Biking over Rollins Pass was Epic, but far from historical. For thousands of years people have been traversing Rollins Pass. Native American hunting parties even built rock walls in the scree near the top to funnel game long before the first horse drawn wagons paid a toll to cross the Continental Divide in the 1870’s. In 1904 trains began to make the arduous trip passing through tunnels, twisting like a corkscrew and making their way to the top at 11,600 feet. The road grade had to be kept less than 4% to make it possible, but the biggest challenges came in the Winter when massive snow drifts would make it impassable.
On our bike ride we learned all about those drifts, but back in the day, particularly on the West side of the pass, huge snowsheds, miles long, were built in attempt to keep the tracks clear. In fact, near the top, above tree line, a small village named Corona (ironically) sprouted from the harsh landscape and housed stranded train crews and service personnel to provide brief respite from the bitter conditions. Read more
“Gravel” refers to essentially any non-paved road: jeep trails, utilitarian public or private country roads for farming, ranching, or oil/gas companies, and even roads that have been decommissioned. Surfaces can be gravel, mud, packed dirt, sand, and pebbles. Gravel bikes are ready for anything: washboards, singletrack, bikepacking, and pannier-loaded errand runs.
One of the biggest differences between road, mountain bike and gravel riding are that conditions can vary more on gravel rides. Due to weather, the different types of gravel roads, and the limitations of skinnier tires when compared with mountain bikes, gravel riders must be ready for any adventure. Several gravel events have required the participants to carry their bikes for miles due to mud and difficult terrain. This is all part of the “unknown” adventure that appeals to many gravel riders! Read more
From Travel & LeisureBy Andrea Romano Grab your helmet and set out for the great outdoors. But instead of opting for a classic summer road trip, you’ll soon be able to try out something a little more challenging — likeRead More
By Bill Plock Be sure to check out the upcoming movie, SHARED TERRITORY, filmed and produced by local cyclist and creative expert, Justin Balog. It’s about an adventure across Iceland, making 457 river crossings, conquering Europe’s second largest glacier, navigatingRead More
Looking for a holiday gift for the bike packing or gravel riding enthusiast on your gift giving list? Read this review of the Mag-Tank 2000 by Revelate Designs and check out the other frame bags and accessories in their product line. Read more
Bikepackers: Catch 15 free concerts this summer. Adventure Cycling’s Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) — the longest mapped, off-road cycling route in the world — is turning 20. To celebrate, bikepacker, musician, and poet, Ben Weaver is traveling the full-length of the GDMBR with his instruments strapped to his rig, performing free concerts along the way. Interested in learning more about Ben’s Music for Free project? Read more
Ryan Van Duzer is headed south of the border, and here’s everything he’s taking with him… if you’ve ever considered bike touring, give this video a view and learn everything you need to consider packing, and what off-road touring entails… all with only one pair of underwear. Read more