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2018 Bike Giveaway – Sweet Volunteer Incentive!

Returning after another successful 2017 season of incentivizing trail work volunteers, we’re excited to anounce that Ute City Cycles is once again offering up an amazing gift to a lucky volunteer this year!

New this year:  To be eligible for the prize, volunteers must participate in 2 or more projects with RFOV/RFMBA.

This year’s prize is a CIMA Highlands, valued at $4,500!  The bike will be in your size, and if you really need a road bike instead… they’ll help you out with a fast bike of equal value.  The more you volunteer on RFOV & RFMBA trail maintenance and build sessions, the more chances you have to win the bike in September.  Be sure to sign the waiver for each volunteer event you attend!

Congrats again to Mike Fowler our 2015 winnerGrant Henley our 2016 winner, Jen Plass in 2017.

Check out our Events calendar,  and stay tuned as we may be adding additional volunteer opportunities throughout the summer.

Bike Giveaway Volunteer Incentive Program – 2017 Winner Announced!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 9, 2017
Bike Giveaway Volunteer Incentive Program – 2017 Winner Announced

The Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA), Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) & our sponsor Ute City Cycles / CIMA Cycles are proud to announce the winner of our 3rd annual Bike Giveaway! This volunteer incentive program was run in collaboration by RFOV and RFMBA to encourage local trail users and mountain bikers to spend their time maintaining and building great trails for our communities.

Jen Plass of Woody Creek is our big winner this year thanks to her time maintaining the Airline and Cozyline trails on Sky Mountain Park. By signing an RFOV waiver at the start of a day of volunteering with a group of employees from the Aspen
Skiing Company, she became eligible, and is now the lucky owner of sweet CIMA FB27! While winter is now just around the corner, she’s already dreaming of spring desert trips and time riding with friends on our local trails in 2018!

Jen Plass, Volunteer and Bike Winner with PJ Clotfelter of Ute City Cycles & CIMA Cycles.

Once again this Bike Giveaway incentive program has proven to be very effective. Compared to prior seasons, we’ve seen a continued increase in both the uniquenumber of volunteers participating in public and group projects as well as an increase in the overall number of hours volunteers spent improving our local trails. The efforts of more than 540 adult volunteers entered into the Bike Giveaway add up to over 4,560 hours! With this success, the program is now set to return for a fourth year in 2018! Huge thanks goes out to all the volunteers who participated this year to achieve new and improved trails throughout the area. If you were keeping your fingers crossed to win the bike this year, remember for next year, the more you volunteer, the more chances you have to win!

Ute City Cycles, the exclusive dealer for CIMA Cyles, located on Main St. in Aspen, Colorado, is a full service bike shop offering sales, demos, and professional tunes for your ride. Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association was founded in 2008 and is a Chapter of IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. RFMBA’s mission is to create and sustain the best possible mountain bike trail system and experience in the Roaring Fork Valley. This season, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers celebrated 22 years of promoting stewardship of our public lands by engaging the community in volunteer trail and restoration projects.

Contact Information:
Mike Pritchard, RFMBA, Ex. Director, 970-948-3486, mike.pritchard@rfmba.org
David Hamilton, RFOV, Ex. Director, 970-927-8241, davidhamilton@rfov.org

Crystal Valley Trail – Survey Responses due Wednesday November 15!

RFMBA is recommending that mountain bikers support the vision of the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail by participating in a Survey that will result in preferred trail alignments in the Crystal River Valley.  You can review the details for each option of each trail trail segment, including impacts to the Environment, impacts on User Experience, Engineering degree of difficulty, and the option’s Estimated Costs… at this link.  Click on the tabbed Circles 2 through 21 to explore each segment.

Participating in the survey and stating your support for the trail in general is critical before the Nov. 15 survey deadline.

For 17 of the segments, we recommend that you support Option B, the off-highway alternative.  The 3 other segments (Hays Creek, Placita, and Top of McClure) have only one Option: A, which closely parallels Highway 133 for a short distance due to topography constraints.

We’re most excited to see the segments from Redstone to McClure Pass come to fruition in coming years.  Proposed as singletrack, it would mean a 7 mile ride up, and then another 7 miles back down from the pass.  This would be a great 14 mile out and back mountain bike ride, perfect for a fun day’s adventure starting and ending in Redstone.  We’re also excited about the prospect of improved long distance rides all the way to CB from Carbondale once the entire trail is in place.

While supporting Option B – the off-highway option – makes sense given a superior user experience, and more reasonable cost impacts, there is a very important caveat; private property easements must be agreed upon before proceeding to further stages of design, approval, and construction.  With 7 segments needing easement agreements to be negotiated (each of of these is downvalley from Redstone, where a paved multi-use path is being proposed), it is very possible that Option A (along Highway 133) will be needed at some locations to make the trail a reality.  We’re open to compromise solutions where agreements can’t be negotiated.

Spend a few minutes today with the maps and the segment details, and submit your survey responses before Weds. Nov. 15th!  Big thanks to Pitkin County Open Space & Trails for investing in and coordinating the study and analysis of this important regional trail!

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Five of the Best ‘Earned’ Descents in the Roaring Fork Valley

If you asked five mountain bikers “What makes mountain biking great?” you might get five very different answers.  One thing we can all agree on, everyone loves a fun descent! Whether it’s the wind in your helmet, the bugs in your teeth, the swooping turns, big jumps, sketchy technical sections, or mind-blowing vistas, it’s the rush you get when going down… that makes the climb up so worth all the effort.

