It was a beautiful winter Saturday to get out and ride The almost perfect trails. Without obligations pulling me back to my desk I had time to ride up to the top of the quarry in Providence Canyon. The last time I attempted this climb the road lacked the base needed to make the climb. The snow machines float above the snow and with being powered by dead dinosaurs they are able to climb regardless of the conditions. I just sank and so I gave up and turned around. Today was the opposite. The base was perfect. The view from the top was spectacular.
The ride back reminded me that in spite of all the careful hours spent by numerous volunteers to get the trails into perfect conditions it only takes one inconsiderate rider to rut out the trails ruin it for everyone else. I occasionally encounter riders on non-fat tires riding the trails. When it’s really cold the snow holds and they are fine. When it’s not cold, the thinner tires plow deep ruts. When the rider is on an e-bike, the extra power helps them continue to climb when their tires sink and they can mess up a large portion of the trail. This is why we can’t have nice things.
The ride – Providence Canyon
The bike – Salsa Beargrease