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After getting snowed out at the beginning of the month and subsequently postponing and moving our ride, Saturday, April 12th rolled around, and we were finally able to meet up for our Singletracks Colorado group ride at South Shore Lake Pueblo!

The morning dawned with a bright, hot sun, leading to an eventual high of 78 degrees. While it’s still full-blown winter in the high mountains, and while the entire Front Range was to receive a thick blanket of snow the next day, on Saturday it was hot and summer-y in Pueblo!

We began the ride with a dozen folks, and despite my supposed career in journalism, I failed to get a group shot. But honestly, it was time to hit the trail and shred… moar riding!

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A few of us waiting at an intersection.

It was such great fun to be able to put a real-life face with an online screen name, especially after having gone back-and-forth on the forums with some of you guys for years!

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Finishing up Inner Limits. Rider: skibum.

On our way back to the vehicles, after finishing up a big XC loop, we did a couple of runs through the canyons, and stopped for some quick photos on Freeride:

Rider: miniskibum

Rider: miniskibum

Rider: miniskibum

Rider: miniskibum

Rider: skibum

Rider: skibum

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Rider: skibum

Rider: Vitaly

Rider: Vitaly

Rider: Vitaly

Rider: Vitaly

After a fantastic 20-something-mile ride, we headed into town and refueled on some absolutely¬†delicious¬†burgers and beer at Bingo burger. I’ve officially found my favorite Pueblo restaurant!

However, my day wasn’t over yet: I’d heard that there were trails located on the north side of Lake Pueblo as well, and since we didn’t have them listed in the Singletracks database yet, I figured that it was my duty to saddle up for some singletrack exploring.

North Shore singletrack

North Shore singletrack

While the trails on the north side aren’t nearly as well-ridden, as interesting, or as expansive as those on the south side, they’re still worth checking out if you’ve ridden all of the other singletrack in Pueblo.

As I rode, the wind picked up, and clouds began to roll down off the mountains and into the plains.

As I rode, the wind picked up, and clouds began to roll down off the mountains and into the plains.

The next day, these same clouds dropped a ton of white stuff here in Pueblo... after a sunny 78-degree day on Saturday!

The next day, these same clouds dropped a ton of the white stuff here in Pueblo… after a sunny 78-degree day on Saturday!

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While most of the trails on the north side are flat XC trails, I did find a section with some super-fun drops, jumps, and berms. If you can find it, it's well-worth spending a while sessioning!

While most of the trails on the north side are flat XC trails, I did find a section with some super-fun drops, jumps, and berms. If you can find it, it’s well-worth spending a while sessioning!

Gorgeous views of the lake from the singletrack.

Gorgeous views of the lake from the singletrack.

While there were still a few sections of trail that I didn’t get to explore, with the weather system moving in on top of me I decided to call it quits after 10 miles.

All in all, what a fantastic trip down to Pueblo to ride some singletrack! Thanks for the fun times, everyone!

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# Comments

  • mtbikerchick

    Looks like you guys had a great time! Good to know there’s some fun riding down that way. One of these days we’ll get over there to check it out.

  • roadandmud

    Someday I hope to get out that way for a ride. The north east, where I am, is a great place to ride but after a while you get tired of dodging trees, riding through mud and startling deer.
    After looking at your pictures I had to go back to top of the page to see if you where on Mars or the Moon.

    • skibum

      Instead of dodging trees at Pueblo, you’ll be doging cacti. We’ve got just as many deer, but they don’t startle–they’re pretty used to bikers cruising through.

      Mud? Now that’s rare here. (smiles)

  • VitalyG

    I hand a blast meeting and riding with all that attended. This was my first group ride too and am looking forward to more!

    • skibum

      Glad you enjoyed the ride! Sometimes, getting together really adds to the experience.

    • Greg Heil

      It was great to meet you too, Vitaly! We definitely need to ride again!

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