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With more than 400 mi of public trails and smooth blacktop roads stretching in every direction, it's no wonder Park City is home to a number of internationally elite mountain and road bikers. You can join local road or mountain bikers three evenings a week for free group rides sponsored by Park City bike shops.
Pick up a free map of area trails at any local bike shop or get details online from Mountain Trails Foundation. Park City, UT. 435/649–6839. www.mountaintrails.org.
Road bikers can ride with a pack each Monday evening from June to mid-September from Cole Sport. You can rent mountain and road bikes from Cole; be ready to ride from the shop at 6 pm. 1615 Park Ave., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–4806 or 800/345–2938. www.colesport.com.
If you're looking to learn to mountain bike or improve your skills, Deer Valley Mountain Bike School offers clinics and guided tours in myriad packages; a half-day group clinic is $44. Silver Lake Village at Deer Valley, Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–6648 or 888/754–8477. www.deervalley.com.
For a little help getting uphill, Deer Valley Resort offers lift-assisted mountain biking or hiking daily mid-June through mid-September; it's $28 for a lift ticket. Bike rentals are available. Silver Lake Village and Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley, Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–1000 or 888/754–8477. www.deervalley.com.
On Tuesday evenings from May through September, the bike experts at Jans Mountain Outfitters lead groups of advanced mountain bikers up and down local trails. Meet at the shop at 6 pm for this free group ride, where you can also rent equipment. 1600 Park Ave., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–4949 or 800/745–1020. www.jans.com.
Mountain bikers and hikers can ride the chairs at Park City Mountain Resort to access the on-mountain trail complex. An all-day lift pass is $18. Equipment rentals are available. 1310 Lowell Ave., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–8111 or 800/222–7275. www.parkcitymountain.com.
Look for Vidalia the bulldog at Silver Star Ski & Sport. While the dog watches the shop, friendly guides lead two-hour mountain-bike tours ($75, including bike rental). On Thursday, meet at the shop at 5:15 for the free, family-friendly "Cruiserpalooza." This mellow, 40-minute neighborhood ride is followed by live music back at Silver Star throughout the summer. Cruiser and mountain-bike rentals are available. 1825 Three Kings Dr., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/645–7827. www.silverstarskiandsport.com.
On the last Thursday evening of each month, from May through September, mountain bikers of all levels get together for a free guided tour and barbecue at White Pine Touring. Employees lead a women-only ride on Tuesday. For both rides, meet at the shop at 6 pm, and rent equipment there. Guided mountain biking and hiking tours are also available throughout the summer. 1790 Bonanza Dr., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–8710. www.whitepinetouring.com.
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