MTB Mecca

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by Duncan, Feb 12, 2005.

  1. Duncan

    Duncan Guest

    Hello,
    The other night I met up with the people I'd hoped to be doing the Himalaya
    tour with. Unfortunatly Tibet is a little too dangerous at the moment so as
    it stands we won't be going there.
    So now we're trying to come up with an alternative.
    The plan is for something fairly exotic more than just great technical
    riding.
    Suggestions included:
    Romania, Kruger, Peru and Bolivia. Jordan and Syria were even suggested but
    I don't cope to well in the heat and have a real preference for big
    mountains.

    Any suggestions?

    I've ridden around the world a little bit, mainly Australia (it's where I
    live) but ridden Boulder CO, Mammoth Mtn CA, Moab UT, Kelowna BC, around the
    UK and a few short rides in Europe. There's more but that's all I can think
    of right now.

    Cheers,
    Duncan.
     
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  2. charles buki

    charles buki Guest

    That's an incredible list of places you've riden. These may not be as
    exciting, but here are some to think about.


    North America: British Columbia (Whistler area). Wasatch Front (UT).
    Chugach (Alaska). Pishag (NC)


    On 2/12/05 3:33 AM, in article [email protected], "Duncan"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Hello,
    > The other night I met up with the people I'd hoped to be doing the Himalaya
    > tour with. Unfortunatly Tibet is a little too dangerous at the moment so as
    > it stands we won't be going there.
    > So now we're trying to come up with an alternative.
    > The plan is for something fairly exotic more than just great technical
    > riding.
    > Suggestions included:
    > Romania, Kruger, Peru and Bolivia. Jordan and Syria were even suggested but
    > I don't cope to well in the heat and have a real preference for big
    > mountains.
    >
    > Any suggestions?
    >
    > I've ridden around the world a little bit, mainly Australia (it's where I
    > live) but ridden Boulder CO, Mammoth Mtn CA, Moab UT, Kelowna BC, around the
    > UK and a few short rides in Europe. There's more but that's all I can think
    > of right now.
    >
    > Cheers,
    > Duncan.
    >
    >
     
  3. Bert L.am

    Bert L.am Guest

    "Duncan" <[email protected]> schreef in bericht
    news:[email protected]
    > Hello,
    > The other night I met up with the people I'd hoped to be doing the

    Himalaya
    > tour with. Unfortunatly Tibet is a little too dangerous at the moment so

    as
    > it stands we won't be going there.
    > So now we're trying to come up with an alternative.
    > The plan is for something fairly exotic more than just great technical
    > riding.
    > Suggestions included:
    > Romania, Kruger, Peru and Bolivia. Jordan and Syria were even suggested

    but
    > I don't cope to well in the heat and have a real preference for big
    > mountains.
    >
    > Any suggestions?
    >
    > I've ridden around the world a little bit, mainly Australia (it's where I
    > live) but ridden Boulder CO, Mammoth Mtn CA, Moab UT, Kelowna BC, around

    the
    > UK and a few short rides in Europe. There's more but that's all I can

    think
    > of right now.
    >
    > Cheers,
    > Duncan.
    >
    >


    I'll be crossing the Alps form North (Germany) to South (Italy) in January
    2006, i.e. during winter. Wanna join?

    Bert
    PS. I know a few guys who have done Katmandu - Lhasa, I believe that is an
    achievable goal.



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  4. jack

    jack Guest

    "Duncan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Hello,
    > The other night I met up with the people I'd hoped to be doing the

    Himalaya
    > tour with. Unfortunatly Tibet is a little too dangerous at the moment so

    as
    > it stands we won't be going there.
    > So now we're trying to come up with an alternative.
    > The plan is for something fairly exotic more than just great technical
    > riding.
    > Suggestions included:
    > Romania, Kruger, Peru and Bolivia. Jordan and Syria were even suggested

    but
    > I don't cope to well in the heat and have a real preference for big
    > mountains.
    >
    > Any suggestions?


    Here's someplace EXOTIC:

    http://www.kiddofspeed.com/chapter1.html
     
  5. jack

    jack Guest

  6. Duncan

    Duncan Guest

    "Bert L.am" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
    > I'll be crossing the Alps form North (Germany) to South (Italy) in January
    > 2006, i.e. during winter. Wanna join?


    The Alps was touted as an option, what's the riding like in the winter?

    > Bert
    > PS. I know a few guys who have done Katmandu - Lhasa, I believe that is an
    > achievable goal.


