So today's goal was to do a 5hr ride with some good climbing. I linked up a good loop that I was stoked on. The plan was to ride from town over to the Lunch Loops and catch some trail. Andy's Loop to the famous Ribbon. The Ribbon would pop me out on Little Park RD where I could hit up the pavement for 1/2 mile to some dirt. Take the dirt to Enoch Lake, then up 16.5Rd to Turkey Flats-a sweet singletrack loop that starts at 9200ft. Finish that and take more dirt back to Glade Park, refuel, and come back down to civilization via the Monument. Well, it didn't quite work...
Ribbon. A few miles of nose on the stem climbing. 15-20+% on slickrock.
Yup, still steaming even at 10am.
The view near the top.
A little road climbing
Turned into narrow RIDICULOUSLY gravely road that climbed and had some steep pitches.
WTF...who owns this. The road is blocked by a ranch. Guess I'm done.
Went back and did some 'sploring. Found this little ORV road
Finally got high enough into the aspens. Nice and cool up here.
Road back to LPR, then over to Glade Park to refuel.
Yup, general store.
Took some pavement and dirt road back into the Monument.
Rode across the Monument, then came back down to town,
So, it didn't fully work out. I know that road goes through, but how I can do it, I am not sure. Still got a good ride in with some trail, dirt road, ORV trails, and even pavement. 5hrs and 7,000ft of climbing. Tomorrow wraps up a little 3 week 60+ hour training block. Body is feeling good and I'm excited to test my fitness again. Next weekend is our first race up in Wyoming. Short track and XC is on tap. Looking for the body to respond well and see what I need to work on.