Polly has been trying to get me to go to Crested Butte, Colorado for the last couple of years under the pretense that “it has beautiful wildflowers.” I’d hardly walk outside the front door to look at wildflowers, let alone drive for eight hours, but after three years, I caved in, and am happy I did. What she should have said was “Crested Butte has killer mountain biking and excellent Mountain Unicycling and, unlike Utah in the summer, it is nice and cool.”
We camped out with Than & Kristy Acuff, and although there were afternoon thundershowers almost every day, we were able to get in some excellent rides, including Deadman’s Gulch, Doctor’s Park, Snodgrass and the 401 trail. Having ridden a few of the classics, I understand why Crested Butte produces speedsters like Dave Penny and Ethan Passant – the hills are tough, high and steep. Coming from the land of machine-cut, carefully graded mountain-bike trails (Park City), the CB trails were a full-on challenge.
Perhaps my favorite ride of the weekend was a trip down the 401 Trail with Tom Moyer on our Mountain Unicycles (aka “Muni’s”). I got into Muni riding a few years ago and it instantly became my favorite summer activity as it is excellent training for skiing. Muni riding requires a calm upper body and focus, just like skiing, plus, it makes moderate trails seem challenging. Here’s a little YouTube video of our descent, set to Deadbolt’s classic “Patches” soundtracks. (note: Muni riders are NOT into clowns!)
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