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.
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.
Why do intermediates ride? Why are we interested in mountain biking? What are our concerns? Do we care about racing which is about 90% of the marketing in the MTB industry?
I’ve been in many hundreds of conversations out on the trails with intermediate riders. The following list seems to be what most intermediates want from mountain biking:
I made this video of an 11 year old girl who was learning MTB in the Santa Cruz Mountains but in a couple of months was able to get down the famous 15 miles of the Downieville Downhill trails. Hopefully it will show what is possible for kids to accomplish and interest parents in the ride.
This video is a couple of years old and still very current. I’m moving it from my old channel to Intermediate MTB as I reorganize my media. The Thunder Mountain Trail in Utah is one of the best in the Western U.S. but is far from the popular regions and gets neglected by most riders. The 15 mile loop is worth the effort to get there and ride it!
I am setting up this site to augment my popular Trail Analysis For Intermediates series on YouTube and to blog about other issues important to intermediate mountain bikers. This site will include my MTB YouTube videos in posts. Please subscribe to this blog if you would like to stay current with issues for intermediate mountain bikers.
Subscribe To Intermediate MTB YouTube Channel as another way to be notified of new videos. My focus will be trails in California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado and bike evaluations at times. I’m planning to re-visit Sedona, AZ where we used to bike long ago. The older videos on my personal channel will be replaced with new ones on this new channel. Finally getting a bit organized.