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About McDowell Mountain Cycles

Since retiring in July, 2015, my wife and I have been spending most of our time in Durango, Colorado. Durango has a reputation for being a mountain bike town with many big name pros past and current living in the area. We live 10 miles north of Durango in the Hermosa area.

One of our goals in starting McDowell Mountain Cycles has been to help people rediscover what great exercise and good fun riding bikes is. Part of the allure of it is being outside and not stuck indoors like we are for much of each day, but being outside brings certain challenges when the weather turns on us.

Bikepacking is like backpacking, except that you have the majority of your gear on your bike. At the shop, we’d been talking about exploring this for a while and decided to do a maiden voyage overnight trip to Seven Springs.

I had not been riding much and “training” even less. I needed a goal, but none of the races I had done in the past were getting me on the bike in earnest. I needed something new, something crazy, something stupid and that’s when it hit me!