The racing here in the front range wasn’t going as planned for me, so when there was an opportunity to get out of town and race in Grand Junction, my friend Lars and I jumped on it. A few weeks before I decided to do this race, I had spent some time looking for new roads to ride on the western slope of Colorado. Most of places west of Beaver Creek had only served as road signs and places to pull off and refuel as I headed towards destinations such as Grand Junction, Moab, and other points west.
I have used Strava to plot out routes around Denver in order to string together potential new roads. I turned there again in hopes that I could find some hidden gems. In doing this, my starting point was the town of Silt, Colorado. I had never even pulled off I 70 here before, so new roads where guaranteed.
I was grateful to have a co-pilot that could help me navigate these unknown stretches of tarmac. As we drove around, I was ashamed that I had never stopped here before. Quiet roads and unbelievable views greeted us around every bend.
I was fairly certain that some of these roads that were going to be dirt or gravel and wanted to first have a chance to drive them to see if they were going to rideable by road bike.
With the threat of rain looming on the horizon, when we hit this section, I thought it wise to try this road another day. We turned back and headed in the direction that we had come from. This turned out to be a great decision. The sun was descending and soon we’d be treated to what many call magic or golden hour.
These ranch lands had almost no traffic and the road surfaces were nothing less than fantastic. I was really wishing that had time to suit up and get some miles in, but I really just wanted to hang out and see what the sunset had in store for us.
As you can see, once again, Colorado did not disappoint. The chirping of the birds, the moos of the cattle, and the light of the day had me relishing in my decision to get off the highway and see what this spot had to offer.
As we stood there and witnessed the quiet solitude of Silt, I knew that this was a place I would revisit and couldn’t wait to do so. The fire of adventure had been stoked on this day!