This Fullerton Loop we have is 12 miles. The great thing about it is has a lot of obstacles and hills that are great to teach beginners the ropes. My wife and I rolled out yesterday and covered 3 or 4 miles for her second mountain ride ever. We both had our helmets this time out so she felt a bit more confident…and I didn’t feel like such a jerk. ha!
I figured I’d take her down a couple of hills to get used to balancing and braking. Teaching the basics really takes you back to the first time you went out on the bike. Fiddling with all the derailleurs and getting familiar with the brakes is half the challenge.
On the uphills though, she surprised the hell outta me. We went around a tight hairpin turn that shot up quickly and, as I look back to make sure she didn’t fall, I hear “Go faster!”. Then, just up the trail she navigates a skinny part of the trail with a 2 foot drop on either side. I held my breath but she made it through easily. I forgot to take more pictures as I was either watching her closely or giving words of encouragement. It looks as though my dream of having my wife as a riding buddy may soon be a reality. Just another reason to love mountain biking!