The grueling, self-supported Colorado Trail Race begins next Tuesday. We interviewed Colorado Springs bicyclist Doug Johnson last year after he placed second in the the epic 470-mile back-country race along the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango with a time of 4 days and 20 hours. In this interview and slide show, Johnson talks about the technical and mental challenges of an endurance race this long, how he prepared himself and why he does it.

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

 

2 Responses to 500 Miles Through the Backcountry on Bikes

  1. Joyce Cheney says:

    Noel, Thanks for putting all the beautiful photos online. I won’t sign up for the race anytime soon, but maybe hikes of stretches of the trail.

  2. [...] Race (you can watch a narrated slide show with last year’s second-place rider Doug Johnson HERE) is, in our humble opinion, even more fascinating than the Tour de France. It’s entirely [...]

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