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RFTA pedaling toward new rule on e-bikes on its share of Rio Grande Trail

June 14, 2018 — RFTA's board of directors is leaning toward altering the use of e-bikes on the 20-mile section of the Rio Grande Trail that it manages. RFTA currently allows class one and class two e-bikes. The board directed its staff at a meeting Thursday to prepare a

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Scott Mercier: Mind, body, spirit and Pedaleando

May 25, 2018 — Community Pedaleando. When I heard this name I thought, Community Pedaleando? What a great name for an event created to celebrate cycling and health. The second annual Community Pedaleando will take place in the North Face Park in Carbondale on June 10 from 10:30 a.m.

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Glenwood, New Castle could pair to market trails

May 20, 2018 — A growing network of mountain bike trails between Glenwood Springs and New Castle, coupled with a crucial link to better connect them, could add a new pinpoint on the national map of off-road biking destinations. The Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association's recent efforts to partner

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Veltus no longer in race for new Glenwood Springs bike park

May 18, 2018 — Glenwood Springs' Parks and Recreation Commission believes a bike terrain park would contribute as a valuable asset to the community, just not in Veltus Park. Originally, the discussion pedaled its way before the city parks commission in February when Rick Fout gave a presentation regarding

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Bikepack pilgrimage: Via wheels, not foot, Frisco’s Zach Husted completes Colorado Trail in 11 days

May 18, 2018 — Five weeks is the average time it takes for a hiker to traverse the entire 485-mile Colorado trail by foot. By bike, Frisco's Zach Husted completed his own 539-mile journey on and around the trail in 11 days. And he did it alone. For the

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Crown parking lot construction near Carbondale to begin soon

May 18, 2018 — Construction of a new parking lot off Prince Creek Road for mountain bikers and others who want to access the Crown trail network should begin by the end of the month, Pitkin County officials said Thursday. The project will hopefully put an end to area

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Sky Mountain Park, Glassier trails open today in Aspen area

May 16, 2018 — The riding has already been great for local mountain bikers and it’s about to get better. Sky Mountain Park and the Glassier Trail open for the season today. The opening of Sky Mountain Park includes the Seven Star Trail on the west side of Brush

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Ride the Pass will help remove old fencing from high peaks east of Aspen

May 15, 2018 — Ride the pass, help a mule. That could be the rallying cry for cyclists participating Saturday in the annual Ride For the Pass fundraiser benefiting the Independence Pass Foundation. One of IPF's major projects this year will be harnessing a U.S. Forest Service mule string

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Reflections of Mother’s Day spent on the Glenwood Canyon trail

May 9, 2018 — One of my favorite Mother's Day adventures was many years ago with our two children, John and Michelle. At the time they were both in elementary school, and for Mother's Day they asked me what I would like to do. We resided in a small ski

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Aspen on the Hill: Birth of a townie bike

May 9, 2018 — A good bike never dies in a mountain town. It lives on – squeakier, rustier, older and weather-beaten – but still well-loved and well-used. After a years-long run of taking me up and down mountains and through slickrock desert trails, my trusty blue Trek has

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New trails in the works for west of Aspen

May 1, 2018 — The city's Open Space and Trails board shared its future priorities with elected officials Tuesday, which are designed to complete several missing links outside of town and the surrounding valleys. "We are at an interesting time," board member Charlie Eckart told members of Aspen City

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Glenwood Springs bike terrain park idea gains traction

April 30, 2018 — An idea to build a new bike terrain park in Glenwood Springs' Veltus Park is pedaling its way before city officials and the public. Currently, the 8-acre public park, more commonly known as Kiwanis Park, sits along the Roaring Fork River at the corner of

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Pedal-assist E-bikes on road to approval in Pitkin County

April 30, 2018 — Based on a survey of nearly 1,000 area trail users, the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails director will recommend lifting the ban on some e-bikes to allow them on paved trails, including the popular Rio Grande Trail. Nearly 70 percent of people who responded

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Scott Mercier: Why do we ride? That’s a fine question

April 20, 2018 — Over the coming months and years, I'll be sharing my thoughts on all things bike-related. It will include stories about rides, people, races and places. I love riding bikes — I hate fixing them — but I love riding them! If you're reading this column

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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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