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The Show Us Your Local tour was a brain explosion one day. Sitting in the office after too many hours in front of the computer we were thinking, “Why not go somewhere and ride with the locals. You know, get outside and do what we love rather than this computer crap – let’s go ride our bikes”.
And simply, that was it. We wanted to go ride somewhere far from our HQ, but instead of using an app or some .gpx file to explore, we wanted to meet the locals and let them show us around their “local” (trails). Make it their choices, their trails, their ideas. That’s how Show Us Your Local was born: show us your local trails, and in keeping with Eskapee’s spirit of showing gratitude, we’ll provide beer at the end of the ride to say “thanks”.
Welcome to Colorado
We picked Colorado for our first tour for no other reason than we’ve ridden there before and wanted to go back and explore some more. Colorado also has a rich history with mountain biking and our memories of Colorado go way back to when we first started mountain biking in the 90’s.
Part of that history and our early memories of Colorado is also Yeti Cycles and we had arranged to pick up bikes and get a quick tour of their HQ and see all that cool history first hand. Another part of Yeti that is pretty cool is their culture. Rather than just a factory tour, they wanted to give us on introduction to “Colorado” and take us for a ride. They too hate being stuck in front of the computer.
“How does climbing to around 12,000ft followed by a super dope downhill run sound?” asked Patrick, an engineer for Yeti.
“Why not. There’s no better way to get used to altitude than jumping into the deep (high) end”, we said.
And off into the heights and lack of breathing we went, with the climb up to the Arapahoe Basin ski area summit nearly killing us. At around 12,300ft we peaked on a saddle for a quick rest and as our blurry eyes absorbed their first glimpse of the amazing Colorado high country the pain started to fade. Our lung pain also completely disappeared after an amazing and totally fun descent down the Lenawee Trail and then a quick ride into the sunset back to Keystone.
Tired, hungry, and happy – welcome to Colorado.