Today I rode my first trail of my Mountain Bike Mayhem Tour 2009. The first trail I rode was actually a mix of small loops, just to get myself accumulated to the new bike and the almost 100% humidity!!.. well that’s what it feels like.
The trails I did today are in the DuPont State Forest.
With what it seems like 100’s of short trails in this forest it was very easy to put a loop together. Yesterday I drove to the starting point, and was lucky to catch a very friendly local Mountain biker named Steve, who shared a lot of very useful info with me about what I could expect on these trails, and he rated them between 2 and 4-.
The loop I did today was just a “Granny Run” ( Trial Run) to get my bearings. I chose to ride the following loop.
Started on the Corn Mill Shoals Trail , then I veered onto the Burnt Mountain Trail, looped around back onto the Corn Mill Shoals Trail , that linked me to the Little River Trail, then I climbed onto the Cedar Rock Trail, and down the Big Rock Trail.
Although this is a fairly short loop,( it took me just over an hour, but I was taking it easy and taking photo’s and notes ) this is a really nice ride, I was very pleasantly suprised, this loop has everything for every type of Mountain Biker, excellent climbs, fast single tracks, some excellent mild switchbacks, some ferrocious and scary downhills, some very nice slickrock, and some nice scenery.
Going by the Mountain Bikers I came across on the Trails ( about 6 ) It seemed I was going against the grain, as in anti clock wise up Burnt Mountain, and Down Big Rock Trail. Even though I have not done it the other way, it seems to me that the way I did it is much better… Unless you are really into a 3+ Downhill.
I started my ride at 10.00 am, and the trails were quite, 3 walkers with a dog and about 6 fellow Mountain Bikers.
Pics of this trail can be seen at www.mountainbikemayhem.com