Some Wed MTB in the dirt with Hillbasher and Eyemage
Cool ride today, not cool, warm but cool as in COOL! You know what I mean ha ha! We met at Minor's house as he conveniently lives near the bottom of the hill. Good thing because there were tons of cars in the parking lots and lining the streets. With tons of cars come tons of people and they were out today. most in friendly form. Lots of smiles and waves. But once we take the turn of to Potato, traffic is very light. You might see one or two other people, that's it.
We headed clockwise on the hill since Hillbasher had never been up this trail. It starts out climbing and just climbs and climbs. Then we headed up to Potato Mountain. We skipped the last steep mile. First time up, why torture the guy. That made it cool for me too, trying to get my butt back into some kind of shape.
Nice ride, all social attitude. Hillbasher did much better than I expected. I know he climbs GMR no problem but I expected him to have a little harder time in the dirt. Well, I should bring this one up for laughs. We hit a very steep section usually accompanied by loose rocks. This section comes late in the ride and gets you when you want it the least. I started up the steep section and somehow made it through without losing it. Just as I pass the section I hear a loud word, starts with an "F", four letters and it ain't "Fred" ha ha! Oh good, he lost it. That gives me a chance to take a break for some pics and sufferfest video.
Right around that point we ran into another rider, Eddie from Sunrise Ford. He joins us for a while but heads all the way up to Potato. We hung at the bottom for a bit, that was our plan, then headed down as Eddie continued up. It was a nice ride and I was seriously surprised at how friendly the wimmins were today. Summer must be right around the corner! You single guys REALLY need to start riding MTB. I heard Hillbasher say he'd like to do it again. Cool ride with Hillbasher, Minor, and Eyemage. Except that Eyemage had to head back early for work.
On the drive home, I saw a HUGE skateboard. First time for everything ha ha! (in the video)
Hey Beanz - do those mountains hold some nice technical singletrack riding too?
Must be some fast descending on the trails you guys were riding.
There is single track as well, but I stay on the fire roads cause I'm not real sure of the trails. I've seen them in other videos but don't know exactly where they are. I ride mostly for the climbing fitness so single track, bunny hopping logs ain't my thing although it looks fun... I did a ride with Eyemage a few months back. The ride had everything, single track, 21 water crossings and other stuff I wouldn't know what to name as I ride mostly roadie and not hip with the MTB world.
Originally Posted by billyymc
The descents are fast. A few years ago I hit 36 on a short straight section. That was before I crashed. Eyemage hit 40 a few months back. After the shoulder separation last year, I figure I'd better slow down. We did baby it down on this ride since it was Hillbasher's first time on this course, and on the MTB for quite some time if I'm not mistaken. I never have a problem of slowing on this descent after a wet season. There were quite a few ruts that would have taken me by surprise as the course is usually pretty smooth.
I flipped at 25 mph 6 years ago, this is the damage to my helmet. I keep it as a reminder of the benefits of wearing one. Last year the shoulder separation, so now I baby the descents as my skills aren't top notch.
helmet3 by mrbeanz1, on Flickr
helmet2 by mrbeanz1, on Flickr
Last edited by Mr. Beanz; 06-16-11 at 08:58 AM.
Yeah, I used to MTB in the canyons where I do my road riding now. There were some great climbs there. I remember riding up a fire road in Auburn back in 1997 when I lived there and weighed 140 lbs. I had a conversation with another rider and he said "you're a strong little climber".
Great video, thanks for sharing. You have some awesome riding, I'm jealous.
Thanks! I extracted a still from the video, the giant skateboard.
Originally Posted by GeoBigJon
Everything is awesome around here hahaha!
giantskateboard by mrbeanz1, on Flickr