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.