Where else can mountain bikers complement a day's bike ride with a dizzying glissade down a mid-August snowfield? Where else can they descend nearly 40 miles through five biogeographical zones? Where else can they catch a major league game and be ripping along rocky singletrack 30 minutes later? Colorado, that's where. Snow in August, lighting above timberline, and 100 degree desert temperatures are all to be expected in the sport of Colorado mountain biking. As the country's highest state, Colorado offers its mountain bikers a unique perspective into the sport and raises the bar for all who ride. Under the expert guidance of local cyclist Stephen Hlawaty, come admire the beauty and revere the majesty that is Colorado.
From this newly revised book, cyclists can expect exhaustive and comprehensive trail descriptions of more than 50 of the state's greatest mountain bike adventures, from beginner to advanced. Included are GPS-quality, digitally designed relief maps, and accurate route profiles showing the ups and downs of each ride. In addition, detailed directions get cyclists to the ride without getting them lost. Detailed mile-by-mile directional cues are also provided with difficulty ratings, elevation gain, trail contacts, and much more. More than 60 photographs round out this book's presentation. It's not just a mountain bike guide to Colorado. It's a guide to Colorado by mountain bike.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., raised in Queens, N.Y., but mellowed in Colorado, Stephen Hlawaty has definitely found a home within the Centennial State's Rocky Mountains. His mellowing is a consequence of a certain peace of mind one finds in narrowing ones priorities. Loving his wife, Amanda, and sharing time together with their dog Moab in the mountains has left this one-time city slicker in a mellow mood.
Writing for a variety of local and national outdoor and technical publications, Stephen still finds time to refuel his soul by mountain biking, backcountry skiing, and backpacking in the surrounding mountains near their Livermore cabin. When not offering his blood, sweat, and tears to the outdoors, he does so on the mat while training in Aikido, the Japanese martial art of self-defense.