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Riding Moab With Locals

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The local meet-up language described the mountain bike ride as “advanced”.

Departing the parking lot, I asked for details about the trail, upon which I was told that a few “flowy” single black diamond downhills would be mixed in.

It’ll be fun I was told.

I’m not going to lie – I strongly considered turning around then, trusting my instincts that when locals specifically call out a ride as being advanced, they mean it.

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Four hours and only 20 miles later, this was without a doubt the most sustained technical ride I’ve ever completed. A day of double diamond trails has a way of tempering speed.

I held my own on the flats and uphills, but had my ass thoroughly handed to me on all the downhills.

More humbling … I had a hard time walking certain sections these guys were bombing down with grace and style British royals would appreciate.

I only crashed once.

Nevertheless, I had a great day on the trails.  And, while the accompanying 3,000 feet of climbing may have me limping for days, there certainly were no shortage amazing views.

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Eugene Leonard & Sandra Lynne Martin & Captain James T. Kirk #

    Congrats on only crashing once. Nice views. Now, rest.

    April 21, 2018
  2. Brad Van Haitsma #

    You experienced an amazing day. While others may have been looking at themselves, you looked outside yourself as your pictures clearly show.
    Moab is a stunning place.

    April 22, 2018
  3. LizW #

    Brave rider, gorgeous scenery!

    April 22, 2018

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