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Long Loop Professional Review and Guide
"This is the longest of the three loops that make up the competitive track system at the park. It was designed specifically for skilled riders, high speeds, and racing, and has sharp turns and abrupt transitions as it passes through roller-coaster terrain. Though you can ride at any speed, slower riders should give way to faster riders. The loop is one way. You should ride the track at a reasonable speed the first time to become familiar with it. It's located about 22 miles east of Scottsdale in McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Tread: Singletrack."
--Bruce Grubbs, Mountain Biking Phoenix (Falcon Guides).
Fun, fast trail. Since it was designed for competition, there are plenty of interesting drops, corners and climbs. From the perspective of being a mountain, mountain biker (i.e. Colorado), it's refreshing to have rather short climbs and plenty of flat at the top for recovery. So you can go flat out all the way. Warning, however, the downhills are steep enough and loose enough to require your attention. A suggestion: the two smaller loops (sports loop and technical loop)interconnect with the long loop. So starting on the sports loop, taking a right turn when intersecting with the technical loop and another right when intersecting with the long loop makes a 10-mile loop rather than an 8-mile loop.
At just over 8 miles it is a great workout for those who don''t have a lot of time to ride. There are a few tricky sections when carrying a lot of speed (sandy washes, large ruts), but nothing that requires walking. There is a fee to park of $3 if my memory serves me right.
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