Meet the Santa Cruz x OrNot Cyclocross Team, supported by LOGE!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We spent our last night enjoying even more pizza & getting to know some fellow outdoor junkies over drinks around the fire pit.

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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)