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About Me

My first big biking adventure was a tour of the backcountry of Guatamala in the 1990s. Mountain bikes were barely born - we rode road bikes. Rediscovered the meaning of life on the MTB trails around Moab in 2013 and cheated death on the Captain Ahab trail there. I'm a New Zealander and live here at least six months of the year; love being in the great outdoors, especially the mountains - skiing, hiking and biking; After a varied career as a soldier, teacher, stock broker, accountant, production manager and gold prospector, I now do seasonal work in between travelling and living the dream. I'm divorced, and my children have grown up.

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Great article... Nice pics!
Jim Cummings   12 hours ago
rode 11.4 miles at Teocalli Ridge
 

Teocalli via Strava
Jim Cummings   18 hours ago
updated Teocalli Ridge conditions to Good
 
Jim Cummings   1 day ago
added a review of Doctor Park
 

I rode Doctor Park as a loop from North Bank Campground. It starts with an 8 mile moderate climb up...
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It gets underway as a classic old-school downhill trail - steep and fairly straight apart from a couple of switchbacks....
Jim Cummings   1 day ago
answered a question about
 
No...
Jim Cummings   1 day ago
rode 19.9 miles at Doctor Park: Loop
 

Dr Park via Strava
Jim Cummings   1 day ago
updated Doctor Park: Loop conditions to Good
 
Jim Cummings   2 days ago
added 7 photos.
 
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Jim Cummings   2 days ago
answered a question about
 
Generally not, but you should have advanced skills...
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Jim Cummings   2 days ago
answered a question about
 
That varies year by year. It depends on the snow melt. Call the Crested Info Centre to check...
Jim Cummings   2 days ago
answered a question about
 
In spring when the wild flowers are in bloom or in the fall when the aspens are golden.
Jim Cummings   2 days ago
added a review of Trail 401
 

I rode Trail 401 in the usual way - as part of a loop starting and ending at the trailhead...
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Jim Cummings   2 days ago
added a review of Cottonwood
 

The thing I remember - vividly! - about the Cottonwood Trail is the big rock features in the depth of...
Jim Cummings   2 days ago
added a review of Strand Hill
 

I rode the Strand Hill Loop by riding up Strand Hill Road - steep but not unfriendly - and descending...
Jim Cummings   2 days ago
rode 14 miles at Trail 401
 

Trail 401 via Strava
Jim Cummings   2 days ago
updated Trail 401 conditions to Good
 
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Jim Cummings   2 days ago
updated Trail 401 conditions to Good
 
Jim Cummings   3 days ago
rode 7.7 miles at Ditch Trail / East River Trail
 

Strand Hill Loop via Strava
Jim Cummings   3 days ago
updated Monarch Crest Trail conditions to
 
 

After riding along the crest you have to choose one of several trails to descend back down to civilisation. We...
Jim Cummings   5 days ago
updated Chicken Dinner conditions to Good
 
Jim Cummings   5 days ago
added a review of Chicken Dinner
 

Chicken Dinner is a flow trail that even has a little rock garden action at the top! It flows well...
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Jim Cummings   5 days ago
added a review of Arkansas Hills
 

If you like rock garden action you'll love the trails in the Arkansas Hills at Salida. Rock gardens are a...
I do a lot of riding alone but I'm still waiting for my soul to be refreshed! Give me good company anyday!

Two Elk is a shuttled high altitude back-country adventure ride. It starts at Vail Pass, 10,660 feet, climbs a little...
Jim Cummings   6 days ago
answered a question about
 
Good but cold on September 15, 2017
Jim Cummings   6 days ago
added 11 photos.
 
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Jim Cummings   6 days ago
rode 29.5 miles at Green's Creek
 

Monarch Crest via Strava
Jim Cummings   1 week ago
rode 13.5 miles at Arkansas Hills
 

Salida network via Strava
Jim Cummings   1 week ago
updated Arkansas Hills conditions to Good
 
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Jim Cummings   1 week ago
updated Arkansas Hills conditions to Good
 
Jim Cummings   1 week ago
answered a question about
 
Typically 4 to 5 hours moving time...
 

This trail takes you high and allows you to look down on the rest of the world but it won't...
Hefe is my advice: Travel light and take your credit card... It things go sour - a storm or whatever - you can head for the nearest motel for a hot shower and a warm bed.
Jim Cummings   1 week ago
rode 19.1 miles at Commando Run
 

Two Elk via Strava
Jim Cummings   1 week ago
rode 19.7 miles at Canyon Creek Trail
 

Canyon Creek 12,600 feet via Strava
Jim Cummings   1 week ago
updated Canyon Creek Trail conditions to Good
 
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