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    Possible MTBR gathering...trolling for interest

    Some of you may have seen the thread concerning a Rockies/Colorado MTBR gathering over in Passion I certianly don't want to be saddled with all the work, so at this point I'm just trolling for who would be interested in helping out with it? No commitment at all at this point. Rider leaders/sweepers, planners, etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibmkidIII
    Some of you may have seen the thread concerning a Rockies/Colorado MTBR gathering over in Passion I certianly don't want to be saddled with all the work, so at this point I'm just trolling for who would be interested in helping out with it? No commitment at all at this point. Rider leaders/sweepers, planners, etc...
    I would help.

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    Don't underestimate the work.

    Kristian did a gathering a few years ago in Buffalo creek and it was a lot of work for many people. It was fun but he worked hard, along with people like bobcat, and others.

    I cut down the work considerably by tacking on a gathering to the FFTF two years ago. It worked too and was a lot easier since I didn't have to coordinate lodging and stuff. We just designated ride plans.

    Last year we used the FFTF to gather again in an even less formal sense and it worked well again...This is the kind of gathering I like.

    I would really suggest talking to Kristian if you want to do a full blown gathering.

    Personally, I like the FFTF as a venue for a gathering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    Don't underestimate the work.
    Yeah I'll ask Kristian. I do like the idea of tacking it onto FFTF. I'm just curious at this point. I'd like to see one, but I'm relatively lazy. Just want to get a ball park on how much work is involved.

    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    Last year we used the FFTF to gather again in an even less formal sense and it worked well again...This is the kind of gathering I like.
    Must have been real informal. I didn't know about it. How many people showed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibmkidIII
    Some of you may have seen the thread concerning a Rockies/Colorado MTBR gathering over in Passion I certianly don't want to be saddled with all the work, so at this point I'm just trolling for who would be interested in helping out with it? No commitment at all at this point. Rider leaders/sweepers, planners, etc...
    I'd do what I can, but I'm a FR newbie so I don't have any connections, fitness, skill, etc...

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    I would be interested also.
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibmkidIII
    Must have been real informal. I didn't know about it. How many people showed?
    Yeah...it was kinda like. "Are you going to fruita, tomorrow, If so, I will see you there since I just found out from my boss, I can get away."

    The weather really messed it up last year too since there was a huge snow on Wednesday, closing the interstate.

    Some who showed: pinkPete, Kristian (but he never made it out of moab), singlespeedster, MTBbrian, brianc, mtbtreker, Shabadu, and about 5 others. I reserved a campsite, lots of ppl asked to stay but shabs was the only show--even I didn't show up to the campsite.

    This year, there should be a better announcement. The FFTF happens regardless. It's just hooking up with people that is the trick.

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    I'm interested and will help as much as I can.
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    I'd be willing to help - depending on the time frame.

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    if i am not racing i will help

    count me in if i have the time.. you could always go to our local fat tire society to get some help or maybe piggyback on one of their events.. sfts.un or sfts.us is the website...
    Quote Originally Posted by ibmkidIII
    Some of you may have seen the thread concerning a Rockies/Colorado MTBR gathering over in Passion I certianly don't want to be saddled with all the work, so at this point I'm just trolling for who would be interested in helping out with it? No commitment at all at this point. Rider leaders/sweepers, planners, etc...

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    In.

    In the past I've done a lot of ride organization and clinic type rides. I'm always up for that.

    If we have significant amounts of people flying in from elsewhere, we could probably work something out with the shop for receiving shipped bikes. Maybe even have the shop van show up with all the bikes at the trailhead for the first ride.
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    I'll help. rides, organization, website, whatever. I've probably got a little time to spare.

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    i have no idea

    what fftf is? or what would be going on there, but im in anyways

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowskilz
    what fftf is? or what would be going on there, but im in anyways
    Fruita Fat Tire Festival.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jdub
    Fruita Fat Tire Festival.
    count me in. we a had already talked about doing this on Ridemonkey, but Tony has absolutly no follow through..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbike24_7
    count me in. we a had already talked about doing this on Ridemonkey, but Tony has absolutly no follow through..
    It's not my fault. My mom's in Cali for the weekend, so that means that im at my dads house and all my siblings are here too which means that ther arent too many options for us to do biking things and my parents are anal about me going to meet people older than me that aren't in C-Springs so no way could i have done it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by COmtbiker12
    It's not my fault. My mom's in Cali for the weekend, so that means that im at my dads house and all my siblings are here too which means that ther arent too many options for us to do biking things and my parents are anal about me going to meet people older than me that aren't in C-Springs so no way could i have done it.
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    I'll help.

