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    I'll be in Salida in August if you want a guided tour of Monarch. Either Absolute Bikes or my missus can shuttle us up there. Post-ride beers at Elevation Brewing. Maybe squeeze in Cottonwood > Sweet Dreams > Chicken Dinner if you've time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TAF View Post
    I'll be in Salida in August if you want a guided tour of Monarch. Either Absolute Bikes or my missus can shuttle us up there. Post-ride beers at Elevation Brewing. Maybe squeeze in Cottonwood > Sweet Dreams > Chicken Dinner if you've time.
    thank you for the offer! I will let you know closer to our departure and we will see if everything lines up to ride together! sounds like a blast.
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    Have fun, Seth. It's possible to go full-on road warrior and have a 5-day vacation seem like two weeks.
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    TBH, I was kind of unimpressed with Monarch Crest. The views were great but the trail was mostly just a wide flat dirt path with no tech and little flow. I came expecting an epic grueling ride akin to the Whole Enchilada (Moab), but the effort was roughly half of that. The epic route was a leisurely 4 hour ride including several stops to chill out, take photos, and eat. Definitely enjoyable, but it was more about the scenery and mountain experience than the actual riding.

    I'm actually trying to figure out a plan for a CO/NM trip next week, but honestly I'm not sure where to find good tech in CO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seths Pool View Post
    nahhh. winter park is like 14-15 hours away... after doing Austin > Pisgah, NC (16hrs) in one day driving all myself, I'll drive anywhere within that range in one day without thinking twice about it. if you leave at 4am, you arrive around 8-9pm same day. also another benefit of van-lifing it. you can drive as far as you want and pull over and sleep anytime. it's great
    I have driven that drive many many times and have never made it in under 15. Usually 16+ Driving through the night and getting dinner to go and very few stops for snacks and fuel.
    I usually leave immediately after work and head out, But I always deal with potential Winter weather conditions on i70 at the Eisenhower Tunnel.


    For your style of riding, I would head Straight to Gran Junction. Ride 2 days (3 if you decide you cant get enough)and move over to another place, Such as Brec or Co springs for Scenic stuff (ride up and ride Capt Jacks and Capt morgan down to the easier downhill flowy stuff that I would categorize as Beginner downhill. Then you will be closer to home for a more relaxing trip back.

    You could even do GJ/Moab/GJ and Home.

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    Yo. We talked about this already, but I'll be in CO from the 4th-12th. I'm riding 3 or 4 of those days. On the 5th: Monarch Crest. On the 7th, Evolution Bike Park. Valmont in Boulder on the 8th. All day ride on the 10th in Colorado Springs. Let me know if you want to meet up for any of those. Text me, nerd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codysoyland View Post
    TBH, I was kind of unimpressed with Monarch Crest. The views were great but the trail was mostly just a wide flat dirt path with no tech and little flow. I came expecting an epic grueling ride akin to the Whole Enchilada (Moab), but the effort was roughly half of that. The epic route was a leisurely 4 hour ride including several stops to chill out, take photos, and eat. Definitely enjoyable, but it was more about the scenery and mountain experience than the actual riding.

    I'm actually trying to figure out a plan for a CO/NM trip next week, but honestly I'm not sure where to find good tech in CO.
    If you want tech in Colorado, it's generally on the descents, but I'm not really sure what you are expecting. It's the nature of the terrain ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericandrewscott View Post
    Yo. We talked about this already, but I'll be in CO from the 4th-12th. I'm riding 3 or 4 of those days. On the 5th: Monarch Crest. On the 7th, Evolution Bike Park. Valmont in Boulder on the 8th. All day ride on the 10th in Colorado Springs. Let me know if you want to meet up for any of those. Text me, nerd.
    Rode Valmont yesterday with the kid. Always a blast. Thereís a new flow trail since I was there last 2 years ago. Itís behind the pump track if you follow the cyclocross course about 100 yds. Dual slalom, slopestyle, pump track and a flow trail. Kid asked several times why we canít have one like it at home.
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    Durango. Cool little town with good trails and close enough that the drive from tejas won't kill you.
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    Winterpark is fun, but why not just do Anglefire and get another day of riding vs driving. A Colorado trip under two weeks is too short for me considering all the driving around. And Taos has the hot springs just north of the uuge bridge. Be sure to keep the oil topped off also. Kids these days seem to know nothing about fluid levels and tire pressures and emergency car stuff in general. On your first point, I always want to ride the trail down from Pikes Peak and GF could blast the pavement down if tired from putting up with you lol. JK
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