Two week itinerary:
Below is an example of what to expect on the two week holiday. The actual itinerary may vary slightly depending on trail access and weather conditions but we guarantee you two weeks of great riding regardless.
Please note that we may not visit all of these locations on the same holiday though we will pack your holiday with as many great trials and with as much variety as we possibly can
Once you arrive in Denver, you will be greeted by Ride the World staff who will transfer you to the first night's hotel close to the airport. There should be plenty of time to unpack and relax, meet other guests and get some food in a nearby restaurant.
Day 1Introduction & transfer to Summit County:
It's just a 2 hour drive into the mountains where the holiday will begin. We will formally introduce ourselves, briefly run through the holiday itinerary and give you a chance to meet the other guests before embarking on the first ride.
Ride #1: Baker's Tank
Once the introductions are out of the way, we're sure you'll be dying to get those cranks spinning! We ease you into the riding with a superb Breckenridge trail, Baker's Tank. A gentle road climb takes us out of town towards the continental divide and the fast singletrack descent back to town will give you a real taste of the fantastic trails we have lined up for you.
Day 2Ride #2: The Peaks Trail
So called because it traverses the '10 peaks' from Breckenridge to Frisco, the Peaks Trail is a heady mix of rock gardens, flumes, roots, man made walkways and bridges linked with super fast Colorado singletrack and is undoubtedly one of the finest trails you will ever ride. Amounting to nearly 10 miles of undulating technical trail with a net descent close to 2000ft, this is without doubt a trail that you will want to do again before you leave.
Day 3Ride #3: Copper Mountain
This ride is an out & back epic that takes you as far as you dare! From the inviting golf course of Copper village to the barren and windy Searle Pass at around 12000ft, this ride is a bit different and will give you your first taste of high altitude riding. Being an 'out and back' ride means you can go as far as you want but obviously the higher you go up, the better the views and of course, the longer the downhill!
Day 4Ride #4: Road 18 / Loma Trails, Fruita
Heading east, we drop down to the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains to the small town of Fruita which is fast becoming the place to ride. Ranked in IMBA's top ten locations in the world the trails here are a good mix of smooth fast singletrack and rocky Moab-style ledges and outcrops. Carved out of the Book Cliffs by dedicated local riders these trails are a singletrack riderís dream.
A short drive out of Colorado and into the Utah desert will get us to the legendary town of Moab before sun down.
Day 5Day Off: Free day in Moab
After four days of thrilling trails you will be glad of a day off the bike. Here you will have chance to chill out and relax in the great atmosphere of Moab town. There are dozens of boutique style shops selling everything from the latest outdoor sports gear to traditional Native American artifacts. Moab's bike shops are also famous world over and well worth a visit. Alternatively if you still have the energy to spare, there are various companies in Moab offering outdoor activities such as white water rafting, Jeep hire and 4x4 trips. There is also a public swimming pool or local water park if you need to escape the midday sun. Restaurants and cafés are plentiful and varied and many come highly recommended, just ask your guides!
Day 6Ride #5: Slickrock Trail
There is no better way to introduce you to mountain biking Moab style then on the world famous Slickrock Trail. The petrified sand dunes provide a giant playground of unimaginable riding. You'll be astounded by the levels of grip provided by the sandpaper-like surface as you tackle gradients that would have you off and walking anywhere else on the planet. Up, down or traversing, the experience of riding on Slickrock is unique and thrilling. Add to this the spectacular views 1000ft above Moab and the surrounding canyons and you've got yourself a cracking ride.
Day 7Ride #6: Porcupine Rim
This is the undisputed king of the trails in Moab, there is simply no way we could bring you here and not ride this trail! After a technical, boulder strewn climb its downhill all the way - all 11 miles of it. Scarily fast 4x4 trail and super technical canyon singletrack provides the route along Porcupine Rim and repeatedly gives you awesome views of Castle Valley and the meandering Colorado River 1000ft. below. This ride is truly thrilling and a spectacular way to experience riding in the Utah desert. Having said that, you won't actually get much chance to take photos because the riding is so unbelievably good, but we recommend you bring your camera anyway, just incase you do remember to stop. Knee & elbow pads are also recommended for this one as the terrain is not particularly forgiving.
