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Mesa County road rides: Colorado National Monument, Fruita and Grand Junction

April 18, 2018 — Getting there: There are two entrances to Colorado National Monument: an eastern entrance near Grand Junction and a western entrance closer to Fruita. If you're traveling westbound, the most direct route will be exit 31 onto Horizon Drive in Grand Junction. Signs will guide you

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Mesa County road rides: Riverfront Trail, Grand Junction

April 18, 2018 — Getting there: There are many trailheads to choose from, including Corn Lake State Park, Blue Heron, Eagle Rim Park and Western Colorado Botanical Gardens. Stop along the way to enjoy views of the river and the many lakes. The Riverfront Trail extends to Fruita with

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Mesa County bike trails: Lunch Loops, Grand Junction

April 18, 2018 —   Getting there: At the intersection of First Street and Grand Avenue in downtown Grand Junction, head west for about one mile on Grand (aka Highway 340), following the signs directing you to the Colorado National Monument. Cross the bridge and you'll come to Monument

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Mesa County bike trails: Palisade

April 18, 2018 — Getting there: From Interstate 70, take exit 42. From there, turn left on G Road. (Or you could check out downtown Palisade, which features fun shops and restaurants.) Follow the road east as it curves, and you will come to the Palisade Rim Trailhead on

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Mesa County bike trails: Grand Mesa, near Grand Junction

April 18, 2018 — Getting there: From Interstate 70, take exit 49 toward Grand Mesa. Follow Highway 65 for almost 30 miles until you almost reach the top. There will be a sign near the parking lot entrance that says Mesa Top. Trail talk: Exploring Colorado's Grand Mesa is

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Mesa County bike trails: Kokopelli’s Loop, Fruita

April 18, 2018 — Getting there: Drive 12 miles west of Grand Junction on Interstate 70 and get off at Loma, Exit 15. Trail talk: Throw a camera in your daypack. You're going to want to get out of the saddle a few times and soak up the views

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Mesa County bike trails: 18 Road, Fruita

April 18, 2018 — Getting there: As you cruise through miles of farmland on your way to the trailhead, you'll be reminded that Fruita is a tale of two happily coinciding communities — farming and riding. There are several ways to get to 18 Road, depending on which way

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Show us your favorite cycling trails

April 9, 2018 — What are you going to do with that GoPro footage? Submit it to go@postindependent.com along with your name, the date and location of your ride, and we'll share it at postindependent.com. Want to tell others more about why this ride is your favorite? Visit tinyurl.com/pitrailtalk

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Watch for mud before cycling

April 9, 2018 — This recommendation isn't just about keeping your boots in Instagram-worthy shape. Hiking and biking in mud can damage trails. When users walking or riding around muddy sections, trails become wider, Red Hill Council President Davis Farrar told The Aspen Times. This also results in trampled

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The Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys offer several bike parks

April 9, 2018 — Want to hone your mountain biking skills? Head to one of the region's bike parks. Vix Ranch Park, New Castle Features: Pump track, tot track, jump lines, paved bike path Learn more: rfmba.org/nct North Face Park, Carbondale Features: Mountain bike skills course, flow line descent,

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Join a cycling group in the Roaring Fork Valley, New Castle or Mesa County

April 9, 2018 — Whether you're a local looking for riding pals or a visitor hoping to find a local guide, area cycling groups are a valuable resource. Aspen Cycling Club Although Aspen is in the name, ACC aims to grow the cycling community from Aspen to Glenwood Springs.

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No riding buddy? No problem, thanks to these group bike rides

April 9, 2018 — These casual group gatherings are often as much about socializing as they are about riding. Riding in a group increases visibility, but don't let your safety precautions fall by the wayside. Tuesday Cruiseday, Aspen Join the Facebook group for up-to-date information about this weekly cruise.

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Summer races and other cycling events in Pitkin, Garfield and Mesa counties

April 8, 2018 — APRIL 27 BICYCLE FEST 4-6 p.m. Pedal over to the heart of Glenwood Springs for a quick bike check with area mechanics, loads of safety and commuting information, prizes and more. Centennial Park, 828 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs | 618-8264 MAY 4-5 18 HOURS OF

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