Just my two sense on the Cabin Ripper. If the Bike Brewery, or any shop for that matter, is suppporting a race on an illegal trail by advertising it and taking entrys, then it is passively undermining everything FVMBA has been working for. You must be living under a rock not to know how sensitive the trail situation is up there.
Lances' best bet would be to say he was going to came back and be a super domestique for which ever team pays his enormous salary. This way there is zero pressure from the French Press to put on him to win #8. If he realizes he cant compete at that level anymore, no big deal, he's just a domestique. But if he is pulling on the mountains and no one can keep his wheel, then there a change up in the ranks. David Millar didn't stay team captan for too long when Garmin hit the mountains.
Guys roll there eyes a bit when the hear about Lance , but no one can denie what he did for cycling in North America over the past 10 yrs.
I did a XC ride on Bear/Biggin's [HTML_REMOVED] Red on Sunday. Had the dog with me so didn't want to take the road down to the gate at the other end of Bear. Rode up Bear with only 3 dabs, no hikes more than 5 ft. Just enough to reposition. Great technical climb:) Anyways at the top of Bear, I took the logging road to the immediate left and about 1min down that, found a trail on the left. It was a great XC climb up to the logging road just before Biggin's but I realize it is most likely rode as a down trail. Anyone know the name of it?
Biggin's is in great shape right now. Loved it! Only 1hr return back to the pond with all the climbs. Red is great too but couldn't find the XC race loop. Rode the normal loop. Maybe I should have looked at a map before heading out.
That looks close to Flintstones right? How did the rock slide affect it?
XCelerator comes right out onto the top of the rock slide above Boulderdash, whish is just past Flintstones. It took out the top part of Boulderdash which is no longer rideable, but XCelerator loops around and comes out onto the bottom of Boulderdash. So the whole trail wasn't lost.
You can see the corner in the video @ 1:45. That part of the trail was finished for several months prior to the slide. Due to the size of that rock slide, I was so surprized that it didn't affect the trail.
Not all trailbuilders build for the Big Bike crowd. Heres a trail I built soley for those who love XC. It took over 18 months to build and has 9 switchback decents [HTML_REMOVED] 10 switchback climbs, 4 caves, 2 log rides (75'er [HTML_REMOVED] 45'er) and 8 bridges.
Watch the video in the "high quality" setting for better picture