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    Murphy Mack's Mendocino MTB Madness! Aug 24-26 Jackson State Demonstration Forest



    Everything you need to know is here: Murphy Mack's Mendocino MTB Madness | In short, M5.
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    looks sweet, Really wish I could.... if it happens next year I am there for sure.
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    We're adding speed clinics now too. Advanced riding clinics with Brian Astell. He'll teach you what you need to know to go faster when you're already going fast.

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    This looks sweet, cept I booked a weekend of camping in Humbolt with lady for that weekend

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    Brian is one bad ass rider!

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    We're adding speed clinics now too. Advanced riding clinics with Brian Astell. He'll teach you what you need to know to go faster when you're already going fast.
    Every time I have ridden with Brian he blows me away. There is nothing this guy will not do and do well. It's so sweet that he will be showing folks how it's done!
    I'll be around to help with the fun rides.
    This will be a blast!

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    New question here. A Question?

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    Everything you need to know is here: Murphy Mack's Mendocino MTB Madness | In short, M5.
    Hi Mr. datenschwanz,

    It looks like a lot of fun! If my wife and I come can you guarantee us a private cabin? I see most of the cabins are 4 bed cabins. Which of the three private “group campgrounds” at Mendocino Woodlands are you renting?

    Mendocino Woodlands: Choose Your Camping Area

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelsnead View Post
    Hi Mr. datenschwanz,

    It looks like a lot of fun! If my wife and I come can you guarantee us a private cabin? I see most of the cabins are 4 bed cabins. Which of the three private “group campgrounds” at Mendocino Woodlands are you renting?

    Mendocino Woodlands: Choose Your Camping Area

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    All the cabins at the Woodlands are four person, unless something has changed in the last year. I have been going to a music camp there for years... that's how I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelsnead View Post
    Hi Mr. datenschwanz,

    It looks like a lot of fun! If my wife and I come can you guarantee us a private cabin? I see most of the cabins are 4 bed cabins. Which of the three private “group campgrounds” at Mendocino Woodlands are you renting?

    Mendocino Woodlands: Choose Your Camping Area

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    The Mendocino Coast Cyclists are getting the trails in pristine shape for this grand event. Alot of work has gone into getting ready for the weekend's race. The downhill section of Big Tree will be a highlight to all. It is a perfect setting for a kick ass weekend of racing and riding. This M5 race in the Woodlands State Park should not be missed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelsnead View Post
    Hi Mr. datenschwanz,

    It looks like a lot of fun! If my wife and I come can you guarantee us a private cabin? I see most of the cabins are 4 bed cabins. Which of the three private “group campgrounds” at Mendocino Woodlands are you renting?

    Mendocino Woodlands: Choose Your Camping Area

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    I've rented Camp One and Camp Two. If there's four of you I can get you a private cabin.

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    Murphy is now a huge sponsor of the Norcal forum.

    Support him so he can continue to bring these awesome events. He's giving back too to the Mendo folks and trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by datenschwanz View Post
    I've rented Camp One and Camp Two. If there's four of you I can get you a private cabin.
    Hi Mr. datenschwanz,

    We are just two. I understand your need to use all four beds in a cabin. We’ll see if any of our friends are interested in going and get back to you if we can make a foursome. Thank you for getting back to me and sharing the information on the accommodations!

    Good luck with your event,

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    Several people have asked about a one-day race only entry. We're working on that now.

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    99% sure wife, baby and I will be in. If so, I'll volunteer the race.

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    Looks like a great event. If I wanted to bring my wife and two kids up, but I am the only one riding, how would I handle the registration?

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    Is tent camping an option?

    This is looking like a possibility. I've been wanting to get up there and ride for a while. But if I wanted to sleep in a tent, is that an option? Call me crazy, but I just like camping.

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    Tents are fine

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    This is looking like a possibility. I've been wanting to get up there and ride for a while. But if I wanted to sleep in a tent, is that an option? Call me crazy, but I just like camping.
    I'm sure you can.

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    Race-day only registration ticket added | Murphy Mack's Mendocino MTB Madness

    Some people have asked about race day only registration. We've added that ticket to the site as well as a ticket for non-riding guests and kids under 12 years of age. (Kids under 12 are free)

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    from Hans Kellner on Vimeo.

    August 24-25, 2012

    This is the first time that the Mendocino Woodlands State Park has ever allowed a mountain bike race on their property! THE ROUTE IS FANTASTIC!

