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Old 09-08-05, 01:20 PM
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Mountain Biking Mecca

It has been said that Moab is the Mountain biking Mecca. Do you agree?

What other areas would you consider to be a mecca for moutainbikers?

Just curious about people's opinions on this.
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Old 09-08-05, 01:30 PM
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Depends on the mountain bikers. At this point I would imagine Whistler would be and/or the north shore. Depends how you define mecca.

mec·ca ( P ) Pronunciation Key (mk)
n.

A place that is regarded as the center of an activity or interest.
A goal to which adherents of a religious faith or practice fervently aspire.
A place visited by many people: a mecca for tourists.
Whistler is by far the most visited mtbike destination in the world. It is also regarded as the number one/two (north shore is with Whistler on this but the distance is there) freeride places. And I would bet anyone who has ridden the xc here would put some of our trails at the top for it too.

I think there could be room for 2. I would love to ride Moab...totally different terrain and riding than what I am used to
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What is the North Shore? Cleveland or O'ahu?
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Ah.. Good point! I like definition 1 for what I was thinking. <<A place that is regarded as the center of an activity or interest. >>
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Western North Carolina is popular. It's my mecca
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Originally Posted by bigbikeforums
Ah.. Good point! I like definition 1 for what I was thinking. <<A place that is regarded as the center of an activity or interest. >>
Then still whistler/shore

Lala,

North Shore is a spot in Vancouver. Made popular by huge stunts and incredibly technical terrain it is amongst the worlds most technical and steep trails while still being relatively easy to access. Any freerider worth their salt would have to hit the shore once in their lives.



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In my opinion Moab is a close second out of the places I have ridden. Pisgah (NC) ranks #1. WV (Kanawha State Forest, Slatyfork) rate third on my list. It all depends on your riding style though. I primarily ride xc so Whistler does not appeal to me nearly as much as it appeals to riders such as Maelstrom. Don't get me wrong though, I would still love to make a trip there, I'm sure there is plenty of riding even for us wussies that don't do the whole freeride thing.
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I think you would LOVE the xc trails here. So vast and long. I love how the terrain can change 4 times in a given ride.
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I think Moab was the original. If it still is the Mecca is very debatable. And before Moab, there was no "Mecca." So Moab really started the idea of thinking of a central mountain biking destination in the first place. Also, what makes Moab so unique and desirable is that it's so unlike most riding areas in the U.S. (or world?). Sure the Sierra has granite, but it's nothing like slickrock. Canyon Country put a spell on me that I'll never escape!
Is it the best place to ride? Debatable, again. A friend of mine who leads mtn. bike tours in Moab absolutely LOVES Idaho singletrack. I guess it depends what you're looking for. If it's alpine singletrack, well then perhaps Idaho, Montana, B.C. would be more to your liking. I'm still dying to give the Alps a try. Lots out there to taste!
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Nobody gets to ride everywhere (just wait until I hit the lottery) so it is impossible to say which is best. The best I've riden is a toss up between The Womble Trail here in Arkansas and Oak Mountain near Birmingham, AL. Challenging but doable climbs, sweet rides where you get to zip between trees at 20 or 25 mph, some tough shelves, rock gardens and rooty sections. The main thing is where ever you stop on the trail, it's beautiful. Damn, just talking about it I get wood!
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I see car plates from all over the US around the bike parking areas of Pisgah, Bent Creek & Mills River. That's gotta mean something, huh?

I'd like to do some of the "All DH" stuff I see in the movies sometime.... I have to pedal up 1st, then ride down....
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I guess for me the area I live in now is my mecca but I would like to make some spiritual journeys to other "holy" sites.This saterday I am riding from my house to Dupont St. Forest,riding trails there then riding over to Pisgah, do some trails then back home.Should be about 50 miles of backroads and singletrack so this is Mecca to me!!
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We drove into Moab intending to ride back in 2001, but something about the ersatz-natural atmosphere of the town turned us off so badly that we both decided to keep driving! It must've been pretty bad, as we'd both flown from different continents to go biking/hiking in Utah and Colorado.

I thought Colorado and specifically Fruita were pretty amazing though.
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womble - not sure what you mean. To me the atmosphere was the best part of the trip. I loved being around so many people that had similar interests. Even if they weren't into biking just about everyone I met was into some type of active lifestyle. My only complaint about the whole trip was that the beer was only 3% alchohol.
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i have to say too me whister is my mecca. i havent had a chance to hit up the shore yet but odds are i will next summer.

i actually just watched a thing on, of all channels, the knowlege network, about the start of some of the big mountain bike names. kona, rocky mountain and cove all got their starts on the shore, i think norco did as well. the shore is also where alot of companies do their R&D.

as said not everyone has been enough places to say where the real mecca is.
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You are gonna crap when you hit the shore... My favorite movie is some guy from texas hitting it for the first time

"what the"
"how the"
"people can't ride this"
"who the **** made this"..

hahahaha...classic
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I think it should be called Circus biking or Obstacle Course biking. It's more stunt & trials riding IMO, which is fine in you're into all that.

Kinda like what I'd build in my backyard as a kid, but on a much larger scale....
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In the mid to late '80s and early '90s California would have been considered the "Mecca". Then Moab took over for a while. Now I would say it depends on what type of riding you prefer. If you are into DH/Freeride then I would say Whistler, XC would be Moab and for a little bit of everything then CA is still up there. There are however places that are getting more popular. You have Bootleg Cyn, Blue Mtn, etc.(some cerebral flatulence, can't remember the others right now ).

Then if you can travel across the pond to Europe, Australia, New Zealand and others there are plenty of great places to ride.

Just about all of the "big" places to ride these days offer great riding for all styles. Some just have more of an emphasis on cretin styles so I do not think their is only one "Mecca" these days.


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Originally Posted by outdoorboy
Nobody gets to ride everywhere (just wait until I hit the lottery) so it is impossible to say which is best. The best I've riden is a toss up between The Womble Trail here in Arkansas and Oak Mountain near Birmingham, AL. Challenging but doable climbs, sweet rides where you get to zip between trees at 20 or 25 mph, some tough shelves, rock gardens and rooty sections. The main thing is where ever you stop on the trail, it's beautiful. Damn, just talking about it I get wood!

I second the Womble Trail, but I've never been to Moab.
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If you have never ridden in the desert, you really need to go to Moab. Very differnent from forested singletrack... we make the pilgrimage every year to worship at the White Rim. The year wouldn't be complete without watching the sunrise off Dead Horse Point.
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Originally Posted by * jack *
Western North Carolina is popular. It's my mecca
I just (end of July) spent 2 days in NC. One day we did Pisgah, and the other we did Dupont. It was about an 8-hour drive for us, but in the end, we all agreed it was worth the travel time. New dirt is always good dirt, and this was certainly no exception! Heck, I'll even attach a few pix for your viewing pleasure!

Dupont Waterfall:


A very slippery water crossing:


Great singletrack everywhere:


Yup, there is slickrock in NC!


Dupont was littered with falls:
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Originally Posted by LowCel
In my opinion Moab is a close second out of the places I have ridden. Pisgah (NC) ranks #1. WV (Kanawha State Forest, Slatyfork) rate third on my list.
Slatyfork is awesome!!
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bac - did you ride black mountain while you were at Pisgah?
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Anywhere I can huck myslef is my mecca.....
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Originally Posted by LowCel
bac - did you ride black mountain while you were at Pisgah?
Yup! Much of it has now blended together in my mind, but I do remember Black Mountain. What a great time we had playing there!
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