With the fall steadily approaching and winter quick on its heels, I realized this past week that I needed to get out for a few more of those ‘epic,’ long bike rides I have managed to put-off this past summer. This weekend I set off with a friend early Sunday morning and rode from Dumont Lake to the bottom of Mount Werner. Very similar to the course that was tackled last weekend by Lance Armstrong and the rest of the Continential Divide Race, the trail was in perfect condition with only a few fallen trees over the 25 mile ride. The ride begins below the Rabbit Ears on Rabbit Ears Pass and continues down eventually meeting up with the Steamboat Ski Area. The start of the ride passes Long Lake and the many other small lakes in the backcountry; starting at over 10,000 ft it was a beautiful, cool day, perfect for a long mountain bike ride. At one of the lakes we passed along the way we met a fisherman who said it was his first time back fishing in the Steamboat backcountry in 55 years. And he said that not much had changed. A comforting thought and as we continued on our ride, we too hoped that we return and still accomplish a similar feat in 55 years. And while the temperatures crawled back up into the 70s as we got to the bottom of the mountain, the cool, mid 50 degree weather that we spent the morning shivering our way through stayed in the back of our minds, reminding us and getting us exciting for the new season just around the corner.