We interviewed Colorado Springs bicyclist Doug Johnson last month when he and a group of friends did the 73-mile Ring the Peak ride in one day. Not long after ringing the peak, Doug set out to ride the epic Colorado Trail Race, a 470-mile, self-supported back-country race along the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango. In this 15-minute interview, Johnson talks about the technical and mental challenges of an endurance race this long, how he prepared himself and why he does it. It includes a slideshow of stunning pictures from a variety of riders and spectators of sites along the route. We hope it gives some small sense of the vastness of Colorado’s mountains that few of us will ever see in such a short span. Oh, and Doug came in second place in 4 days and 20 hours!

You can relive the race with an animated time-lapse video courtesy of the SPOT tracker GPS devices that kept tabs on the racers in real-time here (note that the exact locations aren’t always accurate when riders are in canyons or other places where GPS isn’t clear):

Colorado Trail Race 2009 – Leaders Only from Scott Morris on Vimeo.

For more pictures, information and stories about the race, we recommend these sites:

Colorado Trail Race Official Site
Scott Morris’ blog
Podcasts, including rider call-ins from the trail

(Thanks for the feedback, friends! Please leave some more or send us an email to thebigsomething@krcc.org. Thanks!)

 

4 Responses to From Denver to Durango on a Mountain Bike in Under 5 Days

  1. Chris N says:

    Awesome story and beautiful photos! Congratulations Doug! Hey, I know Jason from Salida – very nice guy! I guess he is also from Fort Collins and he rides and raced a Don McClung, hand built, single speed, rigid, 29er.

  2. tonia says:

    I moved out West from Illinois to go to college in 1976 …. won’t go back!! Thoroughy enjoyed the interview and spectacular photos! Living vicariously with bad knees … many thanks!!!!

  3. Bill H says:

    Nice work Douglas! Missed you at Tour De Fat though.

  4. Tom Jensen says:

    Hey Doug! Congratulations on such an amazing ride! 14 hours of sleep! Man…….I managed that in the first 2 of my 10 nights out there!

News

Reuters/Landov
October 22, 2014 | NPR · The gynecological surgeon’s Panzi Hospital in eastern DRC has treated thousands of women who were victims of rape.
 

Food and Drug Administration
October 22, 2014 | NPR · Just because the Food and Drug Administration recalls a supplement because it contains dangerous substances, doesn’t mean the product disappears from the market.
 

Reuters/Landov
October 22, 2014 | NPR · About 200 pro-democracy activists held signs and shouted slogans in front of the home of Leung Chun-ying, a day after student leaders met with government officials in an effort to defuse the crisis.
 

Arts & Life

October 22, 2014 | NPR · Atavist Books launched with aims of upending the print-first publishing model. Now it’s announcing its plans to close. Meanwhile, partnerships between public libraries and airports are taking off.
 

Orbit
October 22, 2014 | NPR · Greg Bear’s latest space adventure goes from the Earth to Mars and back again with a grizzled group of “Skyrines” (Sky marines, get it?) on the trail of a mysterious alien treasure.
 

Crown
October 22, 2014 | NPR · American journalist Suki Kim spent six months teaching English at a North Korean University that serves the sons of the elite. She chronicles her experience in a new book, Without You, There Is No Us.
 

Music

October 22, 2014 | NPR · A single for Taylor Swift’s upcoming album came out on iTunes in Canada Tuesday. But it was only a few seconds of white noise, likely a technical glitch. The track shot to No. 1 on the charts.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 22, 2014 | NPR · Now that Taylor Swift has left Nashville behind, a handful of other up-and-coming stars are showing how country crosses over with other genres — and hoping for success that does the same.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 22, 2014 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · Wallace Roney presents the lost large-ensemble works of Wayne Shorter, originally written for Miles Davis in the 1960s. Plus, music from Detroit native Regina Carter leads things off.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab