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    It will definitely wear you out. After four consecutive runs at Keystone I went to buy a beer and I could barely hold it. Came very close to slipping out of my hand. The next day I could barely walk.

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    If you get to Taos, try basejumping off the gorge bridge for a real thrill. Remember to get vid.
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    Any recommendations for a nearby rv spot? I'm planning on going the first full week of the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrk View Post
    Any recommendations for a nearby rv spot? I'm planning on going the first full week of the season.
    Lower parking lot or across from the airstrip.

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    Contacted Greta at Taos Cyclery today on SBT conditions, here it is:

    South Boundary is still 3-4 weeks away from being free of snow and
    blow-down. Some friends "rode" it last week - here's the update:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ck10uAgFrbE&feature=share

    Otherwise, we have some lower elevation rides that are in good shape:
    - Rift Valley
    - Horse Thief Mesa
    - Talpa Traverse
    - Trail 18
    I can elaborate more on these rides if you're not familiar with them. We
    also have maps for each that are $5.

    And, if you're a gravity rider, Angel Fire Bike Park is open and my guess
    is conditions are good, but I
    don't have first hand knowledge of this.

    ... almost forgot about this one too. At least you get to ride the bottom
    of SBT:

    Ojitos Trail to the top of El Nogal is dry and a great loop for this time
    of year. The climb is stiff, but El Nogal never disappoints for a super
    fun technical descent.

    Hope this helps - let me know if you have any more questions.

    Happy trails!

    Greta Burke
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    Taos Cyclery
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlienSP View Post
    ... almost forgot about this one too. At least you get to ride the bottom
    of SBT:

    Ojitos Trail to the top of El Nogal is dry and a great loop for this time
    of year. The climb is stiff, but El Nogal never disappoints for a super
    fun technical descent.
    SBT was super cool. The first (currently snow covered part) had pretty aspen groves and nice vistas, but the last technical decent was the most fun to ride. It would probably make for a nice out and back.
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    In the park, we were all on trail bikes and first time in a park, so we stuck to the greens and blues (including Boulder Dash and Chutes and Ladders) until the last afternoon. We ventured out to Hungry Hippo (black). That was the most fun I've ever had on a bike. It's like a dirt roller coaster.
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    Quick update on what all I hit and how I would rate it, etc.

    Hauled ass Sunday at 5AM from in-laws NE of Dallas after dropping 6yo hellion with them for the week

    Sunday Palo Duro ~24 miles
    Rode Palo Duro Sunday afternoon for ~3 hours. Comanche Trail and 'Rock Garden', followed by the easy trail back to truck. Was not all that impressed with the trail, but vistas were nice
    Booked it on to Santa Fe and was able to get in a couple of laps of Hustle and Flow at the La Tierra trails. Super fun, but was very sketched worried about all my gear in my truck considering there were 'Car Prowler' warning signs all around.

    Monday Winsor ~32 miles
    Hooked up with Austinite Chris and Dallas shredders Chance and Bernie and shuttled Winsor trail. On first run we met a local who showed us some extra credit options which were super fun. 2nd shuttle we just bombed Winsor all the way down. Winsor is now my #2 Favorite Trail Ride Ever. So incredibly fun. If you're ever in Santa Fe, you have to hit this. Topped off Monday with a few laps of the jump lines at La Tierra. Some other Austinites were knocking around there. Busted out the drone, still need to check the footage, hoping for some gold.

    Tuesday Elliot Barker ~16 miles
    Had planned for South Boundary but Bernie had dropped his wallet at the La Tierra parking lot. A guy found it and called him so he made the round trip drive from Angel Fire to Santa Fe to recover his wallet. Chance and I hit up the Elliot Barker enduro segments.

    Wednesday South Boundary Trail ~21
    Self staged and shuttled South Boundary Trail. We were not sure of status but decided to have a go at it. Turns out it was just fine. No snow fields, but there were a lot of downed trees to maneuver. The final ~3 mile descent down to Taos was so much fun. Fantastic stuff. The "Heaven on Earth' section was super fun and we were ripping it other than having to go around some fairly large downed trees.

    Thursday *PARK DAY 1!* 9 runs down the mtn
    Woohoo! My first time in a bike park. We started out chill and gradually ramped it up, culminating in 2 absolute blast top to bottom descents that set my hair on fire.

    Friday *PARK DAY2* 6 runs + 10 miles of Elliot Barker
    2nd day had me hitting my stride and feeling good on the jumps. Feeling frisky and not knowing what is coming, I accidentally hit the gap jump towards the bottom of World Cup and got rolled pretty good. Destroyed gimbal, busted up my leg, broke my shifter and slowed me down. Made it a short day and headed out to do Elliot Barker again.

    Saturday *Enduro Day 1 - Backcountry*
    Went out and shredded Elliot Barker. By now my legs and body are really starting to feel the fatigue and I'm pretty gassed and unable to hit lines like I was earlier in the week. Still good fun though. Then back to AF for another couple of runs down the mountain. Feeling myself slowing down considerably.

    Sunday *Enduro Day 2 - Park day*
    4 runs down the mountain and it is all I can do to hang onto my bike. By the end of the final stage, I was barely just tooling along and literally rode down the mountain and straight to my truck knowing I had nothing left to give. Changed clothes and drove 12 hours non stop to finally hit my pillow at 1:30AM local time.



    First trip to Angel Fire is a success! I also really enjoyed the brief time in Santa Fe. I would definitely head back there for some dedicated time. 8 day Mancation is in the books and already wondering when I can get away again...
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    Oh, and I had planned to possibly rent a real DH bike one day while in the park but my Switchblade absolutely shredded the place. I never felt undergeared, although I didn't get to hit the upper chunk on World Cup. And since I don't send the really big jumps, I felt I was well equipped for anything I encountered.

    Short vid for now (also posted to Seth's thread), more awesomeness to come.


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    Quote Originally Posted by coopers98 View Post
    Oh, and I had planned to possibly rent a real DH bike one day while in the park but my Switchblade absolutely shredded the place. I never felt undergeared, although I didn't get to hit the upper chunk on World Cup. And since I don't send the really big jumps, I felt I was well equipped for anything I encountered.

    Short vid for now (also posted to Seth's thread), more awesomeness to come.

    Glad you had a blast!

    But not a single run down upper supreme, or chillin? I'm disappointed in you cooper!

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    I had planned to hit those on Friday but my crash on that gap jump slowed me up quite a bit. By Saturday I was getting too fatigued to push limits so I gave up on those and will just have to hit 'em next time.

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    Dood what's with the phone on your stem? You are at the park. Go analog!

    P.S. Your dropper cable looking funky too, man these guys sometimes.
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    That's my garmin on stem, how am I supposed to STRAVAAAA without my garmin running ;p

    And yes, I've been wanting to get that better dropper lever, just hasn't been a high priority to pay $50 for a dumb dropper lever that should have come with it in the first place...

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    Quote Originally Posted by coopers98 View Post
    That's my garmin on stem, how am I supposed to STRAVAAAA without my garmin running ;p

    And yes, I've been wanting to get that better dropper lever, just hasn't been a high priority to pay $50 for a dumb dropper lever that should have come with it in the first place...
    Probably the most value I have gotten out of $50 spent on my bike.
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