It’s been a really really busy year here at Rodeo. Working on bikes, kits, forks, wheels, rallies, and the Roundup has taken a huge bite out of miles ridden. They say if you work in the bike industry then you can expect to ride less. They may be right about that but we aren’t going down without a fight. We started Rodeo because we loved riding bikes, with friends, in the mountains, and we’re going to keep doing that until our legs have no pedaling left in them. The bike industry can wait.
Monday was a government holiday so Monday was a day for riding bikes. Geoff had a new Traildonkey that he hadn’t yet fully put through its paces and he had some time to burn. He extended an invite, I accepted, and into the hills we ventured.
We’ve been to Stoney Pass before. We even did a Rodeo Rally there in 2015. It may have been one of our most epic ever. Our intended route was frustrated by deep snow. We diverted, thought we’d found a way around, and ended up hiking miles through a thunder storm blizzard. We only barely made it back to the cars with all fingers and toes intact.
I always wanted to go back and redo the intended route. On paper it had it all: Pavement, dirt roads, singletrack, big views, and a collective sense of essential Colorado-ness.
On Monday we finally went back for our do-over and the route didn’t disappoint. Despite the treat of snow (again) the weather mostly cooperated with mild temperatures and great bike riding conditions. The ground was damp from recent rain and snow which created the most exquisite riding surface that anyone could want. Only Geoff and I were along for the ride this time and we moved at a casual, unhurried pace. We stopped a lot, soaked in the views, took photos and videos and appreciated that rare sensation that we could enjoy a ride this good and would still somehow make it home in time for dinner.
We’re happy to have had such an ideal day on Monday, and we’re happy to be able to share the ride with others in hopes that they too take on the loop some time soon.