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X-Roads of the Rockies Dual Sport

X- Roads of the Rockies Dual Sport Ride.
August 18-19 2018

Tour 3

2 Days of Epic Dual Sport riding around the Arkansas River & the Rio Grande and Colorado River headwaters. This ride starts at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

This Dual Sport ride is Limited to 75 riders so as to keep with USFS Guidelines, keep the groups manageable and so we can all have an enjoyable experience without a large crowd.

We recommend leaving early and keeping stops to a minimum. You leave when you wish, ride at your own pace, and we do not ride in large groups. We also highly recommend you come with a friend and be responsible for each other all through the day. We must insist everyone leave the Fairgrounds by 9 am so we are not out looking for riders in the dark.

Routes should be negotiable by competent riders on over 600cc or factory Dual Sport models. Though we discourage KLR 650s or Adventure bikes.

South-east of Buena Vista, CO.

Day 1 will cover over 125 miles of challenging terrain with Less than 15% pavement. Be prepared for a few rocks. Elevations up to 12,000 feet. 2 gas stops on the route and snacks and meals will be available at the Gas Stops.

Rocks, challenging uphills, downhills, 2 track, singletrack, old mines and outstanding vista’s are just a few of the caveats on this ride over the Continental Divide.


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Day 2 will take you on 2 track and dirt roads, past old mines and up and over the divide to the opposite side of the mountains you rode the previous day.

The Day 2 route will be approximately 125-140 miles at elevations from 7,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level . This year the Loop will include some challenging fun Singletrack and steeper hills than previous years. 1 possible alternate Gas stop on Day 2 where we will portage your fuel can to if you need it. The Gas stop at Lunch on Day 2 we will portage your fuel can and provide Lunch and Beverages.

Bailouts to short-cuts and extra Singletrack are available both Days.


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Summer rain clouds on the Continental Divide
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Enjoy and share the camaraderie of like-minded enthusiast’s at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds on Friday evening with Dinner and beverages included with you Signing-up.

Club Membership is included with your entry for 2018 X-Roads of the Rockies.

This adventure is for Club Members and all expenses are shared. A portion of any profits will be distributed to Chaffee County Search & Rescue and the Blue Ribbon Coalition. Roll Charts are included with the shared expense but may be purchased separately if you cannot make the ride date.

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Expense averaged group cost for the Ride includes 2 days of roll charts , GPS Tracks, Dinner & Beverages Friday night. Fuel and Lunch available at stops along the way on Saturday, Lunch & Beverages included on the trail on Sunday. Fuel Portage, 4 nights camping, a Finisher pin, T- Shirt, Free coffee and breakfast available at the Fairgrounds both mornings. Over 250 miles of epic Dual Sport riding you can’t follow on a map for only $260.00.

We use PayPal as the only option to make it easy to sign -up.  (You do not have to be a PayPal subscriber to use PayPal)

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Team Dixie Dual Sport made it out from Florida and Georgia in 2013

Team Dixie Dual Sports

You are responsible for a Colorado OHV sticker, Fuel and fuel in a DOT Container, spark arrestor, street legality in your state of residence and liability insurance for your motorcycle. We do not inspect any motorcycles. It is your responsibility to be legal.

Directions

Salida, Colorado is located on Hwy 50 in the Heart of the Rockies. The Chaffee County Fairgrounds are located 5 miles West of town @ 10165 C.R. 120, Salida, Colorado 81201 just Northeast of the Hwy 50 and Hwy 285 intersection at Poncha Springs.

X- Roads of the Rockies Dual Sport Ride. August 18-19 2018.
Chaffee County Fairgrounds, Salida, CO.

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RIDE OVERVIEW

August 18-19 2018 X-Roads of the Rockies Dual Sport Ride

Overview

For 2018 Exit Tours Motorcycle Club will be hosting the X-Roads of the Rockies Dual Sport Ride at the Crossroads of the Rockies in Colorado.