Day 8Day Off: Transfer back to Colorado
Today is a break from riding as we head back to cooler climbs of Colorado. We appreciate it's a long journey but we hope you will agree that it was worth the drive for the great riding in Moab. We try our best to break up the journey with visits to beauty spots and photo opportunities along the way.
Day 9Ride #7: Summit Cove Loop
Another stunning ride amongst Summit County pine trees and meadows. Undulating singletrack all the way to the mountain resort of Summit Cove and back with some great climbs, descents and cake stops along the way.
Day 10Ride #8: The Colorado Trail
This is another legendary trail in Summit County and certainly an unforgettable one. This ride has a real back country feel to it as it climbs through the pine forests and weaves its way along a mountain ridge, dropping in and out of the local valleys. The leg-cramping climb at the start will reward you with three excellent and completely different descents, from fast flowing, rooty shoots to super tight switchbacks, this trail will keep you on your toes from start to finish. Add to this the spectacular scenery and wildlife and you'll agree, this really is a superb ride.
Day 11Ride #9: Deadman's Gulch Loop, Crested Butte
After a morning transfer to the Crested Butte area, we show you another local favourite. The roaring Cement Creek Canyon leads you deep into the mountains as you pass great view points and vistas along the way. Flag Creek trail is famous in the area and the miles of fast flowing singletrack it consists of drop through dense forest, lush meadows and fantastic views. Smooth dusty trails lead back into the darkness of the forest as the trail heads downwards on the famous Deadman's Switchbacks. This ride has lots on offer and a real highlight is sweeping along the banks of mountain streams chasing the white water as you go.
Day 12Ride #10: 401 trail
Often described as the best trail in Crested Butte, the 401 is a fun packed mountain bike trail and a definite holiday favourite. Steep, rooty switch-back climbs challenge you all the way to the highest point of the day where after a quick snack and photo stop, we head back down the valley contouring the hillside as the smooth, dusty singletrack ducks in and out of side streams and your tyres skim across roots and rock gardens. Short climbs and fast descents through aspen groves, wild flower meadows and dark coniferous forests are all thrown your way whilst the intimidating and spooky Gothic Mountain and picturesque Emerald Lake dominate the spectacular landscape around you.
Day 13Ride #11: Hartman Rocks
Whatever your riding preferences or ability there will be something to entertain you in the giant playground of Hartman Rocks. The immediate area around the car park holds lots of treats for those riders who like to style things up and impress the crowd: A beautifully crafted rhythm section, huge fly out jumps and some nice rolling drops amongst other things. Look a little further and you will find acres of rolling hills among a seemingly endless sea of sage plants. Explore further still and you'll find an abundance of trails from beginner's dirt road to back country boulder-strewn challenges.
Your guide will put together a route suited towards the ability, fitness and desire of your group and by the end of the day we are certain you'll be buzzing from the fun and thrills you've just had.
Transfer to Denver
We'll grab some farewell food in the cowboy town of Gunnison and set off back to the Denver area ready for your departure the following day,
Day 14Departure Day:
The final night will be spent close to Denver. We will transfer you to Denver Airport in the morning or, if you have an evening flight and would prefer not to spend the day sat in DIA, we'll be happy to drop you in Denver city centre for the day where you can do some last minute shopping and catch a bus to the airport later on.
Further details:There is no obligation for riders to participate in the guided rides organised by RTW on any of the days. Each ride organised by RTW will be guided by our staff in as smaller groups as possible.
All 14 nights accommodation will be arranged by Ride the World along with the transfer of guests' luggage from one hotel to the next during the holiday.