I'm planning on heading up to Vail to do a big climb and fun downhill. First, we'll be heading up the mill creek road trail up to Mid Vail, then we will continue on up to Eagle's Nest. From Eagle's Nest we will climb to the top of Vail at Buffalo's.
Directions to the ride: Take I-70 Westbound to Vail, and look for exit 176. Stay left in the first roundabout to pass under the freeway towards Vail village. Stay left in the roundabout just past the freeway underpass, and you will be on S. Frontage Road parallel to I-70 and heading in the opposite direction as you arrived on the highway. In roughly a quarter mile you will see the village parking structure (free during the summer) on your right. If you turn right just before the entrance to the garage, you can go straight to the top level of the garage where I will be. Feel free to park in the garage, but be aware that if you have your bike on roof racks on your car you will not have enough clearance to enter.
Ride Description: The climb itself is basically a fire road, so there are no technical elements at all. However, it is about 3,000ft from the bottom to the top so be sure to pace yourself.
From the top, we will begin the downhill with the Grand Traverse, a gorgeous singletrack that traverses across the back bowls down to Eagle's Nest. From Eagle's nest we will hit Big Mamba, a fun downhill though the trees with a lot of banked switchbacks. The ride will be about 19 miles long.
This ride is a level 5 mostly for endurance, since it is a significant climb at high altitude and we will only be making a few stops on the climb up. The climb should take anywhere from 1.5-2.5 hours depending on our pace, while the downhill will take around 1 hour.
I'm not a big downhiller, so I will be going at a fairly moderate pace on the downhill. Since we'll be up at high altitude, be sure to bring sunscreen and a rain jacket, as the weather can be unpredictable.
I'm planning on being at the parking lot at 9:45, I'll be on the top level of the garage at the far east end. Look for a white Audi sedan with red bike racks. Please be there around 10:00 to sign the waiver, and ready be to go by 10:15.
Make sure your bike is in a good working order. Wearing a helmet is required. Bring plenty of water, rain jacket, sun block and bug spray. Few other highly recommended items to have in your bag on any mtb ride are: pump/CO2, multi-tool, chain-tool, power-link. http://www.meetup.com/Lakewood-Mountain-Biking/messages/boards/thread/7876647?thread=7876647
If this is your first time riding with LMB, please review our assumption of risks/waiver of liability:
LMB rules and no show policy: http://www.meetup.com/Lakewood-Mountain-Biking/messages/boards/thread/9189805?thread=9189805
I don't allow guests on my rides, so if you would like to bring someone along, have them sign up for the group and review the waiver.