Hey there! My name is Adam and while I'm not a Colorado Native, I've been in and around the Colorado Front Range for about six years. I race mostly XC mtb and cyclocross although I do most of my riding on the road, frequenting all of my favorite climbs west of Denver. When I'm not working from home during the day you can almost always find me on my bike riding somewhere around Golden, Morrison, Evergreen, Genessee, and anywhere that has some good climbing.
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MTB: Right out my front door is Green Mountain, a wide open trail space with a variety of trails to take you from the base around 6000' up to over 6800' and is great for someone who has less than two hours and wants to hit the trails. From there you can connect to Dakota Ridge and Red Rocks Park which contains a big looped trail that ranges from flat and beginner friendly to steep and very technical. Looking for something fast and flat? Head 3 miles down the road to Bear Creek Lake Park which has abundant trails that are mostly wide open and waiting to be ripped at a very fast pace. All of these mentioned spots are within a 5mi ride from my front door. If you're willing to put in a few extra miles or even drive a little bit to the trail head then you're in for a real treat. Within 10mi you have access to the Apex Park/ Enchanted Forest trails system in Golden which boast super fun and technical ascending and descending, Chimney Gulch Trail which is a technical and very challenging climb/ descent on the east face of Lookout Mountain (see road section for more info on this iconic climb), Mountain Falcon in Morrison, another long steady climb rewarded with amazing views both east/ west and a fun looped trail at the top, as well as North and South Table mountains in Golden which are great for the time crunched visitor looking for a quick climb to the top of wide open mesa tops. Road: The road riding access right from my front door is quite special. A quick 5 mile warmup gets you to Bear Creek Canyon, a steady but mellow road climb that will take you all the way up to Evergreen and beyond. From Bear Creek Canyon there's countless side roads that can be taken either north or south that will add some heavier climbing while presenting stunning views and solitude (for example: Grapevine Rd, Meyer Gulch, Kerr Gulch, Little Cub, Whitter Gulch, etc). If you're really seeking adventure and a challenge, you can take Bear Creek Canyon to Kerr Gulch, dropping you off near the base of Squaw Pass which will ascend all the way to the top of Mount Evans (over 14k') totaling over 100mi and 15k' of climbing. If Bear Creek Canyon isn't you're thing then head north for a short 8mi warmup that will get you to the base of Lookout Mountain. This 4.5mi climb with a steady 5% grade takes the average cyclist about 30min to summit, with the fast guys doing it in under 20min. From the top of Lookout you can go for a 20min ride circumnavigating the summit and head back down the front side for a whipper of a descent or you can continue heading west on US 40 and climb your way up to Evergreen and beyond. Looking for something scenic with the option of mixed surface terrain? Head on over to Golden Gate Canyon which you can climb the 2 false summits before reaching the official summit at Peak to Peak Highway or you can veer off on one of the side roads to explore some hills, gravel, and immerse yourself in the Colorado nature. There's also the option of heading south about 15mi to Deer Creek Canyon which has similar offerings to Bear Creek Canyon, with the added bonus of a cookie summit reward when reaching the summit on the weekend. If you're more into bike paths than open roads, you can reach the C470 bike path less than two miles from my front door which will connect you to the Bear Creek Trail, South Platte River Trail and even the mixed surface High Line Trail that connects to Waterton Canyon Rd, a vehicle restricted dirt road that climbs 7 miles west through a breathtaking canyon with creek side views and wildlife to be enjoyed.
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