X-Roads of the Rockies - COLORADO 2 DAY AMA NATIONAL DUAL SPORT
Dual Sport events are intended for street-legal, licensed quiet motorcycles that are capable of being ridden on rough dirt roads, two-track jeep roads, Singletrack trails and pavement. The X-Roads of the Rockies Colorado 2 Day AMA National Dual Sport is a non-competitive ride that consist of as much dirt and the least amount of pavement as possible and uses paved roads to tie sections together.
The Crossroads of the Rockies you could ride any type of Dual Sport motorcycle, it just depends on your skill and comfort level. The Dual Sport adventure is 90% dirt and you will be seriously challenged. We suggest dirt orientated dual sport motorcycles. Any motorcycle event comes down to the rider’s skill level and the type of tires installed. If you have the wrong tires your skill level won’t really matter, you'll struggle regardless.
This Dual Sport ride is a, "low-key", high adventure no hassle self-guided tour, using a Roll Chart or GPS Tracks to navigate an unmarked route. Your motorcycle must have a USFS approved spark arrestor and Excessive noise is a BIG issue as it is used to limit our right to ride. You should have current liability and medical insurance coverage and be licensed to operate your motorcycle.
At sign-in you will have the ability to purchase an AMA Membership if you don’t already belong to the AMA and will be required to sign a liability release form. You will receive your Ride packet. Roll chart, free Swag raffle tickets, stickers, Etc. Sound test and Colorado OHV sticker are required.
WHAT DO I NEED TO GET STARTED?
A sense of adventure and common sense.
If you have to ask* if you can ride your motorcycle over some high mountain 4x4 pass's and survive, you probably don't have the knowledge or skills to do it. People who can do it safely already have informed themselves based on past experience and are confident enough in their skills and machinery that they don't have to ask. If you have to ask, don't do it, even if you have ridden all of the toughest trails in Iowa...
* This does not by any means mean don't ask questions. It means if you question your riding skills these may not be the rides for you.
Q: Do I have to be an AMA member?
You do not have to be an AMA member to participate in Exit Tours Recreational rides. Though we do suggest supporting the AMA with your membership. Through member clubs and promoters, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world.
Q: Do I have to be an Exit Tours Motorcycle Club member?
No. Our 2016 rides are for anyone who enjoys riding motorcycles. Membership is only $20.00 for 2016. There is no qualifying or probation period to become an Exit Tours Motorcycle Club member and there are no required meetings or work days associated with your membership -- just join and ride!
Q: WHO IS INVITED:
Anyone with a street legal Dual Sport Motorcycle. 200 rider Limit.
Dual Sport Motorcycle ride in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains.
August 12-14th 2016 - Entry Deadline is May 1st 2016
Sign-In Friday August 12th
Chaffee County Fairgrounds near Salida and Poncha Springs, CO.
Hwy’s 285 & 50 10165 C.R. 120, Salida, Colorado 81201
Q: WHAT IS THE COST?
$200.00 Group Shared Expense will include Free camping at the fairgrounds Thursday through Sunday, Roll-chart, GPS Tracks, T-Shirt and Saturday Night Dinner. Outriders and maps. Local support. Swag. Trailer hook-ups Extra.
Q: What type of Motorcycle should I ride?
Factory off road orientated Dual Sport and licensed trail bikes will work best. You should have current registration for your bike, proof of insurance, and a Colorado OHV Sticker. A roll chart holder and a resettable Odometer are highly recommended.
Q: Fuel Range and fuel stops?
Approximately 85 miles between fuel stops. 100 mile fuel range recommended.
Q: HOW FAR IS THE DRIVE TO SALIDA?
Salida is located in South Central Colorado at the confluence and beginning of the Rio Grande, Arkansas and just over the Continental Divide the Colorado River. Approximately 3.5 hours southwest of Denver. 70 Miles East of Gunnison.
