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215 Miles Later and There You are in Moab … We’ll Shuttle You Back

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Porcupine Rim Trail-Moab, Utah

Both our local Peak to Peak Bicycles and Moab’s Porcupine Shuttle pick up our riders in Moab and shuttle them to regional airports in Grand Junction, Montrose, Durango and Telluride, and also to Durango Mountain Resort and the town of Ridgway.

Slick Rock Trail-Moab, Utah

Generally, a flat rate from Moab to Ridgway or Telluride costs approximately $275 while Moab to Durango, Montrose or Grand Junctions runs approximately $325 to $425.

Call us for more info on shuttles and more. This summer San Juan Hut Systems is providing Ridgway-based travel packages so we got you covered from your arrival to your departure with transportation, lodging, bike shipping and bike equipment. Call us at 970.626.3033!

Get Back in the Saddle, Comfortably

Friday, April 20th, 2012

If you don’t ride year-round, you know the outcome of those first rides in the saddle as summer approaches. Ouch: lower back and glute pain, hamstring, hip flexors and quad aches. How do you lesson the strain in these first rides? There are some simple answers that require a stability ball, some floor space and, most importantly, your motivation.

Bicycling Magazine offers up some stellar advice and it starts at the core—your core.

Try this one: Lie with the middle of your back on the stability ball with knees bent 90 degrees and feet flat on floor. Place hands behind head (don’t pull on neck). Squeeze belly button toward the spine, lift upper back off the ball. With your shoulders off of the ball, make a circular motion with your torso while applying pressure with lower back to ball through motion. Clockwise 15 ovals, counterclockwise 15 ovals.  Works the transverse abdominus (inner abs), stabilizes lower back, glutes, hamstrings and hip flexors.

“Why It Works: Despite the straightforward motion of the bike, your body moves in three directions: forward as you head down the road, vertically as your legs pedal up and down, and laterally as your hips and upper body rock side to side,” writes Bicycling author Dimity McDowell.

Why Let Us Carry the Travel-Planning Weight?

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The logistics of putting together a bike trip from across the state to across the country are not always easy. There’s the bike debate: to rent or to ship? The lodging debate amongst Southwest Colorado’s unique small towns: Telluride or Ridgway or Ouray or Durango? Where to eat, shop, walk, drive and simply rest up before taking on the 215-mile bike route from the high mountain terrain to lower lying red rock country. Acclimating is also a concern especially for those traveling from low elevation or sea level.

Let us help you iron out the details. We have a slew of travel packages to choose from. One of the best choices is staying in our hometown of Ridgway. Ridgway is centrally located between Telluride and Montrose,  and as Telluride is in the heart of its very busy festival season during summer, finding lodging, parking and dining are more difficult. Ridgway is also located about 800 feet lower in elevation than Telluride so acclimating is easier here.

We will be working with Chipeta Solar Springs Resort & Spa in the heart of Ridgway for lodging and dining discounts. We’ll also help you with shipping or renting mountain bikes as well as any of your equipment needs. Call us for details! 970.626.3033

Chipeta Solar Springs Resort & Spa, Ridgway, CO

Getting You from A to B Without Hassle

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

For many, beginning a bike adventure with San Juan Huts finds you first at one of our regional airports. Whether you’re flying into Montrose, Grand Junction, Durango or Telluride, we’ve got you covered. As part of summer 2012′s  travel packages, we’re offering all of the info you need to connect up with a shuttle wherever you find yourself.

Poison Spider Bicycles & Porcupine Shuttles shuttle you to and from Moab

Shuttle services and prices vary widely, but we’re happy to help you with just the right one. There are flat rates, group rates and individual rates. If you choose our Ridgway-based package, we’ll arrange for two nights of double occupancy lodging, airport pickup/dropoff, and trailhead or town-to-town dropoff/pickup. Call us for more info!

And if you choose to ride the shorter version, our 4 night/five day trip, we’ll set you up with a shuttle for your return from your ending destination at either Paradox or Gateway huts.

Let us take the hassle out of the shuffle with convenient shuttles.

Just Call Us the Original

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Outside Magazine rated San Juan Hut Systems #1 for the traditionalist hut-to-hut mountain bike trips. We also garnered the esteemed title as “the original hut-to-hut bike trip.” And, well, it’s true.

What’s Ready to Ride Regionally?

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The best way to know what’s ready to ride is to just get out there and ride it. Snow can linger on north facing terrain and mud can last in the shadier zones, but hike-a-bike is just part of riding in spring in Southwest Colorado. And when it’s dry, fast single track is ready, you’re ready to ride it.

