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Vapor Trail is official. Bring on the pain.

By August 6, 2009March 22nd, 20175 Comments

Last year, Jeff told me about a race called the Vapor Trail. “What is it?” He said, “It’s the hardest and coolest thing you will ever do on a bike.” I told him last year that he was nuts and I would never do that. Especially because it takes Jeff, who is super fast, about 15 hours to complete it. Well, this year I changed my tune a little bit.

Salida area training weekend

The race starts at 10 PM (yes, at night) in Salida, CO where you venture into the rocky mountain back country on the Colorado Trail. It is a 125+ mile loop, 20,000’+ of climbing, that includes a massive hike-a-bike, dirt roads, paved roads, and some of the best singletrack you can imagine. The kind you lust for and laugh like a small child while riding it. There are only 50 spots, and you must submit a resume in order to get in. The reason being is that they don’t want to have to come get you if something happens out there.


I am very excited that some of the other ladies that I really respect are signed up, like Cat Morrison who is the only female doing the Colorado Trail Race right now, Jenny Meinerz, and Eszter Horyani. The female contigent is high! It’s not really a race for me, just one of those things where I hope I finish in one piece! So I am officially in!

Here is an awesome and accurate recount of the race I came across in Elevation Outdoors:

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Also, here is Jeff’s blog post from last year.

Jeff and I went camping a few months back around Mt. Shavano and got to do some course recon. If you don’t recall, here is the post and photo set.

Salida area training weekend

I’m psyched!


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