Tag: biking

Celebrating a Big Anniversary with Colorado Monument

The year 2011 was a big year for the Colorado National Monument, and a big year for us.  My husband and I celebrated 5 years while we visited Colorado National Monument, and Colorado National Monument celebrated 100 years thanks to John Otto, who was the first custodian of Colorado National Monument. In 1907, Otto wrote, “I came here last year…

Don Ferris: Fixated on Fixtures

For some people, the word jig conjures images of pubs on St. Patrick’s Day — guys drunk on green beer and dancing to Irish folk songs. To bike aficionados, it’s an integral frame building tool. But to Don Ferris, self-proclaimed geek and owner of Littleton’s Anvil Bikeworks, “a jig sounds like something made out of two-by-fours.” “The way people think…

Summer Sizzles in Delta County 5

Summer Sizzles in Delta County

Cherries, peaches and vineyards are a few of the reasons people come to Delta County, Colorado. Dig a little deeper, though, and you’ll find that this agricultural powerhouse just west of the continental divide has a fun-loving culture of its own. Just check out some of Delta County’s summer festivals. Here’s what is going on in Delta County this summer:…

Crankworx: A New Style of Biking 7

Crankworx: A New Style of Biking

It all started with a couple of 10-year-olds, along with a handful of world-class pros and some 30-odd mortals. They all stood on the same line, ready for the running, the Le Mans start of Crankworx Colorado’s kickoff event, super downhill. Three hundred or so yards of initial climbing quickly separated the pack and a sprinkling of rain turned to…

Weekend Warriors: It’s Cyclocross Season 9

Weekend Warriors: It’s Cyclocross Season

For most Coloradans fall is synonymous with super-sweet apples, the Western Slope grape harvest and groves of golden aspen. But to a growing number of cyclists, fall means the start of cyclocross season. Merriam Webster defines the sport as “racing bicycles over rough terrain that usually requires carrying the bicycle over obstacles.” Imagine riding your bike so hard that your…

Eric Zerowin: Roping Them In 11

Eric Zerowin: Roping Them In

Stuck between a rock and a hard place? Not even close. Climbing guide Eric Zerowin sets anchors high above the shores of Lake Dillon as his two guests absorb the views. The late-morning sun shines brightly in the blue sky, and it’s too early in the day for summer’s afternoon showers to begin rolling in. A cool breeze, common for…

Green Machines: Air-Friendly Ways to Get Around Denver

Protecting Denver’s air quality is a priority for government officials, who have come up with some creative ways to help Denver’s “brown cloud,” which is caused mostly from motor vehicles. Denver is more prone to the pollution because of its thinner air and its location in a valley. Here are some ways you can take part in traveling green. Denver…

Two-Wheel Cruising: A Tour of Three Denver-Area Bike Paths

The Colorado sky seems color-enhanced. Rich blues tint the vibrant summer sunsets and most Coloradans happily traded their skis for flip-flops. The Denver area’s 100-plus miles of groomed bike paths are a great place for the whole family to enjoy the season’s longer days. Here is a look at three of them. Seven days a week cyclists buzz along the…

Say No to Stink: The Wick-er Warm-Up Wicking Towel

I’ve mastered the art of car camping. And after several summers spent living in the back of a pickup truck (with a top, of course) and another summer calling my two-person tent home, I’ve learned that efficiency can lead to all sorts of luxuries — like not having to using my shirt as a camp towel. Several companies offer travel…

Crested Butte: Colorado’s ‘UnAspen’

No opulent mansions mark the edge of Crested Butte. Its downtown business district features not one Gucci store, Prada boutique, Gap shop or Polo Ralph Lauren emporium. Locals commute on bikes, celebrities wander paparazzi-free, and the only furs seen are still attached to the critters that grew them. Unassuming, unpretentious and unextravagant, Crested Butte hails as Colorado’s ”UnAspen.” The two…