Wow, makes me want to get my bike fixed up and do some mountain biking again. See you out there this weekend and good luck w/ your races!
Yeah -- lots of good stuff near you in the Springs!
This is the loop I did: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/3590206/lake-pueb...
And here's the trail map: http://southerncoloradotrailbuilders.org/trail-map...
Oil Well Flats in Canon City is also supposed to be a really fun area: https://royalgorgeregion.com/oil-well-trail-map/
Both Lake Pueblo and OWF are known for being dry in the winter when other areas are snowy or muddy.
See you in Kentucky! :-)