Trips and Destinations

Road (AKA rode) Trips

Sometimes you’ve just gotta get out of town, ya know? We love riding our local routes, but it sure is fun to mix it up a bit. Therefore, we hit the road a few times a year.  There’s hardly a better way to get to know your teammates than spending a long drive or weekend with them. Every year can be different in regard to destination, logistics, and timing. Just like everything on our calendar, these trips are totally optional. Following are examples of some of our favorite past trips:

Aspen

Independence Pass is closed to cars before Memorial Day weekend. Therefore we’ve posted road-riding excursions to Aspen the weekend prior. On Saturday we’ve pedaled up to the Maroon Bells. After a celebratory photo session we cycled through Snowmass to the Woody Creek Tavern for lunch and margs. Sunday presented the big gig: an out-and-back to the summit of Independence Pass. Those who didn’t want that magnitude of a ride did their own thing by riding the Rio Grande Trail from Aspen toward Carbondale. This is an incredibly beautiful area to ride in and is perfect for all rider levels.

Moab

Mountain bikers rejoice at the thought of a weekend in the cyclist’s mecca of Moab. The team reserved a group camp site. Team leaders organized the trip to epic proportions: carpools, shared camping gear, rides for different ability levels, and even a shuttle service to bag epic trails. For those who love NOT camping, they grabbed their own lodging in town and just met up at trailheads. Since it’s a haul to get from CO’s Front Range to Moab, this has been at least a 4-night weekend. Some folks had to arrive a day late or leave early, and that’s OK. We’ve learned things over the years so the Moab trip is recommended only for blue (intermediate) riders to black (advanced) levels.

Palisade

Glamping in the Vineyards has become our latest “have to” rode trip. Roadies and mountain bikers cross-pollinate these weekends and set out on pavement or dirt. We then reconvened at Palisade Basecamp RV Resort for wine tasting, sharing a meal, lounging in the Colorado River, hot showers, and sharing stories of the day.

Colorado’s High Country

There’s so much to explore in Colorado’s high country. Summit, Eagle, and Mesa counties beckon us on gravel, road and mountain bikes. We have some one-day events where we’ll just meet up at the destination for the day. We also have weekends where we’ll suggest or facilitate lodging. Past rides have included road rides over Vail Pass, around Lake Dillon with a Montezuma offshoot, and our own version of the Copper Triangle. Mountain bikers have hooked up for a singletrack day near Breck, Vail, Buffalo Creek, Fruita, Eagle, and other locales. Gravel meccas include Steamboat, Grand County, and Shrine Pass.

A woman’s got a right to change her mind, so we keep our options open and add new and different trips to our calendar to keep things fresh.