1.5 hours West from Colorado Springs on Hwy 24/ 285 or Hwy 50.
Q: WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE IN AUGUST?
August is probably the nicest time of year in Colorado. While the rest of the Country bakes everything is green in Colorado in August. It usually will rain in the afternoon several days a week, which will make the dirt moist and the traction good. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70's, very low 80's and nights usually in the 40's or 50's. The stars and constellations at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds are Epic.
Q: HOW LONG IS EACH DAY’S RIDE?
Day 1 Loop is approximately 160 miles over mountain passes with short pavement sections connectors and plenty of bail outs. The ‘A’ Loop will include some Singletrack. The ‘B’ loop is around 155 miles. Visit historic mines in Bonanza.
Day 2 is approx. 200 miles over 4 Mountain Pass's on the Continental Divide. Ride past historic mines and mountain mining towns. The ‘A’ Loop will include some Singletrack. The ’B’ Loop will come in around 180 miles. Plenty of Bailouts on Pavement.
There are options to jump on the pavement and head back to the fairgrounds along the entire route and these options can be clearly marked on the ride map which is not suitable for trail navigation.
Q: CAN I BRING MY FAMILY?
You can certainly bring your family for a Rocky Mountain vacation. There are Jeep Rentals from Rocky Mountain Jeep Rentals, Horseback riding, River rafting, Zip lines, and Mountain bike trails, motorcycles for rent, and, God forbid, ATVs, available for rent locally. Also, hiking, river and lake fishing, and epic vistas. Plus, down the in the San Luis Valley is the La Veta Pass Excursion train and Joyful Journey Hot Springs. The La Veta Pass route is the highest Train Pass in the USA.
Q: WHY STAGE AT THE CHAFFEE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS?
Camping is included, as are showers and water. RV parking with hookups will be available from Thursday for a fee as well as Free Tent Camping and travel trailer parking. Showers, Restrooms and good drinking water are all available at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds and included with your entry fee. The area is large enough for everyone to park and get together. We will rent the on-site exhibit hall on Saturday night for a Dinner banquet, free Swag raffle and a cash bar on-site. There may also be a women’s Roller Derby at the Fairground on Saturday night.
Q: WHY ARE YOU GUYS DOING THIS?
The time seems right before we're all too old to pull something like this off. And Chaffee County, Colorado in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains really does have Epic dirt roads, 2 track and trails, few whoops, Rocky Mountain passes and spectacular scenery.
Q: HOW SHOULD I SET UP MY MOTORCYCLE?
Well, there are quite a few rocks, they are called the Rocky Mountains for a reason.
The mean elevation of Chaffee County is 7,000 feet+. We would recommend a DOT front and a Trials Hybrid rear tire, checking your air pressure once you got here, and running it a little higher than normal. Jetting for altitude. Skid plate. Disc guards and hand guards. Distance between gas stops is not expected to be much more than 90 miles.
If you’d like to have your motorcycle correctly jetted for altitude, we would suggest contacting Sean Barr at Mountain Tech Motorsports in Buena Vista. Or riding something that is Fuel injected.
Click on the logo’s for contact information:
The way we keep from replacing plates is to have ours color copied and then laminated. The easiest way we have found to do this is by going to your local copying store, and have them make a color copy of your plate. Then have them laminate it with something around 10 mil. Thick. After this is complete cut it to size and bolt it to your bike. We always carry the real plate in our back packs, so if we get pulled over, and the officer said anything about it we can just bolt on the real plate.
Q: WHERE DOES THE RIDE START?
The ride starts and finishes at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds, 10165 C.R. 120, Salida, Colorado, 81201. Just northeast of the Hwy 50 and 285 intersection.
Salida, CO is located on Hwy 50 in the Heart of the Rockies. The Chaffee County Fairgrounds are located 5 miles SouthWest of downtown @ 10165 C.R. 120, Salida, Colorado, 81201. Just Northeast of the Hwy 50 and Hwy 285 intersection at Poncha Springs, 3.5 hours Southwest of Denver.
