Sun, Aug 6 2006 - Singletrack Mountain Biking (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||Shelley Sanner, ryan spahn|
You know you're in good company when you find
yourself riding over obstacles and around twisty singletrack
while talking about skydiving, beatnik poets, clip-in
pedals, skiing out West, and Sharkies. As REI says, every day is
a good day to ride, but the days are even better when you
have good company along on that ride.
After some last-minute logistical changes (on Friday
afternoon, the host realized that Wakefield would be the site of
the second race in the Cranky Monkey series), the group
managed to meet up just as the final racers were crossing the
finish line. We headed out on the first wooded,
single-track loop and jumped a few obstacles, crossed a few
and did some technical maneuvering. It didn't take Ryan
long to realize that he *did* need that water bottle back at
the car, and it didn't take long for Rich to question the
orienteering skills of the host. "Are we lost?" he teased.
But the host took all of the bantering in stride--the fact
that you could even joke about getting lost in a park
that's just a stone's throw from the beltway is testament to how
awesome DC really is.
So the group headed back to the parking lot to pick up more
water and marvel at those things called Sharkies. Then it
was off on the flat, gravel and asphalt cross county trail
(which, as one rider pointed out, was technically
inconsistent with the event description), but the group quickly
veered off again on the winding Salamander Trail and followed
the stream as it wound through some beautiful, but
storm-damaged forest. This section--the easiest by far!--was
the site of the only event mishap. It took the host a few
seconds to regroup, but what is a ride without a trip over
the handlebars? And Ryan and Rich were very gracious about
helping the host back to her feet.
We continued on to another loop and immediately saw the
signs of the 250 or so racers that had ripped the trail before
us. We enjoyed the cool, wooded section and suffered under
the intense heat of the racetrack section, where a series
of quick climbs and descents left us all reaching for our
water. We paused a moment at the top to look out over the
course and then took off to catch some air on the
whoop-de-doos. We finished out our ride on a nice wooded
made our way back to the parking lot where we said goodbye
and talked about riding again soon at Patapsco.
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