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I'd like to share a guided mtb ride I will be leading. Will be great for those who live closer to the cities and haven't had a chance to explore some back country mountain biking!

Date: May 12. Details: https://www.elementsport.com/spruce-knob-adventure/

We’re serving up another excellent mountain bike adventure! The Spruce Knob to Seneca Creek adventure is a true back country excursion; in fact, it is designated by the International Mountain Bike Association as an IMBA EPIC. 17.6 miles long, with about 70% of it awesome singletrack. This is certainly not an easy ride, with around 1,950 feet of elevation gain, so a fair amount of climbing is involved. This is not a ride for beginner mountain bikers. You should have intermediate to advanced skill and stamina. This ride is not a race, so we will be taking breaks from time to time to make sure we are together (if we have enough participants, we will split into multiple groups).

Details on the loop can be found here: IMBA and MTB Project


Even though it will be middle of May, be prepared for cooler temps; mountain weather can sometimes be unpredictable, especially at WV’s highest point! And pack a dry pair of socks in a Ziploc bag, as there’s a stream crossing or two that may get your feet wet.



Suitable bikes for this ride: a mountain bike; a hybrid bike, or even a cross bike would not be a great choice.
Be sure to bring plenty of water; a hydration pack is recommended.



Cost: $25. ($35 after April 28) This covers a guide and snacks for during the ride and beverages after the ride.



Register Here.


Ride Details:

  • Meet at Spruce Knob Lake Campground at 10am.
  • If you would like to camp at Spruce Knob Lake Campground the evening before and/or after, you are on your own to make reservations. Go Here to make reservations.
  • Expected ride time is 3-4 hours. If there is time and interest, we may explore other trails in the area after finishing the main loop.
 

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Damn...wish I read about this sooner...I would have ridden more this year up to now. Doubt I have the fitness to do this at this point...been slacking hard on the bike. I've ridden Up to the summit of Spruce Knob (did the GRUSK race first year) a couple times...nasty climb for sure. Maybe do this again towards fall?

Also...Jwiffle = Josh?
 

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You're in better shape than me obviously. It's not an easy climb. At least I didn't think it was nor do a lot of folks. 3,000 feet in 20 miles isn't what I'd ever call mellow.
 

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Yes, that's me.

It'll be fun ride, not a race.
Damn...wish I read about this sooner...I would have ridden more this year up to now. Doubt I have the fitness to do this at this point...been slacking hard on the bike. I've ridden Up to the summit of Spruce Knob (did the GRUSK race first year) a couple times...nasty climb for sure. Maybe do this again towards fall?

Also...Jwiffle = Josh?
 
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