    Yep, there are tour guides who organise everything for you. It'll be
    interesting to see if they're still operating after recent political
    developments. I've heard to travel there now you need to hire armed guards
    at night. We were hoping to organise our own backup.
     
  7. Mark Hickey

    Mark Hickey Guest

    "Duncan" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >"Bert L.am" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
    >> I'll be crossing the Alps form North (Germany) to South (Italy) in January
    >> 2006, i.e. during winter. Wanna join?

    >
    >The Alps was touted as an option, what's the riding like in the winter?
    >
    >> Bert
    >> PS. I know a few guys who have done Katmandu - Lhasa, I believe that is an
    >> achievable goal.

    >
    >Yep, there are tour guides who organise everything for you. It'll be
    >interesting to see if they're still operating after recent political
    >developments. I've heard to travel there now you need to hire armed guards
    >at night. We were hoping to organise our own backup.


    Khatmandu itself would be a pretty horrible place to ride a bike,
    IMHO. It's a fascinating city, but the air quality was awful (and
    this coming from a guy who's lived in China). The altitude is another
    issue (at least for those of us who don't live in the mountains).
    Khatmandu is around 7,500 feet (2300m) and it goes up from there in
    every direction. Too bad if it's not longer as safe as it was when I
    was there...

    Mark Hickey
    Habanero Cycles
    http://www.habcycles.com
    Home of the $695 ti frame
     
  8. Duncan wrote:
    > Hello,


    > I've ridden around the world a little bit, mainly Australia (it's where I
    > live) but ridden Boulder CO, Mammoth Mtn CA, Moab UT, Kelowna BC, around the
    > UK and a few short rides in Europe. There's more but that's all I can think
    > of right now.
    >
    > Cheers,
    > Duncan.
    >
    >


    I just can't see Boulder as a mecca. Which trails do you ride from town?

    --
    Craig Brossman, Durango Colorado
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  9. JD

    JD Guest

    charles buki top posted:
    > That's an incredible list of places you've riden. These may not be

    as
    > exciting, but here are some to think about.
    >
    >
    > North America: British Columbia (Whistler area). Wasatch Front

    (UT).
    > Chugach (Alaska). Pishag (NC)



    The Wasatch Front is a joke. Anyone who would waste vacation time
    there as a mountain biking "mecca" may as well just give me all of
    their money.

    JD
     
  10. BB

    BB Guest

    On Sat, 12 Feb 2005 19:33:39 +1100, Duncan wrote:

    > The plan is for something fairly exotic more than just great technical
    > riding.


    I'd thrown in Hawaii, or something tropical. Unless you're from those
    areas (where its same-old same-old), its pretty cool to ride there. I had
    a fun ride at Pupukea near the north shore of Oahu - slippery as hell but
    memorable. The only place I've had a bike shop refuse to accept a rental
    return until I washed the bike first!

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  11. Shawn

    Shawn Guest

    Craig Brossman wrote:
    > Duncan wrote:
    >
    >> Hello,

    >
    >
    >> I've ridden around the world a little bit, mainly Australia (it's where I
    >> live) but ridden Boulder CO, Mammoth Mtn CA, Moab UT, Kelowna BC,
    >> around the
    >> UK and a few short rides in Europe. There's more but that's all I can
    >> think
    >> of right now.
    >>
    >> Cheers,
    >> Duncan.
    >>
    >>

    >
    > I just can't see Boulder as a mecca. Which trails do you ride from town?
    >

    I agree, I was there Saturday, lousy with roadies. Really amazing how many.

    Shawn
     
  12. BB

    BB Guest

    On Mon, 14 Feb 2005 18:40:46 -0700, Shawn wrote:

    > I agree, I was there Saturday, lousy with roadies.


    Man, that sounds uncomfortable! ;-)

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  13. Duncan

    Duncan Guest

    "Craig Brossman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Duncan wrote:
    > > Hello,

    >
    > > I've ridden around the world a little bit, mainly Australia (it's where

    I
    > > live) but ridden Boulder CO, Mammoth Mtn CA, Moab UT, Kelowna BC, around

    the
    > > UK and a few short rides in Europe. There's more but that's all I can

    think
    > > of right now.
    > >
    > > Cheers,
    > > Duncan.
    > >
    > >

    >
    > I just can't see Boulder as a mecca. Which trails do you ride from town?


