Hoodoos and different fascinating sights await riders of the Durango-Farmington Bicycle Tour. (Courtesy of Neil Hannum)

What began out as a random thought in Neil Hannum’s head has crystallized into actuality: a multi-discipline bike experience from Durango, Colorado, to Farmington.

“Alongside the route, there’s most likely not a self-discipline coated,” he stated. “We’ve a BMX observe, gravel county roads, gasoline discipline roads, after which we hit some single observe with small stretches of slick rock, in order that’s sort of enjoyable. Even within the Farmington glade, children have made some massive jumps do you possibly can hit some massive jumps in case you are into that.”

The Aztec Adventures-sponsored Durango-Farmington Bicycle Tour is simply that, stated Hannum, one of many homeowners of Aztec Adventures. The Oct. 23 occasion is a leisurely, 50-mile experience by areas most individuals don’t get an opportunity to see.

“I’ve ridden my bicycle from Durango to Farmington on the again roads since 1992,” he stated. “I bought three of my buddies and we bought to New Mexico by using in by within the gasoline discipline. So I’ve been doing this for the previous 30 years. We go to Farmington the day earlier than and park vehicles, then drive again to Durango and do the experience the subsequent day.”

That bought him considering that he ought to do one thing to make the great thing about this distinctive space out there to extra folks.

COVID, nevertheless, offered the chance he was in search of as he was in a position to focus his consideration on creating the experience in a method that may make it amenable to a bigger phase of riders.

After all, the virus nonetheless put the kibosh on the final 12 months’s plans, however Hannum was decided to make it a actuality this 12 months.

“I’ve been working with the (Bureau of Land Administration) and Farmington and discussing with all of the stakeholders and getting insurance coverage and allow to make this factor an official occasion,” he stated. “I believe it can assist tie these two communities collectively, as properly.”

Those that have ridden the course suggest a mud bike with maybe barely wider tires to assist negotiate a couple of sandy stretches.

Lane Waldrop, 55, who now lives in Georgia after years of residing in Durango and has accomplished the experience with Hannum prior to now, stated it’s an exquisite journey.

“The final 10 miles of the experience are within the Farmington Glade, a mountain bike space that was created a long time in the past,” he stated. “That half is a critical load of enjoyable. We’d sometimes experience down there and experience that half. That’s just like the reward after the street grind. There have been about 20 to 25 folks after I did it. It was time. You possibly can cease at a pure arch on the best way down, the place we had lunch. It’s a large sandstone arch, one of many highlights of the experience.”

The experience is certainly a number of enjoyable, stated Jim Mackay of Durango.

“It’s distant. It sort of begins subsequent to a busy freeway and really rapidly will get away from that, when you get previous the oil wells,” he stated. “You could have pure gasoline entry roads, then it switches to single observe, and I imagine most of those trails have been made for bikes, in order that they’re good for mountain bikes. Then you definitely as much as the highest of those wonderful ridges. It’s like using a terrific, massive curler coaster. You could have nice views, with hoodoos and arches. All of types of little issues that not lots of people get to see due to the remoteness of it. I had fun.”

Mackay has added it to his listing of go-to spots.

“I’ve gone out and ridden smaller sections of it simply by myself as a result of it’s so fairly on the market,” he stated. “If I get bored within the winter, I’ll take my canine on the market and hike. It’s nice within the winter, not essentially for biking however for mountain climbing and exploring. I’ve discovered all types of cool issues on the market. It’s a really distinctive experience being multisurface. Neil is an area establishment on the subject of the biking group right here, and he’s put in a ton of labor on this.”

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