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Old 08-18-2014, 12:16 PM   #1
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So just returned from a week of riding single track in Colorado on my KTM500 XC-W. Ran lots of video this year, so I thought I'd try a 'mostly' video ride report. I have to work for a living, so the video will be un-edited. But most is single track, and should give you a good idea of what the trails are like in Colorado. Rode 2 1/2 days in Taylor Park, and 2 1/2 days in Sargents. Covered close to 550 miles in the 5 days of riding. Used many gravel rode connectors to the trails, which were not filmed.

I'll get videos loaded and the posts updated over the next couple of weeks. I'll try to Answer questions along the way if you have them. My companions were ProDirtDale, Fredo, and KTM Mikey.

For background, I'm a 54 year old rider with over 40 years of dirt/street riding experience. I'm not particularly fast, would rather finish the ride in one piece. (see next sentence) I broke two ribs 6 weeks before the start of this ride, so I wore a kidney belt up on my ribs all week like a bra. it worked! We started the ride with 5 bikes, ending with 6, more on that later. We rode from 8000 ft up to 13,000 ft elevation, thru light rain and even hail. We ate like kings, and drank like fishes. The riots were happening back in The Lou, we never turned on a TV. What a sweet week it was indeed!

The trip started with us leaving Warrenton Mo about 7pm Saturday night. We drove all night, stopped for breakfast and groceries, and arrived in Taylor Park about 1pm Sunday. We went out for a short 25 mile test and tune ride to Tincup and returned on Timberline trail. No video that day.

On Monday, we hit the trail about 9 am. First up was the switchbacks up the Gunnison Spur, eventually heading towards Lily Pond.

http://youtu.be/XM_1h1W1qYw?list=UUj...5XoVjwVNy1Kc4Q

Then a quick video past Lily Pond

http://youtu.be/4NGQl5wlNpI?list=UUj...5XoVjwVNy1Kc4Q

Then onto the great single track of Lily Pond Trail

http://youtu.be/X2oIeq4niR4?list=UUj...5XoVjwVNy1Kc4Q

and the 2nd half
http://youtu.be/NGAn6QUwP60?list=UUj...5XoVjwVNy1Kc4Q

Next up, climbing the trail to Mt. Tilton
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:44 AM   #2
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I'm in Bill. Nice videos!
Looks like the single track has fewer rocks than Tin Cup (on the Tin Cup side) we just rode that a few weeks ago. We came down it, where you guys went up. Those rocky sections would be a challenge going up. (For me anyway )
How'd you break your ribs?

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Old 08-19-2014, 06:05 AM   #3
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great vids!
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:07 AM   #4
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I'm in Bill. Nice videos!
Looks like the single track has fewer rocks than Tin Cup (on the Tin Cup side) we just rode that a few weeks ago. We came down it, where you guys went up. Those rocky sections would be a challenge going up. (For me anyway )
How'd you break your ribs?

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A tree jumped out in front of my 500 riding single track in MO. Luckily I was wearing my chest protector at the time, hate to think what could have happeed had I not been

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great vids!
Thanks the best is yet to come, with the very challenging Star trail and scenic Continental Divide and Crest trails.
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:20 AM   #5
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Star pass

Hope you guys took the small trail to the very top of Star. Can be challenging but worth it for the 360 degree view of the surroundings.
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:35 AM   #6
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On towards Tilton, elevation over 12,000 ft

We had met some Colorado 500 groups on Lily pond, so knew there were lots of riders in the area. As we came to the next junction where we would start a long 4-5 mile climb towards Tilton, we met a single rider waiting. He said he was a 'rookie' that was at the front of a large CO 500 group, with the rest still hug up getting down the trail we planned to go up. Seemed odd, as rookies don't lead CO 500 groups, and, how did he get down, and the 'vets' hung up?

http://youtu.be/9DOmqFVK7XQ


So we stopped and snacked, and waited for 20 min or more, and still nobody came down. Just so you know, this is a pretty technical off camber climbing section, and trying to squeeze by one rider is hard enough, much less a group. After a few more minutes of waiting, another group of 6-7 came up from the same way we had come, wanting to go up the same trail. They had a couple women with them, which is unusual to see out on the trail BTW. They also stopped and waited.

