In the Saddle: You got juice? |

In the Saddle: You got juice?

SNOWMASS VILLAGE Sometimes I wonder why I don’t see more people out riding all the juicy singletrack in Snowmass Village.Government Trail is deservedly popular, but there are many more miles of great riding to be had in the Brush Creek Valley, and there are rarely many people on the trails. And for those with limited time, it’s possible to get in and get out quickly.Maybe the Base Village construction keeps people away, or maybe they’re all down in Fruita during mud season. Maybe it’s just that extra bit of travel time to head west from Highway 82.Doesn’t matter – the riding’s great.Seasonal trail closures make it a bit of a challenge to mountain bike in Snowmass Village during May, but with the help of a friend I was able to patch together a fun, 90-minute loop using only the allowed early-season trails. To complete a little circuit around the town and the golf course, I connected two familiar segments of trail – the Tom Blake and the Rim Trail – with two segments I’d never ridden before – the Lowline and Stark’s Trail.To make this little loop work, I had to bike a few miles of pavement, and I even got temporarily sidetracked into a construction zone (Ack!). But the stretches of buffed singletrack were absolutely worth the trouble – the first tastes of prime alpine mountain biking I’ve had this season.I got everything I could ask out of this little ride. There were steep, switchback climbs and long, screaming descents, fast traverses through groves of aspen and fir – the whole menu of cross-country mountain biking delights. Short, yes, but very sweet.Summer’s coming on, and it’s only going to get better.

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