    It’s about 10 miles per lap with roughly 1800 feet of vertical per lap. Two ups, two downs. The climbs are littered with passing areas and there is one choice of short/steep or shallow/longer for you each lap as well. The downhills are like bobsled runs. We are grooming, pruning and manicuring the trails between now and race day. Buff, smooth and fast. If you’ve never raced singletrack before, this is a great route to jump into it on. If you are superpro you can make it as terrifying as you like, simply by going faster. NOTE: 810mm bars not recommended.

    More information here: http://mendo.superproracing.com/


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    We're doing a little more buffing out of the turns this weekend on the race course. If you'd like to help we'd love to have you along.

    Also, I'm going to be shooting a full speed race course video using front and rear and chase cams. If you'd like to be in that whisper me. Pizza and beer to follow.

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    NugJug built the BEAUTIFUL all natural material split redwood bridge and set it in the trail on the race course. It replaces a really old, rotted out nail-filled hazard that had been there previously. It's super stable and it looks fantastic! Thanks NugJug!

    Now that we've paid the $11,000 for the cabins for the weekend you can GO REGISTER RIGHT NOW!

    Check out this link and see all of the super cool stuff that's included with your entry: Registration | Murphy Mack's Mendocino MTB Madness

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    Rode the western section of course yesterday

    The MCC group ride took in the western section (Cookhouse and Manly Gulch) of the
    M5 race course for its Sunday ride. Very sweet! Looks like it was swept with a broom with clear views of all the turns. These trails are about as clean as they have ever been. Thanks to the Mendocino Coast Cyclists for all their hard earned volunteer work getting the trails ready for the M5 event.

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    Roo's right! There were seven MCC members out trimming, sweeping, sawing, pruning, grooming, sweating and making the trail GLORIOUS.

    Sight lines have been opened and the downhills are looking like bobsled runs.

    Mendocino Coast Cyclists- join them. There's a link on the registration page. It's only $20 a year and 100% of the money goes right into making the trails in the area more accesible and radder. You really cannot spend so little and have it do so much anywhere else.

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    This just in: weather forecast for the weekend is 72 degrees and sunny. Light offshore breeze. It's going to be perfect! Evening and morning fog the week before means that the trails will be 100% HERO DIRT.

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    I've ridden the trails and they are top notch. And that was before all of the grooming that's been going on lately. This event will put a smile on your face. Plus you will be gaining insider knowledge to all of the great trails and riding in Mendocino.

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hanskellner View Post
    I've ridden the trails and they are top notch. And that was before all of the grooming that's been going on lately. This event will put a smile on your face. Plus you will be gaining insider knowledge to all of the great trails and riding in Mendocino.

    Cheers!
    Mendocino riding cannot be learned in one trip here,this event will open yours eyes to more of the trails we have here.Each time you come there is more to learn.Always good and never to hot.The trails in the Woodlands are groomed like never before,everybody seems to be doing some work even the Woodlands guys are sweeping stuff. Come enjoy!

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    Check out another new bridge the NugJug built. He's gonna be sad if you don't come and ride the trails with him. You don't want to make NugJug sad, do you?

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    See you guys on Friday. Just signed up! 2nd trip to the Mendo trails.

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    Wish I was still living in Humboldt just so I could go to this! looks awesome!
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    hmmm have a nail appointment ... NOT !
    I'm in can't wait.

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    More prizes and swag rolling in for this weekend!

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    In w/ the family. Question on the course. I noticed the single black diamond on that course map, but elsewhere I'm pretty sure it says "recommended bike - lightweight hardtail". Am I setting myself up for disaster with a rigid SS? I am OK with sustained 10-12% climbs and maybe a little HAB if needed. I can take my wife's non-rigid geared hardtail but I'd rather ride the rigid... just because. (I have raced it in sport single speed at CCCX)

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    Rigid hardtail should be no problem. Imagine Skeggs only moist and tacky, not as long of climbs.

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    We're locked and loaded! Are you registered? Did you look at what your money gets you?

    IT'S INSANE! ------>>> Accommodation / Food / Kids | Murphy Mack's Mendocino MTB Madness

    The menu.. look at it. LOOK AT IT!

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    If I hadn't just got back from Annadel, I'd be all over this. Sounds like a great event on some great trails. Hope to sample the latter sometime soon ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by datenschwanz View Post
    We're locked and loaded! Are you registered? Did you look at what your money gets you?

    IT'S INSANE! ------>>> Accommodation / Food / Kids | Murphy Mack's Mendocino MTB Madness

    The menu.. look at it. LOOK AT IT!
    WOW! I am so bummed to miss out on this.

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    Hey singlespeeders... tired of wimpy posers not taking their win like a singlespeeder?

