Fat tires to go full-circle around Guyot
BRECKENRIDGE – Last year during the annual circumnavigation of Mount Guyot, about eight mountain bikers went through more than a dozen tire tubes. The beauty of social rides is that every one has its stories. And this year’s ride promises to be more epic than ever.
The circumnavigation of Mount Guyot is an advanced 35-mile group ride and an opportunity to join the Summit Fat Tire Society (SFTS), a local nonprofit dedicated to trail maintenance, access and stewardship.
Ben and Cynthia Gordon, owners of the former Knorr House in Breckenridge started the tradition in the 1980s, and the SFTS has carried the torch since.
“We go over French Pass and Georgia Pass, and the piece of the Colorado Trail is really epic,” said J.D. Donovan, vice president of the SFTS. “You get this remote feeling back up there and it’s just a great place to be with a group. When we started this, we wanted to have some sort of big, epic ride that people would normally not do. We would like everyone that wants to come out and ride with us and see what we’re about.”
Some of the society’s upcoming projects include work on the former Upper Moonstone Trail in Breckenridge and some heavy reconstruction of the Colorado Trail switchbacks coming off of West Ridge.
The SFTS is also going to play a big hand in managing the local trails outlined in the U.S. Forest Service’s Travel Management Plan as well as Breckenridge’s trail acquisitions in the Golden Horseshoe area. The details of both plans will be a work in progress over the next few years.
“We’re looking forward to getting involved in the Golden Horseshoe work and we’re still waiting on the forest plan,” said Mike Zobbe, president of the SFTS. “We’re staying abreast of it as best we can and are still meeting off and on with the Forest Service. We’re trying to make sure nothing sneaks up on us.”
The circumnavigation of Mount Guyot is free for SFTS members, and for $15, nonmembers can become year-long members, as well as get a free beer, sag wagon support on the ride, power snacks at an aid station and restaurant discounts at the post-ride party.
“It’s a ride, not a race,” said SFTS board member Mike McCormack. “It’s a cool way to generate awareness of the Fat Tire Society. Once we get people involved, there’s a communication stream with which we can announce to people backcountry access issues. There’s a usage tax that conscientiousness demands we all pay. That tax isn’t monetary. It’s a time commitment and a commitment of sincerity. If you’re someone who rides their mountain bike and enjoys the fruits of Summit County’s trails, you’re kind of obligated to give back and to propagate further access of trails. A large and dedicated volunteer force is the best way to ensure this.”
“It’s a ride for the advanced or the ambitious intermediate rider,” said SFTS board member Rick Eisenberg. “It’s a totally rewarding ride. We’ll have separate groups going different speeds, so people don’t have to feel like they need to hammer through the thing and can go their own pace.”
Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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