Q: HOW CAN I GET TO THE START?
You can camp or stay at the fairgrounds, stay at a hotel and ride your motorcycle, or drive your truck and trailer to the fairgrounds and unload there in the morning.
Q: WHERE DO WE MEET TO START DAY 1?
Friday afternoon at the Fairgrounds we will have BBQ trucks available and sign-in open. Please try and check-in Friday and pick up your Roll-chart. We will meet for a riders meeting at 7 am and at 8 am on both Saturday and Sunday mornings in the fair tent in the back of the Fairgrounds. Breakfast & free coffee will be available on-site. Please check-in at the Fairgrounds both mornings before you leave so we know you are on the trail. The ride starts out the back of the fairgrounds.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS AT THE 1st DAY FINISH?
Please check-in when you finish so we know you are in. Pick up your Day 2 Roll Chart. You could then enjoy your included dinner, Free Swag raffle and the cash bar at the fairgrounds. Then head back to your accommodations and get ready to go back out the next morning. Or hang out and enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded enthusiasts.
Q: WHAT ABOUT THE 2ND DAY START & FINISH?
We will meet at the fairgrounds again at 7 am and at 8 am on Sunday morning for a riders meeting. Breakfast and Free Coffee will be available on-site. Please check-in before you leave and check back-in when you finish. Pick up your free included T-shirt when you check-out/sign-out at the finish on Sunday.
Q: HOW DO I NAVIGATE THE ROUTE?
This is not a guided tour; you will navigate by following a roll chart with turns that are based on mileage. All major turns will be noted and are arrowed on the roll-chart. All cattle guards have the mileage noted. GPS Tracks are also available. As are pre-printed maps. Maps are not suitable for navigation and ONLY roll-charts have ancillary & supplementary information. Re-sets to zero are frequent. You must have an Odometer to navigate the course. Or ride with someone you trust that has a roll-chart and an odometer and hope they finish. We suggest having your own roll-chart, holder and odometer.
Q: WHAT IS THE BUDDY SYSTEM?
It is what can save your life! If you were riding alone and got off the route and then got hurt, you may not be missed until the end of the day. For this reason we must insist that riders use the buddy system. Obviously 2 (or 3) riders that enter together will be buddies (4 or more should split into pairs).
BUDDY RIDING PROTOCOL –
• Don’t lose sight of your buddy
• Don’t make a major turn unless you know your buddy will also
• If buddies get separated, both go back to the last place they saw each other
Q: WHAT IF I ENTER ALONE?
We prefer that you enter with at least one friend but if you do come alone, you should pair with another rider as your buddy. Buddies may be changed after the 1st day if not well matched.
Q: WHAT MODEL BIKE IS BEST?
Riders should be happy with XR250s through 690 KTM’s. We Do NOT recommend KLR 650’s or small factory dual sports. Just remember everywhere you will be riding is well over 1 mile up or higher. The prime considerations are comfort and reliability. Your motorcycle must be street-licensed, meet Vehicle Code requirements, have a spark arrestor, and have a gas range of 80 miles minimum. We will sound test motorcycles before the start on Friday and Saturday. You will be given the opportunity to fix Motorcycles that do not pass the sound test.
Q: WHAT ABOUT SPARE PARTS?
You should bring a reasonable amount of spare parts (like a pre-oiled air filter). We will have spare front and rear tires for sale in case someone destroys one, but most people should be able to complete the ride without changing tires.
Q: WHAT ABOUT TOOLS?
You should bring any special tools.
Q: DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?
You should have a roll chart holder and a resettable to ‘0’ odometer. We will also have a couple of spares roll-charts in case you break yours. You should carry current registration and proof of insurance. You must have a Colorado OHV sticker.
Q: WHO SERVICES MY BIKE?
