Winter Park-Fraser Valley - a.k.a. Mountain Bike Capital USA(TM) - Offers Expert Tips for Riders of All Levels

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With 600 miles of marked and unmarked terrain, Winter Park-Fraser Valley, dubbed Mountain Bike Capital USA(TM), offers a variety of trails for every kind of mountain biker. From jeep roads to singletracks, wide routes to narrow, established to barely burned-in trails, there are tons of options in Winter Park-Fraser Valley.

What distinguishes Mountain Bike Capital USA(TM) is the sheer amount of trails – we have everything and a lot of it.

With 600 miles of marked and unmarked terrain, Winter Park-Fraser Valley, dubbed Mountain Bike Capital USA(TM), offers a variety of trails for every kind of mountain biker. From jeep roads to singletracks, wide routes to narrow, established to barely burned-in trails, there are tons of options in Winter Park-Fraser Valley.

“What distinguishes this area is the sheer amount of trails – we have everything and a lot of it,” says Jon Brickner, a professional mountain biker who lives in Winter Park and is sponsored by Mountain Bike Capital USA(TM). “Here, we have more pine, more dark and tacky dirt, and an elevation of about 10,000 feet. It all combines to create a really unique place to ride.”

Brickner says another benefit to Mountain Bike Capital USA(TM) is the fact that hundreds of trails are accessible right from most lodging properties in Winter Park-Fraser Valley. No packing up the bike in the car and schlepping it to trailheads many miles out of town. “There really are more options here than you can fit into a summer!” says Brickner. He also adds that it’s nearly impossible to get lost in the maze of trails. “If you just start going downhill you will end up on Highway 40 somewhere, and that takes you right back into town.”

But with so many trails it can be hard to know where to start. Here, Brickner offers his tips on the best rides for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders in Mountain Bike Capital USA(TM).

Beginner: Northwest Passage Trail to Flume, which starts just outside the town of Fraser, offers a very gradual uphill climb. This ride has a really nice singletrack with only a little rock and root, says Brickner. “It’s really gentle, mellow stuff.”

Intermediate: For the middle-of-the-road rider Brickner suggests Blue Sky, a trail that takes riders to D-4, D-2 and into Elk Meadow. According to Brickner this is a nice, wide singletrack with some rocks and a little climb, but nothing too strenuous. “This trail is really fun to descend!” adds Brickner.

Advanced: For those who want to feel a serious burn, Brickner suggest Tipperary to Spruce Creek, which features a long, demanding climb and a high-speed descent on singletrack. “It’s about 15 minutes on a dirt road that leads to a fantastic climb and descent that makes all the pain worth the gain,” Brickner says.

To make like a professional mountain biker, even if you’re just starting out, Brickner offers these tips for the day of a ride.

  • Sunscreen: The sun’s rays are more intense at a higher elevation. Pack plenty of sun block and apply it liberally and often.
  • Water: Drink lots of water! The heat, altitude and physical excursion can take a toll. Consider several bottles of water, or a backpack that has a water bladder included.
  • Refuel: Brickner recommends having an energy bar or gel on the ride. After a day of riding, Brickner says a protein drink helps with recovery.

Visit http://www.winterparkguide.com/component/content/article/48-maps/147-bike-map for the map from The Official Mountain Bike and Trail Guide to Winter Park-Fraser Valley.

Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce
The Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain responsible growth in the Winter Park-Fraser Valley area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 65 miles west of Denver.

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