This ride is closed. If interested, check out the 2013 Posting.
Colorado Adventure Motorcycle 1000
Dates: September 2-9, 2012
Start and Finish: Colorado Springs, CO
1,000 miles of Dirt
This is not a race, but a band of like-minded adventurers, joining together as a team to complete a very difficult, 7 day ride through Colorado.
Appropriate Bike: 'plated' Enduro you can carry gear on or light Adventure Bike (bikes must be street legal). Your bike's tank must be able to do at least 150 miles, 200 mile range is insurance. You best make sure you are geared LOW....having a nice Granny Gear to climb the long, steep stuff. I would think a KTM990 could do this trip (with a good rider), but not a GSA, nor VStrom. Other big bikes that would probably work would be the 800GS, KRL.......Certainly the 450's-530's-640's-650's-690's will be perfect, as long as they can carry a bit of gear (clothing, bag, tiny tent, etc.....I plan to terminate each day at a campground, but you just never can predict what we will get into.....a breakdown could cause tents to be pitched way up in the woods.)
Here's my setup.......
I'm looking for company and corporate sponsors....(and their donations will go straight to the TPA
I will also, try to partner with the AMA. (They have a budding interest in adventure riders.)
And.....bring along a motorcycle journalist or two.....(as long as they can really ride the tough stuff).
The riding will be challenging, but we will be in groups of 3-5 and will help one another out. To finish the CAM1000 will be something to brag about.
Well, two reasons...really.
1. I want to do it and I like the camaraderie of like-minded adventurers.
2. This will be a fund-raiser for TPA (Trails Preservation Alliance).
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I thought everyone would be interested to learn the models of bikes that are coming to the CAM this year.....
KTM 450/500/520/525/530 EXC
KTM 950 Super Enduro
I am going to set up a day, maybe in early December, for any of you that want to meet for a Friday afternoon Happy Hour to go over maps and debate routes and discuss the seven day route. I'll keep you posted.......
Below is some of my initial brainstorming.
Here is the overall route.....just a starting place. The Green Circle is Colorado Springs.....the start and the finish. The other circles, indicate where we will stop for the night.....and the route is clockwise. Map Source calculated the route at 980 miles......which once we are all done, I bet we easily eclipse 1,000 miles.
Potential Day #1. This will be the "warm-up day" and for the group to get an idea of where everyone's skills are and how proficient they are on their bike. We will depart Colorado Springs and head up Gold Camp Road to Cripple Creek. Then we will ride down Shelf Road to Canyon City...... All of this is incredibly tame and easy dirt road. Our first test will be Hayden Pass on lightly loaded bikes. Then we drop down in to the northern end of the San Luis Valley, back up over Ute Pass and down into Saguache where we will spend our first night, at The Lodge (Showers, bathrooms, grass for tents or a bunk room for the non-tenters.)
Gold Camp Road is nice, easy dirt road riding....(two-up on VStroms).
Potential Day #2. This day of about 140 miles will get even tougher. We will leave Saguache and enter into the northern end of the Rio Grande National Forest. It will probably take us about 4 hours to get through this section of trails on our way to Highway 160 and Creede. One highlight will be a short rest and stop at the Wheeler Geologic Area. From Creede we will ride north, crossing over San Luis Pass and down to the 788 Road. The final leg will be the climb over Cinnamon Pass and down into Silverton for the night at the Red Mountain Campground and Cabins.
Just down from Cinnamon Pass.
Potential Day #3. If you make it past day three, you will probably be able to finish the trip. From Silverton, we will head west and climb over Ophir Pass....pretty easy. Then we loop around through Telluride and head east, climbing over Imogene Pass....much tougher. Once again we loop around east to west and climb over Black Bear Pass.....much, much tougher....and drop back down into Telluride. The final leg for the day is a ride northwest on Last Dollar Road, looping around on dirt to Naturita. They have a campground and a couple of Motels.
The ride from Black Bear Pass to Telluride.
