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Hi all,

I'll be in Carbondale next week. Racing Leadville Saturday, buddy is doing the run portion of the race Sunday, not me though I'll be drinking beer somewhere.

We have Monday open and I'm weighing options, 2+ hour drive to Fruita or staying close and riding Snowmass or Aspen or both.

We're both strong cross country riders so making a big loop between the two is not a problem.

Thanks for any input

Greg
 

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nhodge said:
you'll already be in Aspen & you want go to Fruita? Really?
This is why I asked the question, being from Georgia we know about the riding in Fruita as the folks that drive to Moab stop there on the way but I do not know much about the riding in Aspen other than what I've read here.
 

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It's a bit hot for the uninitiated down here in Grand "Fruita" Junction. I think you'd be better served to stay in the high country.
 

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I live in Fruita (OK GJ actually) and wish I was riding in the high country right now..... I'd say stay up there and make a separate trip to GJ/Fruita some spring or fall.
 

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Good to know, I didn't consider the heat. Being from GA heat and humidity are the norm but that dry heat is something I've never experienced. Thanks
 

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Strong xc riders will enjoy....

Start in SMV ride Rim Trail, Climb back up Highline Trail to Tom Blake, make a left on Gov't Trail, Ride into Aspen, Climb Smuggler Mtn, Descend off the back (something mine trail), Climb Red Mtn to four corners, Descend Sunnyside, then try to ride the road back to SMV RESIST the bus!
 

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Strong xc riders will enjoy....

Start in SMV ride Rim Trail, Climb back up Highline Trail to Tom Blake, make a left on Gov't Trail, Ride into Aspen, Climb Smuggler Mtn, Descend off the back (something mine trail), Climb Red Mtn to four corners, Descend Sunnyside, then try to ride the road back to SMV RESIST the bus!
Yes! That's one hell of a loop that ticks all the classics. I believe that the good trail off Smuggler Mountain is called "Iowa Shaft" and you can ride the bike path all the way back to Aspen instead of the road.

If you want a shorter epic than this 50 (?) miler, you could start at Snowmass and ride the Rim Trail to Highline, then complete the loop with trails at the Snowmass ski area. That'll be about 25 miles of stellar Colorado singletrack.
 

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My favorite loop in Snowmass:

Park at rodeo lot. Ride up bike path to divide. Ditch Trail to Connector to Cross Mtn. to
Powerline to Tom Blake to Highline to Lowline.

Descending the Tom Blake trail in the fall is one of this sports great experiences. It is smooth and fast, you don't really have to pedal or brake much, you just flow down the yellow leafed road.

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All the best people ride in Aspen and Snowmass. Fruita and GJ are lame and full of red necks. The beer is marginal and the weather is hot. There are a few OK people out there, I guess, but really, Aspen is tres chic.
 

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All the best people ride in Aspen and Snowmass. Fruita and GJ are lame and full of red necks. The beer is marginal and the weather is hot. There are a few OK people out there, I guess, but really, Aspen is tres chic.
No one dissed on the desert. The season in the high country is short. I can ride in Fruita
any old time.

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jummo said:
My favorite loop in Snowmass:

Park at rodeo lot. Ride up bike path to divide. Ditch Trail to Connector to Cross Mtn. to
Powerline to Tom Blake to Highline to Lowline.

Descending the Tom Blake trail in the fall is one of this sports great experiences. It is smooth and fast, you don't really have to pedal or brake much, you just flow down the yellow leafed road.

jummo
or stay on government (which takes you from cross mountain to powerline) and hit anaerobic...

Plenty of XC riding in Aspen/Snowmass... you could do a day doing either or both. Government trail is a favorite ;)
 

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Thanks guys,

This is the beta I wanted, think I'll do the recommended smaller loop Sunday and then the epic Monday.

I'll be solo Sunday if anyone wants to be a guide send me a pm and I'll by the beer afterwards.

best
Greg
 

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Check out Sunnyside, Shadyside, the Hobbit Forest. Awesome stuff right there in Aspen. That place rocks.
 

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jummo said:
No one dissed on the desert. The season in the high country is short. I can ride in Fruita
any old time.

jummo
I wasn't serious, but I know some of the Aspen folk are like that.:p
 

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I live in aspen if you want to ride, Carbondale has good riding too
 

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Hi all,

I'm probably driving to Aspen and will be arriving tonight or early tomorrow AM. I'm wanting to do the epic ride from SM to Aspen (rim-govt trail etc) and am wondering if anyone wants to ride. email me or PM me..
thanks
 

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The email notice of the latest post reminded me to reply.

Leadville is a beast of a race, my last endurance race was a 50 miler last August in the north GA mountains and I finished in around 5 hours. Leadville I survived in 8:28, finished it though, this is a great race and now that I have a bone to pick with it I will be back next year.

Sunday rode boy scout loop in Glenwood, what a fantastic ride once you hit the single track, that rolling section on the edge of the canyon before you descend into town is amazingly fun, so much so we did it 3 times before we went down into town.

Monday planned on riding the epic from snowmass to aspen but then got to snowmass and decided to spend the day riding up on the gondola and bombing down and what a great decision that was because we didn't realize how cooked our legs were until we rode up from the bottom of I think powerline to the base of the gondola.....really dead legs.

As stated earlier in this post I'm a XC rider mainly but i have to say the downhill runs were absolute adreneline fueled grin producing funnest $hit ever even on my XC bike. If I lived out west I think this is all I'd ride it is that much fun. 1st run dude broke his arm but he should not have been up there and I have no idea what he was thinking, 2nd run kid cut his knee to the bone and I had to apply a torniquet on him, he was an awesome rider about 14 yo but he just wiped out in front of me.
Thought we were cursed so we went and had burgers and beers at the bottom and then got in 4 more runs and that was really cool as well having that kind of break during a ride.

Anyway thanks for the input from everyone, I'm really envious of the riding ya'll have out there it is truly a great place, I've been going my whole life skiing out west but now I will be making 2 trips a year........at least!

best
Greg
 

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Government (from Snowmass to Aspen - actually it's Buttermilk) is not a long ride, and I definitely wouldn't refer to it as epic. Very easily done in well under two hours.

There are also a lot of other great rides out this way which you can combine with Government to make it a truly great day on the trails.
 
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