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    I Love Riding

    I forgot what it was like to ride with people. I am generally a loner and / or I tend to ride with people I coach. Today I rode with two buds who were new but in the same breath had the balls to push themselves. We all sucked uphill (seriously, I am BAD uphill, I am suck a sprinter) but we had such a good time. I have been feeling lackluster with my riding this year and this may have put me in the groove...I was riding up stuff I couldn't ride up before and was flowing downhill on my hardtail like it was no tommorow.

    Sorry just excited I finally found that groove...and without even hitting the mountain.

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    Riding the Whislter Course? How is it? Heard that it opened May 8.

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    Me too. I've been lacking on my XC riding this year, until I went out with a buddy. Now I remember why I love this sport. Street/trick riding is really fun, but nothing beats pushing on tight, technical singletrack; nothing, not even girls (or guys if you go that way).

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    no I was riding a xc/dh course in the valley.

    Whistler mountain opened the 13th but I am waiting on a shock so likely won't ride dh for a few weeks. Besides the first few weeks it only a-line etc...the trails I like take a couple of weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheba
    Me too. I've been lacking on my XC riding this year, until I went out with a buddy. Now I remember why I love this sport. Street/trick riding is really fun, but nothing beats pushing on tight, technical singletrack; nothing, not even girls (or guys if you go that way).
    I don't ...but I was even beginning to enjoy the uphill...I still sucked...but I was enjoying it haha

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    I have heard about A-line. Supposed to be tough, and meant to the A-line. Do all the other trails open before June 9th?

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    Everything except Garbonzo will be open.

    a-line isn't tough per say. It isn't technically difficult..its a jump trail with 50 jumps all around the same size and a man train 11men deep flying down the trail...its fun to watch but not my style. Theonly thing I like about a-line is hornet...I wish hornet was the entire mountain long...stunning trail.

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    What do the jumps range from, cuase the biggest I have hit so far is a 17ft road gap.

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    easy money...but by the looks of your pics they aren't kickers...these are. Little different beast. I think the tables are like 7 to 12ft...no gaps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    I don't ...but I was even beginning to enjoy the uphill...I still sucked...but I was enjoying it haha
    It's interesting how us diferent people enjoy diferent things. I love the uphills. I love the pain of self suffering vs the rush of downhill bombing. I am planning however to visit wistler sometime this year. You can rent downhill bikes right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    easy money...but by the looks of your pics they aren't kickers...these are. Little different beast. I think the tables are like 7 to 12ft...no gaps
    That is kinda sad for all the hype people give it down here. Maybe I will hit it for warm ups. What trails have step downs? If you guys got any up there.

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    its 55 in a row and you are going 60clicks...the hype is the flow and speed...don't come to whistler expecting to go huge...there is nothing huge here. Its about speed and flow and technical.

    step down as in drops...?...step down doesn't compute

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheba
    It's interesting how us diferent people enjoy diferent things. I love the uphills. I love the pain of self suffering vs the rush of downhill bombing. I am planning however to visit wistler sometime this year. You can rent downhill bikes right?
    You can rent them. 99$ /day unless you get some sort of package dealio. Then you can get better deals.

    Uphill for me is like going to work...like jogging, like riding on the road...part of my path to success/thrills and fun. Like the cardio I had to do before a big football game before I finally got to run someone over. Definately different personalities, but we all love dirt and two wheels I enjoy when I do progress in xc...but it is always a much slower process than when it comes to adrenaline. I don't get "good" very easily. At 6'5 and 270...not exactly built for it

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    I totally understand what you mean. My buddy and I used to ride at least twice a month. But for awhile we just stopped riding. I decided if I wanted to ride, I'd need to do it myself. I've been riding by myself almost this entire school year, a few occasionaly rides with him. Last saturday we did a 5 hour amazing race ride. There were 3 teams, it took us over the bridge to treasure island, coit tower, china town, and up one of the most steep hills in sf. It was a freaking blast, I almost forgot how much fund riding with people are.

    I totally agree with you sheba, I feel if all I do is the downhill part I just kind of cheated myself. I do the uphhill which is payment for the downhill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoF3ar
    I totally agree with you sheba, I feel if all I do is the downhill part I just kind of cheated myself. I do the uphhill which is payment for the downhill.
    I would agree...to a point. I like that aspect

    but having 100% of you energy for downhill is its own payoff. And trust me most people don't have the overall conditioning for 20 proper runs down whister mountain. It ain't like dh is physically easy

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    I went for a ride the other day.. after the long uphill, which I don't mind, I picked one of the longer, skinnier, downhill trails. this trail is 2 tires wide, and winding twisting downhill, and it fealt so great to just bomb down the thing, even on my hardtail. I'm no dh'er for sure, but its definitely a rush.

