Bummer, Lucie broke her arm so won't be joining us and leading the lower level group. That's OK, we'll still make due. I'll post some alternative rides that can be group led that aren't as tough but still worth riding. If anyone wants to help out leading this group, let me know. I've also lowered the limit to 20 since she isn't around to help out.
Map of the CB Trail System http://gunnisoncrestedbutte.com/site/static/images/GCTA-Rec-Map-PAGE-2013.jpg
Here's a rough sketch of what I am thinking of riding
Fri noon - Upper and Upper Upper Loop. meet here https://maps.google.com/maps?q=52-68+Hunter+Hill+Rd,+Mount+Crested+Butte,+CO at 12:30pm. I will plan on riding to the trailhead - it's 1 mile from the condo (unless the road climb looks too brutal). It looks like there is parking at the switchback. There are 3 bailout points but I plan on riding it as an out and back.
Alt Fri noon - Lupine looks like a good Friday warm up trail for those less inclined to kill themselves on day 1 :) http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/652902/lupine
Sat morning - (9am) 401 http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/346657 (2 groups to start) Meet at the Copper Creek TH on the map.
Sat afternoon - (as soon as we finish the morning ride, eat and drive over) lower loop in the evening (easy/int 10 miles) http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/924052 This is supposed to be one of the most beautiful rides in the area
Sun morning - snodgrass?
or maybe a shuttle to Doctor Park?
or maybe Strand Hill?
Sun morning alt - lower loop (easy/int 10 miles) http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/924052
UPDATE: I've opened this up to 20 riders. Lucie will be helping lead a slower group. We will all plan on riding 401 on Saturday morning but Friday afternoon and Sunday morning rides will probably be different - although they are all considered intermediate rides (at altitude!). Also, it seemed to work well to let the group naturally fall into faster/slower groups with the understanding that you communicate that you are falling behind or moving forward.
Anyone new will need to fend for themselves for housing accommodations.
I haven't ridden any of these trails but have heard epic stories about them.
Trail 401 is said to be the best trail in Colorado! There are also some other trails in the area with spectacular views (and riding) so let's make it a weekend! I'll update the exact trails we'll be riding while there after a little more research but they will all be blue and black rides (according to singletracks.com)
Also, if someone wants to lead a more beginner group (2-4) up there and lead green and blue rides and split up for the rides we can make it a big party! I'll be happy to help plan those rides too.
If you have suggestions about where to stay or which trails to ride, I am open to suggestions. I'll have a map of the area, compass/gps so we shouldn't get lost.
Here's one we will definitely do http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/trail-401.html
Who wants to carpool? It's a 4 hour drive.
Who wants to camp/share a space?
Who wants to live it up in town in a hotel? (And let us campers come shower in your room)
More details to come...
Everyone who comes must be a member of the group (sign up it's free).
Assumption of Risk and Waivers