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Friday, October 22, 2010

Fruita, usa trail report for friday 22 october, 2010

fall weather has imposed it's presence upon Colorado once again, and the seasonal pilgrimage of westward-bound cyclists has begun in earnest as well.

one of our Routt county friends and singlespeed 29'er fast guy, J.P. Pougales, is visiting this weekend to take advantage of more favorable riding conditions further to the west.

here's what he looks like putting the suffer on at the races:

image: Joel Reichenberger/steamboat pilot

fortunately, J.P. left his plaid slacks and "race face" back at home, so the ride tempo was a bit more relaxed and definitely more conducive to plenty of smiles amongst the participants. Jen demonstrates here how to enjoy singletrack properly.

recent rains have caused some erosion and "scouring" of the trails. expect to encounter some mud (and once again it bears mentioning; please ride straight through it when you do), but otherwise, conditions are surprisingly good. if you are caught out in a rainstorm miles from the trailhead, the saturated clay will stick to your bike and things are likely to be "not so good" on the hike out.

plan your ride accordingly.

riding into clouds like this might not be problem in places like British Columbia or NorCal, but riding towards an afternoon gulley-washer in the desert
is probably not the best decision one could make. the riders were feeling a bit of weather-related uncertainty at this point on Mary's.

Jen heads towards a hot shower and a cold beverage.

we were quite satisfied with the day's outing, having avoided the rain showers and bagged Rustler's, Mary's, Horsethief Bench, Steve's and a return blast on Mary's to top it all off.

image: GJmountainbiking.com

avoiding the connector back to the frontage road was the best move we made, as another cyclist told us later of his brutal 25 minute slog with a 40 kilo bike portaged on his back.

it's still raining now (friday, 11:30 p.m.) but hopefully the clouds will lift enough for the trails to dry a bit before tomorrow's next adventure.

check these resources for the latest beta:

local radar image


local 10 day forecast

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