Potential Day #4. This will be the desert riding day of the trip. The first section is a run of Forest Service Roads along the Uncompahgre Plateau, dropping down into Gateway, CO. Then we will ride up the Dolores River, turning right onto the obscure and rough....Sheep Creek Road. Once climbing out of the canyon, we will ride through Lost Horse Basin and Ryan Park, looping around the mesa into Utah for a dozen miles and then back into Colorado. We will ride up on Pinon Mesa, dropping down through Glade Park, riding through and taking in the amazing sights of the Colorado National Monument. Then a quick run through Grand Junction and up on Grand Mesa for the night. There are a half dozen campgrounds and lodges we can choose from.
Here's a pic of the ride up Sheep Creek.
Potential Day #5. This is a big mileage day, catching up from the days of riding the high passes around Telluride. This day will be about 200 miles, but nearly all of it is nice, maintained dirt. Basically, we are riding from Grand Mesa, back roads to Crested Butte. Then, we will have the one big challenge of the day...... Pearl Pass. We cross this pass to get over to Aspen....then we will loop around north to Basalt and ride over Hagerman Pass to Leadville.
Here's a pic of a rider climbing up Pearl Pass. A KTM 640 Adventure seems to be doing just fine.
Potential Day#6. Today will total 100 miles and take everyone over 4 very high passes: Weston, Boreas, Georgia and Radical Hill. Leadville to Fairplay over Weston Pass...and on up to Como. Then over Boreas Pass to Breckenridge. Then we will loop around, and up Tiger Road to the top of Georgia Pass. Then we will run the Continential Divide for a few miles, over to Radical Hill. Down Radical Hill to Montezuma and in to Dillon for the night.
Here I am, standing at the top of Radical Hill.
Potential Day #7. We will depart Dillon and back track a little, headed for Webster Pass. Once we are down on the other side, we will basically ride "back roads" over to Rampart Range and drop down into Monument, via Mt. Herman Road. This will be a pretty easy day......but we should end with an easy day to reflect on our week. Once we get back in the Springs, I would like for us to congregate at some location, for a beer to toast our accomplishment and photos (TBD).
Here's a pic of my son and I, riding Rampart on the old 600's. It's easy riding.
ya but 7 days to do about 1k miles=less than 100 miles/day. I did not know there are that many tough trails in Colorado that would warrant the day's ride to less than 100 miles.
Great idea, I'll be watching this, even though I probably can't take off work that long.
If my math is correct, 1000 miles in 7 days is 143 miles per day. We can easily.....VERY EASILY.....find seven days of riding where getting 143 miles is going to be a HUGE challenge. Some of the routes I have ridden in the past five years have been 70-80 miles and have taken 5-6 hours.
No worries Tha Rick.....finding challenging routes won't be the issue. Dragging 300-400 lb bikes (with gear) over the routes will certainly be the issue.
I marked it on the Calendar...will have to wait and see.
Yep, your Big Red Pig should be the perfect bike!!!!!
I have found routes in Chaffee County where I have only gone 60 miles in 5 hrs and believe me muscling a 400 pound KLR IS the challenge!
CAM for me!
Unless work inhibits my freedom - SIGN ME UP :clap
Interested. Sounds fun!
I have started work on the maps (Post #2) with some pics for your viewing pleasure.
Yup...Count me in!! Just need a time frame to schedule vacation! Can I bring the mini bike Scrambler? (Lol):evil:happay
Curious why paved Independence Pass instead of dirt Hagerman Pass?
Thanks John...I really wish I could join you guys on this but I already have things scheduled for those dates next year. I will be watching this thread, just to see what's going on. :clap
I hadn't thought about Hagerman....and I haven't riden it. Being that day five is a 200 mile day, will Hagerman add too much more difficulty or time to the route? Otherwise......Independence is out....and Hagerman is in.
Thanks for the feedback Blakebird......this is just the dialog and discussion I am seeking.
Postscript...... I just studied the maps and Hagerman is definitely in and Independence is out.
In post #2, I have updated the maps to include Hagerman.
Schedule it......first week in September.
Nope the Scrambler won't make this trip. You better bring that shiny, new XR650L.
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