Before heading out west, I casually mentioned to Neko Mulally that we would be going to Crested Butte to ride the Evolution Bike Park. As it turns out he knew a family would lived in Mt. Crested Butte that had 3 sons and would probably be a good source of local knowledge. Finding trails that would be good for kids aged 6 and 9 is risky. The last thing I want to do is get them in over their heads and sour their experience with a poor choice. Leading up to the our trip I contacted Doug Hudson and we agreed to get back in touch before we heading into CB. During the week before our CB visit, Doug had suggested that we could stay with them. I was apprehensive. I am always cautious to inflict my kids on anyone and especially in a confined spaced where we really couldn’t get away if things got weird. After talking with Meghann, we decided to accept their offer for an overnight stay. As it turned out they live in Mt. Crested Butte, which is a couple miles north of Crested Butte proper. Mt. CB is more or less the village around the ski hill with some extended housing. A nice little village with pretty much everything within bike riding distance. Their house was incredible. It was simple, not lavish, but more than enough and the view and proximity to riding was incredible.
Fortunately our kids got along well and Doug and his wife Alexandra where extremely pleasant and gracious hosts. The way they opened their home to us was inspiring and our trip to CB was the highlight of the trip. We ended up staying 3 days and 2 nights with the Hudson’s. Letting Wyatt and Rory ride with their kids was an incredible experience. Brooks (the oldest, MrBrooksShreds) has some mtb sponsorship and was an incredible rider. I think it showed Wyatt a path to sponsorship and racing is possible. Well, to be honest each of their kids was great at riding.
On the last day, Rory was pretty pooped from the previous 2 days of riding and fortunately the village had plenty of other kid friendly activities. That allowed Wyatt and I some time to ride solo and ride a few of the harder trails. I think Wyatt’s riding ability exploded over the 3 days we were there. Being able to focus his energy and strength on a few trails repeatedly was good for him. I really struggle, internally, with getting him a FS bike but I know deep down all the riding and learning he is doing on a hardtail and flats will really pay off later in life.
Agate is a classic. Its a strong day of riding and over way to quickly. That section of high speed trail blasting water bars into off camber turns is fantastic!
Saturday was the AMBC Fall Festival down at Baker Creek. I hadn’t been to one in a couple of years and even then it was held at Brian Hann’s house. To make the day even better Geritt came over! Its great when I get to ride with him, we don’t do it enough.
The trails in Baker’s were relatively dry after a night’s rain. However when we rode out in Hastie it was like riding on a sheet of glass covered with axle grease. We had a freaking blast! Later in the day, Meghann and the boys showed up and we got to ride together on Barn Burner and Cruise Valley. Wyatt demoed a full suspension Specialized and now I am sure I’ll never hear the end of it.
Around 6 we were starving and went to the boy’s favorite, Central Flats and Taps. Not sure why they love it so, but it is good. Around 6:45 we managed to get 4 tickets to the 7:30 TN vs. Southern Miss homecoming game. Yee Haw brewing was struggling to give these away and as a result we even got a free parking pass. It was the easiest game we have ever been to.
So much wrong with this, but…
JP and I tackled a ride that would start out on Rainbow trail and finish with a sweet illegal trail down into Salida. The trail climbed steadily for quiet a while and finished with a brutal hike-a-bike. But the next DH was loose and blown out. Well worth it. JP took the lead and I was smiling all the way down. After a short transfer we started down the illegal trail that was really well made and finished on a trail called Lost that would finish just outside the town if Salida. We rode back into town and had some beers while we formulated a plan to pick up JPs vehicle. At worst we could have just pedaled the distance but luckily JPs mother-in-law Diane came to the rescue.
I am trying desperately to get caught up on posts.
This was on the return trip.
We did a short ride in the morning before getting on the road. I think that night we made it all the way to north Texas just iver the border from NM.
After years of wishing to do it, I finally found a team. It was a lot more fun that I thought it would be. The team was Bruce Martin, Todd Jones, Micheal Bowling and myself. We all met each other this summer while doing the Wed evening races. We finished a lap up on 2nd place and only needed 12 laps to win.
These are so fun. This was a couple weeks ago when we did a lap around Collier Ridge out of Bandy Creek. It’s really cool that Rory has the legs to do a 7.7 mile ride off road.
Sorry for being lazy, didn’t mean to disappoint the 3 people that might still look at this site.
Sunday there was a XC race at Loyston and they had a big portion of it dedicated to kids. Rory got his chance to race his mountain bike for the 1st time and dominated his competitors. We was so far ahead after the DH portion that we had time to fix his derailled chain and he still finished 1st with no other racer in sight. Impressed.
Wyatt raced in the 9-10 class and I was anxious to see how he would stack up against kids his own age versus some 14 year old. Their course was a full lap around the original Loyston Loop which was around 5.5 miles. I went down in the woods towards the end of the course and was really excited to see him in 3rd position and so close to Henry Reed (whom has beat Wyatt at every Wed race). After he entered the woods at the beginning so far in the back and just following the kids in front of him, I was really happy to see that he passed so many kids during the loop.