I’m going for three weeks at the end of September and including Outerbike in Moab. I’ll miss Rampage this year. I’ll add some more bike evaluations and collect additional material for my trail analysis videos.
I need to shoot a bit more video in the Fruita / Grand Junction area such as an intermediate trail in the Lunch Loops, Horsethief Bench and that amazing drop-in hike a bike, a re-shoot of Dippity, and probably one of the trails farther out Mary’s such as Troy Built or Steves, or both. So this winter I should have enough for a Trail Analysis video for that area.
Yep, I tested this bike on the famous / infamous South Rim and Hidden Canyon trails on Gooseberry Mesa, Hurricane, Utah. My wife and I were demoing bikes at the March 2016 Hurricane MTB Festival in Hurricane, Utah. This is near the famous Red Bull Rampage site.
We’re camping at the Zion River RV Resort in Virgin for a week and riding the amazing trails around us. Tomorrow, Friday, starts the 3 day Hurricane Mountain Bike Festival and I’ll be riding and reviewing a few bikes.
Mountain biking festivals and demo events are a BLAST! Besides getting to ride a bunch of expensive bikes there are often other activities along with food and beer. Very social.
Sedona MTB Festival March 4 – 6, Sedona, AZ. This looks like a great festival. However, budget lodging and camping in the area is limited so bring money. The 3 day pass for $100 is a good deal. Event camping for $125 / adult for two days is not my idea of budget. Sedona is very nice but later in March has better weather and the other festivals are great also. Shuttles.
I know Troy. Worse than that for Troy I’m trying to get him involved in a trails project at the 2014 Winter Olympics site in Russia. Troy has pioneered several MTB destinations out of nothing, starting with Fruita, CO. Now that is his business. He is about as pro-intermediate rider as they come. Checkout his vision.
Only a 15 minute movie but great production values and a big mountains bike packing adventure. This is real MTB! It reminds me of my solo fly-in 5 day MTB adventure ride in Alaska’s remote Wrangell Mountains.
I’ll first do an overview of the main trails in the region and then trail analyses of the trails near Hurricane and Virgin such as Gooseberry Mesa, Guacamole Mesa, the JEM trail system, and Little Creek Mesa then move down to near St. George for Church Rocks and Barrel Roll. I thought I had video clips for the Zen Trail but so far can’t locate them. It is similar to Barrel Roll near Santa Clara but more advanced rock at the top. Beautiful views and worth a ride.
I’ll also throw in the Overlook or Boy Scout trails and my wild ride in high winds and bush whacking there.
The only significant blood was ripping off a thumb nail while riding over a cattle guard on Cryptobiotic Trail. That was a bloody mess for a while. I won’t push off with my bare hand from a metal post again.
There are other trails in the area but these will paint the picture pretty well.
Owner Jeff Estes rigs up my demo ride at the Outerbike festival in Moab, UT in October 2015.
I’m trying to remember when Katya and I first met Jeff and Wendy but I think it was at the huge Sea Otter Classic bike festival a couple of years ago. At the time they didn’t have a trail bike. All mountain was as close as they could get for us. After a few beers we felt like we knew them forever. You have to meet these folks!!!!
I demoed this bike on the technical rock tread of the Stiles Ranch Trail in Santa Clara County’s Santa Teresa Park in south San Jose at Trailhead Cyclery’s Dirt Demo on November 8, 2015. This trail is upper intermediate technical difficulty and one of the best test tracks I’ve found outside of Moab. I hit large rocks and bounced through dense rock gardens that are at intermediate level or above. I never popped up my front wheel to climb them, imitating a rider who misses his or her line or doesn’t have that skill.
Video: Riding the Trance over modest rocks. The wide angle lens of the iPhone flattens the rocks; they are bigger than they appear.