Monarch Mind Bender (MMB)

Welcome to the 2020 and Fifth Edition

August 29, 2020 6:15am  (Saturday!)

Hosted by Logan Davis.

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Don’t you want to ride all these amazing descents in 1 day!
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This is intended to be NON-COMMERCIAL, Recreational-Use Activities that are held on parts of USFS lands in compliance with USFS Special Use Rules and Regulations.

Please make sure to read all rules for this.  This is fully unsupported and you will need to be self-sufficient in order to complete this.  The rules are located HERE.

Course Detail

Earn your turns and ride 5 amazing descents in a day on this tour of the Monarch Crest area (Fooses, Crest, Silver Creek, Starvation & Greens).  Don’t be afraid to ride your big bike with grippy tires and a dropper post to maximize the fun!

Start on Monarch Pass and ride Crest Trail to S. Fooses.  ->Descend S. Fooses and climb back up N. Fooses dirt road to reconnect with the Crest Trail.  Follow Crest Trail passing by Marshall Pass to Silver Creek.  ->Descend Silver Creek and take Rainbow Trail to Hwy 285.  Make an immediate left Climb back up Marshall Pass Rd back to the top of Marshall Pass.  ->Descend Starvation and climb back up Poncha Creek Rd back to Marshall Pass.  Climb backwards up the Crest Trail to Greens. ->Descend Greens Creek Trail and stop your timer at HWY 50. Pedal out to the Poncha Springs Visitors Center, find the clip board and record your time/sign out.

86 miles, ~11k ft climbing, ~14,5k ft descending


Use the forum to share rides and help get everyone to the top.  Car pool from the visitors center on the corner of 285 and 50.  Before the ride please sign up before the start at the visitors center parking lot from 5:00 am to 5:30 am or at the start from 6:00 am till 6:15 am.  When you get done with your ride (regardless of how far you got) please sign out on the registration sheet that will be left at the visitors center.

We will have a potluck aid station on top of Marshall Pass that you will pass by 3 times during your tour (mile 24, 57 & 68). Bring your potluck items to the start of the ride (at Monarch Pass) and we will transport them to the aid station.

Civil Twighlight 6:04am Sunrise 6:31am, Sunset 7:37pm Civil Twighlight 8:04pm

All riders should be passed the last aid station and headed backwards up the Crest Trail by 5:30pm.  Unless you are carrying lights you are encouraged to bail down Marshall Pass Road back to Poncha Springs.

Register here. -Registration is open!

Route: click Here.

52 responses to “Monarch Mind Bender (MMB)

  • jjakomait

    UPDATE: High Valley Shuttle will set up an an earlier bird run leaving at 5:30am for those interested at their standard rate. Please call them at 719-539-6089. To be fair to them, please don’t wait till the last minute to reserve your seat!

  • abreton

    I downloaded Jessie’s MMB route as a GPX file from Strava and then uploaded that file to my Google Drive account. Anyone that doesn’t use Strava is welcome to download this GPX file, here’s the link:

  • Fred Maxwell

    we starting at the top of monarch at 6:00?

    • jjakomait

      Fred, Start is at the top of Monarch Pass at 6:15am. It should just be light enough to see without lights at that start time!

  • Nathan Williard

    So if we leave stuff for the aid station that we want back like a rain jacket, pack, etc will we be able to get it back after the race? Thanks!

    • jjakomait

      Nathan, I will be driving everything left at the feedzone back down to the Visitors Center around 6:30pm – 7pm so you could pick up anything you left at that time or arrange for someone else to grab it..

  • jjakomait

    Please plan to drop off your potluck feedzone goodies at the High Valley Shuttle parking lot at 5am or else have it at the top of Monarch Pass at 6am.

  • Fred maxwell

    Let’s have beers after at elevation!
    Regardless of how far you make it?

  • jjakomait

    High Valley Shuttle opened up their parking lot for those taking the shuttle. Simplify your morning and park there rather than the Visitors Center.

