Local Knowledge: Dan Hagney
By Christina Freeman
Dan Hagney navigates the turns on a desert ride. Photo by Eric Rabesa.
Owner of local firm B Marked Promotions, Dan Hagney worked in France for a cycle tour company before working as a sales rep for Steamboat Springs’ Moots Cycles. On days off, he can often be found with sons Tommy, 11, and Michael, 9.
What are your favorite biking trails?
Emerald Mountain – up Lupine trail, take in the view at the quarry, go across Blair Witch, down MGM and Molly’s (1-1 1/2 hours). Another great one is Hot Springs/ Mad Creek/Red Dirt trails, then back up Hot Springs (2-3 hours).
Any advice before heading out on a trail?
Local shops and the guides are great resources. Don’t be afraid to ask a local for directions or mechanical help. If the trail is muddy, ride it on another day. Big ominous clouds usually mean storms, but they don’t generally last long. Wait it out and ride later. .
Any tips on riding downhill for novices?
Stand up on your pedals at the 3 and 9 o’clock position. Keep your weight back and your butt slightly behind the seat. Use both brakes – don’t skid. Look down the hill 5-15 feet, anticipating your next move. Always stop to let uphill riders pass.
What do you suggest to keep younger bikers happy?
Rotary Trail – the climb is not too hard and the ride down is rewarding. For little kids – ride the Core Trail to the pump track at Bear River Skate Park. Bring lots of snacks and water. Most kids’ bikes don’t allow for water bottle cages so bring kid-sized Camelbacks – you can keep a spare tube in them.