Save the Date! New DS event on the Western Slope- Oct. 8th

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by AdvRonski, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. AdvRonski

    AdvRonski They call me......Ronski

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    Brought to you by the Motorcycle Trail Riding Association. Based in Grand Junction, the MTRA works with the BLM and USFS to promote trail riding opportunities in Western Colorado.
    This DS event will take place in the area known as the Dolores Triangle, with a main loop suitable for big adventure bikes, with alternate harder routes more suitable for smaller bikes. There is no singletrack in the area, but the jeep trails are in various states of erosion, making for challenging but fun riding. This is a beautiful, seldom-visited area, and there are several magnificent overlooks of the Dolores and Colorado rivers from the tops of the mesas that make up the area.
    More info will be forthcoming as details are worked out, the event will be free to members of the MTRA. Signup will be at the event, and memberships are $20.

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  2. benjamin1031

    benjamin1031 Been here awhile

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    Was I wrong to assume that the MTRA wasn't really a "big bike" type club? It always seemed more like a small "trail friendly" bike group.
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  3. AdvRonski

    AdvRonski They call me......Ronski

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    The MTRA works for motorized trail access for all sizes of motorcycles here on the Western Slope. I think it's fair to say that singletrack trails are a higher priority, since they are generally more scarce around here, but I'd like to see more DS riders be involved in developing trail opportunities. I spend a lot of time on my 950 Adventure on many of the trails in the area, and would like to have more big bike riders in the club to ride with.
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  4. dwest650

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    Sounds like a fun ride. Is there a website or somewhere to pre register?
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  5. AdvRonski

    AdvRonski They call me......Ronski

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    Currently, the club does not have a website, only a facebook page. We're still looking at ways to have people join the club online, but there is not a lot of IT experience in the club membership right now.
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    benjamin1031 Been here awhile

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    I guess technically my super tenere is " The biggest dirt bike in the world" I'm in!! Haha
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  7. AdvRonski

    AdvRonski They call me......Ronski

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    Here's the flier for the event. The entire course is in Utah on BLM land, and there is room for primitive camping at the start area.
    Note that it is 20 miles straight West from the Glade Park store on, wait for it....................DS Road!

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  8. bad luck

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    So to participate you need to join MTRA for $20. That sounds like a pretty good deal, I would like to go, but my son has my small DS bike down in Arizona and I don't know when I will get it back. If I get it back in time I will be there.
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    We are looking forward to great weather and lots of fun folks. Bring your friends.
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  10. MountainsandRivers

    MountainsandRivers loves dirty things!

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    I'm bummed I will be out of the country for this. Advronski is a great guy and one hell of a rider. This will be a fun ride!
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    If I'm around I'll go, Do you need a plate? I want to pitch some ideas to a local group anyway, there's a gap between De Beque and Glenwood canyon.

    Edit: I just saw plate or Utah OHV sticker
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  12. AdvRonski

    AdvRonski They call me......Ronski

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    I just came back from a work day with the BLM, where members of the MTRA repaired some trail damage from washouts out at Rabbit Valley. This ride has been planned as a way to get the word out on who and what the MTRA is and does, and to increase support and membership.
    Here's the handout on what we've been up to so far-

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    And here's some more pictures of some areas on the ride-

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  13. AdvRonski

    AdvRonski They call me......Ronski

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    Here's a map of the complete course of the Dolores Triangle Dual Sport Ride, October 8th, 2017.
    This shows all the trails and alternate trails, and is color coded, with GREEN being the easiest, BLUE being medium difficulty, and RED being the highest in difficulty.
    Difficulty ratings are somewhat subjective, and it should be noted that I have ridden ALL these trails on my KTM 950 Adventure, and, also, that I think most riders would enjoy the BLUE routes.
    The RED routes have a few gnarly spots, and I would not recommend them for big bikes.

    Navigation will be by GPS, and I will post the gpx files in a few days.
    We are also using the REVER app for your smartphone, and I will post links to download the routes here. Rever was used successfully at the KTM National Rally, and seems to work quite well.
    Give it a try.

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    The GREEN route is the easiest route of the ride, and is well suited to big adventure bikes. It is 58 miles, with an out-and-back visit to the Dolores River crossing.

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    Here's the REVER link to this route-<iframe src="https://a.rever.co/embed/rides/689711" width="700" height="700"></iframe>

    The BLUE route is 63 miles, and has some very cool trails, along with a roller-coaster road finish up Ryan Creek-

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    Here's the REVER link to the BLUE ride-<iframe src="https://a.rever.co/embed/rides/685719" width="700" height="700"></iframe>

    The RED route is 75 miles, includes some eroded jeep roads and rocky down ledges, and the same great finish up Ryan Creek as the BLUE route-

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    Here's the REVER link to the RED route-<iframe src="https://a.rever.co/embed/rides/685733" width="700" height="700"></iframe>
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  14. zgfiredude

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    Nice work! I plan to attend, and am dragging some others along with me. I REALLY hope the weather is better than this past weekend!!
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  15. AdvRonski

    AdvRonski They call me......Ronski

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    So far, the weather is looking good. Temps in the 70's, and little chance of rain. Sounds like perfect riding weather.
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    Looks like Nwcolorider, Ricker and possibly one more will attend. Woot.
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  17. AdvRonski

    AdvRonski They call me......Ronski

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    Here's the scoop on how to get to the start of the event-
    From the Fruita exit on I-70, (exit 19), head South on Hwy 340 for 2.4 miles,
    Turn right into the West entrance for the Colorado National Monument,
    At the entrance kiosk, tell the ranger you are going to Glade Park, that means you do not have to pay the entrance fee. I know! It's like a secret password!
    As you wind your way up through the Monument, keep your eyes on the road! But, do try to enjoy the amazing scenery.
    At 15.6 miles from the freeway, turn right at the Glade Park Store sign, where the road will turn to gravel for a bit,
    At 20.3 miles, you will need to turn right on DS road, at the Glade Park Store,
    Head West for about 20 miles, and enjoy more amazing scenery, the road will Tee at the Utah border, this is the Start/Finish area.
    Plan on about an hour drive time from exit 19.
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  18. AdvRonski

    AdvRonski They call me......Ronski

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    Here is the GPX file for the ride.
    It includes 2 files for the main GREEN route, with one filtered down to under 500 points, for those garmin units that require that.
    It contains 13 tracks, the 2 main GREEN routes, and the BLUE and RED alternate routes.
    To simplify your choices, it also has 2 routes that I chose to link all the alternates together, Ron's BLUE route, and Ron's RED route. These are the same routes that are available on the REVER app, from the links above.

    Attached Files:

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  19. ricker

    ricker booger eatin' moron

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    Thanks Guys!! Had a great day.
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