• 125 + miles on Saturday August 18 -  140 + miles on Sunday August 19th.

Our club’s Adventures are shared group expense and dirt-oriented.

We work to minimize pavement mileage, maximize scenery and fun, and generally only use paved roads as necessary to tie dirt loops together and access amenities.

Our rides cover routes you cannot put together on a map. If you could put the routes on a map, you couldn’t follow the map as trail markings in the Rocky Mountains are, even in designated riding areas, often missing, non-existent, outdated, misplaced or confusing.

We use a  “High Adventure, No Hassle“ approach where you can share the experience with like-minded enthusiasts’ and experience what the Rocky Mountains have to offer.

Chaffee County, Colorado should truly be called a ‘Mecca’ for off-road motorcyclist’s. The Arkansas River starts to the North in Leadville and exits the Rocky Mountains to the East through Salida, which means ‘Exit’ in Spanish. The headwaters of the Rio Grande river are the Southern boundary. The Headwaters of the Colorado River are the western boundary.

mecca  – noun

1) A place that is regarded as the center of an activity or interest.
2) A goal to which adherents of a religious faith or practice fervently aspire.

There are more 14 thousand foot peaks in Chaffee County than in any other County in the Continental U.S. There are hundreds of miles of old mining roads, railroad right of ways and singletrack trails in the area. Plus, one of the only portions of the Continental Divide trail open to motorcycles.

Club Membership is Included with Signing Up for the X-Roads of the Rockies Dual Sport Ride

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!

This ride will have a riders meeting in the morning at 7 and 8 am where we discuss the day’s ride. Riders start the ride whenever they want and ride at their own pace with whoever they want, although we discourage riding in large groups. Everyone should be on the route by 9 am.

We will provide an area map of each days route and include options for shorter routes, bypasses that avoid difficult sections, if available, and/or bailout routes to the finish.

GPS Tracks will be emailed and Roll Charts will be available at Sign -in on Friday.

This ride will start and end at the fairgrounds where overnight camping is included from Friday through Monday for the group. RV hook-ups are available but not included. Saturday Lunch will be available at both Fuel stops. We will provide lunch at the fuel stop along the trail on Sunday. We will provide a support vehicle to transport riders’ fuel on Sunday as part of a shared group expense. Breakfast will be available at the Fairgrounds on both Saturday & Sunday. As well as Free coffee both days.

Fuel Stops on Saturday will be at approximately 40 and 80 miles at fuel stations where you can also purchase food and beverages. The first stop could be considered an alternate as it not on the actual route. The 2nd stop is on the route and is a nice place to stop for lunch.

On Sunday the 1st fuel stop is at a gas station a mile from the start in case you did not fill up after Saturdays ride. The alternate fuel stop on Sunday is a remote stop at around 70 miles under a culvert which will be marked physically and on the roll chart. The Gas stop on Sunday will be at around 100 miles and at the same spot as the Lunch we will provide. You should put a Dot Container with 2 gallons of fuel on the trailer Saturday evening for the Lunch Fuel stop. For the alternate Fuel stop on Sunday, the area to leave your DOT approved container will be clearly marked so that the container can be transported.

Navigation:

The X-Roads of the Rockies Dual Sport ride is self-guided – We do not provide guides. Every rider will be provided with a map and a GPS track of the routes will be emailed. Roll charts that contain turn mileage, important route information, and other notes are included with the shared group expense. The maps provide an overview of each day’s route so that riders have a general sense of where they are and where they’re going, but are not detailed-enough for navigation. There will be no course markings.

Since GPS units sometimes fail or get confused, and do not support annotations and ancillary information, they should only be used as an aid for navigation.

Important information concerning the routes will only be contained on the roll charts; turn mileage, resets, landmarks, points of interest, etc. We recommend every rider have a roll chart holder and resettable odometer.

