|Atop 11,482 foot Boreas Pass with old cycling buddy Mark Almer.|
|Mark and Craig atop Mt. Evans (elevation 14,271 feet) in the fall of 1992.|
|Kelly and Mark Almer, circa August 2021.|
|Craig and Mark ready to roll from Frisco.|
My bike + gear weighs about 50 pounds more than his.
|Spinning up an old railroad bed toward Boreas Pass, we look back toward Breckenridge.|
|Mark checks out my loaded bike.|
We eventually wind our way to Boreas Pass Road and start the gradual climb in earnest. This road carries a fair amount of vehicle and bicycle traffic, but at least we're out of town and headed for the backcountry.
Once we finally hit gravel, I ask Mark if he'd like to try riding my loaded bike. He jumps at the chance and spins away, clicking through gears while weaving up and down the road. Mark marvels at how the Jones 29+ is so big and heavy, yet comfortable and balanced. He thinks he could ride a long way on this bike.
My time on his vintage StumpJumper initially brings a wide grin, with its crazy light weight, aggressive race geometry, and lightening quick handling. This is a thoroughbred 1990's race bike that goes all in. The front felt so narrow, so forward, and so low that I thought I must be holding onto pegs on the front hub. I don't know how I used to ride an even smaller version of this on long rides and races.
|Taking a break at Baker's Tank, back on our own bikes.|
|Mark surveys the descent off Boreas Pass toward Como and beyond to South Park.|
|Colleen and Jeff hope to open their renovated cabin for business next year.|
|The Bunkhouse, right next door to the cabin being renovated.|
According to Jeff, the "CH" on the wall stands for "Como Hospitality."