PIA Forum

Use this page to post questions, answers and general comments  for the PIA event.  Go to the PIA page to register for the event.

11 responses to “PIA Forum

  • Doug Byerly

    Whatcha thinkin for the course, T.Ray ? Would like to start planning for the level of pain and navigational cruxes….

  • Thomas Ray

    Hey Doug and other riders!Dealing with a few Hic-Ups.Should be cleared here pretty soon.Course will be roughly 75-78miles and will be pretty easy to navigate.Sorry for the delay on this.To make this event return there needs to be some do’s and don’t.The feed back has been great so far.
    For those that might be staying the night let me know,i have a couple of hook ups for hotels.Its Labor Day and Snowmass has a 3 day music fest,so rooms and camp grounds fill up.I would stick around,good fun!

  • Todd Kennedy

    Can you give us a hint of what you are thinking for the course. Can’t think of many 78 mile loops in the RF Valley that would be described as easy to navigate. Thanks. Trying to decide if I should do this or rest up for the vapor trail the following weekend.

  • Thomas Ray

    Hey Folks! Here’s a listing for some hotels.All are is Downtown,and super close to the start finish!
    Tyroleon Lodge-(970)925-4595.Super affordable,and the owner Pierre is one bad ass Mountainer,also a Elk Mountain Grand Traverse winner.
    St Moritz Lodge-(970)925-3220.Aspen’s Hostel,super cheap,and they have a pool!
    LimeLight Lodge-(970)925-3025-Average to Pricey.A block from the start!
    Campgrounds close by are Difficult Campground towards Independence Pass,1st come 1st served,and Maroon Bells,1st come 1st served.Both within a couple miles from the start.
    Being Labor Day weekend,Aspen is pretty busy.We have a music festival in Snowmass,we will be riding right by it.Look into going,Mummford & Sons,Kid Rock,Michael Franti,Sugar Land to name a few.
    Course info.I had to go back out yesterday and put in a re-route,sorry but its a hike-a-bike,but its not that long,20min give or take.Course is 55miles,and were going to do some climbing,about 9k.The cool thing here is there are a lot of places to re-fill and get food,and there’s a kickass fruitstand along the way too!
    Tons and tons of singletrack.I was with a group of 5 yesterday two that never rode more than 15 miles.We all stuck together and after 9 hours,we made it.On the 1st ride times will be a few hours faster,but it was awesome to watch these folks get it done.Hint:Goverment absoulutley smoked’em!
    I need to fix a few things on the gps.Its up on Garmin Connect under Pain in the Aspen,90% of what we will be doing
    Rock-N-Roll,be safe post more soon.This 7 day work thing is killing me!

  • Shawn Hadley

    Yo t-ray! Seems like i can help a brotha(s) out…let us (forum freaks) know if i missed anything. (Disclaimer – not all trails are marked with trail signs and this area has a ton of trails that one can easily get turned around on.) But is literally some of the best single track in CO and this course is 95% single track! Great job t-ray!!!!

    (N/Left out of Justice Snow’s) Mill St
    (R) on Gibson Ave
    (L) on South Ave
    (L) on Park Cir
    Smuggler/Hunter Creek/4 Corners Area
    (L) on Smuggler Mountain Rd
    (R) on what i call the Picnic Loop but there is another official name for it???
    (L) on Smuggler Mountain Rd (through wooden gate)
    (R) on Tootsie Roll
    (R) on Lolllipop
    (R) on Hunter Creek Cut Off
    (R) on Iowa Shaft
    (R) on Hunter Creek and across wooden Bridge
    (L/Continue) on Hunter Creek
    (Continue) on Red Mountain Rd
    (R) on Van Horn Park/Overlook
    (L) on Hobbit
    (Continue) Through 4 Corners on Service Rd
    (L) on Secrete
    (L) on Super Secrete
    End of Smuggler/Hunter Creek/4 Corners Area
    (L) on Sunny Side
    (Continue) Across McClain Flats on Sunny Side
    (L) on Rio Grande
    (R) on Cemetary Ln
    (R) on Silver King Dr
    (L) on Homestake Dr
    (L) on Chatfield Rd
    (Continue) onto Government
    (R) on Tiehack Rd
    (L) on Oregon Trail
    (R) on Buttermilk Service Rd
    (L) on Owl Creek
    (Continue) on Ridge Trail/Sky Mountain Park (formely Droste)
    (R) on Low Line
    (Continue) on Brush Creek Rd
    (R) on Rim Bike Path
    (Continue) on Rim
    (R) on Brush Creek Rd
    (L) on Ditch Trail
    (L) on Connector
    (L) on Government
    (R) on Village Bound
    (R) on Sams Knob Work Rd
    (L) on Cross Mountain
    (L) on Elk Camp Work Road
    (R) on Government
    (Continue) on Tiehack Rd
    (R) on ARC bridge
    (L) on High School Trail
    (Continue) over Maroon Creek Bridge
    (L) on Marolt Bike Path to Aspen
    (Continue) over Castle Creek Bridge
    (L) on 8th
    (R) on Hopkins Ave
    (R) on Mill St
    Arrive for many bevi’s at Justice Snow’!!!

  • Bec Bale

    thanks! looking forward to it!

  • mattschiff

    It seems like the route is set? Can someone post the .gpx?

  • mattschiff

    chad, didn’t get the email, but a link to the course won’t help me. When I click “send to device” it won’t work. I need just the gpx file. I manage everything through topofusion anyway because I had issues installing basecamp (computer wouldn’t update and install .net framework)

  • James Osborne, CFP® (@BasonAsset)

    Just thought I would add: I managed a way to get the GPX file straight from Garmin Connect. Just use this link to download:

  • T.Ray

    Hey Chad,
    Yup,6:00-6:20 a little meeting.I will post a comment later tonight on some things,but we are a 6:30 start on the nose.

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