    I wasn't really suggesting that it was, just outlining some of the stuff I'd
    seen already.
    I can't remember the names of the trails I did but I had a local to show me
    around and he knew the area very well. One ride involved a hell of a lot of
    road climbing to get to. Not being used to the altitude felt very weird
    running out of breath before my legs got tired.
     
  14. Duncan wrote:
    > "Craig Brossman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    >
    >>
    >>I just can't see Boulder as a mecca. Which trails do you ride from town?

    >
    >
    > I wasn't really suggesting that it was, just outlining some of the stuff I'd
    > seen already.
    > I can't remember the names of the trails I did but I had a local to show me
    > around and he knew the area very well. One ride involved a hell of a lot of
    > road climbing to get to. Not being used to the altitude felt very weird
    > running out of breath before my legs got tired.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >


    No worries, when I lived in Boulder I really though it was a great place
    to mtn bike. Now that I live in Dgo, I realize how bad access was to
    good trails, though I do appreciate the fact that people spend time on
    that side of the hill. Keeps them away from this side.
    The ride may have been Betasso or Walker Ranch.
    Walker has too much road climbing from town, but it is a good workout.

    --
    Craig Brossman, Durango Colorado
    remove "mydebt" to reply
     
  15. Shawn

    Shawn Guest

    Craig Brossman wrote:
    > Duncan wrote:
    >
    >> "Craig Brossman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]
    >>
    >>>
    >>> I just can't see Boulder as a mecca. Which trails do you ride from town?

    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> I wasn't really suggesting that it was, just outlining some of the
    >> stuff I'd
    >> seen already.
    >> I can't remember the names of the trails I did but I had a local to
    >> show me
    >> around and he knew the area very well. One ride involved a hell of a
    >> lot of
    >> road climbing to get to. Not being used to the altitude felt very weird
    >> running out of breath before my legs got tired.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
    > No worries, when I lived in Boulder I really though it was a great place
    > to mtn bike. Now that I live in Dgo, I realize how bad access was to
    > good trails, though I do appreciate the fact that people spend time on
    > that side of the hill. Keeps them away from this side.
    > The ride may have been Betasso or Walker Ranch.
    > Walker has too much road climbing from town, but it is a good workout.
    >

    Road climbing? Do you mean out Hwy 93? That's a death trap for bikes!

    Shawn
     
  16. Shawn wrote:
    > Craig Brossman wrote:
    >
    >> No worries, when I lived in Boulder I really though it was a great
    >> place to mtn bike. Now that I live in Dgo, I realize how bad access
    >> was to good trails, though I do appreciate the fact that people spend
    >> time on that side of the hill. Keeps them away from this side.
    >> The ride may have been Betasso or Walker Ranch.
    >> Walker has too much road climbing from town, but it is a good workout.
    >>

    > Road climbing? Do you mean out Hwy 93? That's a death trap for bikes!
    >
    > Shawn


    Agreed, I would never ride Hwy 93, certainly not get from Boulder to
    Walker Ranch. I've just gone up Flagstaff road :)

    I believe you are thinking of White Ranch, no?

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    Craig Brossman, Durango Colorado
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  17. Shawn

    Shawn Guest

    Craig Brossman wrote:
    > Shawn wrote:
    >
    >> Craig Brossman wrote:
    >>
    >>> No worries, when I lived in Boulder I really though it was a great
    >>> place to mtn bike. Now that I live in Dgo, I realize how bad access
    >>> was to good trails, though I do appreciate the fact that people spend
    >>> time on that side of the hill. Keeps them away from this side.
    >>> The ride may have been Betasso or Walker Ranch.
    >>> Walker has too much road climbing from town, but it is a good workout.
    >>>

    >> Road climbing? Do you mean out Hwy 93? That's a death trap for bikes!
    >>
    >> Shawn

    >
    >
    > Agreed, I would never ride Hwy 93, certainly not get from Boulder to
    > Walker Ranch. I've just gone up Flagstaff road :)
    >
    > I believe you are thinking of White Ranch, no?
    >

    Oh yeah! Been a while. You're right, there is a lot of road climbing
    getting to Walk-a-Lot.
    Up Hwy 93 to Coal Creek Canyon to Nederland (home of Dead Guy Days) to
    Boulder used to be a nice road ride before casino gambling in Central
    City/Blackhawk and general growth in the area as long as you weren't on
    93 during shift change at Rocky Flats, and the wind wasn't kicking up
    too much plutonium contaminated dust (seriously!).