We’ve compiled a short (and certainly debatable) list of some of the best descents in the Roaring Fork Valley.  All of these descents have one thing in common; none of them are lift-serviced. You’ll definitely have to earn these turns!  Every trail has a unique history, so in addition to some basic trail beta, we’ll include some background on the people that made the trail possible.  We welcome your feedback and comments!

Boy Scout Trail – Glenwood Springs – If you like sweeping views and fast technical descents, the Scout Trail should definitely be on your list.  Usually ridden by starting with Forest Hollow, Boy Scout Trail has fast flowy sections interspersed with some steep rocky sections, including a few harrowing switchbacks and some true exposure that will make sure you are always paying attention.  This ride can be enjoyed as both a shuttle from the top, or a big loop from town.

Of all the descents listed here, the Boy Scout Trail may be one of the oldest and may have the most unique history.  One story dates back hundreds of year, with the Ute Indians route to the sacred Yampah Springs.  Early Glenwood settlers led tourists up the trail to view the city below, and there was even a stone observatory that burned to the ground in the early 1900s.  At some point some decades ago, a local boy scout troop further improved the trail.  We’re not sure when two wheeled riders first enjoyed this classic.  Are you a long time local with some stories to tell on this one?



Father of Ginormous – Carbondale – This downhill specific trail is one of three sizeable descents at Prince Creek in addition to Skull Bucket and Buckhorn. After a long climb up Road 8320, you reach a saddle where you are rewarded with views across Crystal River, Prince Creek, and Roaring Fork Valleys. Definitely read the MTB Project listing as the trail can be a little hard to find on your first time out. Once you find it, just point the bike down because it’s a fast and flowy smilefest to the bottom. Huge roll overs, giant wall rides, and blazing banked turns are aplenty. There are even a few steep drops to keep things interesting.

The earliest roots (routes?) of mountain biking at Prince Creek stem from social trails that evolved over many years, some of them were first cow trails, some were moto tracks, and some were cut into the dirt with skill and purpose in mind. During the BLM’s Resource Management Plan which was completed in 2015, RFMBA helped play a critical role in this area’s trails becoming adopted as part of the official travel route system.  The biggest win came when this area, known as the Crown, was designated as a Special Recreation Management Area with an emphasis on mountain bike experiences.   The official trail status ensures that this type of trail experience can be preserved by the BLM, and even improved in the future.  Please note, this trail is closed seasonally to bikes, Dec. 1st thru April  15th.



Seven Star – Snowmass Village – This is the newest trail on the list, completed in the fall of 2016. Although it’s north of Brush Creek Rd., it’s actually part of the Sky Mountain Park trail system and connects to and essentially extends the classic Rim Trail in Snowmass. Nothing steep or technical here, just good ole’ (new?) fashioned flowy downhill fun with a few small hits and berms to add to the fun. We’re fortunate to have this trail because of the combined efforts and funding of Pitkin County Open Space & Trails, Town of Snowmass Village, and RFMBA. The trail was built by Tony Boone Trails with ongoing management provided by PCOST.  Only have time for a quick ride?  Start at the Snowmass Rec. Center (aka Rodeo Lot, aka Town Park), ride up the North Rim Trail, and zip down Seven Star back to where you started.  This trail is closed seasonally for wildlife, Dec. 1st thru May  15th.



Deadline – Snowmass – Like Father of Ginormous, Deadline trail is downhill only and for very good reason. Truly a boost master’s delight this trail is ripe with berms, big hits, and table tops, all of which are easily rolled over at slower speeds.  PCOST and TOSV funded this trail project that was built by Progressive Trail Design in 2014.   Find this trail at the top of the Viewline Trail or as part of a larger Skyline Ridge Trail tour.   Looking for a double hitter from this list?   Ride the North Rim / Seven Star loop first before finishing up with a Viewline / Deadline loop.   You’ll be back at Town Park (aka Rodeo Lot) before too long, fully satiated.  This trail is closed seasonally for wildlife, Dec. 1st thru May  15th.



Sunnyside – Aspen – This classic Hunter Creek descent is the longest on the list at 5.5 miles, and traces its origins to not only mountain biking’s earliest days in Aspen, some 30+ years ago… but likely many decades prior, and at least for some segments, possibly even back to the historic mining era of the late 1880’s.  Arguably the most technical descent on the list (at key moments & sections rather than throughout), this doesn’t have any of the features of some of the more modern descents (jumps, berms). However it makes up for that with some steep ‘shark fin’ rocky sections, and mind blowing views of all four local ski mountains and the majestic Elk Mountains that tower behind them. This is a great trail to hit in the fall as it passes through dense aspen groves that are bursting with color. The trail has been maintained over time by the Aspen Cycling Club with lots of help from the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers. RFMBA worked with the WRNF during 2016 to reroute a short section of doubletrack to make the trail 100% singletrack.  This small project was approved as part of the Smuggler Mountain – Hunter Creek Collaborative Plan, and opens up opportunities for bigger projects like the Hummingbird Extension (a great climb that accesses Sunnyside) that will be built during 2017.  Keep in mind that parts of the Hunter Creek Valley will be wet and snow covered until early June.