Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
People always ask about the biking at the OPUS. “Well, it’s MOUNTAIN Biking”, I’ll answer.
Truth is, it’s not the mountain biking that the common man has come to experience in recent years. When I started mountain biking, there wern’t any mountain bikes. Mountain biking was riding trails we were accustomed to hiking and running, with a Schwinn ten speed with straight bars. When we didn’t have to walk half the time, that was considered surprising.
Mountain biking at the OPUS is rugged-mostly. We have a couple cruiser loops that are pure riding joy without any hike-a-bike. Otherwise, the riding involves lots of pushing, carrying and even dragging your “ride”.
The rewards are worth the extra effort. Cruising alpine trails for miles with open vistas and scenery unmatched in Moab or Fruita. Trails with hundreds of feet of exposure-keeps the blood flowing. Stopping at alpine lakes for a swim.
So, come on up and try the traverse to the hut from Black Bear Pass, try the crossing over to Bridal Veil basin, then down to Telluride. If you like real mountain biking, you’ll be back for more. One group has been back seven times to try new alpine trail combinations. The options are endless.