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Sport Loop Professional Review and Guide
"This short, but fun, loop is part of 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).
Super fun, flowy trail. Great for all levels. We did 3 laps before we decided to do the technical trail. Nothing too technical about the technical trail except a couple of downhill sections and a tiny climb. I would suggest doing both trails if you have the time. Parking is $6 but there are clean bathrooms (and showers)... which is always worth $6.
Along with this short loop is a long loop (8+ miles) and a technical loop. I have riden everything but the tech loop and enjoyed every bit of it. The short loop is maintained a little better than the long loop which has some large ruts on the trail at times. There is a fee to park your car in the park. I think it was $3, but I can''t remember for sure.
Short but oh so sweet. The trail is very smooth and fast..a little too much speed and you'll kiss a cactus around one of the hair-pin switch-backs. Blows away the Desert Classic Trail. Recommend the Sport Loop also.
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