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EPIC Bike Rides you CAN’T Miss this year!

Post by: Jake

Last year Veronica and I really got into road biking, and “accidentally” discovered one of (if not “THE”) the best bike ride in the world.  We drove up to Glacier National Park for our annual July 4th weekend in Hungry Horse, Montana.  Typically, we do a few day hikes in the park, and then watch some amazing fireworks in downtown Hungry Horse.  Last year, however, was a mega snow year and they were still plowing the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road.  We happen to have  our bikes so thought it might be fun to do a little road biking during a low traffic time of year.  We didn’t know they allowed bikes past the road closure!   After hearing this, of course we jumped at the opportunity.  With plowing at 95% complete, we were able to bike most of the way towards the summit of Logan Pass.  It’s a memory we’ll NEVER forget, and something I highly encourage everyone to try at least once in their life.

Going-To-The-Sun-Road Glacier National Park, Montana
I’ve been keeping an eye on the plowing at Glacier Here. and it looks like the “ideal” time to try and bike a good stretch of the Going-to-the-Sun Road will be near the End of April through around the 2nd or 3rd week of May.  Check out all the plowing pictures Here.  If you’re planning a trip, plan to bike on a weekend as this is what you’re looking for: “West side road crews will not be plowing on Saturday or Sunday, so there will be no hiker/biker restrictions in place this weekend on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.”

Independence Pass, Colorado
As most people in Colorado know, Independence Pass is one of the most scenic passes in the U.S. and it connects Leadville to Aspen.  Every winter it’s closed due to snow, however for a couple weeks before they open the road to cars, the road is completely plowed and open to bikes!  This year the road is scheduled to open to cars on May 24th, so plan accordingly and get up there for one of the most incredible experiences you’ll have on a bike!

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Give-Away CONTEST ~ Detours Bike Bags

To help get you geared up this summer, between now and May 15th, we’re conducting another give-away contest!  Detours Bike Bags has generously sent us some of their outstanding new products to give-away to a few lucky people.   To be entered into the random drawing, we’re asking you to do 2 easy things:

1.)  Subscribe (and confirm your address) to our blog by entering your e-mail address in the green box at the top left corner of the page.  You’ll be sent a confirmation e-mail from “Feedburner” with a link to confirm your address.  If you’re already a subscriber, great you’re already 1/2 way there!

2.)  Comment at the bottom of this post (using the “add a comment” link) and share your summer plans with us. Are you traveling internationally? Planning a road trip? Mastering an old skill? Learning a new sport? We’re looking for some inspiration, and what better way then to hear what you’ve got planned!

That’s it,  At 11:59 p.m. on April 15th, the contest closes, we’ll randomly select 3 people using Random.org, we’ll make sure your a subscriber, then we’ll get in touch with the winners!

About the Prizes…

1st Place:  D2R Large Pannier Set. Large, water resistant back pannier set with universally compatible 4-point attachment system. Includes a rain cover.  We’ll be using a similar set this summer on our bike tour of Ireland!

2nd Place:  D2R Handlebar Bag. Awesome, all inclusive, handlebar bag. Perfect for commuting or touring.  We just posted a full review about the bag here.

3rd Place: Slice Top Tube Bag. Sure to become one of your favorite bike accessories. I know it’s our “most used” bike bag. We fell in love with this style of bag last summer, and can hardly go on a ride now without it!