Mountain bikers summiting Colorado 14ers raise questions over trail use |

Mountain bikers summiting Colorado 14ers raise questions over trail use

Mountain biker Whit Boucher makes a steep descent on Mount Elbert, one of Colorado's 14ers.
Ian Fohrman | Special to the Daily |

A few rugged mountain bikers are aiming high this summer, pedaling up and down the 15-or-so Colorado fourteeners that allow knobby-tired travel. And their lung-searing efforts are reaching beyond the state’s highest points as they elevate the increasingly thorny issue of bikes in wild places.

It hasn’t been easy for the team of Ian Fohrman and Whit Boucher or solo adventurer Justin Reiter. They’ve all spent many hours on high-altitude rides along traditional hiking trails that were forged by mountain goats and sheep.

“What makes us excited about this project is the exploration part. We have discovered new trails that are not really on the radar for biking,” said Fohrman, a Denver photographer and designer who, along with Aspen-based pro skier Boucher, dreamed up the “ Bike the 14ers” mission last summer.

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