For years, I've considered starting a blog and changing this site so that others can gain insight on places to ride and bike setup.  I'm lucky that my work allows me the opportunity to ride in places all over the country and my hope is to share the adventure with others. I am also going to start creating a database of my rides with details and suggestions for each place.  For this first post, I am going to create a short list of my favorite places that I had the chance to ride in 2016.  I will be listing dirt bike trails and also mountain bike trails.

GoPro Recap

 

Top 5 motorcycle adventures of 2016

Bikes used: 2016 KTM 250 SX, 2014 KTM 350 XCF, 2017 KTM 300 XC-W

1) Pitkin, Colorado

Favorite trail: Don't remember, but our guide was excellent!  Horseshoe is one trail I do remember having a blast on.

Somewhere deep in The Rockies

Somewhere deep in The Rockies

 

2) Crested Butte, Colorado

Favorite trail: Cement Creek/Deadman's area

Views and trail like this really close to Crested Butte, Colorado

Views and trail like this really close to Crested Butte, Colorado

 

3) Grand Junction, Colorado

Favorite trail: Skinny Ridge!

Skinny Ridge is just a few miles north of the Airport in Grand Junction and worth a stop.

Skinny Ridge is just a few miles north of the Airport in Grand Junction and worth a stop.

 

4) Moab, Utah

Favorite trail: Five miles of Hell

Imagine first and second gear riding all over those rocks!

Imagine first and second gear riding all over those rocks!

 

5) Hartman Rocks, Gunnison, Colorado

Favorite trail: Any of the double black rock trails

Hartman Rocks is a riding area just outside of Gunnison, Colorado and has some really cool rocks features to play on.

Hartman Rocks is a riding area just outside of Gunnison, Colorado and has some really cool rocks features to play on.

Honorable mention: McMahan Ranch, Smithville, Texas // Barnwell Mountain, Gilmer, Texas // Indian Nations riding area, Scipio, Oklahoma

 

 

 

Top 5 mountain bike trails of 2016

Bikes used: Trek Session 9.9, Santa Cruz Tallboy, Giant Trance Advanced SX

1) Whistler Mountain Bike Park, Whistler, British Columbia

Favorite Trail: Dirt Merchant

Believe the hype!

Believe the hype!

2) Crested Butte, Colorado

Favorite Trail: Doctor's Park

You have to work for the descent but man is it worth it!

You have to work for the descent but man is it worth it!

 

3) Salida, Colorado 

Favorite Trail: Monarch Crest Trail

My buddy Chris Fillmore enjoying the Monarch Crest trail.

My buddy Chris Fillmore enjoying the Monarch Crest trail.

 

4) Crested Butte, Colorado

Favorite Trail: 403/401

View from the top of the 403 trail.

View from the top of the 403 trail.

 

5) Bobbitt's Backyard, somewhere in Georgia

Favorite Trail:  We always get lost

Any ride that ends at a spot like this one is a good one!

Any ride that ends at a spot like this one is a good one!

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