Use your GPS as the good tool that it is, but we highly recommend you install and use a roll chart to enhance your ride experience, safety and enjoyment. 

  • • Hazards DO exist on our routes, such as downed trees, washouts, rocks, etc. and will NOT be marked in any fashion.  All routes are publicly-accessible, so you may encounter other riders and traffic. Riders need to use caution and common sense at all times and stay to the right when possible, particularly around blind turns. Remember vehicles heading uphill have the right-of-way.
  • • We discourage you from riding alone and encourage everyone to use the buddy system and pair up with at least one other rider so that you can look after each other. Your ride will be enhanced if you ride with others who are of the same skill level, are riding similar motorcycles, and have compatible desires for the ride (speed of travel, how often to stop for a rest and pictures, etc.).  We won’t have any checkpoints throughout the day or sweep riders to keep track of you.

Motorcycles we recommend:

  • • X- Roads Dual Sport Ride: 250-690cc Dual Sport or a street-legal dirt bikes for those up to the challenge. Skilled riders will be able to complete the loops on a well-equipped 600-700cc dual-sport, such as a KTM 690.  Your bike should have new DOT knobbies or a Hybrid rear tire. Larger-displacement (800+ cc) adventure bikes are Not Recommended.. Smaller play bikes or KLR 650s are not recommended.
  • • Your motorcycle should be capable of going at least 80-miles before needing a fill-up.  If your bike doesn’t have the necessary range you should carry extra gas with you – our gas stops are scheduled at gas stations along the route on Saturday. Sunday will have an alternate gas at around 70 miles available. We will portage your fuel can to the alternate stop if necessary and we will portage your fuel can to the Lunch stop on Sunday at around 100 miles.
  • • Have your motorcycle geared for at least 70 mph so that you can keep up with traffic on highway sections.
  • You will ride through remote, rugged locations that are often inaccessible by truck.  You should carry your own tube, plug kit, tool kit, air, lighter, first aid, water, snacks, tow strap, etc.
  • • Carry a cell phone and we highly recommend the use of a satellite-operated tracking and rescue device such as a SPOT – you will often be out of cell phone range. We also recommend you obtain appropriate healthcare insurance before participating in any rides.

Dual Sport Adventure Group
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Miscellaneous Info:

  • We may provide “outriders” to help you if you need a shortcut to the finish or have questions along the way, but they should NOT be considered “sweep” riders: they are not medics, will not be available to fix bikes or change flats, nor will they have extra parts.
  • If you get stranded we will of course do whatever we can to bail you out, however if we need to arrange evacuation, medical aid, or any other form of rescue assistance for you there may be a reasonable charge associated with that assistance.
  • There may be a course photographer in a strategic place each day to take your picture and provide photos for you online after the event.

Ride Cost Guidelines:

This ride has amenities available, such as meals, parking-meeting arrangements and camping available. The cost for these amenities is paid by Exit Tours M/C for the whole group, the expenses are averaged out per rider based on projected attendance, and payable when you sign-up for a ride. Selecting these amenities is optional and their cost should not be considered payment for the ride.

This allows us to conduct our rides without the turmoil of a permit as long as we limit the rides to less than 75 riders and conduct these rides on a self-guided, shared group expense, non-commercial basis.

Roll charts and holders are highly recommended and charts are included with the shared group expense for use on the ride day(s) or can be purchased separately by club members for use at any other time if you can’t join us on the scheduled ride day.

We use PayPal to make it easy to sign -up.  (You do not to be a PayPal subscriber to use PayPal)

Event Sign up link

Weather Cancellations and Refunds:

Our rides are all-weather.  If two or more riders participate the ride will not be cancelled, regardless of weather conditions, and refunds will not be given for shared group expense amenities nor will they be transferred to another ride or rider.

