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

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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!

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