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    Weekend Ride Report March 10th - 12th

    Posting tonight so griz doesn't usurp my position.

    Looks like nice weather this weekend. It was 75F in Davis/Sacramento today. Get after it!

    And don't forget Daylight Saving Time on Sunday!

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    Don't you worry...I'll still start my own weekend thread

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    I'll start my own thread too. Free beer for posters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    Don't you worry...I'll still start my own weekend thread
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    I'll start my own thread too. Free beer for posters.
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    This will be a gold mine! I think folks will actually ride trail this weekend!!

    They will shred, drink beer, get ticks and oak. Yeah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    This will be a gold mine! I think folks will actually ride trail this weekend!!

    They will shred, drink beer, get ticks and oak. Yeah.
    Now let me welcome everybody to the wild wild west. California knows how to party. California Love....
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    Santa Cruz report:

    EMT - beautiful (thanks to MBoSC rock work over the winter).
    UConn - Springs still draining from the hillside in a few spots, mostly draining off the trail and not down the trail as of this morning. Stay to the high side of the trail to keep things draining. "Looks better than last week" .... :/
    UCSC/Wilder fireroads - still draining in spots, some big ruts, soft spots.
    UCSC tame singletrack trails - swampy, avoid if possible.
    UCSC steep singletrack trails - mixed bag. Very bottom of trails that shall not be named are still a total mess from what I heard. Others drained well, excellent traction. Chainsaw fairies have been out on said singletrack trails.
    Wilder singletrack - unknown, probably mixed depending if it heads down to a creek and back up (like most of them do). Expect ruts at best.

    Lower Highway 9 still closed.

    MBoSC trailwork on Enchanted loop in Wilder Saturday: "we are going to be working on the Enchanted Loop reroute. The upper section in the meadow turned a bit soupy over the winter as we suspected might happen. To rectify this, we will be armoring a few sections with rock tomorrow. We will also be working on a short re route of the enchanted loop connector."

    Also a Girls Rock ride in Wilder on Saturday.

    Demo still officially closed.

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    I got out to Salmon Falls today. The vast majority of the trail is dry and in good shape. Any blow downs have been dealt with so no need to bring a saw. PO isn't that bad either. I did see some nice lad with clippers on the climb coming back from the start of flagstaff taking care of some PO, thanks man! Right at the start of the SFART climb it appears a tree came down and with it a bunch of rocks that took out a small part of the trail but it was easily passable.

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    I rode Pleasanton Ridge for the first time ever today.
    WOW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    I rode Pleasanton Ridge for the first time ever today.
    WOW.
    Got any pics to help decipher "WOW"?

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    tightening up out there...........

    bike and tires came back clean today.

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    I tried not to stare at the poison oak too long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    Got any pics to help decipher "WOW"?
    Maybe he means it was like the morning of Dec. 25th and there was something under the tree?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    I rode Pleasanton Ridge for the first time ever today.
    WOW.
    Pridge actually does well in the wet. Did you have a proper guide?

    Brings your saws this weekend!

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    Weekend Ride Report March 10th - 12th

    I rode there with my buddy who rides it like 5 days a week, and does more than his fair share of trail work. We encountered lots of loam, berms, and steepness. Conditions were nearly perfect, a little water/mud on the fireroad climb up, but nothing major. Lots of riders and hikers out there today. Had a ton of fun and it was a nice change in pace from the usual Santa Cruz stuff.

    I feel like it is best to omit any pictures and videos due to the legality of the stuff we rode. But I do have some good stuff if you want to "slide into the DMs"

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    I got nothing but an ankle that's feeling better and hopefully am past this flu thing. Family ride that's completely NOT mountain biking on a mountain pics soon.
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    Rode Waterdog today. Honestly, thought it would have been better. No pix but its either bone dry, doable (meaning a little squishy) or just a mud bog. 90% of it is rideable but there were too many spots where i had to dismount to make it enjoyable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddraewwg View Post
    Rode Waterdog today. Honestly, thought it would have been better. No pix but its either bone dry, doable (meaning a little squishy) or just a mud bog. 90% of it is rideable but there were too many spots where i had to dismount to make it enjoyable.
    That's Waterdog for you. Once it gets wet, it's a natural crik in many spots.
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    Confluence

    Quick ride from the confluence to the bench and back, trails are almost velcro but quiet....

    Nice waterfall on the Confluence trail.(slightly shaky vertical panorama photo)

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    Hold my beer.


