I look out my window and the snow on the high peaks in the Winter Park / Fraser Valley is starting to melt. Colorado made national news at the beginning of June when Trail Ridge Road still wasn’t open after Memorial Day weekend. I have biked into the park from the west side in Grand Lake, and there is still plenty of snow at the highest point. If you get a chance to bike it, wear warm clothes.
Mountain bikers are finally able to get on the trails in the high country of Colorado. Mistalynn Lee, communications manager at Winter Park Resort reports that “the snow has been incredible this year and will certainly benefit the Fraser River watershed.” Resort activities include Colorado’s longest Alpine Slide, mini golf, gem-panning, scenic chairlift rides and much more.
Trestle Bike Park opened for the season on June 18.
Also at Winter Park Resort this season: Epic Singletrack Series.
A local racer who won his age group in the series last year, Keith Sanders, is looking strong this racing season. In 2009, he won the USA Cycling National Cross Country Champion Cat 1 for the age
group 50 to 54. Last year, he came in fourth.
Sanders trains year-round in the Winter Park / Fraser Valley, where he’s lived since 1980 and has learned to adapt to its weather. It’s been tough spring, he said, but he is looking forward to racing Winter Park. “We are fortunate to have the best mountain bike race series in the country at Winter Park Resort. It’s a quality experience for everyone no matter what level: beginner, intermediate, professional. The race is designed to be challenging but you race against people in your class and skill set.”
Upcoming Epic Singletrack Series dates:
• Race 3: July 9, Valley Point-to-Point
• Race 4: July 10, Super Downhill
• Race 5: July 30, Crankworx Colorado X-C
• Race 6: August 20, Mary Jane Circuit
• Race 7: August 27, King of the Rockies
In addition to cross-country bike races, Winter Park Resort’s Trestle Bike Park has 33 miles of downhill freeride trails with more than 175 features, including tabletop jumps, elevated stunts, drops and banked cruisers.
If you aren’t competing in a race, head over to the base area to cheer on racers who come from all over Colorado. Races typically start at 10 a.m.
Kristen Lodge is a freelance writer who lives in Granby, Colorado. She also was a regular writer for Newwest.Net/Snowblog.