    A month or so ago I went to GITA (Gathering in the Aspens), which is a gathering in Northern New Mexico.

    GITA was small but excellent.

    Here's some of what I think went into making GITA excellent:

    a) ride selection - includes scouting, preparing directions to trailhead, mapping, and communicating. People need to know how to get there even if they're not involved in the rest of the gathering; they need to spontaneously be able to show up for just one ride. Also, they need to know in advance the level of difficulty, distance, and time required for each ride.

    b) ride leaders - a leader and a caboose for each ride. Also, many rides may have an "A" and a "B" group and leaders will be needed for each.

    c) lodging - somebody needs to put together a list of suitable hotels and campsites, along with directions etc. At GITA, many people voluntarily hosted many guests, and there was an informal communication about this.


    On another note, a Gathering coincident with FFTF would be good but it has nothing to do with a true front range gathering - I believe we should do a front range gathering also. I'd nominate Buffalo Creek and Monarch Crest as rides, and maybe some local rides (eg White Ranch) for the early arrivals.

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    Alright...looks like we have the right numbers interested. Now to discuss venues/dates. How about this. Everbody who's interested email me with your email at
    kirkmetz at yahoo dotted com

    I'll put together a yahoogroups distro list...or we can just discuss it here.

    I know we got some suggestions for locations...here's my thoughts. I like the idea of one day at a ski resort. Say Keystone/vail. I know a few good epic style XC styles in the vicinity of both, as well as some shorter stuff. I would really like to have at least one day to "show off" the colorado mtns. E.g. a monarch pass ride, Kenosha pass ride etc...maybe for the advanced group. Note we'll have to take into account many of the people coming may be flatlanders so a shuttleable epic is ideal at least for the non-advanced groups.

    thoughts? Or just send me your emails and we'll go that route.

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    I'm in. Just to pass on a little experience I've had with this kind of stuff: Each year we have what we have affectionately called the "Testicle Tour" so named because it takes balls to do it. Originally it was some impossibly hard collection of rides over a 4-5 day period and we had people come in from both coasts and in the middle to participate. The effects of altitude on those coming in the from low altitude was tough and shouldn't be underestimated, we damned near killed a guy the first year. For the last couple of years we tamed it down so out-of-towners had a better chance of enjoying the riding instead of just surviving.

    I've found that Monarch Crest/Rainbow Trail/Methodist/Bear is the perfect "big" ride for groups with varying skill levels & speeds. The "high altitude" climbing part is non-technical. Riders can make it as hard & long or as short & easy as they want and there are all kinds of "bail" points along the route in case someone has a mechanical, an injury, too tired or some other reason for quitting the ride and there are several natural "regroup" points on the route too. Salida is also only 3-hours from Denver which makes the logistics a little easier and another nice aspect is that the Salida/Buena Vista area has tons of other great rides. The less you have to move around, the less hassle it is for everybody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibmkidIII
    Alright...looks like we have the right numbers interested. Now to discuss venues/dates. How about this. Everbody who's interested email me with your email at
    kirkmetz at yahoo dotted com

    I'll put together a yahoogroups distro list...or we can just discuss it here.

    I know we got some suggestions for locations...here's my thoughts. I like the idea of one day at a ski resort. Say Keystone/vail. I know a few good epic style XC styles in the vicinity of both, as well as some shorter stuff. I would really like to have at least one day to "show off" the colorado mtns. E.g. a monarch pass ride, Kenosha pass ride etc...maybe for the advanced group. Note we'll have to take into account many of the people coming may be flatlanders so a shuttleable epic is ideal at least for the non-advanced groups.

    thoughts? Or just send me your emails and we'll go that route.

    Kirk
    I've got a ride or two in mind that's shareable with the masses. Also, I'll get to work putting together a website for details/promotion and various other tools... I've got dibs on that job.

    More after breakfast and voting.

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    I already voted...dibs on website huh? And I thought I would get those duties. I just stepped up to a fully hosted and under contented website (www.kirkmetz.com). We can discuss. Coding html does get boring pretty fast for me, as you can tell by my main webpage.

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    Oh yeah you guys...once again, giving me your email commits you to nothing, so if you're on the fence on helping, or just want to stay informed of what's going on, send me your addy to and you'll be on the list.

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    Yo, I'm in!!

    Fruita/Monarch whatever it takes!
    I have no idea what I'm talking about...But yeah, that sounds about right.

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    Join the associated yahoo group here

    or email me and I'll invite you in.
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