For years, Fruita was known for its orchards filled with fat peaches. Gradually it became know for its intoxicating vineyards. Not surprisingly, this heritage has fostered a love of fat-tire biking. Every spring, the town hosts the Fat Tire Festival, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. The fest kicks off with a marathon eighteen-hour ride on April 29, with single-trackers grooving in Highline State Park. Road-bike tours, prizes and other surprises make this event -- more than a week's worth of stuff -- a fat load of fun. Though Fruita is still a haul, it's closer than Moab.

Slowly but surely, the pieces for this thirteen-mile route that cross the old Stapleton Airport site are filling in. Eventually, the soft-surface trail, which is open to non- motorized vehicles only, will connect part of a fifty-mile loop of urban trails, going from the High Line Canal Bikeway in Aurora to the Platte River Greenway. Riders have to adapt to some construction sites, but backers insist that there is light at the end of the tunnel -- and plenty of room to roam in the future.

Slowly but surely, the pieces for this thirteen-mile route that cross the old Stapleton Airport site are filling in. Eventually, the soft-surface trail, which is open to non- motorized vehicles only, will connect part of a fifty-mile loop of urban trails, going from the High Line Canal Bikeway in Aurora to the Platte River Greenway. Riders have to adapt to some construction sites, but backers insist that there is light at the end of the tunnel -- and plenty of room to roam in the future.

Founded by Colorado college buddies in 1999, trailcentral.com has evolved into a multi-faceted portal for riders throughout Colorado and beyond. Whether it's the reviewed Ride of the Month or a lively chat triggered by some flatlander looking for advice, the site gives savvy cyclists the goods to stay in gear.

Founded by Colorado college buddies in 1999, trailcentral.com has evolved into a multi-faceted portal for riders throughout Colorado and beyond. Whether it's the reviewed Ride of the Month or a lively chat triggered by some flatlander looking for advice, the site gives savvy cyclists the goods to stay in gear.

A former coal-mining town in southern Colorado is probably the last place on earth that skaters would expect to find a world-class skatepark. But ever since 2003, when this 14,000-square-foot concrete masterpiece was carved into a gravelly hillside above the city of Trinidad, skaters from all points of the compass have come to pump through its meandering snake run and vertical bowls. The Seattle-based skatepark construction outfit Grindline, which designed and built the creation, once again demonstrated how only a skateboarder's touch can master the subtleties that make a skatepark both fun and challenging. Some of the most engaging obstacles are the unassuming mogul-like bumps and the small spine ramp -- where both experts and amateurs can find a line.


A former coal-mining town in southern Colorado is probably the last place on earth that skaters would expect to find a world-class skatepark. But ever since 2003, when this 14,000-square-foot concrete masterpiece was carved into a gravelly hillside above the city of Trinidad, skaters from all points of the compass have come to pump through its meandering snake run and vertical bowls. The Seattle-based skatepark construction outfit Grindline, which designed and built the creation, once again demonstrated how only a skateboarder's touch can master the subtleties that make a skatepark both fun and challenging. Some of the most engaging obstacles are the unassuming mogul-like bumps and the small spine ramp -- where both experts and amateurs can find a line.

Over the past few months, local skaters have been skeptically monitoring the progress of the new concrete skateboard park being constructed behind the Westminster Recreation Center at 10455 Sheridan Boulevard. They have good reason to be wary: The park's architects, Architerra Group, are responsible for the wonky designs of parks in Federal Heights and Littleton. Luckily, Architerra was aided by some knowledgeable skateboarders, and this park appears to be shaping up nicely. The street course, while a little cramped, has a great-looking pyramid along with some well-angled rails, stairs and ledges. The bowl, which features a loveseat, an over-vert section and a spine transfer, should please the most advanced pool rider. Gnarly. Props to the contractor, American Civil Constructors, and Architerra for a nice addition to the skatepark scene. Here's a tip for both companies: Hire those skateboarders on as real consultants for future projects -- and this time, pay them.

Over the past few months, local skaters have been skeptically monitoring the progress of the new concrete skateboard park being constructed behind the Westminster Recreation Center at 10455 Sheridan Boulevard. They have good reason to be wary: The park's architects, Architerra Group, are responsible for the wonky designs of parks in Federal Heights and Littleton. Luckily, Architerra was aided by some knowledgeable skateboarders, and this park appears to be shaping up nicely. The street course, while a little cramped, has a great-looking pyramid along with some well-angled rails, stairs and ledges. The bowl, which features a loveseat, an over-vert section and a spine transfer, should please the most advanced pool rider. Gnarly. Props to the contractor, American Civil Constructors, and Architerra for a nice addition to the skatepark scene. Here's a tip for both companies: Hire those skateboarders on as real consultants for future projects -- and this time, pay them.

With so many new skateparks being constructed in recent years, it's easy for the latest generation of metro-area riders to forget that street skating originated in the streets. While the concrete playpen known as the Denver Skatepark has an unbeatable urban location in the Central Platte Valley, it's still true that the most fun and innovative places to skate are those that weren't created for the activity. Some of the city's top spots can be hit quickly in a geographical loop -- which is necessary to stay one step ahead of the cops. Try the ten-stair in Civic Center Park, the beautiful brick banks of the nearby Colorado History Museum, the selection of benches on top of Market Street Station, or the classic pink ledges at 16th Avenue and Lincoln Street.


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