Best of Gunnison
On the surface, Gunnison is a small cow town located along Highway 50, 30 miles south of its more famous mountain biking neighbor, Crested Butte. The quiet streets are a funky mix of college students from Western State College, ranchers, and outdoor enthusiasts, including mountain bikers, trail runners, climbers, fisherman, hunters, and motorized recreational users. With an abundance of open space and land, the user groups seem to have found a way to coexist happily on the high desert plateau.
Best Bike Shop
Rock N’ Roll Sports – 608 Tomichi Ave, Gunnison, CO 81230
Located in the Yellow House along Highway 50, Rock N’ Roll Sports has been a fixture in Gunnison. Owned by Dave Moe, a Gunnison native, the small shop caters to mountain bikers, climbers, and runners in the summer and Nordic and backcountry skiers in the winter.
Best Coffee Shop
The Bean – 120 North Main Street, Gunnison, CO 81230
Located on Main Street, The Bean is a one stop shop for coffee and breakfast. In addition to coffee and coffee accessories, it boasts a menu of smoothies, breakfast burritos, crepes, and sandwiches to ensure proper pre ride fueling.
Firebrand Deli – 111 N Main St., Gunnison, CO 81230
Located next door to The Bean, Firebrand serves up the best sandwiches in town. With crispy bread and fresh ingredients, the shop is a favorite for many for a quick and easy lunch.
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Eszter Horanyi lives and mountain bikes in Crested Butte, CO. She has dabbled in road racing, cyclocross racing, and cross country mountain bike racing, but has gravitated towards ultra endurance and multi day self supported racing in the more recent past. She firmly believes that nothing tops a good ride with good friends on good trails, thus she spends her life in search of all of the above. All articles by Eszter.