    As for riding with people, I haven't done that in a while (I don't count my wife, she's a little slow). But the best riding I've ever done was with friends. It also makes you realize that other people have the same trouble, or more, going up the hills. I need to get out to the wed. night group ride!

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    yeah, don't get me wrong, I love the downhills too; hell, I love all biking. Some people would say that anything is possible on an XC bike, but I have to disagree. My next bike is going to be a long travel 7+ bike for bombing those downhills and jumps like never before. I can't wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheba
    yeah, don't get me wrong, I love the downhills too; hell, I love all biking. Some people would say that anything is possible on an XC bike, but I have to disagree. My next bike is going to be a long travel 7+ bike for bombing those downhills and jumps like never before. I can't wait.

    xc bikes used to be called atb's.. "all terrain bikes".. they will go anywhere you will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheba
    yeah, don't get me wrong, I love the downhills too; hell, I love all biking. Some people would say that anything is possible on an XC bike, but I have to disagree. My next bike is going to be a long travel 7+ bike for bombing those downhills and jumps like never before. I can't wait.
    Here is a cute story...

    We had the 24hour WC here..several years in a row. Last year a bunch decided after the race was done to head up the mountain. These are amongst the best xc riders in the world from all across north america. Whistler mountain isn't abnormally difficult. Long yes, but skill wise there are more difficult mountains I would say.

    They safely...and successfully made it down the mountain...in the equivelent to 3ish runs. They could/would and did ride everything...but couldn't not maintain the speeds. And yes, they did ride everything, even the steepest. Sometimes people forget that, xc can do all, not doubt, heck so can road bikes. Just depends on how fast you want to go doing the things it isn't best at ...their v's didn't last long either...2 runs.

    I always find that story a good comparisson. I can ride my dh bike fine on a xc course, but I sure aint fast...xc guys can ride dh on xc bikes...but they will usually be slower (if we are all equal ability)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoine
    xc bikes used to be called atb's.. "all terrain bikes".. they will go anywhere you will.
    For sure, XC bikes are ATB's; you just have to careful, not too much speed. XC bikes can't take too much air. With carbon bars, a nice light wheelset, a 3lb fork, and, not to mention, clipless pedals; I don't really want to hit any rail gaps. An awesome freeride rig would be just that: awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    I forgot what it was like to ride with people.
    Sorry just excited I finally found that groove...and without even hitting the mountain.
    I gotta agree with you on the riding with other folks. I usually ride solo or use a trainer at home due to the lack of motivated persons who want to ride at all times in all weather not to mention the still difficult language barrier while riding with locals here in Korea. I'm also not into drinking hard liquor and eating pork after a ride like many of the folks over here.
    Last month I found a local expatriate MTB club and found new trails and it was really inspiring to ride with others. It made a huge difference to my gettup and go for riding. They're not into racing but going hard and having a good time is what it's all about.
    Well so much for proliferation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    I would agree...to a point. I like that aspect

    but having 100% of you energy for downhill is its own payoff. And trust me most people don't have the overall conditioning for 20 proper runs down whister mountain. It ain't like dh is physically easy
    Well what I mean mostly is the smooth semi bumpy downhill on a plain xc trail. I'm not talking dh runs. Just going down the mostly smooth montara mountain fire road, gets my wrists aching. My whole body tense and shooken up. I'm not saying that dh runs don't take athleticism, just not in the same way as an uphill xc trial. Uphill is just straight aerobic exersize.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheba
    Me too. I've been lacking on my XC riding this year, until I went out with a buddy. Now I remember why I love this sport. Street/trick riding is really fun, but nothing beats pushing on tight, technical singletrack; nothing, not even girls (or guys if you go that way).
    Sheba,
    I see you're in Eau Claire. Have you been riding the trails at Lowes Creek? Some of the new stuff is pretty nice, though a bit of a handful (for myself at least). You ride anywhere else in the area?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peek the Geek
    Sheba,
    I see you're in Eau Claire. Have you been riding the trails at Lowes Creek? Some of the new stuff is pretty nice, though a bit of a handful (for myself at least). You ride anywhere else in the area?
    Oh yeah, I hit Lowes daily. I like downtown, otter creek, and some other 'areas' too. I don't have a car, so some of my options are limited.

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    I love riding too . I'm riding everyday now just locally and go places on the weekend. I found 2 400m stretchs of single track about 5min away that i do 'laps' of sometimes to keep in shape mid week.

    Re: Uphills. They are hard, sometimes i hate them and i just wanna ride singletrack thats in the down hill direction, however when you ride up hill and accomplish this it makes it all worth while (at Easter, no i didn't take the chairlift )



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