You must be able to fix your own flats on the trail and service your bike at the end of the day. Each rider should carry a spare tube (front works in rear); tire irons, hand pump, and/or air bottles. You must be able to fix your bike on the trail or be towed by your buddy to a Highway where you can be picked up. You must be able to tow your buddy if he cannot fix his bike. Every rider should carry a tow strap.
Q: WHERE WILL I GET GAS and WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
• You will need cash or a CC to buy your gas at the gas stations and meals on the route.
• There is 1 gas stop on Day 1 in Saguache (Sawatch).
• Day 2 will have 1 gas stop in Buena Vista. (Alternate gas stop in Sargents in the morning)
• Saturday's Lunch and Gas stop will be in Sawatch (Saguache) with an alternate water and snack stop in Bonanza.
• Sunday's lunch stop will be in St. Elmo or Buena Vista.
• You must obtain a Colorado OHV sticker.
• Please no 'test riding' on fairgrounds property.
• Free Camping at Fairgrounds included from Thursday to Sunday. Hook-ups extra.
• Dump Station in nearby Poncha Springs. ($5 donation)
• Showers and water available at the fairgrounds. Porta-Potties on-site.
• Dinner Saturday Night, with a Cash Bar on-site. Roll-charts, GPS tracks, stickers, Free Swag Raffle & T- Shirt Included.
Q: WHAT and WHERE IS THE SALIDA HOT SPRINGS POOL ?
The Salida Hot Springs Pool is the largest indoor hot springs facility in the country. The water is gathered from an underground springs eight miles up the road, high in the Rocky Mountains. From there, it is piped directly to the pools through an insulated pipeline, delivering fresh hot water continually. This sparkling clear, odorless water was originally enjoyed by the area’s first inhabitants, the Ute Indians.
The Salida Hot Springs Pool public facilities consist of a large 25 meter, 6 lane pool, and a smaller, hotter soaking and play pool. The large pool dominates a large portion of the building, and at approximately 84° – 86°. This pool is delightful for swimming, diving and recreational play. Or soaking after riding!
410 W. Rainbow Blvd. (Highway 50) ~ Salida, Colorado 81201
3 1/2 miles East of the Fairgrounds on Hwy 50 on the left.
JOYFUL JOUNEY MINERAL HOT SPRINGS & SPA
32 miles south of Salida over Poncha Pass and 50 miles north of Alamosa in the San Luis Valley of south central Colorado - on Highway 17 on the way to the Great Sand Dunes National Monument. 1 mile south of the Highway 285 junction.
At an elevation of 7700 feet on the valley floor, Joyful Journey enjoys cool summers and sunny winters, as well as spectacular views of the 14,000 foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the East and the Mountains of Bonanza to the West.
Although the water rises from the travertine springs at between 120 and 145 degrees, Joyful Journey maintain their pools between 98 and 108 degrees. The water is a sodium bicarbonate type with significant levels of boron, calcium, lithium and magnesium along with several other beneficial minerals.
Native American elders and spiritual masters from the area consider this area on the west side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as one of the most sacred and energetically active places in North America. It is said that the water here is encoded with the energy of the earth from which it rises. This water indeed is unique and special among all the hot springs of the state.
Lithium, noted for its calming effects, is reportedly also able to influence distribution of sodium and potassium. Boron is recognized for its benefits to brain function, the immune system, bones and joints.
Joyful Journey natural hot mineral water does not have the “sulfur odor” that is often found in many hot mineral springs. The 98°F pool is perfect temperature for those with low tolerance of hot water and you still get the benefit of the minerals. The 108°F pool is perfect temperature for arthritis, joint and muscle issues.
(Click here to view a list of minerals in the springs.) The pools are drained and cleaned nightly.
BRING WITH YOU:
Bathing suit, towel, sandals, water bottle, robe, hat and a lock for the locker may come in handy.
Bathing suit rental $1.00, Towel rental $1.00