USA Pro Challenge Stage 2 Finish in Mt. Crested Butte

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Good Wednesday morning from Crested Butte—we’re seeing low clouds and rain across the much of the Gunnison Country today.  Our first shot is looking out from CB South at the rains and grayness clinging to the sides of Whetstone Mountain this morning.  Our temps are hovering right around fifty degrees, headed for a forecasted high in the mid sixties later today.

 

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Wednesday’s shots are from what turned out to be an exciting and rainy USA Pro Challenge finish in Mount Crested Butte Tuesday.  Competitors ran into rain around Horse Ranch Park on Kebler Pass Road, put up with a questionable race stoppage on the paved Kebler downhill and saw Robin Carpenter hang on to fend off his hard-charging rivals for the stage win.  Today’s first shot is of Carpenter crossing the finish line and was sent in by Matthew Johnston—thanks Matt!  The next shot gives you a bit of a feel for the overcast and rainy conditions that had closed in on Mt. CB at the race’s conclusion.  Competitors looked spent and fully chilled as they climbed off their bikes following the stage.

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Today’s third shot (thanks again to Matt) is from the post-race podium, with Carpenter getting photos along side legendary snow biking/pond skimming athlete Erica Rasmussen (check out the April seventh Shot of the Day post for the wet and wild evidence) and Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s very own Erica Mueller.  Think the guy in the back is a little chilly?

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While the finish probably wasn’t as well attended as it has been in past years (maybe blame it on the rain), those who did turn out once again felt the impressive energy of a well choreographed bicycle race stage finish.  With the production aircraft circling overhead, the law enforcement and support vehicles roaring up Gothic road (lights flashing, sirens squawking), the area adorned with bright banners and colorful props, music thumping from the towers of speakers with the p.a. announcer whipping the cow-bell-equipped crowd into a high frenzy, it was pretty fun.  Put it on your list of to-do’s the next time event comes to Mt. Crested Butte!

Stay dry out there today and we’ll look for you, again, tomorrow.

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Field Trip to the San Juan Mountains

It’s Tuesday morning and Crested Butte is under cloudy skies that look like they’re going to start producing rain any minute.  Today’s forecast tells the same story, with a sixty-percent chance of heavy rains throughout the day and a high of 69 degrees.  It’ll be interesting to see how the weather impacts today’s stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge that will finish in Mt. CB this afternoon.  The stage starts in Aspen at 11am, heads up to Carbondale, then heads down highway 133, over McClure Pass, and turns competitors off the pavement to climb to the top of Kebler Pass before descending into CB and climbing into Mt. CB for the finish.  That’s evidently 105 miles and is slated to take the cyclist a little under five hours to complete.  Riding a bicycle over a potentially soggy Kebler Pass road is pretty low on my list of  “to-do’s” . . . sounds pretty gruelling.  Those boys will have a chance to show what they’re made of, no doubt. Clouds and rain could be challenging for the live television coverage of the event on NBC Sports, as well.  But tune in, check it out and enjoy getting to see Crested Butte on TV!

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Tuesday’s shot s are from yesterday . . . Steve and I took a little field trip down to the San Juan Mountains with the motor bikes.  If you’ve never checked out the San Juans, they are truly spectacular.  Jaw-dropping vistas stuffed with towering peaks well above tree line in all directions . . .  pretty unique in the lower forty-eight.  Today’s first shot is looking out at the uncommon colors of rock and water from the top of either Hurricane or Corkscrew Pass, if I remember right.

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This is Steve at the top of the 12,600’ Cinnamon Pass.  Both man and machine notice the lack of oxygen at these elevations.

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We started our ride in Lake City, went over Cinnamon Pass and made it to Silverton in plenty of time for lunch.  These mountains have been mined heavily for many years (there are still active mines, as well) . . . if you like mining history, you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store checking out the old equipment, structures and trams in various states of decompositoin.  This old structure is near Animas Forks.

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Silverton was pleasantly busy with late summer visitors and from there we continued on our loop and eventually climbed up to Engineer Pass.  The road gets good and steep a couple of spots.

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These two shots are me at the top of the 12,800’ Engineer Pass.  We enjoyed just about perfect weather and considering how popular this area has become for jeepers and OHVers, traffic on the roads was pretty light.  It was a fun way to spend a day, that’s for sure.

