Junction. Great riding in his area, too. As a sea level human, I never acclimate enough to do the longer rides or bigger climbs.

Good pics.
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Originally Posted by 88ss
Looks like heaven!

It's as close as you'll get on Earth.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
My father in law is in Grand Junction. Great riding in his area, too. As a sea level human, I never acclimate enough to do the longer rides or bigger climbs.

Good pics.
I am SLOOOOOW. If I try to sprint or do any bursts, it gets ugly. I also stop to take pics often.
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I was there a couple of weeks ago to celebrate the 45th anniversary of this ride. I'm fourth from the left, red hat.


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Originally Posted by Repack Rider
I was there a couple of weeks ago to celebrate the 45th anniversary of this ride. I'm fourth from the left, red hat.


That's cool! You didn't do the Aspen to Crested Butte race did you? 7800 feet of climbing in 40 miles some of it at 12000 feet is too much for me.
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard
The Rockies, and Crested Butte specifically, provide for a breathtaking (literally and figuratively) place to ride. I can never get enough of the place.
I love Crested Butte among many other places in Colorado.

Alpine loop Lake City to Animas forks via Cinnamon pass , then back to Lake City via Engineer pass is on my bike bucket list.

As for Crested Butte area ride back poverty Gulch then hike up to the old mine. (Augusta mine)
I did see a bear last summer at the waterfalls though. I was playing on the waterfalls one day previously. Made me think twice about bears. He beelined it up the ridge in the direction of mt Baldy and was covering serious ground. Bears are fast! Glad I was behind him. Haha
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Originally Posted by Metieval
I love Crested Butte among many other places in Colorado.

Alpine loop Lake City to Animas forks via Cinnamon pass , then back to Lake City via Engineer pass is on my bike bucket list.

As for Crested Butte area ride back poverty Gulch then hike up to the old mine. (Augusta mine)
I did see a bear last summer at the waterfalls though. I was playing on the waterfalls one day previously. Made me think twice about bears. He beelined it up the ridge in the direction of mt Baldy and was covering serious ground. Bears are fast! Glad I was behind him. Haha
There's really not a bad place to ride in CB. Poverty Gulch is gorgeous. The Lake City ride may be a bit much for me. What kind of elevation gain does it have?
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard
There's really not a bad place to ride in CB. Poverty Gulch is gorgeous. The Lake City ride may be a bit much for me. What kind of elevation gain does it have?
52 miles and 7,000 and pretty rough. It makes Crested Butte gravel look like pavement.
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Originally Posted by Metieval
52 miles and 7,000 and pretty rough. It makes Crested Butte gravel look like pavement.
Ouch. I am too old for that!
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I live 4 miles away from the Big Thompson Canyon that goes from Loveland to Estes Park. If I detour at Drake and go up to Glen Haven, it adds about 500 feet of climbing and 1.5 miles of 9-12% climbing, but peak elevation is only about 8000 feet. The loop is 52 miles from my house, with 3400 feet of climbing, with all but 500 feet in the first 22 miles. I ride M-W-F, weather permitting. Usually over 50 times per year.

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Originally Posted by Repack Rider
I was there a couple of weeks ago to celebrate the 45th anniversary of this ride. I'm fourth from the left, red hat.


Love old photos like that.

Is that Forrest Gump second from the right?
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Originally Posted by DaveSSS
I live 4 miles away from the Big Thompson Canyon that goes from Loveland to Estes Park. If I detour at Drake and go up to Glen Haven, it adds about 500 feet of climbing and 1.5 miles of 9-12% climbing, but peak elevation is only about 8000 feet. The loop is 52 miles from my house, with 3400 feet of climbing, with all but 500 feet in the first 22 miles. I ride M-W-F, weather permitting. Usually over 50 times per year.
Pics brother, pics!
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Love old photos like that.

Is that Forrest Gump second from the right?

lolol
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lolol
Cal me twisted, but that is the first thought that came to mind, especially with that hat.

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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Love old photos like that.

Is that Forrest Gump second from the right?
His name is Albert Maunz. Saw him too when I was in CB.
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