What a great weekend. I wouldn’t say it was ‘epic’ as that word is pretty much played out…. I’ll steal Brendan’s term and call it MEGA.
Started off Saturday with a gorgeous morning ride with Lake at Eagle Trail. We spun the dirt road to the trail head and then did a nice lil out and back. Nice and easy hour ride with him and we covered 5 solid miles of terrain. Having fun jumping off the rocks and learning to ride the bike
Using his new bar-ends to climb the road
Rolling across the Mesa
After the ride with Lake, I head over to Heil Ranch to pull off the Heil/Hall Double. While rolling in the lot, hooked up with Matt-o, Batey & Weber and we ripped the trails. Good to hook up with a group & rail some trails. With the exception of Weber who was on an Epic 29er, we were all on Superfly 100′s and there’s a good reason for that, they are damn fast bikes! Trail were in primo condition and we rolled up and over to Hall, up Antelope, where Weber turned the screws to us before he departed. Around the loop and back down the frontside. Back up and over Picture Rock and ripped it coming down to the lot. All in all a great day of riding.
Sunday decided to go big & go up. Took a route I’ve not been up before. Headed out past Carter Lake, then up Big Thompson Canyon. I was super hosed from Saturday’s ride. But Sunday was mostly to just log some time in the saddle. Rolled it as easy as I could as the next 30 miles was pretty much all climbing up to Estes and beyond (6200ft total on the ride).
Entering Big Thompson Canyon- The Cliff Walls were insane
The Switchbacks going up Devils Gulch
Dropping into Estes Park
Looking back at Estes Park as I Climb out
Climbing out on South St. Vrain
Rolling Past Long’s Peak
All together it was a great route. I was completely blown and just used it as an experience to take in the sights. All the pics are up on facebook here. It was predominately a gorgeous day of riding, but damn it was freezing rolling up on the Peak to Peak. I didn’t pack any gloves and my hands went numb more than once. Thankfully was able to get off the road without going hypothermic. Though descending for 22 miles didn’t do me any favors. Thankfully it got warmer as I got down lower. Rolled it to Lyons and limped it home. Nicely wiped out and ready to reset and rest up for another great week of riding….