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FAQ – Singletrack Ride from the Ponderosa Lodge

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Colorado 2 Day - SINGLETRACK at the Ponderosa Lodge.

July 21-23
August 4-6  
August 25-27

10 Rider Minimum – 16 Rider Maximum

Q: WHO IS INVITED?

Anyone that is capable with a Singletrack off-road street legal motorcycle.

Q: WHAT?

2 Day Singletrack Trail ride in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains

Q: WHEN?

- July 21-23
August 4-6  
August 25-27
10 Rider Minimum – 16 Rider Maximum

Q: WHERE?

Directions

Ponderosa Lodge in Maysville, Colorado in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains. The Ponderosa Lodge is located near Salida, Colorado along Hwy. 50 on the eastern slope of the breathtaking Monarch Pass, 15 miles west of Salida and 50 miles east of Gunnison.

9008 CR 240 - Salida, CO 81201

1/2 mile north of US Highway 50 on County Road 240

Ponderosa Lodge & Colorado Firecamp are one and the same

Google Map Link to the Ponderosa Lodge

Q: HOW FAR IS THE DRIVE TO THE SALIDA/ MAYSVILLE AREA?

Maysville is located just west of Salida off Hwy 50 in South Central Colorado on the Eastern slope of Monarch Pass on the north side of HWY 50 off of County Road 240. Approximately 3.75 hours southwest of Denver. 15 miles west of Salida and 50 miles east of Gunnison.

Q: WHAT IS THE COST OF THE RIDE AND WHAT IS INCLUDED?

$425.00 Group Shared Expense will include Epic trail riding in the Rocky Mountains Saturday and Sunday. 6 meals. Saturday & Sunday breakfast, Lunch on the trail both days. Saturday Night dinner & BBQ Sunday. Out-Riders. Fuel Transport on Day 1.

Double Occupancy Lodging at the Ponderosa Lodge is included with the shared group expense. The Ponderosa Lodge has a cash bar, outdoor deck, indoor swimming pool, buffet style all you can eat meals. Each room has 3 bunk beds, its own restroom and shower. Go-Pro capable TV screens are available in the meeting rooms as is a pool table.

Q: What type of Motorcycle should I ride?

Street Legal 4-stroke or 2-stroke Off-Road motorcycle.

Street based Dual Sport motorcycles are NOT suitable for the terrain on this ride.

Q: Fuel Range and fuel stops?

Approximately 80 miles between fuel stops.

Q: WHY MAYSVILLE, COLORADO?

Ride in-ride out; enjoy EASY ACCESS to some of the best Singletrack trails in the Rocky Mountains. Hundreds of miles of trails, from easy to extreme.

Q: WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE IN JULY AND AUGUST?

July is probably one of the nicest times of year in Colorado. Everything is green in Colorado in July; it usually will rain in the afternoon several days a week, which will make the dirt moist and the traction terrific. Daytime temperatures are usually in the high 70′s, very low 80′s, and nights usually in the 40′s or 50′s.

Q: HOW LONG IS EACH DAYS RIDE?

Day 1 will be Approximately 120 miles. Less than 10% pavement. 60 % Singletrack.

Day 2 will be on the other side of the Mountains, less pavement than day 1 and 60% Singletrack. Approximately 100 miles.

Q: CAN I BRING MY FAMILY?

You can certainly bring your family for a Rocky Mountain vacation. There is Horseback Riding, River Rafting, a Zip Line, and Mountain Bikes, Jeeps, Motorcycles, and, God forbid, ATVs, available for rent locally. Also, hiking, fishing, and epic vistas.

However lodging at the Ponderosa Lodge is NOT conducive to families or significant others for this particular event. Unless they can ride ?

View from Singletrack

Q: WHY STAGE AT THE PONDEROSA LODGE?

Ride in-ride out; enjoy some of the best trails in the Rocky Mountains. Hundreds of miles of 2 track and trails from easy to extreme. Rustic amd charming Lodge in a nice setting below 14,000 foot peaks. Meals and Lodging on site, cash bar, hot showers, indoor swimming pool. Gas Station down the street. Easy access to some of the best challenging Singletrack in the area.

Q: WHY ARE YOU GUYS DOING THIS?

The time seems right before we’re all too old to pull something like this off. And Colorado really does have Epic dirt roads, Singletrack trails, few whoops, and spectacular scenery.

Q: HOW SHOULD I SET UP MY MOTORCYCLE?

Well, there are quite a few rocks, and the elevation at on the ride is 8,000 to 12,000 feet. Above sea level. We would recommend a fresh Front knobby and a Kenda Equilibrium rear tire, checking your air pressure once you got here, and running it a little higher than normal, jetting for altitude. Distance between gas stops is not expected to be much more than 80 miles.

The Rocky Mountains have some of the most rocky, technical and challenging trails anywhere in the U.S. Your motorcycle must be capable of withstanding some severe abuse. Skid plates, disc guards, radiator guards and hand guards are important items to install before you come. Even with these precautions, things still have a way of going wrong.

A Colorado OHV Sticker is Required. Go to Ride Prep link for more Information.

Ride Prep

Contact Mountain Tech in Buena Vista for Bike Set-Up information.

Click on the logo for contact information:

Q: WHATS THE STORY ON FRIDAY?

Show up Friday afternoon and enjoy the setting in the Rocky Mountains and adapt to the altitude. Sign-in will be on the Porch at the Ponderosa Lodge where you can also pick up your room key. We will not have dinner Friday night. Friday, you could take a ride up Forest Service roads to a spectacular mountain lakes right up the road from the lodge. Or you could just hang out and enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded enthusiasts and enjoy the cash bar and the Lodge.

Q: WHERE DO WE MEET TO START?