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Check out the bike race finish in Mt. Crested Butte this afternoon, stay dry out there and we’ll see you tomorrow.

 

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Posted August 19, 2014 by robbpennie in Uncategorized

Meandering Through a Gorgeous Crested Butte Weekend

Good Monday morning—Crested Butte’s kicking off the week with clear skies, a forecasted high of 74 degrees and a thirty-percent chance of rain this afternoon. It was a gorgeous weekend, just about perfect for getting out on the mountain bike and putting in some long miles on the epic CB single track. Many local riders enjoyed their last ride of the season on the Snodgrass trail over the weekend. The trail is now closed until next spring/summer. Today’s shot is of yours truly pedaling out the new Lower Meander trail with the stunning views of the Upper East River Valley in the background.

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Yesterday’s West Elk Archers High Mountain 3D Shoot (that I mentioned a few posts back) left little doubt that the Gunnison Country is stuffed with sportsmen and women who enjoy slinging arrows. The event on the backside of the mountain saw triple the predicted turnout …my friends who participated said it was a very good time.

Ready for the Pro Cycle Challenge? It’ll be here tomorrow! The weather’s looking a bit dicey, but hopefully the afternoon thundershowers hold off until the competitors make it to Mt. Crested Butte and the finish line. Start planning ahead for potential road closures in the area, as well. Have a really good start to your week!

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Spotted!

Get it, “spotted” . . . ?

Hi All and Happy Friday!  I hope you’re clicking in, strapping down, lacing up or casting off for another excellent weekend on the Gunnison Country!  We have all kinds of stuff going around the valley this weekend, kickin’ it off with free lift rides on the Red Lady Express at Crested Butte Mountain Resort for another installment of the Friday night pedal ‘n groove tonight.  Over Saturday and Sunday we have the Gunnison car show and crafts festival, the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse Run & Bike and the West Elk Archers High Mountain 3D Shoot.  Then on Tuesday of next week, Mt. Crested Butte hosts a stage finish of the USA Pro Cycle Challenge, so there isn’t any shortage of things to keep you entertained around the area over the next few days (check out local events calendars for details).  If you are travelling through Colorado this coming week, you may want to check out the Pro Cycle Challenge schedule to make sure that the roads you’re planning on using aren’t going to be impacted for the event.  On next Tuesday, for instance, the bike race will be starting in Aspen and coming to Crested Butte via highway 133 and Kebler Pass.  On Wednesday, the race stage will be starting in Gunnison, heading over to Salida, then climbing back up Monarch Pass for the finish, so highway 50 between Gunni and Salida will be tied up for a chunk of the day.

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Today’s shot is of some elk I saw out in the high country woods—I thought you’d enjoy the photo.  Have a fabulous weekend and we’ll see you next week.

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Rainy Day Forecasted for Crested Butte

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Thursday morning finds Crested Butte under mostly cloudy skies with the forecast promising a seventy-percent chance of rain after 10am this morning.  The weather radar shows a pretty big swath of color headed our way, so it looks like we’re in for a drenching.  Today’s shot is looking up-valley from CB South at the sunbeams streaming into the valley with the silhouette of Mt. Emmons in the background.  Stay dry out there today!

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Afternoon Showers Return to the High Country

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Wednesday’s shot is from Tuesday evening, looking up, into Mt. Crested Butte backed by White Rock Mountain veiled in rain.  Tuesday’s sun and clear skies gave way to afternoon showers . . . today is forecasted for heavy afternoon rains and thunderstorms.  Hopefully the foul weather moves through before this evening’s of Live! From Mt. Crested Butte free concert series featuring the acoustic stylings of country performer Hayes Carll at 5:30pm on the Red Lady stage.  Have an excellent day and we’ll see you tomorrow.

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Posted August 13, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Keeping it Happy and Bright at Crested Butte Mountain Resort

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Tuesday’s shot is of some particularly happy looking flowers on a cloudy afternoon near the top of the Painter Boy and Gold Link lifts at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  Like yesterday, we have a decent chance for thundershowers this afternoon.  Keep your eyes to the skies (and your rain jacket handy) if you’re heading out to the backcountry to play today.  Have a good one and we’ll catch you tomorrow.

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