There are reasons that Winter Park, Colorado is known as Mountain Bike Capitol, USA. How is it that our little town has earned the mighty moniker of Mountain Bike Capitol, USA? Is it because of the 600 miles of pristine forest trails, the Fat Tire Classic, the Winter Park Mountain Bike Series or the Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival? I think it’s a mix of these and so much more. Where else can you find all the trails, festivals and the overall biking culture all in one place? Winter Park is the mountain biking mecca!
Lets start of with all these 600 miles of rideable trails. Nowhere else can you find such beauty accompanied with the wide variety of terrain. From beginner to expert and singletrack to rugged downhill resort riding you can find it all here in WP. Here are just a few of the trails that can be had at the Winter Park Resort http://epicsingletrack.com/trails/wptrailstatus.html.
600+ miles of designated trails, eight major loop arteries, thousands of backcountry roads, this is what makes the Winter Park area a haven for bikers. A couple of my favorites:
- Long Trailwinds up from the base through aspens and lodgepole pines with beautiful views of Fraser Valley
- Upper Roof of the Rockies another ride with amazing views that climbs to over 11,000 feet
- Tipperary and Spruce Creek another great choice. Follow highway 40 to County Road 5 to County Road 50 to the Tipperary trailhead. The trail winds up through mountain meadows then down to RD160 from where you can take other trails or head back
The Winter Park Mountain Bike Series makes its return for the 2009 summer. This will be the 17th year of the series and it just keeps on getting better. Lance Armstong has raced here in the King of the Rockies race in1999 after winning his first Tour de France. There six racing levels: pro, expert, sport, beginner, Clydesdale, or single-speed with staggered start waves to keep the racers spread out on the course. Race schedule can be found at http://www.epicsingletrack.com/default.asp. Come on up and feel the thrill of a mountain bike race this summer!
Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival returns to Winter Park Resort from July 30th to August 2nd, 2009 for its third year. This free event features the dual slalom, downhill, slope syle tricks and cross country riding. The festival also features the Trestle Bike Park that is still under construction but looks like a blast. This is a great event for families and kids and it is fantastic spectator event with the all the jumps and tricks that are at the base of the resort.
The Fat Tire Classic also makes it’s return to Winter Park after a two year absence. This is one of the most fun mountain bike events of the year and this year they are limiting ridership to 800 people. Sign up now before it is too late. The event now benefits both The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) and the American Red Cross. Dates for the evnt are July 17th to July 19th, 2009. Info can be found at Fat Tire Mountain Bike Classic.
The Fraser River Trail is a paved trail that runs from Winter Park Resort to Fraser that is a wide, flat, 5-mile trail. It’s a haven for walkers, bikers, and in-line skaters. This is a great bike ride for the the younger kids and the dogs.
Get on up here and lets do some mountain biking in Winter Park. Mention you saw the Winter Park Lodging by Owner mountain biking blog and recieve 15% your winter park lodging.