Meeting time and place: We will be meeting at 8:30 am – ready to ride – Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs. Please use the small parking area located at the westernmost end of West Fontanero, where it dead ends into the park.
Directions and parking: From I-25 exit East Fillmore Street and go east to Cascade Ave. Turn right/south. Then go right/west on E. Fontanero. Proceed past Wood and Alamo avenues until you see the road turn left/south. This is the intersection of West Fontanero Street and Culebra Place. You should see the small parking area in front of you – if the lot is full, you can park along the west side of the street, adjacent to the park. If you have trouble locating the parking area, please call Alison at (719) 439-9041.
What we’re doing:
8:30am – 12:00pm
The morning session is where we’ll brush up on the core concepts and fundamentals of riding a mountain bike. We will review basic bike set-up, positioning, balance, maneuvering, braking, shifting, cornering, and line selection.
We will enjoy a tasty lunch in the park, compliments of the Alison Dunlap Adventure Camps.
1:00pm – 3:30pm
After lunch we will advance to tougher obstacle-oriented drills, including front wheel lifts over curbs and ledges, steep climbing and descending, riding downhill ledges and drop-offs, switchbacks, wheelies, and anything else we can come up with – or any requests you may have.
Where we're riding:
We will be riding in the northern portion of Monument Valley Park, utilizing the grass just south of the softball field to work on skills. We will be riding on the various bike paths and trails in the park. We are also going to use some of the man made obstacles in the park for skill work.
Conclusion of the first day:
We’ll wrap up our first day around 3:30pm.
Meeting time and place: We will be meeting at 8:30am at Pinon Valley Park. 5585 Mule Deer Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80919. There is plenty of on-street parking. We will meet at the picnic pavilion next to the playground. From there we will ride our bikes into Ute Valley Park.
Directions and parking:
From Denver: From I-25 exit at Garden of the Gods and go right (west). In 1.1 miles take a right on Centennial. Go 1.5 miles and take a right on Mule Deer Dr. This is a small neighborhood street. It is right after the big white Mormon temple. Follow the road down to the other end of the park to the playground and park there. There is no official parking lot. We will meet at the picnic pavilion.
In Colorado Springs: From I-25 exit at Garden of the Gods and go west. In 1.1 miles take a right on Centennial. Go 1.5 miles and take a right on Mule Deer Dr. This is a small neighborhood street. It is right after the big white Mormon temple. Follow the road down to the other end of the park where the playground is and park there. There is no official parking lot. We will meet at the picnic pavilion.
If you have trouble locating the parking area, please call Alison at (719) 439-9041.
What we’re doing:
8:30am – 12:30pm
Today we are going to apply the skills we learned yesterday to actual trail riding. Ute Valley Park is all about technical riding, giving us the chance to practice up and down ledges, switchbacks, small drops, steep climbs, and our descending technique. We’ll also review cornering on loose, twisty singletrack. When we come to a technical section we will stop and talk about the obstacle, demonstrate how to ride it, and give everyone as much practice time as needed. We will spend most of the day away from our cars, only coming back for lunch, so be sure to bring the appropriate clothes and enough water to last 2-3hrs.
We will enjoy a gourmet lunch, compliments of the Alison Dunlap Adventure Camps.
1:30pm – 3:30pm
We will continue working on our technical skills, practicing on some of the harder trails in Ute Valley Park.
We’ll talk about the past two days and how much fun we had, swap addresses, take group pictures, sign yearbooks, talk about how much we’ll miss each other, hug, cry, and finally say goodbye. We’ll also answer any questions you may have about your newly acquired skills.
What to bring:
The weather in Colorado Springs can be a little unstable. Be prepared for sun or rain. We’ll ride in anything unless the trails are too muddy. Bring lots of layers with you in your car and we’ll see what the weather is doing when we get to the trailhead.
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