    Win SS... get your mark.
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    please organize a bus shuttle from the bay area. thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by modbog View Post
    please organize a bus shuttle from the bay area. thank you.
    Is that all that's stopping you??

    I can arrange that. PM me.

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    The coolest trophies you have ever seen. Two amazing pieces of handmade art. Made by no other than J. Nick Taylor! (Yes, THAT Nick Taylor!) He also made the Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago (the big silver bean in park) and the IBIS MAXIMUS that you may have seen at Sea Otter. These two go to the fastest non-pro men and women this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by datenschwanz View Post
    The coolest trophies you have ever seen. Two amazing pieces of handmade art. Made by no other than J. Nick Taylor! (Yes, THAT Nick Taylor!) He also made the Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago (the big silver bean in park) and the IBIS MAXIMUS that you may have seen at Sea Otter. These two go to the fastest non-pro men and women this weekend.
    Those are dam cool

    Was starting to thing about coming out of racing retirement yesterday and try to swing attending this thing when I got handed the primary pager for the next week, it always sneaks up on me

    Looks like a really great event you organized Murphy, hope it works well enough for you to do it again some time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by modbog View Post
    please organize a bus shuttle from the bay area. thank you.
    I'd love to do this event, but am only available Saturday for the race, the only thing holding me back from signing up is having to drive solo to and from Mendo in the same day, especially after a race/meal/2drinks.

    A shuttle driving up/back from the bay area would make this too sweet to pass up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrieRider View Post
    I'd love to do this event, but am only available Saturday for the race, the only thing holding me back from signing up is having to drive solo to and from Mendo in the same day, especially after a race/meal/2drinks.

    A shuttle driving up/back from the bay area would make this too sweet to pass up!
    Can you share the ride with Modbog? Take turns driving?

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    I'm in the north bay, so I'm being a bit of a wimp not wanting to drive ~ 2 hrs to get there from San Rafael, I mainly don't want to have to drive back after the race and beer, but I have plans on Sunday I cannot break so staying for the weekend isn't an option.

    I would be up for a ride share, but again, I just really don't want to have to drive back after....I know how lame that sounds

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrieRider View Post
    I'm in the north bay, so I'm being a bit of a wimp not wanting to drive ~ 2 hrs to get there from San Rafael, I mainly don't want to have to drive back after the race and beer, but I have plans on Sunday I cannot break so staying for the weekend isn't an option.

    I would be up for a ride share, but again, I just really don't want to have to drive back after....I know how lame that sounds
    Maybe Modbog would drive you in your car home?

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    Race course is in SUPURB condition. Locals say it's never looked this good. That should tell you something. Race day only entry includes drinks and post race buffet too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by datenschwanz View Post

    These two go to the fastest non-pro men and women this weekend.
    Oh my goodness, those are rad! So, basically, the fastest Expert man and woman get these two cuties, right?
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    Wife, son and I are headed up in ~4 hours.

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    Anyone else wants to come all you have to do is GET HERE.

    Pay at the gate. Weather is PERFECT.

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    Holy crap what a great weekend.

    Classic mental failure: last descent on the last lap of the race. I started thinking "I cannot wait til this is over. I wanna be done!" Then I wised up: "Dude. You're in the middle of a railing descent in a beautiful forest. There's a photographer right around the corner, and when you get done, someone's gonna give you a beer and feed you all the sushi and cajun salmon you can eat."

    So yeah, I got back into the moment.

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    Forget Downieville...

    ... I have an addiction to buffed-out, super-sweet, extra-swoopy singletrack... and the only prescription is more Mendo.

    Everything about this weekend was amazing - the hobbit cabins in the trees, the food, the beer, the hot showers (!!!), but most of all the trails and the company!! Miles upon miles of amazing singletrack with nary a ******bag in sight. Huge ups to Murphy, Emily, and the Mendocino Coast Cyclists for hosting such a fantastic event. SuperPro people - it was great to meet you!

    People, make room in your calendars for next year's event. You will not want to miss it. And I promise to race Sport class!
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    Are more events planned? I heard about this one too late to get the time off work.

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    Pictures for the rest of us?????

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    Wow, Ted took some amazing pictures!

    Really fun event, thank you Murphy, Emily and all who helped. Good for me to help me overcome my fear of heights, bridges and micro-track. Amazing trails, can't wait until I feel more confident on them!

    The campgrounds were fantastic. Glad I was burning a billion calories so I could eat the food, it was pretty five star.

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    +1 they almost look staged, but in a good way

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    That was an amazing weekend. After ripping miles of singletrack through the trees with great local guides, you take a hot shower and stroll over to the dining hall. Do you want the blackened salmon or the sirloin? Maybe both? Which of the four gourmet salads is your favorite? So many hard choices.

