I finally motivated myself to start working segments on the Colorado Trail. How better to celebrate than by dropping my front triple crank and going straight to 1×10?

Danger, falling newbs

Danger, falling newbs

Fortunately, I was wise enough to pick up a OneUp Components 40t cog to beef up my 11-36 XT cassette. It was JUST enough to get me up some mildly technical climbs. It was NOT enough to drag my ass up the really technical gnar, through which I hike-a-biked.

Delicious green matches the Superfly

Delicious green matches the Superfly

I did manage to get some spectacular views while taking a break at the half-way point and also encountered a fair bit of big-horn-sheep-ass on my way back down the Waterton Canyon road.

A look out from the top of Indian Creek trail

A look out from the top of Indian Creek trail

I promised sheep ass and here I deliver

I promised sheep ass and here I deliver

Yes, I know, I should have gotten the green RaceFace ring instead of the black.