If Exit Tours M/C cancels a ride we will make all attempts to provide an equivalent ride on an alternate date. If we do this then your prepaid shared group expense payment may be transferred to the new ride date, or if you cannot attend the new date, a 100% refund for shared group expenses will apply. If no such ride is offered then all prepaid shared group amenities payments will be refunded and roll charts can be mailed to you.

Exit Tours Motorcycle Club rides are non-competitive and self-guided. They are for licensed, insured riders with street legal, quiet motorcycles with a USFS approved spark arrestor, but we do not inspect any motorcycles.

Our rides comply with USFS land use requirements, but there is no guarantee that it is permissible or legal to ride everywhere on our routes.  Most USFS and BLM Motor Vehicle Use Maps are outdated, inaccurate, ambiguous, and difficult to read even for the rangers, but especially for the general public.

Even in designated riding areas, USFS and BLM route signs are often missing, non-existent, outdated, misplaced and confusing.  In many areas private property boundaries are not well defined or even posted.

It is possible that anyone following an Exit Tours Motorcycle Club route could get behind closed gates or ride somewhere they are not supposed to be and possibly get cited or yelled at. 

Every Exit Tours M/C member is advised of this in advance of our rides, and by participating takes full and sole responsibility for their actions and well-being, without exception.

Exit Tours Motorcycle Club rides are not competitions, nor are prizes or trophies awarded. All participants are on their own, riding at their own pace, at their own risk, and always have the option to follow the designated route or to follow another route of their choosing. Exit Tours M/C rides are free, non-competitive, non-commercial, recreational club rides for members only.


WHERE DOES THE RIDE START?

The Chaffee County Fairgrounds are located 5 miles Southwest of downtown Salida @ 10165 C.R. 120, Salida, Colorado, 81201.

Just Northeast of the Hwy 50 and Hwy 285 intersection at Poncha Springs, 3.0 hours Southwest of Denver.

100 Miles West of Colorado Springs

Smeltertown Smokestack National Historic Landmark

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FAQ - X- ROADS of the ROCKIES DUAL SPORT RIDE

FAQ - X- ROADS of the ROCKIES DUAL SPORT RIDE

Colorado DualSport

Dual Sport events are intended for street-legal, licensed, insured, 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 Dual Sport Ride is a 250 Mile +/- non-competitive ride that consists of as much dirt and the least amount of pavement as possible and only uses paved roads to tie sections together.




Alpine Lake

We suggest dirt orientated dual sport motorcycles or plated dirt bikes. 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. We suggest starting with a new front knobby and a hybrid rear tire.

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. GPS Tracks will be emailed 10 days before ride.
• 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. We do Not inspect Motorcycles. It is the rider's responsibility to meet these requirements.
• You should have
current liability for your motorcycle, medical insurance coverage and be licensed to operate your motorcycle.
• At sign-in
you will be required to sign a liability release form. You will receive your Ride packet. Roll chart, stickers, Etc.


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: WHO IS INVITED:

Anyone with a street legal Dual Sport Motorcycle. 75 rider Limit. Online Sign-Up Only.

Q: WHAT:

Club Dual Sport Motorcycle ride in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Q: WHEN:

August 17-20 2018

Q: WHERE:

Chaffee County Fairgrounds near Salida and Poncha Springs, CO.
Hwy’s 285 & 50 - 10165 C.R. 120, Salida, Colorado 81201

Q: HOW FAR IS THE DRIVE TO SALIDA?

Salida is located in South Central Colorado at the Continental Divide.

Approximately 3.0 hours southwest of Denver. 70 Miles East of Gunnison. 2 hours West from Colorado Springs on Hwy 24/ 285 or Hwy 50.

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Q: WHAT IS THE COST?

Rocky Mountain Dual Sport$260.00 will include a 250+ mile 2 day Dual Sport ride you can’t follow on a map. Roll-chart, GPS Tracks, Free camping at the fairgrounds Friday until Tuesday. Friday Night Dinner and beverages & a bonfire. Outriders and maps. Hot Springs Pool Pass. Breakfast will be available at the Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday morning, along with Free Coffee. Lunch & Beverages on Sunday at the Fuel stop included with signing up. Fuel Portage Sunday. X-Roads T-Shirt. Finisher pin. Local support. Trailer hook-ups Extra. Post Entry $295.

