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Bike-n-BBQ

May Selby

The calm before the storm – the pack of mountain bikers stops for a photo op at the trailhead.

Old Snowmass residents Chris, Jesse, Stian and Topher Davenport hosted their second annual “Bike n BBQ” for friends and families Saturday, July 29. The party started with a bike ride for those up for an adventure followed by a backyard barbecue for all. Last summer about a dozen mountain bikers participated in the Hay Park trail ride that kicked off the afternoon. Word apparently got out that it was not to be missed. This year nearly 50 friends showed up ready to roll.The hardier members of the group rode the whole loop from the Davenport compound in Little Elk Creek neighborhood to the trailhead and onward. Several trucks ferried the rest of the group and their bikes to the Dinkle Lake parking lot for a fresh start on the singletrack. Hikers were visibly surprised by the chain of bikers charging up the trail. One even asked if there was a NORBA race taking place around Sopris. Inevitably, with that many bikers out on a ride, a few technical difficulties would be experienced along the way. Pro skier Wendy Fisher broke her chain but was aided by Jimmy McManus, who helped piece it back together. “I was a Good Samaritan – I spent about half an hour on that chain,” McManus explained.He then went on to get a flat. Deb Curtis had three flats, but was grateful to Annie Bollinger, who rode by her side with thick and thin … tires. “I was surprised there wasn’t much carnage out there,” noted Ted Macblane of Aspen, a regular top finisher in the Leadville 100 mountain bike race. “The trail was buff.”

As bikers pulled into the party, the yard swelled in size with families and friends enjoying the summer afternoon. Those who rode shared tales from the trail. One can only imagine how many people ride the route next year – might need to look into adding it to the NORBA calendar.”I was surprised there wasn’t much carnage out there,” noted Ted Macblane of Aspen, a regular top finisher in the Leadville 100 mountain bike race. “The trail was buff.”As bikers pulled into the party, the yard swelled in size with families and friends enjoying the summer afternoon. Those who rode shared tales from the trail. One can only imagine how many people ride the route next year – might need to look into adding it to the NORBA calendar.

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