Yesterday was my first ride on this trail system. I went with an Auburn couple who I do road and mtb rides with regularly. They are very familiar with the trails up there, which is good because I'm sure I would've made a ton of wrong turns otherwise. Also, this year's trail maintenance wasn't done (possibly due to the drought), so it is very overgrown in places. The blackberry bushes growing over the trail hurt a little, but surprisingly they didn't draw blood.
I ended up on my side twice on short sharp climbs due to loose dirt. Thankfully I fell to the right both times, otherwise I might not be typing this right now.
My riding partners warned me to be careful because the leaves can be slippery, so the two uphill crashes were my only ones. One of the other riders crashed on the leaves before my first fall, but I was too far behind to get it on video (damn!). I did get the aftermath though!
We saw no other trail users during this ride. No hikers, bikers, or horses. This is a first for any mtb ride I've been on.
The switchbacks were fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful scenery. The lake is so blue it looks almost unreal!
I didn't notice the butterfly until I looked at the picture later on my computer.
The day before I did a 74 mile road singlespeed ride from midtown Sacramento to Folsom to do a group ride with some beginner cyclists. Of course there are hills on the ride to Folsom, which I pushed hard on before I got to the club ride start (Bike Ride Profile | Singlespeed ride to Folsom to ride with WAV beginner cyclists near Sacramento | Times and Records | Strava). Sure enough, when I got to the 2.5 mile climb on yesterday's MTB ride I sucked! To top it off, my Garmin Edge 810 failed to display speed or percent grade for most of this climb. This resulted in my Strava and Garmin Connect data showing 3 miles less than my riding partner's.
Mountain Bike Ride Profile | Bullards Bar MTB with Shelly & John, 0% grade, 0 mph showing on Garmin for most of the 2.5 mile climb near Camptonville | Times and Records | Strava
Bullards Bar MTB with Shelly & John by freighttraininguphill at Garmin Connect - Details
Here's the video highlights of the ride. This has both of my uphill crashes, the ride through the blackberry bushes, and other good stuff. You can hear my riding partners' enthusiasm, which made the ride even more fun!
Bullards Bar MTB ride highlights 6-21-14 - YouTube
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