Mountain Biking & Red Sandstone Cliffs: Sedona Part 2

If you missed my prequel or part one, you can find them here andΒ here.

Saturday morning dawned bright and early as I jumped out of bed, eager to get the day moving! I geared up in my new Columbia clothes, including an Omni-Freeze Zero performance shirt. I met everyone at basecamp for breakfast, and then we all parted to head out for our separate day activities. On Saturday, there had been three options to choose from: hiking, mountain biking, or yoga. I chose mountain biking, along with Jon, Katie, Gina, and Steve.

We headed to the front of the Hilton to catch our sweet, sweet ride:

Yes, please! (Did I mentioned I love Jeeps?!) We all piled into our vehicles, along with many different reporters, and headed over to the Bike ‘n Bean, an awesome local coffee/mountain biking shop. We had two options for difficulty groups: moderate and advanced. I really thought about joining the advanced group since I do a lot of MTB here in Colorado, but when I looked at that group and saw only four or five male reporters, largely from Colorado, I decided to go with moderate. Those guys just looked like they were going to be huckin’ cliffs or something! (As it turns out, I wasn’t that far off!)

We took off on the trails, and it was awesome! Yes, the trails were hot, dry and dusty, but the scenery was stunning. Red sandstone cliffs towered over us, backed up with crystal blue skies.

We all took turns wearing our GoPro cameras, but in true Heather fashion, I have yet to figure out how to edit video footage πŸ™‚ I’ll get right on that, and once I do, y’all will be the first to see it!

Photo cred to Heidi

As per Columbia’s style, we found a few beautiful people on the trail, waiting for us. These two were similar to the peeps I had encountered at the airport on Friday. Luckily for me, I FINALLY realized that these individuals were models, hired by BeCore, the event planning company that put on the entire production for Project Z. There was seriously a 24-hour window where I could not figure out why so many people in Arizona were so beautiful! Once the model thing was explained to me, I felt like an idiot, but at least I was in the know!

Spraying us down with water to further activate the Omni-Freeze Zero technology

Once our guide realized our moderate group was more skilled than he realized, he took us on a few loops that involved some more technical drops and climbs. Naturally, I loved this section, and I pinched myself a couple of times just to make sure I was really, actually in Sedona. Fact: I truly was!

After a full morning of riding, our group returned to the Bike ‘n Bean, covered in red dirt and full of laughs. Our Jeep driver then took us on a mini-tour of Sedona, allowing us to check out some of the major tourist sites.

We got used to dressing all matchy-matchy πŸ™‚
We’re heading into Havasu Falls next!
Do you like mountain biking?
I’m actually going again this weekend, but I’m starting to think all my crashes are doing some damage to my back!
Have you ever been to Sedona?


  • Reply Christine at

    Amazing and so beautiful! I love hearing about your experience on the trip. I’ve only been mountain biking once in Ecuador and it was super fun but I think that I’m a bit of a scaredy cat! Can’t wait to see the footage from the GoPro!

  • Reply at

    How fun! What a great experience. I love mountain biking. It is such an addiction. I just raced last night in the first of a local weeknight series. Uphills burn my lungs bad, but it’s all worth it for the descent!

  • Reply Katie at

    Awesome recap, Heather! I’m waiting with eager anticipation for the release of the capris our model had on. They looked amazing!!

  • Reply Beth at

    I am SO JEALOUS. It looks like you all had a blast; we’re still waiting for snow to melt in the high country here in the northern Rockies so some warmth in Sedona looks AMAZING–not to mention that planning a wedding in Moab has me dreaming about hanging out in lovely red rock all the time. I can’t wait for the rest of your recap!

    (Holy cow Columbia treats their Omniten crew well!)

  • Reply Jamie at

    Looks so amazing!! I’ve never been mountain biking before. I can’t wait for more adventures!

  • Reply Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb at

    Why yes, I have been to Sedona πŸ˜‰ I didn’t know those were models. Seriously. Guess it makes sense though!

  • Reply brg at

    I LOVE mountain biking. The bigger and scarier the rocks the better. I love tight switchbacks with exposure and buff singletrack. it’s all good – but in general the more technical the better. I love it when I clean techy sections the boyz can’t do…hee…hee…

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      Ok, you’re my hero! I’m all about the endurance and love the long, steep climbs but I am not so great with technical stuff. I’m trying to get better….but still πŸ™‚

  • Reply Becky at

    I’ve been mountain biking a few times, but I’m terrible at it! I had an epic crash once that required me to go to the girly doctor to get the, uh, more sensitive areas looked at. I’ve been a bit gun shy since then!

  • Reply PavementRunner at

    You guys all look fantastic and sounds like you had a blast. Great post and photos.

  • Reply Nathan at

    I love mountain biking! But I consider it a secondary sport that I really just do on half days or when friends talk me into it for a couple of reasons, mainly that the dogs can’t join us and I know the odds are really good that I’ll get hurt…my friend is recovering right now from breaking her jaw in two places, not fun.

  • Reply SoRewarding at

    This is a great read! Love the photos.

  • Reply Steve W. Weiss at

    Nice write up! Seeing these pictures makes me depressed though, I’d love to be back there riding, even if it was 97 degrees. You got to get your footage edited, mine turned out bad. Too low.

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      I’ve watched my footage and it seems pretty decent– just long takes that need cut down, obviously. It’s that portion that I’m completely clueless with πŸ™‚

  • Reply Suzanne at

    I love mountain biking, but I’m still looking to buy myself a bike. I’ve been demoing stuff up til now, but it’s starting to get too pricey. I would love to hear other people’s recommendations for bikes since I’m looking! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      Ugh, that’s cause they ARE expensive! I have a hardtail now but I’ve definitely outgrown it and really want a dual suspension bike. Naturally, the Trek I want is like $2000…..still saving up the pennies for that one πŸ™‚

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      PS If you guys ever want to come, let me know!

  • Reply Kayla Carruth @ kpLoving It at

    Love it! Sedona is so beautiful! I want to see more picture of when ya’ll were actually biking. I was thinking we would drive up to our next Colorado trip, so we could actually bring our bikes this time!! So did you get anything good on your video cam???

  • Reply Laura @ Mommy run fast at

    Never been to Sedona- looks gorgeous! What a cool opportunity. And I’m intrigued by those shirts… I could use one!

  • Reply ADKinLA at

    Heather, that is a cool shot of Sedona, I didn’t realize it was nestled in there amongst the redrocks like that. I hope to go some day!

  • Reply Heidi Nicole at

    Apparently I need to become a sign holding model…after I figure out how to look good in a baseball hat! Ha.

    Sound amazing. And I really want to see that mtn biking footage – I may just drive to your house and edit it for you if you hold out too long! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Suz and Allan at

    Another fun day of activities. How on earth were you able to come back home?!

  • Reply Corrie Anne at

    How fun!! I’m not really a mountain biker… more of a neighborhood cruiser. But I’ve been loving that lately. Haha.

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