nankerphelge· Gravity's Gone
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Started at Stilling Basin, went counterclockwise as far as Church Road before returning past Dry Brooks to Stilling Basin which I'm guessing was a little more than 2/3 of the loop. This was in December easily 15 years ago, ground was frozen with patches of snow so it rode fast. Real cold and windy so didn't go all the way to Robibern Rd and back which had been the group's original plan.joedirt24 said:Did you guys ride over by the ski slope? Did you do the whole loop. Where did you start at? Hate when people ride a place one time and you hear oh its boring/sucks. Do some exploring you might be suprised.
Thanks for the update - there wasn't much erosion there back then - sounds like it might be more interesting, rougher, riding now. From what I'm hearing, the ski area thing definitely wasn't open to riding back in 1994-1995 - people in the group I was riding with who like BM would've been talking about it.mtmiller said:I don't think the ski loop officially existed 15 years ago... so you may not have even known about it. You did the 23 mile loop. No worries about knocking BM - it is what it is, an XC ride on varied terrain.
I can tell you that over the last few years there's been plenty of erosion as many of the trails are "fall line" trails - straight down/up, not too many switchbacks. IMBA would frown upon that! ;-) But anyway, a XC full-suspension bike is not a bad choice at BM if it's the right type. Some of the rocks exposed on the downhills vibrate the crap out of a rigid. I know, I ride both kinds there, and although my fs 29er is 6 pounds heavier than my carbon forked rigid 29er, the fs bike doesn't beat me up as much.
Now if you're talking about an all-mtn or dh kind of full-squish bike, then yeah that's silly. As a matter of fact, that's torture. As for me, my days of big hits and drops are over. I've always liked endurance related things and long mtn bike rides are enjoyable - to me.
Plus as you know there's the perspective piece. Newcomers to the sport would find sections of BM technical - to them. Folks that like tighter courses find the long hills and occasional open stretches to be a bit much. But it is worth riding the whole trail to see what it has to offer. I think some of the folks that like faster descents might actually enjoy riding the hilly side of the ski area loop - if it seems steep as heck to me, it might actually be fun to someone on a bike with more travel!