With the first of many short races coming up extremely fast and my plan to ride the hardtail for most of them I thought it might be a good idea to spend some time on the bike. It''s been a while since I've raced this bike, hard to compete with an Anthem, so I'm planning on only riding this in the trails for the next week and a half. Of course that could always change and it probably will.
Copeland, like usual was the destination. I did some different turns for a change on a mission to link up single track to all the double track that I skied on this past winter. It's funny that I ride here all the time but yet I still sometimes end up doubling back on trails more often than you would think, this place is huge. It was an endurance pace ride which my legs were not complaining to much about.
the first reminder of a hardtail took all of 5 minutes into the ride, some bumpy rollers that normally 4 inch suspension smooths out. Had to remind myself to pedal smooth. Didn't take long for me to start riding properly again. I still think that everyone should have a hardtail in their collection and ride it enough to remind them how much work a full suspension bike does for you. More lefts and rights for the next 20 minutes and then I start climbing and climbing and climbing. Awww I love this place.
After about 10 to 15 minutes of mainly up I rolled into a trail hub and started hearing these weird noises, heard it again, and again. Stopped and took out my single headphone that had some phenomenal opera screaming out of it and looked around. The sounds were matched to Mrs. Simmons. Some Hi how ya doings followed with about a 30 minute ride together as she was making her way back to her car.
Along the way I came across this. They painted stumps also, I was still watching for bubble wrapped trees. Maybe that comes out next month. Back to the non safely marked trails I made my way to the 5th line downhill and back towards my start point, yes that was sped up in typing because it took an hour from where I split from Tammy. Nice 2 hour ride, a few tweaks to be made on the bike fit but overall it felt pretty good. I will say I love the way it climbs, I forgot how still that bike is.