Islands in the Sky Cruise

Islands in the Sky Cruise

The Islands in the Sky Cruise is a 51-mile out-and-back ride over undulating terrain between and through Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park. The elevation ranges from 5,639 feet at Upheaval Dome, in Canyonlands National Park, to 6,184 feet on Big Flat, on State Highway (SR) 313 between the Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point Parks.…

Tushar Mountains Challenge

Tushar Mountains Challenge

The Tushar Mountains Challenge is a 42.3 mile out-and-back ride that starts in the southwestern Utah city of Beaver. The ride climbs into the high mountains east of the city, to the end of the paved highway, and then turns around for the return descent. The elevation ranges from 5,940 feet at the start of the ride to 10,010 feet near the turnaround point. The 20-plus miles of sustained climbing make this a challenging outing.…

Park City Fall Trail Report

Interactive Map: MTF recently launched a new interactive map, the system spawns off of the popular skidmap.com platform, but the MTF version focuses on the greater Park City area of trails. The system is feature rich with the ability to create and share routes with friends, or even export as a gpx file for use with GPS systems. Please go give it a test drive. For more information, visit mountaintrails.org…

Powder Mountain Challenge

Powder Mountain Challenge

The Powder Mountain Challenge is a 39.1-mile out-and-back climbing challenge in Weber County. The route includes three strenuous climbs, the second of which ascends Powder Mountain. Although the name “Powder” might conjure notions of ‘powder puff,” as if the climb is soft and easy, it is far from that. In fact, Powder Mountain Road (State Highway 158) is considered to be one of the steepest roads in Utah, averaging a 14% gradient over a 5-mile stretch (with steeper pitches thrown in to augment the challenge). Please note that snow or ice can make this ride treacherous, so be sure to check the weather and the roads before venturing out.…

Tintic Mountains Classic

Tintic Mountains Classic

The Tintic Mountains Classic is a 110.0-mile loop through Utah, Eureka and Tooele Counties in north central Utah, making this the longest Road Biking Utah ride. The route covers some premium territory, visiting Utah Lake, the Tintic Mountains, and a segment of the Pony Express route. The ride is reasonably mountainous, with elevations ranging from 4,522 feet adjacent Utah Lake, to 6,620 feet near Eureka. Portions of the route have proven to be very popular with the Tour of Utah stage race, which, in its most recent editions, has featured a stage along these roads.…

Bear Lake Cruise

Bear Lake Cruise

The Bear Lake Cruise is one 51-mile lap of Bear Lake in northern Utah and southern Idaho. The preferred direction is clockwise, such that the rider remains on the lakeside of the road. The ride uses US 89 and SR 30 on the western side of the lake, and Eastshore Road (in Idaho) and North Cisco Drive and East Cisco Drive (in Utah) on the eastern side.…

Grand Canyon’s Rainbow Rim Trail is Worth the Trip

Grand Canyon’s Rainbow Rim Trail is Worth the Trip

Our destination was a lonely point at the end of a long dirt road. The wind was pushing around the half ton Chevy that was transporting us. The weather predicted that it would stay windy and the temperature was to drop significantly. We were drawn by what was next to this Paris like pit of a swamp, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. More precisely, the Rainbow Rim with its 18 miles of flowy singletrack made the adverse weather conditions worth it.…

The Road to Recovery from Trauma and Cancer: Dean Lang’s Journey Back to His Bike

The Road to Recovery from Trauma and Cancer: Dean Lang’s Journey Back to His Bike

In 2009, Dean Lang was one of 3 cyclists that I featured in the August 2009 issue of Cycling Utah (http://www.cyclingutah.com/august/August2009counter.html) who completed a solo ride across the United States via the Adventure Cycling Association’s Southern Tier route. Dean did the ride in early 2007 at the age of 60. On June 28th of 2010 Dean had an accidental shooting that shattered his distal femur. Shortly after the start of his rehabilitation, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The following conversation discusses Dean’s life before and after that tragic night.…

Big Cottonwood Canyon Challenge

Road Biking Utah features a mixture of well-known routes and out-of-the-way rides, some of which even Utah’s most avid cyclists may not know. The Big Cottonwood Canyon Challenge is one of the former types of ride – popular and heavily-ridden.…

Navajo Lake Loop Trail

Navajo Lake Loop Trail

Navajo Lake can be found on top of Cedar Mountain about 25 miles east of Cedar City. The lake was formed by a lava flow, of the kind that is typical of the area, that dammed water flow. The lake sits at 9200 feet so bring your lungs.…