phantom canyon

Yesterday Jon, Ryan, Shaun and myself set out to do an epic single speed road ride to sort of prepare for our Colorado Springs to Aspen ride we are doing here pretty soon. The route we decided on was leave Colorado Springs on hwy 115 and head south until Canon city and then head up phantom canyon to victor and head from Victor to Divide and then back down hwy 24 to the springs. Doesn’t sound too bad but it was a lot harder than expected. Phantom canyon is a 27 mile dirt climb so doing that on a single was no easy task. Both Ryan and I managed to run out of water on the way up the canyon so I rolled into victor on fumes. Victor is such a strange little town. Its sort of like a scoobie doo ghost town full of old mining junk. We went to the general store to fill up on water. Before leaving Victor we were informed by a truck full of hicks that we were fags. NICE! We managed to escape rain all day. In some cases by less than a mile it seemed. Over it was a blast. I wish we would have done more regrouping instead of dropping each other and not waiting but I can’t really control that.

ryan and shaun leaving town early

heading down 115

waiting for ryan before heading up phantom canyon

ryan heading up phantom canyon

my bike set up for an all day ride

just big enough to fit your tires in the cracks

ryan on the sketchy bridge in phantom canyon

getting food in victor

scoobie doo ghost town

just outside victor

getting water on the way home



  1. alex
    Posted June 1, 2009 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    jealous. looks like the perfect day.

  2. Jon Csakany
    Posted June 2, 2009 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    Thanks for taking all the pictures. I had a great time and loved suffering the day away with you. I love the picture of Chippy at the spring he looks like skittles are coming out of the pipe.

  3. Pablo
    Posted June 4, 2009 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Nice photos.

    Biking is ghey, therefore you are ghey – didn’t you know? Those ass hats are pretty much the reason why my road bike hangs on the wall most of the year.

  4. Taz
    Posted December 12, 2009 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    yeah, i get lots of fag comments and the like living up in woodland park. i think i am the only person who rides a fixed gear up here as well:)

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