    Anybody going to Golf Club Drive today? I'm thinking 9am.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    I'll start my own thread too. Free beer for posters.
    Sweet! I have some old rolled up posters, where do I send them? I thought they were worthless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obi View Post
    I got nothing but an ankle that's feeling better and hopefully am past this flu thing. Family ride that's completely NOT mountain biking on a mountain pics soon.
    Glad you're feeling better man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddraewwg View Post
    Rode Waterdog today. Honestly, thought it would have been better. No pix but its either bone dry, doable (meaning a little squishy) or just a mud bog. 90% of it is rideable but there were too many spots where i had to dismount to make it enjoyable.
    My guess is Rambler is muddy - I like shuttling that trail with my boys. Will check it out tomorrow. Most likely skeggs today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Anybody going to Golf Club Drive today?
    Dude. Everybody's going to Golf Club Drive today!

    Pro tips:
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    2. Don't use the "valet" service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCWages View Post
    Now let me welcome everybody to the wild wild west. California knows how to party. California Love....
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    It's not the wild west unless we all bank at Well's Fargo and take the scatter guns out to CVSC ... Now and then? At this stage some of you need coaching? over the top? ... Short ride today ... longer ride tamale. Coe rider recognized me bike and said ... you must be ancient rascal ... I said no I'm griz!
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    Did 4 laps at the trail and said hi to about 35 peoples. Just an absolutely glorious day.

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    did skeggs today and it's looking better each week
    most of the down trees are gone. a new one is down closer to the CM08 gate
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    Rode ST this morning. Conditions were ok, with a little mud here and there. Here is a video coming down rocky ridge.

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    "legal" trail shots in Pleasanton Ridge today. Yes you could see the snow capped Sierras. it was 77* on the trail











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    Weekend Ride Report March 10th - 12th-img_6187.jpg

    Our friends from Mike's Bikes got Dane and I a few fresh S-Works Enduros to check out. The 29 is a beast. Test ride video will be up soon.

    Trails are all super hot fire right now. Got get after it!

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    Another awesome day in SC. Got in 25/3500 with griz and turfnsurf. Conditions were pretty great (we all got PR's on Drunken Monkey).

    Had a bob-o/Roaring Mouse sighting, then had a Hoser Crew sighting at the Stump. He stoked us all with beer. I had my first Lagunitas 12th of Never. Yummy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    Another awesome day in SC. Got in 25/3500 with griz and turfnsurf. Conditions were pretty great (we all got PR's on Drunken Monkey).

    Had a bob-o/Roaring Mouse sighting, then had a Hoser Crew sighting at the Stump. He stoked us all with beer. I had my first Lagunitas 12th of Never. Yummy.
    I wonder if those guys are still at the stump drinking beer

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Did 4 laps at the trail and said hi to about 35 peoples. Just an absolutely glorious day.

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    We did one big lap...we didn't see you I really could have used those tasty snacks when we were done!

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    Did a nice quick spin today before heading over to see Charles to spend some money on parts and schtuff.

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    Rode Santa Teresa today. Rocky Ridge was dry, but the lower section after the gate was muddy. Every east facing trail was a mosh pit. It was fun to ride but won't go there for a week because of the mud. Muddiest I have seen it.

    The mountains are still so saturated and will be squeezing water out for a long while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    Another awesome day in SC. Got in 25/3500 with griz and turfnsurf. Conditions were pretty great (we all got PR's on Drunken Monkey).

    Had a bob-o/Roaring Mouse sighting, then had a Hoser Crew sighting at the Stump. He stoked us all with beer. I had my first Lagunitas 12th of Never. Yummy.
    Good to see ya D... and good meeting you Griz and Turfnsurf. Super fun day with chocolate cake berms everywhere! Doesn't get any better!

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    Last week I rode 40 miles in Henry Coe and it was awesome.

    This week I rode two miles in Henry Coe and it was also awesome ... because I took my three-year-old on her first bikepacking trip.

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    Nisene was as perfect as it has ever been. First day this year I have not had sleeves or knee warmers on and it was not freezing. Got up to Ridge and was tempted to drop in but the sun was sinking so i stuck to the west side and was not disappointed. Saw four riders after the incline. This highland closure may be a good thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    Dude. Everybody's going to Golf Club Drive today!