    Shawn
     
  18. Duncan

    Duncan Guest

    "Craig Brossman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Duncan wrote:
    > > "Craig Brossman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]
    > >>I just can't see Boulder as a mecca. Which trails do you ride from town?

    > >
    > >
    > > I wasn't really suggesting that it was, just outlining some of the stuff

    I'd
    > > seen already.
    > > I can't remember the names of the trails I did but I had a local to show

    me
    > > around and he knew the area very well. One ride involved a hell of a

    lot of
    > > road climbing to get to. Not being used to the altitude felt very weird
    > > running out of breath before my legs got tired.

    >
    > No worries, when I lived in Boulder I really though it was a great place
    > to mtn bike. Now that I live in Dgo, I realize how bad access was to
    > good trails, though I do appreciate the fact that people spend time on
    > that side of the hill. Keeps them away from this side.
    > The ride may have been Betasso or Walker Ranch.
    > Walker has too much road climbing from town, but it is a good workout.


    Walker Ranch sounds familiar but it was over 5 years ago.

    Boulder really just struck me as a good community for mountain biking. I
    was doing a lap of the US by motorbike and it was one of the cities that
    stood out. I spent a night in Durango shortly after and it was pretty
    obvious there would be a hell of a lot to ride around there. It was one of
    the places I told myself I should go back to one day.
     
  19. Duncan

    Duncan Guest

    "Craig Brossman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Duncan wrote:
    > > "Craig Brossman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]
    > >
    > >>
    > >>I just can't see Boulder as a mecca. Which trails do you ride from town?

    > >
    > >
    > > I wasn't really suggesting that it was, just outlining some of the stuff

    I'd
    > > seen already.
    > > I can't remember the names of the trails I did but I had a local to show

    me
    > > around and he knew the area very well. One ride involved a hell of a

    lot of
    > > road climbing to get to. Not being used to the altitude felt very weird
    > > running out of breath before my legs got tired.

    >
    > No worries, when I lived in Boulder I really though it was a great place
    > to mtn bike. Now that I live in Dgo, I realize how bad access was to
    > good trails, though I do appreciate the fact that people spend time on
    > that side of the hill. Keeps them away from this side.
    > The ride may have been Betasso or Walker Ranch.
    > Walker has too much road climbing from town, but it is a good workout.


    This may not help at all but this was a photo I took from the road ride up
    to the trail:

    http://au.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/gigagilgamesh_au/detail?.dir=b3d1&.dnm=9480
    ..jpg
    <http://au.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/gigagilgamesh_au/detail?.dir=b3d1&.dnm=948
    0.jpg>
     
  20. Shawn

    Shawn Guest

    Duncan wrote:
    > "Craig Brossman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    >
    >>Duncan wrote:
    >>
    >>>"Craig Brossman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>>news:[email protected]
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>>I just can't see Boulder as a mecca. Which trails do you ride from town?
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>I wasn't really suggesting that it was, just outlining some of the stuff

    >
    > I'd
    >
    >>>seen already.
    >>>I can't remember the names of the trails I did but I had a local to show

    >
    > me
    >
    >>>around and he knew the area very well. One ride involved a hell of a

    >
    > lot of
    >
    >>>road climbing to get to. Not being used to the altitude felt very weird
    >>>running out of breath before my legs got tired.

    >>
    >>No worries, when I lived in Boulder I really though it was a great place
    >>to mtn bike. Now that I live in Dgo, I realize how bad access was to
    >>good trails, though I do appreciate the fact that people spend time on
    >>that side of the hill. Keeps them away from this side.
    >>The ride may have been Betasso or Walker Ranch.
    >>Walker has too much road climbing from town, but it is a good workout.

    >
    >
    > This may not help at all but this was a photo I took from the road ride up
    > to the trail:
    >
    > http://au.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/gigagilgamesh_au/detail?.dir=b3d1&.dnm=9480
    > .jpg


    Yup, looks like Flagstaff road. The lower part is a nice winding road
    once you get past the first quarter mile steep part. Then it gets nasty
    and stays nasty for a couple miles.
    Boulder mountain biking usually involves putting the bike on the car
    roof and driving past the Boulder Mountain Parks area along the city's
    western boundary. Bikes are FTMP illegal in the parks, plus the parks
    have a lot of peds. A few miles out of town you'll find lots of good
    riding; on Forest service and BLM land, as well as Jefferson County
    Mountain Parks (including White Ranch).

    Shawn
     
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