I demoed the 5.5 on the gnarly intermediate Styles Ranch Trail in south San Jose, California and the EZ, Lazy, and Bar B Trails at the Moab Brand Trails near Moab, Utah, my favorite testing terrain.
I’ve had my wings clipped at bit. I drove 1,066 miles to crash on my first ride and damaged the climbing muscles in my left thigh. The Holy Cross Trail is double black diamond so not the best warmup trail. Me bad.
I’m going for three weeks at the end of September and including Outerbike in Moab. I’ll miss Rampage this year. I’ll add some more bike evaluations and collect additional material for my trail analysis videos.
I need to shoot a bit more video in the Fruita / Grand Junction area such as an intermediate trail in the Lunch Loops, Horsethief Bench and that amazing drop-in hike a bike, a re-shoot of Dippity, and probably one of the trails farther out Mary’s such as Troy Built or Steves, or both. So this winter I should have enough for a Trail Analysis video for that area.
We’re camping at the Zion River RV Resort in Virgin for a week and riding the amazing trails around us. Tomorrow, Friday, starts the 3 day Hurricane Mountain Bike Festival and I’ll be riding and reviewing a few bikes.
Mountain biking festivals and demo events are a BLAST! Besides getting to ride a bunch of expensive bikes there are often other activities along with food and beer. Very social.
Sedona MTB Festival March 4 – 6, Sedona, AZ. This looks like a great festival. However, budget lodging and camping in the area is limited so bring money. The 3 day pass for $100 is a good deal. Event camping for $125 / adult for two days is not my idea of budget. Sedona is very nice but later in March has better weather and the other festivals are great also. Shuttles.
I know Troy. Worse than that for Troy I’m trying to get him involved in a trails project at the 2014 Winter Olympics site in Russia. Troy has pioneered several MTB destinations out of nothing, starting with Fruita, CO. Now that is his business. He is about as pro-intermediate rider as they come. Checkout his vision.
Explore the top trails with me in Southwest Utah! I’ll take you on a quick ride on 7 major trails including South Rim, Hidden Canyon, and North Rim on Gooseberry Mesa, JEM, Guacamole Mesa, Little Creek Mesa, Quail Lake / Boy Scout Trails, Prospector and Church Rocks, and Barrel Roll with a mention of the more technical nearby Zen Trail. There is a lot to ride in the region that hosts the famous Red Bull Rampage free ride event.
Only a 15 minute movie but great production values and a big mountains bike packing adventure. This is real MTB! It reminds me of my solo fly-in 5 day MTB adventure ride in Alaska’s remote Wrangell Mountains.
I’ll first do an overview of the main trails in the region and then trail analyses of the trails near Hurricane and Virgin such as Gooseberry Mesa, Guacamole Mesa, the JEM trail system, and Little Creek Mesa then move down to near St. George for Church Rocks and Barrel Roll. I thought I had video clips for the Zen Trail but so far can’t locate them. It is similar to Barrel Roll near Santa Clara but more advanced rock at the top. Beautiful views and worth a ride.
I’ll also throw in the Overlook or Boy Scout trails and my wild ride in high winds and bush whacking there.
The only significant blood was ripping off a thumb nail while riding over a cattle guard on Cryptobiotic Trail. That was a bloody mess for a while. I won’t push off with my bare hand from a metal post again.
There are other trails in the area but these will paint the picture pretty well.
Our grips were looking pretty sad so we stopped by Trailhead Cycles in west San Jose to replace them. Lars, the owner, pointed us toward the Specialized Contour grips among others.