After more waiting, we decided to take a different trail up, off to the left rather than right. This takes you to a different side of Tilton, and is very steep but doable. Much easier when not raining, as it was last time I rode it a couple of years ago.

http://youtu.be/P0iCKfYSSBw

That's all the video I had from Day 1, we rode over to Crested Butte and got gas and ice cream, and took a Cement Creek route back. Tomorrow is Star trail and 360 degree views from Flag Mountain
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:58 AM   #7
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Star Trail

We got a late start getting on the infamous Star Trail, do to a loose cap on one of the bikes forks, which caused us a trip back to the cabin to fix. This turned out to be somewhat of an omen for the rest of the trip for one of the bikes, as the last 6 months dialing in the suspension was now back to square one. We spent the next 5 days dialing in suspension on 3-4 different bikes, as KTM Mikey is an outstanding mechanic and rider who can jump on any bike, ride it briefly, and make suspension recommendations. He rode mine, which I considered in a 'no touch zone' because it worked for me, for 5 minutes while we were on The Rainbow Trail, and recommended backing off rear rebound by 2 click, and adding 2 clicks of compression on the forks. I did the changes , and it was spot on and made the ride even better for me. Thanks Mikey!! BTW Mikey is the youngster in our gang by almost 30 years. he is the fastest rider and by far the most accomplished mechanic amongst us.

On to Star . . . as usual the GoPro does not do justice to the elevation change and steepness of some of these trails. But do know that Star Trail has a reputation for good reason, and will give you arm pump and gasping for breath before you know it.

http://youtu.be/kDT4pC29pl4

It start off relatively easy, but before you know it, it gets nasty. By the time you get to the end of this clip, you are gasping for air!

http://youtu.be/RMfqVT6ths8

The climb goes on and on . . .

http://youtu.be/jud0FNgZiIc

You have now climbed for about an hour, not including break time. It is time for the payoff at the end, Flag Mountain. I'll try to add some pics from prior years, took very few this year, all video.

http://youtu.be/aXHkhRWZhyQ
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:10 PM   #8
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Fond memories.

CamelBill thanks for posting the uncut videos. I can't believe how good the trails still look. I lived in the Aspen area from 95-04. Back then 2 strokes where the weapons of choice, light and plenty of power for the 2nd and 3rd gear trails. Glad to see you guys didn't run into the afternoon rains that are common during the summer. Those roots and climbs get nasty after they've been rained on. I still have my trusty YZ 250 revalved and sprung for the rock gardens and log hopping fun.
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Old 08-20-2014, 03:02 PM   #9
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I saw the whole thing when that tree jumped out in front of Bill! Was right behind and almost got me but I dodged it while it threw branches at me! Looking forward to watching all the Videos Bill a few of us head that way in 2 weeks! Did you hear Hell Froze and Paul bought a 690? So did John must be contagious!
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CamelBill thanks for posting the uncut videos. I can't believe how good the trails still look.
Yes the trails have help up amazingly well. I've seen some deterioration in the 10 years I have been riding them, but not bad considering. The US Forest Service spends some quite a bit of time out there, and makes a difference. We see them out there working every year. Thanks guys! Glad you ae enjoying the vids.

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I saw the whole thing when that tree jumped out in front of Bill! Was right behind and almost got me but I dodged it while it threw branches at me! Looking forward to watching all the Videos Bill a few of us head that way in 2 weeks! Did you hear Hell Froze and Paul bought a 690? So did John must be contagious!
It was a fast tree, I always thought they got slower as they got older
Looking forward to riding with the new 690's. You guys enjoy CO!
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Old 08-21-2014, 07:13 PM   #11
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Those are some great videos. one of these years Ill get a chance to go.
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:07 AM   #12
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Those are some great videos. one of these years Ill get a chance to go.
+1 awesome.. (pretty narrow up there on top!
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:20 AM   #13
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some pics at top of Flag Mountain

Thanks for nice comments guys, it is beautiful out there.

Some pictures from the top of Flag
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and a short 360 degree video



Lots more to come, including the Rainbow Trail over near Sargents
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Didn't we run into you in Salida at the gas station? My bro and I were riding two 950 Adventures one orange, one black.
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:15 AM   #15
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Didn't we run into you in Salida at the gas station? My bro and I were riding two 950 Adventures one orange, one black.
Yup that was us. WE were in the middle of a 148 mile Rainbow Trail Day
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