Q. WHEN DO THINGS START?

Sign-in opens at noon on Friday. Sign the Release, Pick up your Saturday Roll Chart and Rider Packet. We will have GPS tracks and maps to High Altitude Lakes you could do a warm ride to on Friday if you wish. We will have an included BBQ, beverages and a bonfire on Friday evening. Mandatory riders meeting at 7 or 8 am both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Singletrack ride on Monday if your game.

Q: DO I HAVE TO BE A CLUB MEMBER?

Yes. Membership is Included with your 2018 entry. 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: WHAT TYPE OF MOTORCYCLE SHOULD I RIDE?

Factory off road orientated Dual Sport and Plated Off-Road Motorcycles 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 required to Navigate the routes.

KLR 650s and larger ADV Bikes are not Recommended.

Q: HOW LONG IS EACH DAY’S RIDE?

Day 1 is approx. 125 miles over 3 Mountain Pass's on the Continental Divide. Ride past historic mines and mountain mining towns. The Loop will include some Singletrack. Bailout on Pavement after Lunch. Lunch is on you at Tomichi Creek or Mt. Princeton.

Day 2 Loop is approximately 140 miles over a mountain pass thru the wilderness with short pavement sections connectors and several bail outs available. The Loop will include some Singletrack. Visit mines in Historic Bonanza. Elevation up to 12,000 feet. Lunch is a make your Sandwich and beverages included with your entry. Several fun challenging sections after Lunch.

There are options to jump on the pavement and head back to the fairgrounds and these options can be clearly marked on the ride map which is not suitable for trail navigation.

Q: FUEL RANGE AND FUEL STOPS?

Approximately 60 miles between fuel stops. 80 Mile fuel range recommended. Day 1 fuel will be available @ around 40 miles in Sargents and 80 miles @ Mt Princeton Resort. Day 2 we will have an alternate Fuel stop at around 60 miles and a trailer hauling your fuel can at around 100 miles at Lunch and bringing the empty cans back to fairgrounds.

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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 in August.

Q: WHY STAGE AT THE CHAFFEE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS?

Camping is included and water is available. RV parking with hookups will be available from Friday till Tuesday for a fee as well as Free Tent Camping and truck 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. Friday night we will have dinner available in a tent, a bonfire and included adult beverages will be available.

Lodging

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 singletrack trails, few whoops, Rocky Mountain passes and spectacular scenery.

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 rentals and trails. Also, hiking, river and lake fishing, and epic vistas.

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 knobby front and a 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 60 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.

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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 Fairgrounds are just Northeast of the Hwy 50 and Hwy 285 intersection at Poncha Springs.

Q: HOW CAN I GET TO THE START?

You can tent camp or stay in an RV 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 or leave your trailer at the Fairgrounds if you choose to stay elsewhere.

Q: WHERE DO WE MEET TO START ?

Friday afternoon at the Fairgrounds sign-in will be open at Noon. Please try and check-in Friday and pick up your Roll-chart. We will a BBQ and Adult Beverages and a Bonfire Friday evening. We will meet for a riders meeting at 7 am and at 8 am on both Saturday and Sunday mornings in a fair tent in the back of the Fairgrounds.

Breakfast will be available & free coffee will be on-site both Saturday & Sunday. Please check-in at the Fairgrounds both mornings before you leave so we know you are on the trail. The ride starts at the fairgrounds.

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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.

Then head to dinner in town, the Hot Springs pool or your accommodations and get ready to go back out the next morning. Or come and me back hang out and enjoy the bonfire and an adult beverage and 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 meetings. Breakfast will be available onsite as well as Free Coffee with porta-potties onsite.

