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Farmington Canyon

Farmington Canyon

Written by Contender Staff, on Mar 03, 2021

Farmington-Bountiful Gravel Loop (GPX/TCX file and Ride with GPS map found HERE. A longer route including Francis Peak found HERE) – Photos by Tyler Callister, Alvin Holbrook, and Zane Enders. The Farmington-Bountiful Gravel Loop offers some paved road, but much of the climb is gravel or hardpack. The steep initial climb typically starts at...
Contender Rides

Contender Rides

Written by Contender Staff, on Mar 03, 2021

We find ourselves at two awesome locations in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah. These two cities feature access some of the best riding in the world, whether it be on the road, off on the trail, or somewhere in between. We’ve been fortunate enough to ride all over...
Emigration Canyon

Emigration Canyon

Written by Contender Staff, on Mar 03, 2021

Emigration Canyon is perhaps the most-ridden road bike ride in Salt Lake City. The steady, slight incline takes you through the canyon and to a nice little overlook. Great way to get your cycling fix without spending a ton of time on it. Road cyclists from all over the valley...
The Antennas

The Antennas

Written by Contender Staff, on Mar 03, 2021

An excellent evening blast, and one that can be done in about an hour in Salt Lake City. It takes riders through Memory Grove Park (watch for pedestrians), up past Ensign Peak, and down to North Salt Lake. Riders then can ride back on the road, or back up the...
Wolf Creek Pass

Wolf Creek Pass

Written by Contender Staff, on Mar 03, 2021

The Wolf Creek Pass road bike ride is largely available only during late Spring, Summer, and early Fall. The peak, at 9,500 feet, is among the highest mountain passes in Utah. It features a steady climb, significant temperature changes as the elevation climbs, and a fair bit of roadside snow...
Flying Dog

Flying Dog

Written by Contender Staff, on Mar 03, 2021

If you enjoy stand climbing, then this ride is for you. There are essentially three really good loops that can be made out of this. Flying Dog Trail is very well-planned and expertly constructed. Early to intermediate riders will love this trail, but experts will also. The shortest route is...
Soapstone Basin

Soapstone Basin

Written by Contender Staff, on Mar 03, 2021

A common misconception we hear frequently hear is that there is nowhere to ride a gravel bike in the Salt Lake City and Park City areas. Know where to look, and you’ll find high plains dirt roads that show off a combination of fir, aspen, and broad meadows. Soapstone Basin...
WOW Trail

WOW Trail

Written by Contender Staff, on Mar 03, 2021

One of the newest trail networks around is also one of the best. The suggested way of doing the Wasatch Over Wasatch Trail (or WOW Trail) necessitates a shuttle to the top; otherwise, expect nearly 2000’ elevation gain and a rough climb. Otherwise, there’s a mild climb, followed by beautiful...