For single track conditions in Durango, check out Trails 2000. Currently, they’re reporting that both Animas Mountain and Dallas Mountain Park are good to go. Overend Mountain Park and Powerline are still a little snowy and muddy but in fair condition.

In Cortez, the word is the famous and fun Phil’s World is ready to ride, and at Boggy Draw and Bean Canyon in neighboring Dolores, fair conditions exist with areas of mud.

Here in Ridgway, the Rock Quarry (a.k.a. Angel Ridge, World Class, Mountain Lion Alley, etc.) is in good, dry condition with spots of mud.

Remember: It’s best to ride what’s ready as muddy and snowy single track makes rutted single track once ridden–and no one likes that.

Skiing on snow is much more fun than trying to bike it. Patience…

Sneffels Half Loop Race Results

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

1

29/ Brian Smith of Gunnison

5:25:39

2

40 / Scott Simmons of  Durango

5:25:44

3

27/ Billy Laird of Crested Butte

5:39:56

4

12/Janelle Smiley of Crested Butte

5:45:36

5

7/Pat O’Neil of Crested Butte

5:49:30

6

13/Brian Johnson of Aspen

6:10:25

7

49/Jeff Deutsch of Crested Butte

7:06:49

8

23/Allen Hadley of Crested Butte

7:20:46

9

30/Baker Bent of Ridgway

7:28:51

10

37/ Jaimie Palmer of Telluride

7:37:20

11

19/Ray Hellinger of Pagosa Springs

7:27:26

12

42/Jim Crosslund of Telluride

7:59:57

13

32/Mike Pennings of Ridgway

8:10:16

14

6/Mark Drucker fo Crested Butte

8:10:21

15

41/Lance Waring of Telluride

8:20:50

16

8/Rick Murray of Crested Butte

8:24:19

17

18/ Lindsay Records of Crested Butte

8:43:17

18

5/Marcel Medued of Crested Butte

8:44:35

19

Joe Ryan (no bib number)

8:45:28

20

33/Tom Karpeichik of Boulder

8:46:30

21

21/Kirsten Kindt of Boulder

8:46:30

22

20/Liam Biermey of Boulder

8:56:18

23

24/Ryan Guldan of Denver

9:00:58

24

35/John Miller of Telluride

9:05:30

25

4/Gareth Roberts of Crested Butte

9:22:06

26

16/Jim Nichols of Durango

9:23:00

27

14/Gordon Rhodes of Durango

9:24:48

28

15/Keith Bauer of Crested Butte

9:27:12

29

11/Robbie Johnson of Pagosa Springs

9:29:02

30

2/ David Clark of Aspen

9:29:06

31

3/Bob Wade of Aspen

9:29:06

32

25/Brendan Trimboli of Durango

9:49:25

33

36/Wayne Peterson

10:31:00

34

39/Karen Brown of Telluride

11:12:00

Congratulations to all! Thank you for racing with us!

Join us this summer on the same course, without skis and with trail runners! Race details to be announced, stay tuned.

 

Sneffels Half Loop Coming Right Up

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Are you ready to race? Hard to believe March is upon us, and so too is the Sneffels Half Loop backcountry ski race.

We’ve got the details covered, you only need to show up gear-ready. Bring a sleeping bag and pad for a good night’s rest at the Ridgway Elementary School gym the night before race day. We’ll have a spaghetti feed that evening before race day at the school, and transportation to the race start the day of.

After the race, there could be no better nourishment than burgers and beer at the True Grit in Ridgway. Because you deserve it.

Join us March 10!

Last Minute Last Dollar Hut Opening!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

What’s typically one of our busiest weekends of winter, Presidents’ Day weekend has a last minute opening at the Last Dollar Hut. We’re in the heart of winter with plenty of new snowfall and skiing into the huts couldn’t be more picturesque.

Last Dollar Hut (10,980′) sits 300 feet and 1/4 mile above Last Dollar Pass. There are direct views across the San Miguel River canyon and the north faces of the Wilson Range.

Last Dollar Hut is also our furthest hut west and closest to Telluride. So make some turns at the Telluride Ski Area and join us for a night at the huts.

Time to Think Bike Season—Is Your Trip Booked?

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Okay, we’re not trying to jump the gun on summer season, but biking season is just around the corner. Have you booked your Durango to Moab or Telluride to Moab trip? Many have and it seems even mid-winter, biking is still on the brain. Check out videos on our site for a little visual inspiration.

Also, let us help lighten the load in travel planning. New this summer, we are offering full travel packages to get you here, get you settled, and get you on the trail, at discounted prices. Everything from shuttles to bike rentals to lodging are being offered via our travel packages. Simply give a ring to see how we can help. 970.626.3033