    • Jordan

      I’m thinking of driving over from Gunni. Will anyone be headed back over Monarch after the event? Would love to park my vehicle up top rather than driving all the way down to Poncha. Anyone have any ideas?

  • Dwayne Otto

    Hey Jessie, Sorry I missed the sign out sheet, I’m thinking Mike may have also missed it. We both dnf’d it.

    • jjakomait

      Dwayne! Thanks for coming out and rolling on some sweet singletrack with us! As for documenting it, the fault was mine for not having a good plan where to leave the sheet. Lesson learned for next year!

  • jjakomait

    The first ever Monarch Mind Bender is in the books! Leave a comment for any corrections or missing info including any detail of what you did ride if you had to cut your day short. Everyone deserves credit for being out there and great job everyone for taking the plunge!

    Jesse Jakomait 8h09m
    Matt Schiff 8h18m
    Rob Powell 9h29m
    Nathan Williard 9h43m
    Bastien Donze 10h00m
    Jordan Carr 10h00m
    Logan Davis 10h02m
    Ben Gannon 10h30m
    Jeff Steinhoff 10h31m
    Robin Guillaume 11h22m
    Robert Blackwell 11h33m
    Rafael Millan 11h51m
    Nelson Jones 11h51m
    Andy Wiedrich DNF
    Dwayne Otto DNF
    Andrew Grund DNF
    Josh Agenbroad DNF
    Teresa Garcia DNF
    Eric Cutlip DNF
    Jeff Spencer DNF
    Mike Jenrette DNF
    James Bove DNF
    Fred Maxwell DNF (skipped Starvation loop)
    Matt Bourget DNF
    Ignacio Barrantes DNF (cut out at the bottom of Starvation)

  • Nico

    Called the shuttle company today about reserving a couple of seats. They were not aware that they were providing an early shuttle on race morning…

    • jjakomait

      Nico! Thanks for reminding me. They are all set now so you and everyone else, please give them a ring and reserve your seat! Shuttle leaves at 5:30am.

      • Matt Giaraffa

        Jesse, I just called and added myself and Nico to the shuttle list. They said they need your credit card on file to actually reserve the shuttle, though. Should we bring cash the morning of the race?

  • Jay Lewandowski

    Jessie J., I called Theo High Country Shuttle and They have 19 spots for the Mind Bender Group. She suggested I contact you as she could not add me to the list. She does not know the arrangements for Saturday.
    Bill Watson and myself are planning on the AM shuttle. Does your group of 19 include us?
    Also, she wants a credit card to reserve the shuttle and then she says each rider will pay cash.

  • Chad

    Is the GPX file that Andre Breton shared above the correct file for the race this year? See you on Saturday! I called High Valley to reserve a spot and they said I was in, but the dude didn’t care to take my name?


  • charlie hayes

    Chad, I just called HV and gave them my name even tho he didn’t want it. Also, they said $20 cash or $25 CC the morning of. charlie

  • Matt Giaraffa

    My legs are ready for total and complete destruction tomorrow. See you folks early in the morning!

  • jjakomait

    2017 MMB times:

    Nathan Williard 8:23
    Chris Alstrin 8:35
    Logan Davis 9:00
    Graham Ruhmann 9:16
    JP Frymoyer 9:18
    Chad Kittles 9:18
    Rob Powell 9:20
    Jeff Spencer 9:45
    Jon Haftel 9:50
    Alex Schultz 10:17
    Ben Hanus 10:35
    Charlie Hayes 10:45
    Andrew Wiedrich 10:45
    Matt Giaraffa 12:32
    Nico Seamons 12:32
    Dan Hickstein 13:03
    Josh Stahl 13:03
    Dwayne Otto 13:28
    Matt Brinski 14:05
    Chris Eckstein DNF – 73mi
    Robert Blackwell DNF – 58mi
    Jonathan Williams DNF – 58mi
    Bill Watson DNF – 44mi
    Jay Lewandowski DNF – 44mi

  • Dan Hickstein

    Well done everyone! Thanks for organizing Jesse. And thanks to all the folks that provided the incredible bacon, burritos, and baked goods at the aid-station – you are fantastic! Josh and I were really hoping to set a new record for longest time on the course, but kudos to Matt and Dwayne for toughing it out and finishing. Did you guys make it out before the rain started?

