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Hello fellow MTBR members.

I'm seeking some trail notes for riding adjacent Lake Folsom in CA.

I've never ridden that area so any notes would be helpful but particular value would be placed on comments from folks that participated in the Real Xterra annual race held there in the past. Comments on vert gained, sketchy sections, etc, for the race course (assuming they use the same course this year as in the past) would be very helpful.

Thanks for the advice in advance.
 

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I raced the XTERRA there a few times. The bike portion is no big deal. No real tech. Definitely some climbing, but not super long climbs. You could ride a hardtail. The biggest challenge was the swim. That water gets a lot of snow melt run off and can be absofockinglutely freezing, although probably wont be that bad this year.
 

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The water level is very low. There is a definite runners advantage when it comes to the swim.

The single track is buffed out trail. A bit sandy and loose in places. The one significant climb is short, and broken up with one short decent. A fast rider will crest the climb in only a couple minutes.
The rest of the trail is rollers with swoopy twists and turns. A couple rocks to go over, but nothing hairy and death defying.


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The mountain bike section is totally sweet, swoopy and fast. Just a couple rocks here and there to maneuver around or over but other than that its like mentioned above... mostly hardpack with patches of easy sand here and there. Trails are excellent.

When you're done, head over to downtown Folsom and check out Samuel Horne's Tavern for craft beer heaven. http://www.facebook.com/SamuelHornesTavern?ref=ts&fref=ts
 

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As others have said, the mtb leg will probably not be too tough. I ride GB a lot and have no trouble on a fully rigid bike. The water sure is cold. I rented a wetsuit to take a swim around Jan and it took me a while to warm back up. I was planning on doing the Xterra, but got caught up with other things


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Wonderful input. Thank you all.

I climb a lot on my bike down in Marin, CA so, given what you folks have said above, the ascents in the Xterra race at Lake Flosom sound manageable.

Thanks also NoBalance's suggestion of a good brew pub in the area. There's few things a mountain biker enjoys more after a ride than a good craft beer.

If any of you Xterra racers come down to the Bay Area and are looking for a riding partner, drop me a line.

Cheers and thanks again!
 

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Thanks for those suggestion. I had a great time at the event (my first Tri), posted an acceptable time and even checked out that awesome little beer bar Samuel Horne's afterwards.

Thanks again, cheers!
 
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