Riding Trestle Bike Park in Winter Park, Colorado

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For a less technical, wide-open, high-speed, ripping downhill, be sure to ride The Boulevard. Hitting velocities in excess of 30 mph while gliding off perfectly shaped tabletops, wooden ramps and massive berms, The Boulevard is guaranteed to leave a smile on your face and a quick chairlift back to the top for a second run. It’s too good to only ride once. But on your second run, be sure to try out Bear Arms, a tight, technical, rocky black diamond that parallels The Boulevard as you approach the bottom of the mountain.

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Looking for features and jumps? Check out Boot Camp. It features numerous tabletop jumps, optional North Shore ramps and an insanely fun C-wall with banking in excess of 45 degrees. Ball Ucanb is an offshoot which features lots of wooden ramps and drops, if you’re into that kinda thing. Rainmaker is a brand new trail guaranteed to get your jump on.

And don’t make the mistake of skipping green circles just because you might think they’re only for rank beginners. One of the longest and most fun trails on the mountain, Green World, is a trail that can be enjoyed by both beginners and advanced riders alike. It’s wide, fast and flows like a river downhill into perfectly banked corners and gentle lips you can either roll or launch.

Double Jeopardy and Shy Ann are also must-do trails which both downhillers and cross-country riders can enjoy. Like most every trail at Trestle Bike Park, the features are optional, so you’re not forced to ride a feature you don’t want to.

Are you more of a cross-country rider and want to earn a little extra downhill? Take the Zephyr Chair, then ride to Upper Roof of the Rockies, which peaks you out at more than 11,000 feet. Then roll through Fantasy Meadow to Mountain Goat. At the top, Mountain Goat is very technical, with big rocks, roots and drops scattered everywhere. Towards the bottom, Mountain Goat really opens up into a full throttle downhill. Then climb out Little Vasquez to Lower Arapahoe, a mild black diamond which isn’t all that technical. Then finish up with Green World for a loop that will take you the better part of an hour.

About the author: Kurt Gensheimer

Kurt Gensheimer thinks the bicycle is man’s most perfect invention. He firmly believes ‘singlespeed’ is a compound word. He sometimes wears a disco ball helmet. He is also known as Genshammer. He is a Gemini and sleeps outside in a hammock.


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