PHYSICAL EXERTION: ADVANCED / TECHNICAL ABILITY: INTERMEDIATE +
What to Expect on This Trip: BIG rides with huge climbs and even longer descents. Epic trails in the Colorado high country that will blow your mind.
If you’re looking for something bigger, tougher, and more epic than one of our regular trips: look no further. Introducing the very first Chasing Epic WILDCARD trip! Four full days of riding, bigger rides, smaller groups, and absolutely epic routes that you won’t find on our standard trips. Why “Wildcard”, you might ask? First off, these trips take place outside of our standard destinations, and each year we’ll be mixing up where they take place. Second, we think you’ve got to be a little bit wild in order to ride these with us… they’re BIG!
Our very first trip will be based in Colorado, and will hit a group of trails centered around the Colorado Trail. Think bucket-list epics like Buffalo Creek, Kenosha Pass to Breckenridge, Two Elk in Vail, and Copper Mountain to Searle Pass: this is essentially a collection of our favorites. Each day brings a new challenge, huge views, and some of the best singletrack you’ve ever ridden. See below for a full, detailed itinerary.
So, how is a Wildcard trip different than standard trips?
– This trip is five days and four nights
– Four FULL days of riding are included
– Smaller group size (max of 10 riders w/ two guides plus a trip leader)
– BIG rides each day (think 20-30 miles or more)
– Multiple point-to-point rides with shuttles
This trip will be guided by our awesome partners at Colorado Backcountry, who have approved permits from the US Forest Service.
Day One: We’ll meet on the west side of Denver at our hotel at 5pm on Wednesday evening, to get bikes set up and have a welcome dinner (and beers) for everyone. For those flying into Denver, you can avoid renting a car for this trip by taking the RTD Light Rail directly from the airport and an Uber to our hotel, which should save you some cash! Hit the sack early, it’s going to be a BIG four days of riding ahead.
Day Two: This morning we’ll pack up and head southwest to the Buffalo Creek trail system, where we will sample some of the flowiest trails this side of the Rockies. Buffalo Creek offers a unique riding experience through an old forest fire landscape, and has some of the fastest and most fun descents on the Front Range of Colorado. The Colorado Trail will be the backbone of our ride, as we also hit classics like Nice Kitty, Sandy Wash, and Green Mountain as we do about 22 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing. After today’s ride, we’ll hit the road and head to Breckenridge, which will be our home base for the next three days.
Day Three: This morning’s ride is going to be huge, so make sure you eat a big breakfast! We’ll hop in the shuttle vehicles this morning and drive from Breck over to Kenosha Pass, where we start our ride on the Colorado Trail above 10,000 feet. From here, our ride descends and climbs through old forests as we break above treeline after a couple of hours, topping out at Georgia Pass. From there, we descend down into Breckenridge on epic singletrack sure to blow your mind, as we finish the ride back in town… with a post-ride beer for the perfect ending. All told, we’ll ride around 28 miles today with about 3800 feet of climbing (and over 5,000 descending!).
Day Four: We’ll head west today and pick up another shuttle as we get dropped off above Vail Pass, around 10,500 feet. We’ve got a tough 1200-foot climb ahead of us on Bowman’s Shortcut before hitting Two Elk, one of the best descents in Colorado. Imagine EIGHT miles of downhill (over 3k feet) through a combination of high-alpine meadows, aspen groves, and creek-side singletrack. Once we hit the town of Minturn, we’ll stop for lunch before we head up Meadow Mountain, which is a tough climb but totally worth the suffering for another huge descent. All told, expect about 25 miles and 3500 feet of climbing, but we’ll get almost 6,000 feet of descent today!
Day Five: Today is departure day, but that doesn’t mean we’ll take it easy on you. Today we’re going to start our ride at Copper Mountain Ski Resort, where we pick up the Colorado Trail to climb to the summit at Searle Pass. This 9+ mile climb will take us up around 2500 feet to top out just over 12,000 feet, where we’ll enjoy huge views of the surrounding mountains before bombing back down 9+ miles of downhill. Expect about 19 miles and just under 3,000 feet of climbing on today’s ride. Once we’re finished, everyone will be transported back to Denver, where we will drop you off at the Golden Light Rail Station to catch a train back to the airport.