This first post will get lots of updates over the next couple of months... The Basics: Dates: August 10th-12th Requirements to join the ride: 1) Lots of riding experience If you haven't tried a ride like this before, try riding BreckTrek first. If you can COMPLETE BreckTrek, then you're ready to try the MB500. 2) Membership to COHVCO Last year we gave more options, but COHVCO does much more to keep Colorado trails open than any other group. I still support all the other trail groups, but COHVCO membership is required this year. 3) Trail work Find a local trail work day, or gather some buddies help fix our trails. Spring is a great time to go our an remove downed trees. 4) An appropriate bike The most important aspects of you bike are that they need to be Plated and have a Functional Headlight. By “functional headlight” I mean you need to be able to ride unfamiliar technical trails at night. MB500 History: 2010 - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=534143 2011 - http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=651369 FAQ What is your failure rate on people that start and not finish and is this just a group of friends that ride? How do meals work? What supplies should I bring on my bike? What kind of camping gear should I bring? I hear there are a lot of flat tires on this ride, what can I do to prevent them? Route: When I say something is "new", it's just new for the MB, not newly created trails. More trails are getting shut down than opening, which is why we'll be requiring membership to COHVCO. ST=singletrack Day one: 717 trails, Tarryall trails (new), 15 miles of asphalt on Hwy 285 from Como to Fairplay, Sheep Mtn ST, (new, 12,000 ft elev), TBD, Four Mile (maybe 1425 ST and Chinaman), Tincup Pass, Timberline ST (all of it). Camp near the end of Timberline. 220 miles (I don't have complete tracks, so it will actually be longer). Day one will be no joke. Day Two: Doctor's Park ST (14 miles), Deadmans Gulch ST (new), Block and Tackle ST (new), Pearl Pass (new, 12,000 ft), Express Creek (new), Taylor Pass (new), and some other new singletrack that I can't remember what it's called (new). Camp in either Pitkin or Ohio City. 100 miles, this may seem short, but we only have about 5 miles of non-technical trail, so this will be a real workout. Day Three: Quartz Creek ST (new, 12,000 ft), Canyon Creek ST, Wanita ST, Quakey Mtn ST, Agate Cr ST, Crest ST, Poncha Creek, Rainbow Trail ST to Salida, CR53, 39 mile mtn, 717, Woodland Park. 172 miles, lots of unscouted sections so it will be a real adventure.