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    Rode my first mountain bike trail today - boy, what a work out

    I spent the summer putting 800 miles on my hybrid on the local roads and paved trails. Today I tried my first mountain bike single track course. It was a three mile long 'intermediate' rated trail with plenty of elevation and obstacles. Man what a workout. Great 'core' excersize. I feel like I did 100 sit ups. I have a WHOLE new level of respect for the mountain bike riders. At the end of those 3 miles I felt like I had ridden 30 miles on pavement.

    The intermediate trail was tough. It scares me to think how hard the adjacent 'expert' trails must be like.

    If you want a challenge (for a 55 year old newbie) check out the Reagan / Huffman Park trails in Medina (Cleveland) OH

    Can't wait to get out and try it again.


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    6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
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    Those that do both both-MTB and Road- know what a workout can be.

    Stay off those set up trails for an easier time. Get into XC riding and just take in the scenery

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    Far easier than these man made trails till you get into the century rides.

    And you are right- True offroad does give you a work out. couple of scenes of our local trails--and you can keep riding all year round.

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