Lately, I have become addicted to big, long, descents. Shorter descents are plentiful in the trails I ride right from the house, and they will remain rideable when winter starts to take its grip on the high mountains.
Something special happens when I am able to earn a nice long descent under my own power. I feel like I have accomplished something, and I quickly forget about the suffering as I let my brakes go and feel the flow of the trail. The long climbs also seem to provide excellent training for the upcoming winter season.
I don't mind watching a group of shuttlers bang off a couple of laps while I climb up a dusty road. The trails down might need a bit of a raking, but at least they are developed and somewhat maintained.
|6" bikes are amazing. They can make quick work out of climbs and are enjoyable on the descent. A quick "warmup" lap the day before.|
|The June monsoon took its toll on the trails.|
|Beautiful fall colours|
|After some hike-a-bike up steep roads and along a ridge, we were rewarded with a short descent before completing the rest of the ascent up the face.|
|It was some steep pushing, but hopefully it was rideable on the way down.|
|Looking down the ridge, the knoll where the road stops and the shuttlers descend from looks far down.|
|Nate, confidently riding the steep, loose, rock|
|and nailing any switchbacks on the way.|
|The top was a little too steep and exposed for my liking, I checked my ego and walked. It was more rideable for me lower down.|