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    MTBR Rocky Mountain High, Commando Run pics

    It was a beautiful day.

    It was great to meet so many people. Everyone seemed like someone I wanted to know more about.

    We all met up at the top of Vail pass. Every indication was that the weather would be agreeable to our endeavours.



    We had somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 riders, so there was a not inconsiderable amount of time spent arranging a bizarre Polish Shuttle, wherein we left most of the vehicles at the top of the ride and once on the trail we still cranked out well over 1000 feet of climbing. This is Colorado. Anyway, everyone took this in stride, except the dog.



    And so. After our leaders and organizers had chivvied all of the vehicles into their various staging areas, we rolled out.



    ^Not the complete group.

    It was really interesting to see the myriad versions of the mountain bike. There was one job to do that day, and folks reached into their toolboxes and brought out all sorts of different tools for the job. And everyone had fun on their bike.



    And even those without a bike had fun.



    Below is a little snapshot i like to call "Woman rides, Men Walk"





    Arriving at Krummholz, Mount Holy Cross in the background.



    Obligatory mountain magnificence shot:



    We reached the top of the climb and regrouped, and socialized.



    Rich took the opportunity to wrest the souls from innocent flora.


    Migz with MHC in the background.


    We returned to the cool embrace of the woods to find various challenges there.




    And then we broke out of the woods and onto the wide open swoopiness of the Vail Back Bowls.



    Because it was Vail, and because we are nothing if not fancy, we sprung for a mudbath for the dog.



    And once again, back to the grind, this last section followed the creek all the way into Minturn, and was a constant, low grade technical challenge. It wasn't overly gnarly, but if you let your guard down for an instant, the trail would seize the opportunity to smack you around.



    Father and Son.



    There are more pics here: http://www.anthonysloan.com/cr1.html (Kirk I swiped your map...But there is also a very cool series of you going over a log over. Fair trade?)

    And there's even more here (amidst duplicates): http://www.anthonysloan.com/crgallery/
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    Dayam! Quick work on getting those up. Nice shots, as usual. Nice riding with you, as usual.
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    Awesome pics Anthony, thank you. It was great fun getting to meet / ride with everyone this weekend.
    Now with more vitriol!

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    FAB shots, Anthony!! It was great meeting you and riding with you!!! -- Jeny

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonys
    And even those without a bike had fun.
    This is what was left of my dog after Commando Run.



    Just kidding, he's fine. It was cool to ride with you Anthony, and everyone else too. Randall says "Woof".

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    Good times :)

    It was great meeting so many folks (and dogs) I hadn't met yet. A lot of strong riders out there!

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    I now annoint you new crown prince of ride reports. The photos are spectacular with a luxurious blend of majestic backdrops and difficult action shots. The photos are only matched by your endless wit and creativity.

    In other words... this is the shizzznit. more chix shots please!

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    Great shots and report.
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    Nice pics as usual Anthony, looks like great riding. Like the girl rides, guys walk shot While I was waiting for all the pics to show (freaking slow ass dial-up) I decided to play with the image and lighten the riders up some for ya
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    Great shots. Looks like fun. I'm sorry I missed it, but I enjoyed meeting and riding with everyone on Friday.

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    Excellent shots, Anthony! It was great to meet you.

    BRG and I had a great time meeting all the mtbr folks..... and Randall(must be a lurker )

    Kirk and everyone that help coordinate, thanks for putting the whole thing together. My estimation is that it was a great success.

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    Excellent shots Anthony! I'm really bummed about not being able to go at the last minute. Looks like a good time was had by all. And it seems like it was mostly a front range gathering too! Just imagine if it was a big-nation-wide mtbr gathering and francois and all those folks came out. That woudl be sweet. Oh well, sounds like a much funner weekend than I had, mainly; getting my V10 stolen.
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    Great pics, but I think #6 is the best. That's a tough hill!

    Excellent photography as well BTW...

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonys
    It was a beautiful day.

