Race Report: Vapor Trail 125, Salida, CO

A myriad of thoughts swirl through the mind before a race like the Vapor Trail 125. For me, being rather new to the mountain bike race scene, I see a lot of unknown faces and I think, “wow this guy looks badass,” or “this guy is super confident.”  I am slowly gaining confidence before I …

Arizona Trail 300: Bikepacking Race Report, Part II

Despite all the bad luck with my fork and tire, the desert was still a beautiful place. After the successful tire surgery and a fun night ride, I grabbed some Z’s at the La Selvilla Picnic Area. My sleep was interrupted by Big Dave, who zoomed right by my head. We chatted as I woke up …

Bikepacking the Colorado Trail: Days 7-10

This is a continuation of Neil’s Colorado Trail bikepacking trip report. Get caught up by reading about Days 4-6 here. Day 7 This was by far the coldest morning and neither of us wanted to get out of our sleeping bags. It was also one of earliest starts, as we woke up at 4:45 because …

Bikepacking the Colorado Trail: Days 4-6

This is a continuation of Neil’s Colorado Trail bikepacking trip report. Get caught up by reading about Days 1-3 here. Day 4 There were a million people jamming the Mt. Elbert trailhead area. Cars were squeezed in every spot possible. After a short climb we experienced one of the best downhill sections on the Colorado …

Bikepacking the Colorado Trail: Days 1-3

This is a continuation of Neil’s Colorado Trail bikepacking trip report. Get caught up with part I here. Day 1 We got an early start at 6am, just as we would the rest of the trip, and caught a great sunrise. The first part of day one was pretty fun with a mainly flat, flowy …

Bikepacking the Colorado Trail: Denver to Durango

image: Colorado Trail Foundation. The Colorado Trail, stretching from Denver to Durango, equates to roughly 500 miles with 300 miles of singletrack, gaining 70,000 vertical feet, and reaching up to 13,000 feet in elevation. I had been following the Colorado Trail Race (CTR) for the past two years and was intrigued. The CTR is a …