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September 17, 2013
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8 Steamboat mountain bikers embark on 'trip of a lifetime'

Steamboat Springs— For seven days and 215 miles, from Durango to Moab, Utah, eight Steamboat Springs mountain bikers rode together.They climbed as high as 12,600 feet and pedaled through mud so thick it turned their bikes into anchors, but it was “a trip of a lifetime,” rider Nate Bird said.

Bird, a sales manager at Honey Stinger in Steamboat, and seven others conquered the trail along the San Juan Hut System, a string of fully stocked huts that provide riders with shelter, beds and necessary kitchenware. With about 35 miles of separation between each hut, riders like Bird and his fellow Steamboaters traversed segments of the trail that provide “mind-blowing” views of scenery and wildlife.

“You’re incorporating the beauty and serenity of backpacking but covering so much ground on your bike, along with the exhilaration of riding downhill,” Bird said. “It was insane.”

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