Please check-in on the sign-out sheet before you leave and check back-in when you finish.
Pick up your T-shirt and finisher pin 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 with frequent resets. All major turns will be noted and are arrowed on the roll-chart. GPS Tracks are also available. As are pre-printed maps not suitable for navigation but to give you a general idea of the route. There will be NO course markings.

Maps are not suitable for navigation and ONLY roll-charts have ancillary & supplementary information. Re-sets to zero are frequent. You must have a resettable Odometer to navigate the course with a roll chart. 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). We do not suggest riding in large groups. Team up with no more than 4 others and watch out for each other.

Buddy System

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. We will have a sign up sheet where you can write your cell number if you haven’t found a buddy before the ride.

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 should have a gas range of 80 miles minimum. And a Colorado OHV sticker

See this link to OHV Regulations under INFO for information on a Colorado OHV Sticker.

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: 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. We do Not inspect any Motorcycles, it is the rider's responsibility to meet these requirements.

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 should 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?

Day 1 will have 3 gas stops available.  A Fuel stop in the morning on the way out and Alternate gas stop in Sargents later in the morning and a stop at Mt Princeton in the afternoon. You will need Cash or a CC to buy your gas at the gas stations and meals on the route on Day 1.

Day 2 there is gas stop available at a fuel station at the beginning of Day 2, but on Day 2 you will need to Bring a DOT fuel Can with 2 gallons of fuel and set in the trailer in the morning, for the fuel stop at Lunch. Fuel cans will be returned that Sunday night. There will also be an Alternate Gas Stop on Day 2 under a culvert at around 60 miles on Sunday. If you need gas at the alternate, the same trailer will be hauling fuel there. You will need a separate fuel can for the Alternate stop, which will be returned.

• Saturday's lunch stop will be early at Tomichi Creek or at Mt Princeton general store where food will be available.
Sunday's Gas stop will be Remote in Bonanza with sandwiches, beverages, water and snacks.
Free Camping at Fairgrounds included from Friday to Tuesday. Hook-ups extra.
Dump Station in nearby Poncha Springs. ($5 donation)
Showers and water available at the fairgrounds. Porta-Potties on-site.
Dinner Friday Night is included, with adult beverages.

Salida Hot Springs Pool pass will be included with your entry this year                                                     

Q: WHAT and WHERE IS THE SALIDA HOT SPRINGS POOL ?

The Salida Hot Springs Pool is the largest indoor hot springs pool 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 and showers.

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!

The smaller pool has a zero-depth entry as well as a stair-entry, making it easily accessible.  The depth gradually increases to four feet, and the temperature ranges from approximately 97° – 100°. These qualities make this pool ideal for aqua-therapy and soaking.

410 W. Rainbow Blvd. (Highway 50) Salida, Colorado 81201. 3 1/2 miles East of the Fairgrounds on Hwy 50 on the left. http://salidarec.com/public-pool/

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FAQ - X- ROADS of the ROCKIES DUAL SPORT RIDE

Colorado DualSport

Dual Sport events are intended for street-legal, licensed, insured, 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 Dual Sport Ride is a 250 Mile +/- non-competitive ride that consists of as much dirt and the least amount of pavement as possible and only uses paved roads to tie sections together.

Alpine Lake

We suggest dirt orientated dual sport motorcycles or plated dirt bikes. 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. We suggest starting with a new front knobby and a hybrid rear tire.

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. GPS Tracks will be emailed 10 days before ride.
• 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. We do Not inspect Motorcycles. It is the rider's responsibility to meet these requirements.
• You should have
current liability for your motorcycle, medical insurance coverage and be licensed to operate your motorcycle.
• At sign-in
you will be required to sign a liability release form. You will receive your Ride packet. Roll chart, stickers, Etc.


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: WHO IS INVITED:

Anyone with a street legal Dual Sport Motorcycle. 75 rider Limit. Online Sign-Up Only.