    It was great to meet so many people. Everyone seemed like someone I wanted to know more about.
    Ditto Anthony! Good meeting and riding with you...well, with all your going from the rear of the group to the front and back again about 20 times a ride, I got to see you a lot on the trails. You probably covered twice the distance as the rest of us and seemed no more the worse for wear. Nice shots and thanks for the cool pic of DW & I at the end of Commando.

    Great to meet so many others too, lots of impressive riders in the gathering!
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    that downhill was bomb-a-rama. i had my doubts on the climb (i kept saying the word shuttle to keep going) but it was worth it. one of the best xc dh runs i have done. the pack off the front was fun to ride with. some light carnage but all in all shreddage. nice riding with yall.

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    i just was out there and rode it

    the trail is called 2 elks---has to be one of the top 10 rides around--has it all climbing,high speed single track decents and rough technical descent

    the view from the TOP OF THE WORLD is amazing

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    I had a great time as well. Anthony, nice meeting you and great pics. Joel, take care of that dog. Sorry I couldn't be there Friday or Sunday.

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    Great pictures Anthony! you really captured the ride. I'm still downloading as I type. Too bad we didn't ride or hang out more, but that's how these things go sometimes. I;m sure we'll ride again together soon.

    I love the DOF in the first image on page cr4. the framing/depth set up in the shot of the guy in white looking up the China Bowl, great capture of the salom nature of the trail.
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    Great pictures. Colorado sure is beautiful, Ill have to ride there some day. Nice report also.
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    damn, those girls that showed up looked sexy! who were they?

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    As other have said, phenomenal across the board. Where did you leave your cars in Minturn? I've never done the ride but would like to do so soon. Just wondering about the no hassle way of doing the shuttle...
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    thanks anthony...

    I've been admiring your cycling pics for a while now. Nice to see you in action! Great to meet and ride with you. (and everyone else on the ride)

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    Great pics! Thanks for posting them up. It was a great ride for sure, and even with 40 or so people things went very smooth and no real carnage was involved.

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    great pictures and thanks for sharing.

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    That is sweeet. How can I.....

    get invited along next time?? Rich, Tom and Scrublover would hopefully vouch for me.
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    DUH. I don't get "invited" because I'm an idiot!!

    Now I see that it's the Colorado gathering. Looks like fun! Wish I'd had it together a bit better!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mindhole
    Now I see that it's the Colorado gathering. Looks like fun! Wish I'd had it together a bit better!
    Hey Girl! Don't be such a...a...a...mindhole!

    Dang, it would have been fun to have you along. And you don't need any vouching for!
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    I was wondering where you were this trip. But I never just came out and asked reech either.
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    Thanks, thanks, thanks all. When are we going again?

    This one has been my new wallpaper @ work

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I now annoint you new crown prince of ride reports. more chix shots please!

    francois

    Cooool, I always get anointed as a clown prince. Nice upgrade.

    re:request:



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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonys
    (Kirk I swiped your map...But there is also a very cool series of you going over a log over. Fair trade?)
    Fair trade, except for the fact it's a stolen map already. I lifted it off of woodchuck's site. Sweet pics, and thanks for the post.

    Thanks to all who helped with the organization of this and to all who showed up! Turned out much bigger than I expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibmkidIII
    Fair trade, except for the fact it's a stolen map already. I lifted it off of woodchuck's site. Sweet pics, and thanks for the post.

    Thanks to all who helped with the organization of this and to all who showed up! Turned out much bigger than I expected.
    Thank you, Kirk - that was the most fun I've had in awhile, I'm already looking forward to next years gathering.
    Now with more vitriol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonys
    This one has been my new wallpaper @ work
    Heh, I don't need the wallpaper version, I see it every friggin' time I go for a ride! It's why I wear armor.

    Honestly though, I didn't think he could twist his head around quite that far.

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    Good holy smokes man! Those photos are gorgeous, and of course, the captions are superbly clever. Is the locale the same year to year? In about a month I'll find myself living not far from there. Looks like a fun place to train.

    Thanks for sharin!
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