There is something magical about long loop bile rides in the wilderness backcountry.
I’m not gonna lie – the 2,500ft climb nearly 14 miles to the 9,600ft summit today was harder than I was expecting.
That said, propelled by stunning views, a solid Spotify playlist, and the promise of a killer descent, it wasn’t too hard making peace with mountains on their terms, in their turf.
We have such a great spot for the summer located just outside of Ketchum.
A five minute spin to the trailhead provides a gateway to miles and miles of flow trail.
Ketchum is a bikers paradise. Hit me up if you pass through the area and we will ride.
We are officially in the potato state, our “Idahome” for the summer.
Joining me for the initial ride, my brother-in-law leads the way towards Stripe Rock.
City Of Rocks National Reserve is a popular destination for climbers, but cyclists will find some nice flow trails.
The access road to Gooseberry Mesa is abysmal, but the riding is absolutely dreamy.
The south rim trail is smorgasbord of all trail types and the views will take your breath away.
This one is an absolute bucket-list ride.
Flow trails are loads of fun to ride … and I love, love, love me all of this Hurricane flow.
Here’s a pro tip … 30 minutes from the Las Vegas strip, one can find trails that will make you grin from ear-to-ear.
I was having a great ride until I wasn’t.
Ideally, that pedal pictured above is one – not three pieces of medal. And it was until striking a boulder dead-on … at speed.
Conveniently, my ride was mostly completed and the what remained was downhill.
Fortunately, there was a bike shop ten minutes from the trailhead. Unfortunately, the replacement pedals set me back $150.
On he bright side – the new pedals are black and look a whole lot better on my bike.