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Breathless in Mountain Biking Heaven
Eventhough I'm completly exhausted today, I had an incredible weekend of mountain biking in Tahoe.
One thing that took me by surprise was how much the altitude affected me. The rides started at around 6,500 feet above sea level and topping out at over 9,000 feet. While climbing it seemed like I was never able to catch my breath. Climbing was not the most fun thing I've ever done, but the views more than made up for the pain. Incredible views of Lake Tahoe from the top.
On Saturday we rode Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and it definitely lived up to it's name. The climb was rough but once there you had 8 miles of incredible downhill. The top part of the descent was very technical with lots of boulders and drops while the bottom part was fast and twisty singletrack.
On Sunday we did the Flume Trail. It's not a very technical ride but it offers some majestic views of Lake Tahoe. I believe that it tops out at 9400' above sea level.
It was just an incredible weekend of riding. I still wish I was out there.
Pictures are on their way...