Mountain Biking Virginia
by Scott Adams (Falcon Guides)
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This was one of the best rides. The first time I tried the flagpole trail
Awesome downhill when you reach Flagpole, but 7 miles upill of asphalt!!!! too much for me...
This trail was a blast! There is a lot of climbing but it is mostly on roads and pretty easy. The downhill trial was one of the best trials that I have ever ridden. The trail had great views and perfect mix of technical and fast riding. Worth driving to, I will be coming back for sure!
Ok, we did the shuttle thing. We parked one car at the Hone Quarry campground, and the other at the Briery Gap intersection. The ride to flagpole from there is a good warmup. Then you have to look for the big tank traps and run up to the top of the biggest one (be careful about trying to launch it--it could send you into the trees above!). ANyhow, the place where you duck into the downhill is about 1000 yds down this rocky road on the right hand side. It drops straight down at first, so it's kinda hard to find. But it is such a great downhill! I did it in 17 minutes racing on a hardtail---so really, it's just a quick jaunt (the fast guys did it in 9mins). It clings to a ledge, then goes a little bit upward, but then it smooths out and drops soooo fast, levels out, and drops again. Makes you wonder how this trail ever got made--what kind of vehicle can negotiate such steep trails? A mountain bike, of course. Have a ball.
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