We will have a rider meeting at 7 am both mornings in the Dining Room. Breakfast included with your entry will be available early Saturday & Sunday morning.

Q: WHAT HAPPENS AT THE 1st DAY FINISH?

Please check-in when you finish so we know you are in. Head to your room for a hot shower, enjoy the included buffet dinner and get ready to go back out the next morning. Or you can hang out at the cash bar or on the outdoor deck, or watch go-Pro videos of the days ride and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow enthusiasts.

Q: WHAT ABOUT THE 2ND DAY START?

We will meet at the Dining Room again at 7 am for a riders meeting. Breakfast is again included.

Q: HOW DO I NAVIGATE THE ROUTE?

This is not a guided tour; We will point the way at intersections on the route. Out-riders may be available to point you in the right direction if you have a problem.

Q: WHAT IS THE BUDDY SYSTEM?

It is what can save your life! If you were riding alone and got off the route and then got hurt, or your Motorcycle broke, you may not be missed until the end of the day. For this reason we must insist that riders use the buddy system. Obviously 2 (or 3) riders that enter together will be buddies (4 or more should be split into pairs).

FAQ – PonderosaBUDDY RIDING PROTOCOL –

1) Don’t lose sight of your buddy
2) Don’t make a major turn unless you know your buddy will also
3) If buddies get separated, both go back to the last place they saw each other

Q: WHAT IF I ENTER ALONE?

We prefer that you enter with at least one friend but if you do come alone, you should pair with another rider as your buddy. Buddies may be changed after the 1st day if not well matched.

Q: WHAT ABOUT SPARE PARTS?

You should bring a reasonable amount of spare parts (like a pre-oiled air filter). We will have spare front and rear tires for sale in case someone destroys one, but most people should be able to complete the ride without changing tires.

Q: WHAT ABOUT TOOLS?

You should bring any special tools.

Q: DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?

Spare air filter. You should carry current registration, a rain jacket and water. Parachute cord is not a bad idea either.

Q: WHO SERVICES MY BIKE?

You must be able to fix your own flats on the trail and service your bike at the end of the day. Each rider should carry a spare tube (front works in rear); tire irons, hand pump, and/or air bottles. You must be able to fix your bike on the trail or be towed by your buddy to a Highway where you can be picked up. You must be able to tow your buddy if he cannot fix his bike. Every rider should carry a tow strap.

Singletrack Ponderosa Lodge


COLORADO 2 DAY SINGLETRACK.

These are non-competitive rides that consist of as much dirt and least amount of pavement as possible.

Singletrack Ponderosa Lodge

The Singletrack trail rides are 90% to 100% dirt and aimed at quiet off-road motorcycles that you could do a hare scramble, enduro or desert race on. Or factory Off-Road Dual Sport models. The trails on the Continental Divide are rocky, high-mountain Singletracks with a few trails running above timberline. Riders should be comfortable riding in rocks, steep uphill and downhill rocky sections, and U-turns on sidehill trails.

Any motorcycle event comes down to the rider’s skill level and the type of tires installed. If you have the wrong tires your skill level won’t really matter, you’ll struggle regardless. This adventure is group shared expense, low-key, High Adventure-No Hassle, Riding an unmarked route. Your motorcycle must have a USFS approved spark arrestor and Excessive noise is a BIG issue as it is used to limit our right to ride.

You also should have current liability insurance coverage and be licensed to operate your motorcycle.

WHAT DO I NEED TO GET STARTED?

A sense of adventure and common sense.

If you have to ask, don’t sign up, even if you have ridden all of the toughest trails in Iowa… This does not by any means mean don’t ask questions. It means if you question your riding skills this may not be the ride for you.

Q: Why do these rides cost what they do?

There is no economy of scale. But since there will not be 200 riders you are guaranteed a comfortable environment.

Liability Insurance, art, website, web hosting, accounting, book-keeping, facility rentals, printing. Not to mention meals included with the rides, Circus tents and trailers and our Club Members time, fuel, tires and Lodging all add to the cost. USFS Permit fees will be paid on the Rainbow trail.

Exit Tours M/C is a Colorado Non-Profit Corporation, and we will be donating a portion of any proceeds to the Blue Ribbon Coalition.

Q: Do I have to be an Exit Tours Motorcycle Club member?

Yes. Membership is included with your entry.There is no qualifying or probation period to become an Exit Tours Motorcycle Club member and there are no required meetings or work days associated with your membership — just join and ride!

Erik Nijkamp of OffRoadChampions.com out for a Sunday ride

Q: WHERE WILL I GET GAS AND WHERE DO WE EAT ON THE TRAIL?

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?

• Day 1 you will be required to bring a DOT fuel can with 2.5 gallons of fuel to the gas trailer for transport. Your gas can will be returned in the afternoon.
• A catered Lunch will be on the trail on Private Property.
• On Day 1 You will need either a Credit card or Cash to purchase fuel on the way back to the Ponderosa Lodge for the start of the Day 2 ride.
• We will NOT be going by a gas station on the start of Day 2.
• Day 2 we will stop at a Restaurant/ bar-grill. Lunch is included with the shared group expense at the restaurant.
• You will need either a Credit card or Cash to purchase fuel at the Gas Station at the Lunch stop.
• We will have a BBQ after the Finish Sunday at the Ponderosa Lodge. You can shower in your room before departure Sunday Afternoon.
• This is free ride for club members with a shared group expense for meals, lodging, fuel transport.                                   
• 15 MPH on the access road to the Lodge.
• Pre-Registration IS Required.

If the 10 Rider Minimum is Not Met 10 Days before the Ride Date the Ride will be Cancelled and you will receive A 100% refund Less PayPal fees. 16 Rider Maximum

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