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    Motobecane and the Colorado Trail Race

    Hello, I thought I would everyone know that my Moto made it through the Colorado Trail Race.
    I started July 28th and finished Aug 6th. 500 miles and 65,000 ft of climbing, around 100 miles of hike-a-bike. It was by far the hardest ride I have ever done. Imagine 9 of your hardest bike rides, and string them all together, add in a lot of hike a bike, some thunder, lightning, rain, and hail, camping, finding water to filter, and eating a couple hundred calories every hour, while carrying everything you need on your back and bike, and you have an idea of what riding the Colorado Trail is like. The only way to really know, is to do it.

    Enough about that. What I really wanted to talk about was my Moto. The bike did absolutely fantastic on the ride. No mechanicals what so ever. Not even a flat tire for that matter. All I needed to do was lube the chain a couple times a day. There are still no creaks coming from the bike, it still shifts smoothly, and the shocks still work great.

    Over the 500 miles there is every possible type of terrain imaginable, and even some unimaginable terrain, much of it above 11,000ft, and I think the bike handled most of it perfectly. Enough writing and on to some pictures. My bike was stock except for adding bar ends, new wheels and tires, and my secret weapon, a 20 tooth small front chain ring for a super low gear ratio of 20x36, which is awesome at altitude.


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    At about mile 60, in the rain.
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    On the inside of the shelter.
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    The outside of the shelter.
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    After a storm above treeline.
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    Above Copper Mountain Ski Resort looking west.
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    Hike-a-bike.
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    More hike-a-bike.
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    Trail art made of bone.
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    and more hike-a-bike.
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    The start of 30 miles above 11,500 ft. with a high point of 13,200.
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    Heard of sheep.
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    The start of the last day.
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    The End.
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    I may or may not do a day by day write, but I will link it to this for those interested.

    Thanks for looking.
    Whiskey

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    WoW did you do this on your own? Very impressive and awesome pics - Congrats on the accomplishment. Doubt my 450HT will do that LOL
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    Impressive. I really need to move to Colorado. How's the economy over there?

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    wow, thats amazing.

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    wow

    Wow thats awesome.... which model Moto are you riding?

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    This definitely sounds like one epic ride! How much extra weight were you carrying with the gear/supplies?

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    beautiful

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    this is epic!

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    Incredible! Thanks for the great pics and congrats on the ride!

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