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Mountain bike touring vacations?(5 posts)

Mountain bike touring vacations?AlexR
Aug 9, 2001 9:28 AM
I've been thinking about this for some time, and I've got a boatload of United miles that could get me from O'Hare to DIA very easily.

Have any of you ever taken an MTB touring holiday, or something of that nature? I would need to rent a bike. Ideally, this would be sometime in mid-fall, before my fitness level goes into hibernation.

Thanks,

Alex
Done two of themmr_spin
Aug 9, 2001 10:35 AM
Did the Kokopelli Trail and A hut-to-hut trip outside of Aspen. Both were a lot of fun, and I'd highly recommend either. A lot of your experience will come from the group and guides, so unless you go with a friend or two, you roll the dice. The trips I took all had very interesting people, some of whom I still ride with.

Kokopelli goes from Fruita (outside Grand Junction, Colorado) to Moab. It's about 160 miles, mostly along the Colorado River. It's amazing out there under the stars. The riding is amazing, too. In fact, the first section is pretty killer singletrack, and fairly technical. The middle is sandy fire roads, and the final third is all kinds of terrain, with a very fast 4000 foot descent down into Moab. You'll pass the Slickrock trail on your way down, so you can do it if you have the strength.

The other trip I did was Hut-to-Hut. There are these huts built in the mountains of Colorado, which are really meant for cross country skiers. They are part of the 10th Mountain Division system originally built by veterans of the famed Army division when they came home from WWII. They also built the ski industry, but that's another story. But they open them in summer for cyclists or hunters or whatever. They are called huts, but they are really large cabins, typically two-story, with lots of room. We left Aspen, and traveled to a different hut every day, finally coming down into a town called Eagle. It's a fantastic area to ride in. We were up around 11000 feet on a couple of days. Got snowed on, too.

I can't remember the names of the tour companies right now. I'll look through my stuff tonight.

Mid-fall is great time to go, because the summer heat has dissapted. It can get very cold, so make sure you bring a wide range of clothing.

Don't rent a bike unless you really have to. You will always be more comfortable on your own bike, which means you will ride better and complain less.
More...mr_spin
Aug 9, 2001 12:32 PM
Kokopelli I did with Roads Less Traveled, which is now called The World Outside. Dumb name, if you ask me.

Aspen I did with Timberline Adventures.

For more on the 10th Mountain Huts, check this out: http://www.huts.org
Western SpiritGreg Taylor
Aug 9, 2001 12:46 PM
Western Spirit does this sort of thing -- they are on the web (of course). I've never toured with them, but they get rave reviews in all the MTB mags...
re: Mountain bike touring vacations?KCnyc
Aug 13, 2001 9:18 AM
Check out bikeraft.com - we did a 3 night / 4 day tour on the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands Nat Pk near Moab last October. We got a discount on the rack rate as well and hired hardtail bikes from them at a reasonable rate. Happened to have the most fantastic weather and honestly, there's fewer places more beautiful, it made me want to quit my job. There's not many people on this trail as you need a permit to camp overnight - so you feel you have the place much to yourself. After a day of biking you chill out with a couple of cold ones overlooking Grand Canyon like scenery. After White Rim you can hang out in Moab and hike in Arches Nat Pk and do some other famous bike trails such as Slickrock.