This past Sunday, Tony and I joined the crew from The Path Bike Shop on their group ride. With all the recent rains in Southern California, I’ve learned a lot about picking trails that don’t turn into mud fests. In particular, those trails of decomposed granite or shale seem to be the way to go as they filter water particularly well.
Check out the video I took with the awesome Vholdr Contour HD1080p camera!
For this weeks ride 12 of us headed out to ride Trabuco to the Main Divide and back. Climbing Trabuco is a grueling and sometimes demoralizing climb. Due to recent rains, many stream crossings broke up the dredge of hike-a-bike sections and granny gear climbing. Robbi and a few other ‘fit’ people were able to haul A on the way up, whilst Tony and I slowly ascended on our all-mountain rigs. If I go back, I’ll definitely take my trail bike, if I’m gonna grind up-hill for about two hours, it’s gonna be on something below 30lbs!
Several of us were bemoaning the climb when it was time to turn around and descend. What a difference 180 degrees makes! All those steep technical climbs were now merely fast and fun sections on the way down. Also thanks to the poor weather on Saturday, we mostly had the trail to ourselves for some high-speed action. I took chase after Robbi only to discover that yes, I’m still slow! By the time we reached the cars every rider was elated and happy to have made the trek uphill.