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The epics continue: Round 4, Jefferson County's play ground

Worked. That word is essentially it....describing my body perfectly at this moment. But reflecting on the day today, smiles. What an UNBELIEVABLE epic. A true'n. 6 hours and 15 minutes with probably ~20 minutes of that pause/flat fix time. We were rolling for sure. Just north of 7,000 feet of climbing. Today we shifted the party Golden/Morrison to the magical trails of Jefferson County. The extent of my JeffCo mountain biking had essentially been White Ranch, but today the boys exposed me...and quite a few of us, to the REAL JeffCo. Mad wooded singletrack. Technical features you have dreams about and plenty of options to hook up all these trail systems fairly easily. Today's menu featured (in roughly this order):

  • Parking at Mathew Winters
  • Chimney Gulch
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Apex
  • Back through Mathew Winters
  • Climb Mount Falcon
  • Rail Lair of the Bear
  • Climb back through Red Rock Ampitheater
  • Finish up back through Mathew Winters

You can find a collection of these trail reviews here.

All the boys came home Bobby with a run in with a dog...and the equipment pretty munched hummed. Although....I got a flat which was rare for my Bontrager Jones AC 29'er tires and I think I fried the bearings in my Mavic Cross Max 29'er wheels. Terrible sounds coming out from the hub so I've got to replace those bearings...


As usual I was able to grab a few pic. I've been asked: Why don't you take any more action shots? Dude: We are ROLLING and rolling fast so there's no time! You've got to ride the trails to believe it...

Here's the boys. Click on the image to go to the Flickr site to see 'em all.

Reader Comments (6)

Solid ride! I need to get out with one of these groups soon!

Next time I'll take you on this route...

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrady

great ride! can't wait to do another.

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterV

Awesome Epic! Glad you finally got to sample the goods of Jeffco. I did a simular epic solo last summer in Jeffco - Called the Silly 49.

We shoud ride some dirt some time!

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamie E

Man, that sounds like a great day, though 'bout anyplace with dry trails is sounding good these days!

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGenghisKhan

I would totally love to hook up for an epic ride. please keep me posted!

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShawn

Nice, those trails are my home turf and exactly why I chose to move from Boulder to Golden in '96 :) Nice job linking together some of the classics. I generally go up Apex, over the top and down into Chimney....can also tie in white ranch by heading up Golden Gate Canyon on the road (10+ miles as I recall) and then coming down 'thru White Ranch (from the upper lot). Would be hard to get back down (south) to Falcon, but White Ranch is a big kid's playground too :)

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergregdavoll

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