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    Great reports so far. The word will spread!!

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    def interested in next event!

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    Quote Originally Posted by modbog View Post
    +1 they almost look staged, but in a good way
    Heh, heh, heh. So last lap, well into the 4th hour of racing, 5000+ SS ft in the legs, dehydrated somewhat and bonking somewhat, fighting it out for DFL and basically just taking it easy winding through the trees on the last descent, and then, not quite paying enough attention, right in front of the camera guys, I mean like literally 4 feet away, I slide the front wheel and boom, I'm on my back. One of them says, "You know, somebody could totally do that right there." Yup!

    What a sweet event. To recap,

    + cabins
    + fireplaces
    + plenty of cool stuff for kids to explore on foot or on bike
    + instant hot showers
    + good crowd
    + unlimited beer
    + great food (the camp director said it was the best food of all the groups that had been there this summer)
    + forest, mountains, rivers
    + tons of rides

    Pretty much the only way to improve this would be to make it longer, I think.

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    For anyone who ran a camera during the race, I'd love a still of going over the bridge before turning right onto Eagles Roost trail. Me and that bridge had a little run-in on Sunday, I'd love a photo of it and have been scouring the internet for one. It's the one with the metal pipe railings.

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    Just an excellent event! I am looking forward to next year. The food was worth the price of admission!
    Murph has set the bar high for next year and all other events!

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    I wish I coulda made it, but was traveling north of the border. I told lots of fellow riders that this will likely be one of those "you shoulda been there the first year" events. Looks awesome.

    For those that attended this, and have done MBO... how would you compare the two experiences?

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    Thanks again Murphy, baby, wife and I had a great time.

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    Can ya'll dig it?

    This was my 2nd trip to Mendocino for riding with the Mendo Coast Cyclists and my first Murphy Mack event ever. Completely awesome, worth my time and money. Love the trails in Mendocino and being able to have cabins back in the Woodlands for ride in/ride out set up was incredible. The meals had lots of variety, no skimping and the beer was continuously flowing. Guided rides with the Mendo Coast Cyclists were brilliant for those like myself that were not racing. Thanks to Nick and Amy for guiding my rides. The Mendo riding scene is epic---big country. It's equal to a Tahoe drive but you are completely off the grid when you are back in the woods up there. There are tons of narrow trails. 20-25 miles with 3000ft of climbing was like a short ride ...The trails are real single track and while the tread is often smooth there are a lot of trails that require a lot of body positioning to maintain flow around the trees. If you go an come back, you won't be able to shut up about it. I promise. A few pics for you to chew on.

    Buff
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    Ride in Ride out from my cabin window
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    My cabin
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    Outdoor gathering area
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    Dining Hall
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    More Fast Trail
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    Gunslinger Trail Rope Assist to keep motos out!
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    Next year: Come up Thursday night. Ride Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    Also, night ride.

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    Also, the Ranger said I can't do anymore bike events until I get more Rep points.

    Please help.

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    Dayam

    Quote Originally Posted by Flat Pedals View Post
    This was my 2nd trip to Mendocino for riding with the Mendo Coast Cyclists and my first Murphy Mack event ever. Completely awesome, worth my time and money. Love the trails in Mendocino and being able to have cabins back in the Woodlands for ride in/ride out set up was incredible. The meals had lots of variety, no skimping and the beer was continuously flowing. Guided rides with the Mendo Coast Cyclists were brilliant for those like myself that were not racing. Thanks to Nick and Amy for guiding my rides. The Mendo riding scene is epic---big country. It's equal to a Tahoe drive but you are completely off the grid when you are back in the woods up there. There are tons of narrow trails. 20-25 miles with 3000ft of climbing was like a short ride ...The trails are real single track and while the tread is often smooth there are a lot of trails that require a lot of body positioning to maintain flow around the trees. If you go an come back, you won't be able to shut up about it. I promise. A few pics for you to chew on.

    Buff
    IMG_1110[1]
    Ride in Ride out from my cabin window
    IMG_1122[1]
    My cabin
    IMG_1129[1]
    Outdoor gathering area
    IMG_1132[1]
    Incredible place. Must.....go.....there.....sooooooooon.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    @Flat Pedals
    My wife, son and I were in the cabin shown in the "ride in ride out" photo

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    is there a thread for the 2013 event?


    found it..
    2013 - Mendocino Mountain Bike Madness! - August 23-25
    Last edited by flyinmike; 05-12-2013 at 06:39 AM.

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