December 21st, 2009
Pueblo Reservoir is a great place to mountain bike in the winter. It is normally dry and is 5-10 degrees warmer than here in Colorado Springs during the days. It often gets colder at night, so mornings can be brisk.
Although I had raced at Pueblo Reservoir on the old course at the nature center and ridden the trails around there, I’ve never gone down to ride the new trails on the south shore in Pueblo Lake State Park. Most of them aren’t that new anymore.
Yeti from UpaDowna was going down last Saturday and it worked with my schedule. Another friend Dave also went down.
From the red gate where most people park there are several short canyon drops to the lake. There are also 2 bigger loop trails farther out. They are Outer Limits Trail/Pedro’s Point and Voodoo Loop.
We started with Outer Limits Trail/Pedro’s Point. It has some tight single track along the top of the cliffs above the lake with great views. You can get an interval workout because it keeps going up and down around drainages.
We didn’t ride the Voodoo Loop but it looks like it would be fairly similar to the Outer Limits Trail but on the other side of a finger of the reservoir. The Voodoo Loop is about 10 miles.
We went back to the red gate by way of the Stonehenge Trail. Then we dropped down Skull Canyon which had some fun technical sections. From there we climbed up Water Tower and out to the Arkansas Point.
Based on the other riding I’ve done down there and what I’ve heard about the south shore trails, I was expecting some great riding. I wasn’t disappointed and we all had a great time.
I’ve created a Google Map of our Pueblo Reservoir mountain bike ride. Click on the photo icons to view photos. You can also see the photos on SmugMug. The map from the trail builders makes a good trail map since the trails are well marked.
April 4th, 2009
Photo from Southern Colorado Trail Builders
The mountain bike race at Pueblo Reservoir has long been a good early season race for Colorado Front Range racers to fine tune their fitness. This years edition is on Sunday, April 26th. You can register online using SportsBaseOnline. Online registration closes April 23rd. The race flyer also has an entry form and more info on the race.
It is once again being put on by the Southern Colorado Trail Builders. They currently don’t have any info on their website and haven’t replied to my email from a few weeks ago. Great Divide Bike & Ski confirmed this week it is on and gave me the info on online registration.
Pueblo Reservoir is a great place to go mountain bike this time of the year. It is generally warmer and dryer than most of the Colorado Front Range. I need to get down there and do some riding with my new Garmin Edge 705.
April 16th, 2008
Update 4/4/09: Info on 2009 Lake Pueblo Arkansas Point Challenge
I’m slow getting this posted but we have both mountain bike and road racing this weekend.
The Lake Pueblo Arkansas Point Challenge is Sunday. Once again Vance’s Bicycle World is one of the sponsors. Vance was a great sponsor for Pikes Peak Velo many years ago when I was doing the shorter mountain bike races.
On the road, there are both collegiate and USA Cycling races. Saturday morning there are individual and team time trials at the Air Force Academy. Saturday afternoon is the Colorado College criterium. The Air Force Academy road is on Sunday.
If you don’t race, the Colorado College criterium would be excellent for watching. Since the course is short, you get to see the riders come by every few minutes. I like watching on the hill just south of the Fine Arts Center. If you’re in Pueblo, there are probably some good places to watch the MTB race but I don’t know the course. Time trials generally aren’t very much fun to watch. The road race would be OK for watching but you don’t see the riders very much.
April 20th, 2007
2008 Pueblo Reservoir Mountain Bike Race Info
I must be really out of touch with the mountain biking scene. I just found out today from the out there blog that there’s a mountain bike race at Pueblo Reservoir this Sunday April 22nd. It’s being put on in part by Vance’s Bicycle World. Vance used to sponsor Pikes Peak Velo back when we used to have several members in Pueblo. Actually we were called Rainbow Racing but this being Colorado Springs some members had a problem with rainbow being in our name.
Vance is a really cool guy and rides out at Pueblo Reservoir all the time so he knows all the cool trails. We used to put on a race there and it had some really cool sections. I expect this course won’t disappoint. You can check out some great pictures of the area and Vance to see what it’s like down there.
The entry form says that there won’t be any race day registration. I talked to the guys at Vance’s Bicycle World and they said they are going to go ahead and let people register on Sunday. They said just to arrive extra early and print out the entry form and bring it with you. You may want to confirm this information with them at 719-566-6925.