Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Touchdown Descent

The legendary Superbowl Sunday ride lacked nudity, a lost rider, singletrack packed with snow and ice. But 50 degrees, visible singletrack and a big crowd more than made up for it. Ride begins in Briery Branch west of Harrisonburg, VA, ascends to “flagpole” (~1000 feet elevation) on asphalt and jeep trails. There was snow and ice on these trails and a load of SUV-driver-type riders barreled down. Several wicked return routes pivot from the top, and the descent I took was free of ice, is super steep and winds through embedded baby heads. I about broke by arms braking and my shins were falling off as I suspended my whole body above the rear wheel behind the saddle.

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