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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Biking the Vail Pass

Vail Pass
Vail Pass Bike Trail

The thrill and exhilaration increase with your speed as you cycle downhill on the Vail Pass bike trail, en route for the town of Frisco, Colorado.  Beautiful vistas, mountain streams, and increasing velocity are all part of this 14 ½ mile alpine bike experience. 

Our excursion started in the town of Breckenridge, Colorado where we rented our bikes and geared up for an afternoon of mountain biking.  From there we took a short van ride up the mountain to the start of our downhill adventure.

 “Keep heading downhill and you can’t get lost,” the outfitter explained as he bid us adieu.  “I’ll pick you up in Frisco.”   And we were off on our exciting mountain journey.

vail pass bike trailCovered bridges, picturesque streams and snowcapped mountains dashed by as we raced downhill at speeds of nearly 30 miles per hour.  A few stops to enjoy the surrounding countryside were definitely in order.  Near the end of our ride we came upon the ski village of Copper.  We cycled through the streets until we found the trail that would lead us to the town of Frisco.  A cold drink and hot food were waiting for us at trails end. 

A short ride later we cycled into Frisco where our group opted to stop at a German pub called Prost.  There we enjoyed homemade sausages and hot pretzels with a variety of unique mustards, a cold drink, and best of all, warm apple strudel and ice cream.  All too soon it was time to meet our driver, load up our bikes and head back to the town of Breckenridge.  What an ideal way to spend an afternoon.

Frisco, CO
Frisco, CO

If you go:

I recommend renting your bikes from Alpine Sports, a family owned business in Breckenridge, Colorado.  The equipment was well maintained, and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The prices were reasonable, too.
Alpine Sports
610 S. Ridge Street
Breckenridge, CO  80424