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08-01-2005, 08:56 AM #1
you almost have me convinced to stop, pull out my knife and cut my brake (aka WP TR)
Rolled out and up to Winter Park at a decent time Sunday. None of us had any local knowledge of WP trail system, so we stopped in a shop for a little advice. We weren't looking for the secret downlow super trail or anything along those lines, we were just looking for an epic with a bunch of singletrack. Wish i knew the shop name or the name of the guy so i could thank him here, but i don't. So he put us on the trail to ride the Tipperary Race Course. Riden from town should be about 30 miles.
The crew was all non-mag: Doctor Tom, the Hookster (my usual partner in crime on a bike) and special female guest Star. Once we were geared up, we were on the trail. Started out kind of boring for the first 7 miles, just coasting out of town, then through a bunch of fire roads and singletrack that ran beside some road (Givelo trail), then we were on to the Northwest passage, then back to more fire road. Finally on to the singletrack, which for the first bit was more like doubletrack. Up and through some great scenic meadows on Tipperary trail to the summit after 3 miles of climging (biggest climb of the whole ride), then it was "Game On" for some really fast DH.
On the DH we had some significant technical issues. One flat held Dr. Tom up for a bit, Star waited but gave him an earful when they caught up for stopping in her line . A mile later I went into a corner super fast and barely held on as something went flying through my front spokes. Right after that corner i tried to stop and almost couldn't, with no power in the front brake. A stop revealed that I had lost the whole shoe of my front brake (not disk). I had no chance of finding it, so I pulled the shoe from the back brake and went with the "single brake" set-up. Let's see, 15 miles to go and one brake, this should be interesting. By the end of the DH that we were already on, I had a hang of it, just couldn't go full throttle.
Hook goofing around while waiting for the guy with the flat
Star showing her DH prowess
Back to riding, we got to hit some nice views and classic singletrack for the remainder of the ride: Flume, Chainsaw, D2, WTB, D4, Blue sky. Great combinations of riding some roots, rocks, creek crossings and unfortunately fire roads connecting between them. The trail runs from the far North side of town all the way back to WP resort. We bailed a few miles closer to the car, since we had already been riding longer than expected and needed to get back to D-town. Which was hell in itself, with super I-70 traffic to deal with.
y view point
Along the way we saw tons of secret unmarked trails wandering into the woods, which made us wonder what really lies out there. Maybe one day to get a nice tour of the gems would be nice. As far as one brake riding goes, i think it will be the new standard of lightweight racing. No endos, no crashes, but was barely able to hold on flying around some corners, almost flying out the apex. I kept telling Hook that it was pretty challenging, his response was classic "you almost have me convinced to stop, pull out my knife and cut my brake line"
When i get more pics from the rest of the group, i'll post them if they are any good.
Last edited by Crinkle; 08-01-2005 at 09:01 AM.More fucked up than a cricket in a hubcap
08-01-2005, 09:26 AM #2
That's quite the view.
08-01-2005, 09:31 AM #3Originally Posted by phUnkLet me lock in the system at Warp 2
Push it on into systematic overdrive
You know what to do
08-01-2005, 10:04 AM #4click click boom
Originally Posted by Tap
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08-01-2005, 10:16 AM #5Originally Posted by Tap
and how did i know that the pic would spark smart ass commentsMore fucked up than a cricket in a hubcap
08-01-2005, 10:50 AM #6
Nice ride Crunk. The Blue Sky/D2/D4/Sunset Pink trail system starts right out my old back door. The Fraser Valley advertised 600mile of trail and that's only on the map. There is at least 3X that is stealtness. That's why the bike shops give up the goods. I might have to dust of the bike and get after it here.
08-01-2005, 10:56 AM #7
all of a sudden climbing doesn't seem so bad.
08-01-2005, 01:02 PM #8remooning, comencicon
Originally Posted by CrinkleAs I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way.
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08-01-2005, 03:21 PM #9
I would wear that ass like a helmet.
08-01-2005, 03:37 PM #10Originally Posted by Superstar Punani
08-01-2005, 11:03 PM #11
few more pics
the good doctor, Star and myself riding the fields of green
for the Star fans out there, showing she is a rocker, doc given her props, and me showing my beer and ice cream off...with a great view
More fucked up than a cricket in a hubcap
08-02-2005, 09:03 AM #12
Great pics. Great color. Glad you took some time off to ride.
Maybe you can suggest some rides, in addition too Keystone, when I come over this month?I want a 6" travel 20lb MTB. I found the 20lb MTB, but only good for riders under 87 pounds.
08-02-2005, 09:26 AM #13
Nice WP stoke, been a long time since I've been up that way.
Keep it coming...
08-02-2005, 03:19 PM #14Registered User
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funny I didn't bump into you Crinkle, I rode almost the exact same route on Sunday as well."Do the interns get Glocks ? "