1st annual, Un-official, Un-organized, Rocky Mountain Monkey-Butt 500.

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  1. Pablo83

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    It's HERE!!! Raul Duke's 1st annual, Un-official, Un-organized, Rocky Mountain Monkey-Butt 500

    The original goal was a multi-day 500 mile loop with the most singletrack we could find. It's turned into a three day ride covering an estimated 666 miles.

    When is it? July 16th, 17th, and 18th.

    Click here for the route

    If you're interested in the ride you can ride solo, or you can join a group
    Click here for riding groups

    What kind of bike would be best? You'll want something thats: 1) Plated, 2) Light weight (my guess is you'll want something less than 300 lb fully loaded), 3) 120+ mile gas range, 4) comfortable enough to travel on for 3 rough 220 mile days, 5) well suspended.

    How do I know if I'm prepared to ride 220 miles a day on highly technical terrain? If you have to ask, you aren't ready for it. But if you want to take a test ride, plan on attending the 2010 Brecktrek ride.

    We will have a chase vehicle meeting us at our camp sites, so you will not need to carry camping gear on your bike.

    Ride Report begins around post 318

    Post ride awards:
    Day 1, Day 2, Day 3
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  2. Kjharn

    Kjharn Hrmph?

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    Fuck it, count me in. I'll keep a watch on this thread. I have family in CO that I could probably visit anyways ;) A good excuse
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  3. Pablo83

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    Day one: Start at Painted Rocks CG just north of Woodland Park, Rampart Rd to GOG, Gold Camp Rd, Shelf Rd, Tanner Shultz, southern section of Rainbow Trail and camp near Balman Rez.

    Day 2: Northern section of RBT, Marshall Pass through Pitkin, Fossil Ridge [an alternative to this is being researched], Spur trail (424), Bear Creek, Camp at Spring Creek Rez.

    Day 3: Reno Divide, Brush Creek, Pearl Pass, Taylor Pass, Lily Pond, Timberline Trail, Poplar Gulch, BV to Florissant (this still needs to be worked out), 717.

    - There will be an easier route that will still be majority dirt, and will be plenty scenic, but there will probably be 50-sum miles of highway. If you are interested in this route I can make GPS tracks and give you coords for the camps. But I won't compile these until the "hard" route is finalized which won't happen till spring since some of it still needs to be worked out. Plus you'll kind of be on your own one this route so have some maps.

    we understand this schedule is optimistic and we may have some breakdowns and some may die, but given that this is a big loop, it will be easy to cut out various portions of it and meet up with the group at a later point if you can't handle the rough stuff.

    This is what it looks like on a map. Grey is asphalt, Brown is dirt road, Blue is single/quad track, Black we still need tracks for, White is other options.
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    Click here if you are interested in the origins of the ride.
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    I'm so honored... :super
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    Kjharn Hrmph?

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    That is, if you guys don't mind a Nebraskan joining in :lol3
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    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    We've got a guy from Louisiana coming (two guys actually, but one of them still lives in La) and you don't get much flatter and lower elevation than that, so how bad could you possibly be?

    Honestly anyone that wants to complete this ride needs to be very experienced and in great shape. But we really don't care were you're from as long as it's not Alabama.
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    Damn-it! That means I'm out.:freaky
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    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    That's only if you want to complete the ride. If you're just along for the substance abuse you can head home whenever things get too weird for you. BTW, that's a joke. Raul is a nark so we'll be sticking to alcohol and banana peels.
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  9. Kjharn

    Kjharn Hrmph?

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    How difficult are we talking here?
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    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    Good question. We should start posting some RR's of the harder trails we'll be riding. Also pics of the magical places we'll travel would be good too. Anyone with such info is welcome to post it.

    Eventually several people will comment on how impossible this trip is and you'll get a better idea of what we're up against.

