Colorado’s Front Range is arguably one of the best ‘home bases’ for an outdoor enthusiast, with a nearly limitless list of awe-inspiring destinations just a couple hours from your door. We spend most of our time on bikes, cruising the various mountain roads & trails west of our respective homes, or less romantically (but infinitely more accurately) staring at our GPS computers ‘making the trainings.’ But, our chosen home is a utopia for runners, climbers, & skiers alike.
Nonetheless, the ultra-premium routes don’t start from our front doors in Denver & Boulder- they start out in the smaller mountain towns, like Breckenridge. So, being able to set up an ancillary ‘base’ at LOGE Breck really levels up a weekend- the routes, the views, the trainings- it all goes to 11.
On our recent trip to Breck we drove up Friday afternoon, rode our bikes the few miles from LOGE to downtown (taking the reasonably sendy singletrack options), fueled vigorously with a 12” pizza each & got to bed much too late for a not-so-small weekend on the bike.
Saturday morning, we predictably blew past our 8:30 rollout and eventually started pedaling closer to 10, but not before stopping for donuts in town- proper fueling is very important after all. On tap for the day was about 65 miles & 5000ft of climbing: up & over Boreas Pass, through the semi ghost town of Como, into Fairplay for a gas station lunch then up & over Hoosier pass to get back into Breckenridge.
Deciding to keep it a bit easier on Sunday, we had about 40 miles and only 3,000ft of climbing to look forward to. We rode over Swan Mountain towards Keystone and eventually topped out a little above Montezuma.
We found some trails to explore on the descent back down & while two of us went to find more steep fire roads and eventual snow, the other two found a supremely cold swim spot above 10,000ft. After drying off & regrouping we rolled down to Keystone for a not-so-quick coffee & then over Swan Mountain again to get back ‘home’ to LOGE.
We spent our last night enjoying even more pizza & getting to know some fellow outdoor junkies over drinks around the fire pit.
We’re the Ornot Elite Offroad team, a new 4-person squad based in Colorado’s Front Range with a focus on cyclocross racing, but a love for all knobby tired bicycle riding. We are Christian Culpepper, Josh Direen, Leslie Ethridge, and Kyle Johnson, or on the internet: @yung_coalpaper, @josh_direen, @lifeoflesliee, @blondebabyjesus.
Day 1 route: (click to view on Strava)
Day 2 route: (click to view on Strava)