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The Alpine Bicycle
Club, home of the Colorado Rough Riders is
dedicated to mixed terrain touring. Touring through the alpine environment
here in the Rocky Mountain West requires efficient travel on any surface
from paved road to single track. All on the same route, with the same
terrain touring or "Rough
Riding" has a rich
history in the
American West. The U.S. Army experimented using bicycles on long trips
through roadless mountain areas. Buffalo Soldiers rode hundreds of miles
on heavily loaded bicycles, but managed to out pace horse mounted calvary
soldiers. Today we don't advocate riding off trail, but the versatility
and efficiency of bicycle travel has endured. Mixed terrain travel has
begun to blossom again spurred by a fusion between mountain and road
bike technology. Today mixed terrain touring spans a wide variety of
activities from alpine travel in the Rocky Mountains to adventure travel
across undeveloped countries and even snow riding.
Search of the All-Rounder
Most bicycle makers today are niche
oriented. While the typical mountain bike is designed for technical
single track, they are sluggish on pavement.
Road bikes are impossible on dirt or gravel. But a few bikes are designed
to be equally efficient on any surface. These bikes, called all-rounders,
are ideal for mixed terrain touring
& Mountain+Cross. Colorado
Rough Riders are constantly experimenting with new all-rounder bike
builds and converting old mountain bikes into all-rounder functionality.
Please email us any insights you may have from experience with your
own all-rounder builds. We also love photos of all-rounder bikes so
get out your digital camera.
Sure you can tour in the mountains fully loaded. But
it's not easy or efficient
hauling heavy loads up steep mountain passes. Mixed terrain cycle-touring
demands an alternative approach called ultralight
touring. Hey we'd even credit card tour if we could. So light is
right. Unfortunately there aren't always towns conveniently situated
in the back country. Ultralight touring borrows heavily from backpacking
and mountaineering. With ultralight cycle-touring however, one must
look at the whole system including rider, bike and gear. Shaving weight
off all three is important. Some weights savings however are better
than others. Please send us your thoughts on ultralight touring. We
are always looking for new and unique ways to save weight.
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Check out the Rough Riders if you live or travel to California.
"Any Bike, Anywhere" is their riding philosophy. We think of
ourselves as the Colorado Chapter of the Rough Riders.
Rough Stuff Fellowship
Located in Britain and started in 1955, this may be the oldest club dedicated
to mixed terrain cycle-touring.
The Adventure Cycling Association mapped the Great Divide Trail, the worlds
longest off pavement route. And it passes near us here in Golden. There's
also a race.
The site to visit if you like bike camping. Great resource for bike setups,
route descriptions and gear reviews.
Denali Dirt Road Randonnee is an interesting ride sponsored by the Alaska
Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee
This event is a fundraiser event for the Franklin Land Trust. The event
is in Historic Deerfield Massachusetts.
The Iditarod Trail Invitational is the world's longest winter ultra race
across frozen Alaska.