    Here's what I think of the ride, and the appropriate bike for each section.
    Rampart Rd - easy, Vstrom
    Captain Jacks - impossible, trials bike [Raul, can you post your vids of this]
    Gold Camp Rd - easy, Vstrom
    Shelf Rd - easy, Vstrom
    Tanner Shultz - ???
    Southern section of Rainbow Trail - impossible, hiking boots
    Northern section of RBT - even more impossible, helicopter
    Marshall Pass - ???
    Fossil Ridge - probably closed
    Spur trail (424) - hard when dry, impossible when wet, trials bike
    Bear Creek - fun, CR250
    Reno Divide - fun, CR250
    Brush Creek - slightly technical, CR250
    Pearl Pass - impossible, helicopter
    Taylor Pass - rocky, hiking boots
    Lily Pond - rocky, hiking boots
    Timberline Trail - impossible, hiking boots and/or Search and Rescue ATV.
    Hancock Pass - ???
    BV to Florissant - easy, Vstrom
    717 - slightly technical, CR250
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  11. Oldwin1

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    Why would anyone come here from Nebraska to ride. I hear they have all the good riding. :lol3
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    Good one :fyyff

    :lol3

    Anyways, I'm not terribly experienced, but I'm a youngin' and I pick up on things quickly. I'll wait until I see a few RR's before deciding for sure.
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    If you end up with an alternative route for medium skilled riders that are slower paced "tourist trail" riders, might be a way to engage two groups for a big party each night, assuming the camping sites are accessible for that crowd (like me)... :slurp
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    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    There certainly will be easier routes that will still be majority dirt, and will be plenty scenic, but there will probably be 50-sum miles of highway. If you are interested in this route I can make GPS tracks and give you coords for the camps. But I won't compile these until the "hard" route is finalized which won't happen till spring since some of it still needs to be worked out. Also, unless someone decides they want to lead the easier route, you will be on your own, so a selection of appropriate maps would be good to have.
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    So my (origional) goals for the ride are…
    • <LI itxtvisited="1">multi-day ride (I’m guessing min of 3 days for the full technical loop) <LI itxtvisited="1">I would like to hit as much singletrack/trails/psudo-singletrack as possible, the second alternative being dirt roads, third being paved as least as possible.
    • I would like to have a main route that has a varying degree of difficulty that would suit different riders. All bikes would have to be street legal of course, but I think it would be nice to have alternative less technical routes for more dual sport bigger bikes or more novice riders as well as having ass-kicking single track for the more advanced riders.
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    I'll probably go regardless, I'll be taking the pig KLR though. Riding from Omaha.
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    Captain Jacks, by Raul:
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    Pearl Pass (click for RR) and Another Pearl Pass RR
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    Looks tough, but I think I can manage it with some effort. I just wish I had a lighter bike :huh

    Also looks like I'll need a pair of barkbusters haha
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    From somones TAT report:
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"By the time I'd scraped into Salida, I'd already notched up two 11,000ft passes, and the going was getting rockier by the minute. I was joined in Salida by Howard Schultz from Colorado Springs, and Bob (whose surname I've forgotten -- sorry!) Both were present (thankfully, because it meant I could dump my bags in their pickup which was being ferried to the next town) for a run up a section of the Rainbow Trail - an amazing 100+ miles of fantastic single-track through deep woods. But singletrack in this case really did mean single -- with the panniers I would have been in deep trouble; and the drop-offs and massive rock steps didn't make matters easier. Our route took us up 15 miles or so of this.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]But the biggest challenges were yet to come -- north of Salida next day we (just Howard and me, Bob having scarpered) climbed the Hancock Pass (12,200ft approx) and then headed south for the Tomichi Pass -- within 100 yards of the summit the bike (mine) died. It would idle, but as soon as I opened the throttle, it would die -- fuel starvation, obviously, but my attempts to drop the float chamber off the bottom of the carb simply resulted in a stripped screw and frayed temper."[/FONT]



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