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Nothing makes me quite so happy as new singletrack. Thanks to the work of the local trail planner Kalem Lenard, the forest service, and the honor camp prison work crew, there has appeared, seemingly out of thin air, about 2-3 miles of fun, flowy, scenic singletrack looping up and around Table Rock near Cave Lake in Eastern Nevada.

When I heard about it I decided I'd better go check it out and get that new 6.6 dirty and quit being such a pathetic poseur.

Wednesday morning I hammered the whole loop (about 7-8 miles total) in about an hour. Gobbling up the new goodness like a famished teenager. What a rockin' and rollin' good time. Sweet, sweet, sweet. They keep building trail like this and Ely is going to become a genuine mtb destination. Major props to the designers and builders. Great flow, beautiful views and FUN.

The only thing it was lacking was either a little rain or a little traffic to pack it down in a few places. Well last night the new trail gods smiled on me and it rained. So with camera in hand I went back out this morning to try and capture some of the fun to share. I didn't do a very good job capturing the feel of the new trail but here are a few attempts anyway.

You'll just have to come on out and let me show it to you if you really want to feel the joy.
 

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The first set was on the existing loop getting to the new part. Here's a few of the new part.
 

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A few more. Can you tell I'm excited? This actual riding of the bike is kinda fun... I'm going to have to try it more.:thumbsup:
 

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Wow! Beutiful trail and what an awesome bike! I've loved the Intense line and the 6.6 in particular. Looks like your putting it to good use!

Side note - what tires are those? That trail looks like it has alot of variable surfaces that are very similar to what I ride, I can tell the fronts are Kenda somethings. How do you like them?
 

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KRob, great work with the self timer! Far better than my attempts... Everyone says action shots, dam hard on ya own riding (call me no mates)

Great pictures, great looking trail. Cant beat a freshltly damp trail in the morning, magic time to be out there................... Go hard....:eekster:
 

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Wow! Beutiful trail and what an awesome bike! I've loved the Intense line and the 6.6 in particular. Looks like your putting it to good use!

Side note - what tires are those? That trail looks like it has alot of variable surfaces that are very similar to what I ride, I can tell the fronts are Kenda somethings. How do you like them?
I can't tell if they are both Nevegals, or Blue Groove front Nevegal rear.

edit - the trail looks stellar.
 

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I hate you. Looking at your pictures makes me long for a XC ride. I'm in total, 100%, XC withdrawls right now. I've got $800 of new parts, sitting on my workbench in the garage, and in my bedroom (the new disk wheels with the cool Hope rotors) but still waiting for a new frame to bolt them to. :(

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Clutchman83 said:
Wow! Beutiful trail and what an awesome bike! I've loved the Intense line and the 6.6 in particular. Looks like your putting it to good use!

Side note - what tires are those? That trail looks like it has alot of variable surfaces that are very similar to what I ride, I can tell the fronts are Kenda somethings. How do you like them?
Thanks. Yep. They're both Kenda. Front is a 2.35 Blue Groove Stick-E, and the rear is the Nevagal 2.1 DTC. Great combo. I've coverted them to tubeless with Stans and I'm loving them so far. Stick great, climb well, and don't roll as bad/slow as I was expecting.
 

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I hate you. Looking at your pictures makes me long for a XC ride. I'm in total, 100%, XC withdrawls right now. I've got $800 of new parts, sitting on my workbench in the garage, and in my bedroom (the new disk wheels with the cool Hope rotors) but still waiting for a new frame to bolt them to. :(

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Sorry to hear about your lack of singletrack. I feel for you man. I went up and rode this loop again this morning just for you. I just can't get enough of it.:)
 

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Great trail. Never heard of a prison work crew making trails, but the more I think about it the more sense it makes. Except for the chances of escape in a heavily wooded area and convicts now knowing a good ut of the way spot to drop bodies. ( I'm honestly not being sarcastic- I think the benefits of getting convicts into nature are probably huge.)
 

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Thanks for the sympathy!

Hey, what kind of mount or mini tripod do you use for your timer shots? And are those all done with a 10sec timer? Dou you do a litte countdown in your head to try to be in front of the camera when it shoots?

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Krob,

Looks like a great little trail. I definitely miss riding in the high desert, and those shots bring it all back home.

Never thought to use a timer on my solo rides. Might have to play around with that idea a bit. I very rarely get shots of riders on trails, because I mostly ride alone.

Thanks for posting the great pictures.
 

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Hey, what kind of mount or mini tripod do you use for your timer shots? And are those all done with a 10sec timer? Dou you do a litte countdown in your head to try to be in front of the camera when it shoots?

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I just set the camera on a nearby stump or rock. As you can see, this kinda limits where you can shoot from and sometimes results in a sloping horizon like in the one shot in the first group.

Yep, I use the 10 second timer and just count down in my head. I used to be pretty good at it, but I haven't been taking a lot of pictures lately so I guess I was out of sinc.
 

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KRob, great work with the self timer! Far better than my attempts... Everyone says action shots, dam hard on ya own riding (call me no mates)

Great pictures, great looking trail. Cant beat a freshltly damp trail in the morning, magic time to be out there................... Go hard....:eekster:
Thanks. Timer shots can be time consuming and frustrating and kinda wreck the flow of a good ride, especially if you have to keep retaking shots to get them framed right. Some days everything just falls into place (and time) and you get some good shots without alot of fuss.This day was not my best effort. It took multiple tries on many of the shots and I still never got any shots that really show off the trail.

I'll have to post some of my timer bloopers so you don't feel bad. They're funny.
 

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Nice shots...

Nice shots, though I have to admit a twinge of sadness not seeing you up on the HH100x. <sniff>

Most of my timer mishaps end up being nice landscape shots :D

John
 

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This one looks like it could be a Fox ad!



You using a Sony? What model? The exif only says Cybershot. Have you had any trouble with dust on the sensor?

I am definately motived to try some timer shots, well, when I get my bike back. Timer shots on the road bike don't sound too exciting.

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