September 26, 2003

Garden of the Gods Trail

At the base of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, where the plains and the Rockies meet, is the 1,300-acre park called Garden of the Gods, with spectacular red sandstone formations. A 9-mile natural-surface trail takes you through the park. It has a few dicey sections, doable for intermediate riders. Call 719/634-6666 or surf to www.gardenofthegods.com.

Getting there: There are plenty of cheap flights into Colorado Springs. Otherwise, fly into Denver and drive a rental car an hour and a half South down I-25.

Bicycling - May 2002?

Posted by abeckman at 03:33 PM | Comments (0)

Durango to Silverton

This epic 50-mile ride climbs over two mountain passes. Do it on your own or in race conditions at the annual race on Memorial Day. Then head back to Durango and hang with pro greats like Bobke, Ned Overend, Missy Giove, and Ruthie Matthes.

For shorter rides, explore trails that lead right from Durango, including Durango Mountain Park and the Horse Gulch Trail System.

Get there: Durango is 7 hours from Albuquerque, New Mexico. United and America West fly into the small La Plata airport in Durango.

Bicycling - May 2002?

Posted by abeckman at 03:29 PM | Comments (0)

Son of Middle Creek

A classic intermediate/advanced ride that climbs up Vail Mountain. The service road ascent rewards you with a little singletrack foray back into town. The whole loop starts from the center of Vail and takes about 1.5 hours.

Get there: Shuttles are available from DIA to Vail for less than $20 - more if you're bringing your own bike. You won't need a car - Vail operates the largest free public transportation system in the country, running from early morning until well into the night.

Bicycling - May 2002?

Posted by abeckman at 03:24 PM | Comments (0)