    • Matt Brinski

      Dan, I had a very slow and tedious time coming down Greens and had to throw a light on just before hitting the trailhead. Biked down Hwy 50 in the pouring rain but didn’t care… What an awesome experience. I think I like this biking thing! I will be back next year for sure!!!

  • Matt Giaraffa

    Yep, well done all. That was a hell of a ride, and thanks to Jesse for putting that on and the encouragement at the aid station stops to keep rolling!

  • Chad kittles

    Is the shuttle set up to call and reserve for us? I think I saw to call after today?


  • Chad kittles

    Looks like the phone number changed to 719-581-2702

  • jjakomait

    Sorry folks, High Valley Shuttle is out this year, we are all on our own! Rally together on this forum, we should be able to car pool everyone up there from the old Visitor Information Center.

  • Chad kittles

    I will be up at the top. Not sure if I can help shuttle because my car is tiny and I already have one other person with me. Not sure how I will get back up there after the race?

  • Chad Kittles

    Does anyone have room for two? I can get you back up to the top after the mind bender.

  • jjakomait

    I have room for 3 more riders to get to the top before the start. Reply to this and you got the seat! We roll at 5:30 leaving from the old Visitors Center on the NW corner of 50 and 285

  • Mike Hornemann

    Mike Hornemann is in!

  • Kyle Quinn

    I’ll take that last seat. Thanks Jesse!

  • Anuthee Korder

    Jesse – I can help with the marshall pass aid. Let me know what you need.

    • jjakomait

      Anuthee, terrific! Bring a chair for yourself and if possible, a big water jug (5 gallons). I’ll have at least 10 gallons as well. First riders should be through a bit before 9am. I have another volunteer that will bring potluck feedzone goodies from the start to Marshall.

  • Dennis Stalet

    I have room if someone needs a lift to the pass in the AM, as long as you don’t mind squeezing in to the back seat. Your bike will be safely transported on a rear rack. First to respond gets the seat. I’ll be at the visitor center at 5:20 am, leaving at 5:30. Look for a black Nissan XTerra.

  • Mike Hornemann

    Hey Jesse, thanks for putting on a killer race! Are you going to post results?

  • jjakomait

    2018 Monarch Mind Bender!!

    Nate Williard 8:36
    Matt Schiff 9:02
    Mike Phillips 9:05
    Logan Davis 9:26
    Keith Yzquierdo 9:31
    Bastien Donze 9:50
    Nick Thelen 9:52
    Rob Batey 9:54
    Kyle Quinn 10:05
    Mike Hornemann 10:15
    Jordyn Drayton – 67.2 mi
    Dennis Staley – top of Marshall Pass Rd
    Paul Rago – Rainbow?
    Dwayne Otto – Rainbow
    Robin Guillame – N Fooses

  • JP Brewer

    JP Brewer is in for 2019!

  • Andrew Sayers


    I’d like to join the ride this weekend. Anything special I need to do to get on the list?

  • jjakomait

    2019 MMB Times:

    Nate Williard 8h45m
    Mike Phillips 8h56m
    Chad Kittles 9h30m
    Eric Fossell 10h34m
    Andrew Sayers SS 12h06m
    Ian Howells 12h55m
    Matt Orr 12h55m
    J.P. Brewer 77mi
    David Moon 77mi
    Robin Guillaume 75mi
    Anuthee Korder 58mi
    Nick Thelen 58mi
    Anthony Kady 58mi
    Richard Kolkovich 53mi
    Seth Holmes 44mi

    Another great year in the books! Thanks everyone for coming out and getting rad out there. Everyone that started is a total rockstar!

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