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Jul

28

2014

How To Ride Breckenridge, CO

  • Click on the image for a photo gallery. Breckenridge offers singletrack with a view.

  • Sydney Fox and Nick Truitt, owners and operators of Breck Bike Guides.

  • Equipped with GPS, Dave Cox leads his friends into the woods for an impromptu photo shoot.

  • Old mining structures populate the high country around Breckenridge.

  • A flowy descent back to town.

A new guide service makes sense of Breck’s 500 miles of trail riding.

The beauty of riding Breckenridge singletrack is the vast labyrinth of trails—roughly 500 miles and growing—within a 20-mile radius of the Colorado mountain town. But for a stumbling visitor like me, that same labyrinth is also the curse of Breck. My first ride had me climbing east out of town and making three feckless decisions on turns in two miles. Instead of getting out for a few hours, I landed right back in town between a T-shirt shop and candy store. It was an abrupt and unexpected end to my ride—even if the flowy descent was pretty sweet.

Rather than return home with chocolate and an “I ❤ Breck” baby-T, I sought professional advice. Full disclosure: Breck Bike Guides is owned and operated by Mountain’s Fat Tire Test directors, Nick Truitt and Sydney Fox. I checked out their new guide service and bike shop on Main Street, where they carry Swami favorite bike brands BMC and Rocky Mountain.

Sydney asked me what bike I’d like to ride, how much time I had, and how difficult I’d like the terrain to be. She showed me a route on the computer, slapped a pre-loaded Garmin on my bike, and I was off on a 14-mile loop.

If you aren’t stopping every five minutes to gape, the trails around Breckenridge are like a session beer: they’re smooth, they flow, and you can’t settle for just one. I doubled back on the B&B trail for seconds.

If you go: Guided rides with Breck Bike Guides start at $35 per hour. Or opt for a $20 GPS rental like I did. If you have your own device, they’ll upload a ride map for $10. —Dave Cox

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