Q: WHAT:

Club Dual Sport Motorcycle ride in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Q: WHEN:

August 17-20 2018

Q: WHERE:

Chaffee County Fairgrounds near Salida and Poncha Springs, CO.
Hwy’s 285 & 50 - 10165 C.R. 120, Salida, Colorado 81201

Q: HOW FAR IS THE DRIVE TO SALIDA?

Salida is located in South Central Colorado at the Continental Divide.

Approximately 3.0 hours southwest of Denver. 70 Miles East of Gunnison. 2 hours West from Colorado Springs on Hwy 24/ 285 or Hwy 50.

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Q: WHAT IS THE COST?

Rocky Mountain Dual Sport$260.00 will include a 250+ mile 2 day Dual Sport ride you can’t follow on a map. Roll-chart, GPS Tracks, Free camping at the fairgrounds Friday until Tuesday. Friday Night Dinner and beverages & a bonfire. Outriders and maps. Hot Springs Pool Pass. Breakfast will be available at the Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday morning, along with Free Coffee. Lunch & Beverages on Sunday at the Fuel stop included with signing up. Fuel Portage Sunday. X-Roads T-Shirt. Finisher pin. Local support. Trailer hook-ups Extra. Post Entry $295.

Q. WHEN DO THINGS START?

Sign-in opens at noon on Friday. Sign the Release, Pick up your Saturday Roll Chart and Rider Packet. We will have GPS tracks and maps to High Altitude Lakes you could do a warm ride to on Friday if you wish. We will have an included BBQ, beverages and a bonfire on Friday evening. Mandatory riders meeting at 7 or 8 am both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Singletrack ride on Monday if your game.

Q: DO I HAVE TO BE A CLUB MEMBER?

Yes. Membership is Included with your 2018 entry. 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: WHAT TYPE OF MOTORCYCLE SHOULD I RIDE?

Factory off road orientated Dual Sport and Plated Off-Road Motorcycles 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 required to Navigate the routes.

KLR 650s and larger ADV Bikes are not Recommended.

Q: HOW LONG IS EACH DAY’S RIDE?

Day 1 is approx. 125 miles over 3 Mountain Pass's on the Continental Divide. Ride past historic mines and mountain mining towns. The Loop will include some Singletrack. Bailout on Pavement after Lunch. Lunch is on you at Tomichi Creek or Mt. Princeton.

Day 2 Loop is approximately 140 miles over a mountain pass thru the wilderness with short pavement sections connectors and several bail outs available. The Loop will include some Singletrack. Visit mines in Historic Bonanza. Elevation up to 12,000 feet. Lunch is a make your Sandwich and beverages included with your entry. Several fun challenging sections after Lunch.

There are options to jump on the pavement and head back to the fairgrounds and these options can be clearly marked on the ride map which is not suitable for trail navigation.

Q: FUEL RANGE AND FUEL STOPS?

Approximately 60 miles between fuel stops. 80 Mile fuel range recommended. Day 1 fuel will be available @ around 40 miles in Sargents and 80 miles @ Mt Princeton Resort. Day 2 we will have an alternate Fuel stop at around 60 miles and a trailer hauling your fuel can at around 100 miles at Lunch and bringing the empty cans back to fairgrounds.

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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 in August.

Q: WHY STAGE AT THE CHAFFEE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS?

Camping is included and water is available. RV parking with hookups will be available from Friday till Tuesday for a fee as well as Free Tent Camping and truck 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. Friday night we will have dinner available in a tent, a bonfire and included adult beverages will be available.

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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 singletrack trails, few whoops, Rocky Mountain passes and spectacular scenery.

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 rentals and trails. Also, hiking, river and lake fishing, and epic vistas.

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 knobby front and a 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 60 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.

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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 Fairgrounds are just Northeast of the Hwy 50 and Hwy 285 intersection at Poncha Springs.

