August 13-17 2020 X-Roads of the Rockies
We work to minimize pavement mileage, maximize scenery and fun, and generally only use paved roads as necessary to tie dirt loops together and access amenities.
Our rides cover routes you cannot put together on a map. If you could put the routes on a map, you couldn’t follow the map as trail markings in the Rocky Mountains are, even in designated riding areas, often missing, non-existent, outdated, misplaced or confusing.
We use a “High Adventure, No Hassle“ approach where you can share the experience with like-minded enthusiasts’ and experience what the Rocky Mountains have to offer.
Chaffee County, Colorado should truly be called a ‘Mecca’ for off-road motorcyclist’s.
mecca – noun
1) A place that is regarded as the center of an activity or interest.
2) A goal to visit which adherents of a religious faith or practice fervently aspire.
The Arkansas River starts to the North in Leadville and exits the Rocky Mountains to the East through Salida, which means ‘Exit’ in Spanish. Which is where we got the name ‘Exit Tours’.
The headwaters of the Rio Grande river are the Southern boundary and the Continental Divide of the Colorado and Arkansas Rivers are the western boundary of Chaffee County.
There are more 14 thousand foot peaks in Chaffee County than in any other County in the Continental U.S. There are hundreds of miles of old mining roads, railroad right of ways and singletrack trails in the area. Plus, one of the only portions of the Continental Divide trail open to motorcycles.
Club Membership is Included with Signing Up for the X-Roads of the Rockies . Ride with GPS club Membership is included with your Exit Tours MC Membership.
There is no qualifying or probation period to become an Exit Tours Motorcycle Club member and there are no required meetings or work days associated with your membership — Just join and ride!
This ride has a riders meeting each morning at 7 or at 8 am where we discuss the day’s rides. Riders start the ride whenever they want and ride at their own pace with whoever they want, although we discourage riding in large groups. Everyone should be on the route by 9 am.
You only need attend one meeting.
GPS Tracks will be emailed along with your Ride With GPS Club Membership.
The rides will start and end at the fairgrounds where overnight camping is included from Thursday until Monday for the group. RV hook-ups are available for an are extra cost.
Breakfast will be available at the Fairgrounds on both Saturday & Sunday. As well as Free coffee both days. Dinner is included Friday-Saturday
Fuel Stops will be at approximately 80 miles at fuel stations where you can also purchase food and beverages.
The X-Roads of the Rockies Dual Sport, Singletrack & ADV routes are self-guided.
We do not provide guides.
GPS tracks of the routes will be emailed. The maps included with the GPS Tracks provide an overview of each day’s route so that riders have a general sense of where they are and where they’re going, but the maps are not detailed-enough for navigation. There will be no course markings.
• Hazards DO exist on our routes, such as downed trees, washouts, rocks, etc. and will NOT be marked in any fashion. All routes are publicly-accessible, so you may encounter other riders and traffic. Riders need to use caution and common sense at all times and stay to the right when possible, particularly around blind turns. Remember vehicles heading uphill have the right-of-way.
• We discourage you from riding alone and encourage everyone to use the buddy system and pair up with at least one other rider so that you can look after each other. Your ride will be enhanced if you ride with others who are of the same skill level, are riding similar motorcycles, and have compatible desires for the ride (speed of travel, how often to stop for a rest and pictures, etc.). We won’t have any checkpoints throughout the day or sweep riders to keep track of you.
Motorcycles we recommend:
• 250-690cc Dual Sport or a street-legal dirt bikes for those up to the challenge. Skilled riders will be able to complete the loops on a well-equipped 600-700cc dual-sport, such as a KTM 690. Your bike should have new DOT knobbies or a Hybrid rear tire. Larger-displacement (800+ cc) Adventure bikes are Not Recommended for the Dual Sport Routes. Smaller play bikes or KLR 650s are not recommended.
Adventure Routes are Suitable for for any properly Set Up ADV Motorcycle.
Including KLR 650s. For 2020 we will offer the opportunity for 2 Day (Overnight) ADV Loops. Lodging is on you.
• Your motorcycle should be capable of going at least 80-miles before needing a fill-up. If your bike doesn’t have the necessary range you should carry extra gas with you – our gas stops are scheduled at gas stations along the route.
• Have your motorcycle geared for at least 70 mph so that you can keep up with traffic on highway sections.
• You will ride through remote, rugged locations that are often inaccessible by truck. You should carry your own tube, plug kit, tool kit, air, lighter, first aid, water, snacks, tow strap, etc.
• Carry a cell phone and we highly recommend the use of a satellite-operated tracking and rescue device such as a SPOT – you will often be out of cell phone range. We also recommend you obtain appropriate healthcare insurance before participating in any rides.
- Camping will be available from Wednesday August 12. The ride will start on Thursday but you can set-Up Camp Wednesday at the Fairgrounds