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Not that anyone who knows the areas would really want or need a video map -- but they were fun to make -- Did the gap Monday -- cruising thru all 6 open space areas; and the loop at skeggs that was discussed here earlier.. Skeggs came out too dark --- the gap and surrounding open space trails looks better -- the maps have a few minutes of Voice over -- My thought is a new rider might view it only that far and use the controls skip if they wanted to see a trail interchange -- or just print out a map --

here is the link if you find yourself rain bound this weekend http://www.destinationproductions.com/customers/PassionTrails/
 

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DAMN!!! Stop riding so fast! Now I feel like even more of a slowpoke going up hill after watching that!
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Great video descriptions again. That is a fun long. If you make a right at skyline after exiting Ripley Ranch road, you can connect this ride with Windy Hill Rd then climb back up to the top of Alpine road too, that make this loop a little longer too.

Thank you again.
 

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worthy_4242 said:
Great video descriptions again. That is a fun long. If you make a right at skyline after exiting Ripley Ranch road, you can connect this ride with Windy Hill Rd then climb back up to the top of Alpine road too, that make this loop a little longer too.

Thank you again.
Yes, I decided to do go right and Crazy Pet's then up Alpine -- only because I thought going left to Windy Hill would be on a trail that is kinda heavily used. BTW I road from Belmont up Alpine to 9 to get to the gap - But ya, I should have done what you suggested.
 

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Thanks everyone for the feedback. I got a lot of suggestions from the "video forum" here on MTBR and a few private messages. To those that sent me PM and asked what I was planning to charge, I'd like to make it clear that these are FREE and there is no plan to ever charge a fee. The maps were done in fun and in the attempt to help new riders to these areas.

I also made a few changes biased on feedback, hope these will make the maps more useful for a person interested in visiting these trails for the first time:

Provided a mp4 download of each to allow a user to save the video to their system and easily scrub to any point in the video

Added LARGE versions of each video map

Added printable and downloadable trail maps with the route marked in red

Left trail titles on screen while the video is on that trail (newer videos)

Used the same map in the video animation window (shows current position) as the downloadable map

Created a page that all the maps can be accessed from http://www.destinationproductions.com/customers/PassionTrails/

Lowered the video in the window

Added a title above the window to identify what is being watched

Added a loop for kids at Water Dog its also a good route to spin out your legs. That one I only show the trail interchanges (per a suggestion) but the position map then becomes almost useless)

Also planning on one more map at DEMO. I think that would be enough for a while -- if you have a suggestion that might make these better feel free to let me know.
 

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Free DVD for training

astrahsburg said:
I know it might seem kinda lame. But these are fun when you are on a trainer too.
Thanks!

I was thinking how much hill running and how little MTB biking I have been doing the last week or so and thought about your message. I found myself -- with my laptop, sitting on my spin bike. After a 20 minute warmup; I started the Water Dog loop for what I though would be a 40 minute workout. I wasn't even sure I COULD watch the whole video without get extremely board.

I found myself trying to match the intensity of that particular Water Dog loop. Cranking the tension and out of the saddle on the climbs (about half as much as I normally do on the real bike). Darn, it was an intense workout. My legs were more trashed than when I go all out on several of those loops! I know it is kinda dorky - to spin and pretend but it work extremely well for me

Anyway, If anybody wants to try it I can burn you a free DVD of either WD, Skeggs, or the Gap (the gap might be too long).

The only catch is you'll have to pick up the DVD or DVDs -- I live in Belmont by Water Dog.

Let me know - [email protected]
 

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astrahsburg said:
Would love DVD copies, or even avi copies would rock. Will have to arrange to meet up with you sometime when I stop by the shop.
I'll drop some off at Passion Trail Bikes in Belmont late tomorrow. I'll post another thread letting others know too -- thanks
 
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