FAQ - X- ROADS of the ROCKIES DUAL SPORT RIDE
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.
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.
Club Dual Sport Motorcycle ride in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains.
August 17-20 2018
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?
$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.
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.
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.
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 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/