Q: HOW CAN I GET TO THE START?

You can tent camp or stay in an RV 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 or leave your trailer at the Fairgrounds if you choose to stay elsewhere.

Q: WHERE DO WE MEET TO START ?

Friday afternoon at the Fairgrounds sign-in will be open at Noon. Please try and check-in Friday and pick up your Roll-chart. We will a BBQ and Adult Beverages and a Bonfire Friday evening. We will meet for a riders meeting at 7 am and at 8 am on both Saturday and Sunday mornings in a fair tent in the back of the Fairgrounds.

Breakfast will be available & free coffee will be on-site both Saturday & Sunday. Please check-in at the Fairgrounds both mornings before you leave so we know you are on the trail. The ride starts at the fairgrounds.

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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.

Then head to dinner in town, the Hot Springs pool or your accommodations and get ready to go back out the next morning. 'Or come back and hang out' and enjoy the bonfire and an adult beverage and 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 meetings. Breakfast will be available onsite as well as Free Coffee with porta-potties onsite.

Please check-in on the sign-out sheet before you leave and check back-in when you finish.
Pick up your T-shirt and finisher pin 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 with frequent resets. All major turns will be noted and are arrowed on the roll-chart. GPS Tracks are also available. As are pre-printed maps not suitable for navigation but to give you a general idea of the route. There will be NO course markings.

Maps are not suitable for navigation and ONLY roll-charts have ancillary & supplementary information. Re-sets to zero are frequent. You must have a resettable Odometer to navigate the course with a roll chart. 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). We do not suggest riding in large groups. Team up with no more than 4 others and watch out for each other.

Buddy System

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. We will have a sign up sheet where you can write your cell number if you haven’t found a buddy before the ride.

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 should have a gas range of 80 miles minimum. And a Colorado OHV sticker

See this link to OHV Regulations under INFO for information on a Colorado OHV Sticker.

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: 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. We do Not inspect any Motorcycles, it is the rider's responsibility to meet these requirements.

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 should 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?

Day 1 will have 3 gas stops available.  A Fuel stop in the morning on the way out and Alternate gas stop in Sargents later in the morning and a stop at Mt Princeton in the afternoon. You will need Cash or a CC to buy your gas at the gas stations and meals on the route on Day 1.

Day 2 there is gas stop available at a fuel station at the beginning of Day 2, but on Day 2 you will need to Bring a DOT fuel Can with 2 gallons of fuel and set in the trailer in the morning, for the fuel stop at Lunch. Fuel cans will be returned that Sunday night. There will also be an Alternate Gas Stop on Day 2 under a culvert at around 60 miles on Sunday. If you need gas at the alternate, the same trailer will be hauling fuel there. You will need a separate fuel can for the Alternate stop, which will be returned.

• Saturday's lunch stop will be early at Tomichi Creek or at Mt Princeton general store where food will be available.
Sunday's Gas stop will be Remote in Bonanza with sandwiches, beverages, water and snacks.
Free Camping at Fairgrounds included from Friday to Tuesday. Hook-ups extra.
Dump Station in nearby Poncha Springs. ($5 donation)
Showers and water available at the fairgrounds. Porta-Potties on-site.
Dinner Friday Night is included, with adult beverages.

Salida Hot Springs Pool pass will be included with your entry this year                                                     

Q: WHAT and WHERE IS THE SALIDA HOT SPRINGS POOL ?

The Salida Hot Springs Pool is the largest indoor hot springs pool 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 and showers.

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!

The smaller pool has a zero-depth entry as well as a stair-entry, making it easily accessible.  The depth gradually increases to four feet, and the temperature ranges from approximately 97° – 100°. These qualities make this pool ideal for aqua-therapy and soaking.

410 W. Rainbow Blvd. (Highway 50) Salida, Colorado 81201. 3 1/2 miles East of the Fairgrounds on Hwy 50 on the left. http://salidarec.com/public-pool/

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