    Pro tips:
    1. Pedal up Hwy 9 to the fireroad that leads to Rincon.
    2. Don't use the "valet" service.
    What? Pedal up highway 9??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trespinero View Post
    Nisene was as perfect as it has ever been. First day this year I have not had sleeves or knee warmers on and it was not freezing. Got up to Ridge and was tempted to drop in but the sun was sinking so i stuck to the west side and was not disappointed. Saw four riders after the incline. This highland closure may be a good thing

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    Seven Springs trail. Freakmont Older
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    What? Pedal up highway 9??
    Yep: There's almost no traffic with the closure, it's cool to see the views of the river that you miss when you're in the car, you stay out of the the way of folks bombing down Emma (it's running really fast now), you conserve some energy for the rest of the ride, and you get to the goods faster! #winning
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    Yep: There's almost no traffic with the closure, it's cool to see the views of the river that you miss when you're in the car, you stay out of the the way of folks bombing down Emma (it's running really fast now), you conserve some energy for the rest of the ride, and you get to the goods faster! #winning
    No thankyou. Sounds like a road ride. I've parked at the Highway 9 road closure before along with several others.

    Why road ride when Emma is actually running really good. And it is before the poison oak really crushes that trail.

    Lots of cool folks and they're all going the same up direction in the morning.

    Really funny these guys who descend EMT at 9am. Talk about going against the flow.
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    It was just a suggestion for a chance to (temporarily) do something new. I guess if you're only doing a short ride then it doesn't really matter! Climbing up Emma is never my first choice (more like 4th) when riding out there. Whatever melts your butter. Also, you can't fault the locals for trying to get in an early ride before the masses invade.
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    Great climbing weather today

    LG Man and myself ... Priest to right on power pole to woods left on Kennedy across the ridge then down a choppy dry dogmeat then down Limekiln to the truck. Tree down on Overgrown / Limekiln in the canyon area 3/4 the way to woods. You can carry your bike through the mess. Needed some shut eye after that one. 18/3000 ish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott M View Post
    Last week I rode 40 miles in Henry Coe and it was awesome.

    This week I rode two miles in Henry Coe and it was also awesome ... because I took my three-year-old on her first bikepacking trip.

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    Where'd you camp?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    No thankyou. Sounds like a road ride. I've parked at the Highway 9 road closure before along with several others.

    Why road ride when Emma is actually running really good. And it is before the poison oak really crushes that trail.
    We did an alternate route...it's nice to mix it up...besides how many times have you started a ride with Emma? We hit plenty of non-road ride sections
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    So nice that my bike doesn't look like this after every ride now!

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    Such a long long time to be gone
    and a short time to be there

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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    We did an alternate route...it's nice to mix it up...besides how many times have you started a ride with Emma? We hit plenty of non-road ride sections
    For sure. So you ride highway 9 up and then you take uconn/pogonip up?
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    Super stoked to see these reports.

    I woke up Saturday with Intense pain in my neck. Looks like I may have a pinched nerve. No riding for me. Trying to get an appointment for tomorrow in case this gets worse. Never had pain bring me to my knees like that. Keep the stoke coming!

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    Rode Skeggs. Manzanita, Blue Blossom and lower Steam. Pretty dry. Some small wet patches here and there but nothing even close to muddy.

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    I did a bike build. G'dam brake levers had no clamps. So I used some dropper lever clamps. Then the cables were three feet too long. Dang nabbit.

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    Rode out at UC on Sunday, conditions were great on the steeper trails. A tree down here and there, but didn't come up on any in a dangerous spot. Got a garmin virb in December and haven't given it much of a go yet, so gave it a little test today. I love how you can start recording and stop even when it is powered off with just the turn of a switch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJoH62JgzO8 , i'd advise muting if you watch as my tunes don't much appeal to many.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCWages View Post
    Super stoked to see these reports.

    I woke up Saturday with Intense pain in my neck. Looks like I may have a pinched nerve. No riding for me. Trying to get an appointment for tomorrow in case this gets worse. Never had pain bring me to my knees like that. Keep the stoke coming!
    Damn dude, what da hell? How do you have so much bad luck these days?

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    I got to eat some Korean BBQ!! It was kind of random as my son said, "dad, my friend invited us to dinner." We just showed up and a 3 hour dinner/dessert transpired. I didn't know that baseball family but now I know them quite well.

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    We rode the Foresthill Divide Loop yesterday. First ride for a few of us in 4-6 months. I personally had surgery in November and as soon as my recovery period ended it rained for three months. Ugh. Anyway, for the last eight weeks I have been in the gym and doing cardio to get ready to ride. Yesterday was the big day.

    Cardio fitness was solid. Heart rate didn't skyrocket and recovery was good. My leg strength isn't all there yet, even though I have been doing a lot of leg work. I'm heavy right now (not fat as I sit around 17% bf, just heavy).

    It felt damn good to ride though! The trail was a little beat up in spots, and there was some standing water but it really wasn't bad. The dirt road downhill had unavoidable water/mud at the bottom exactly where you'd expect it to. It got my bike dirty . Since I haven't ridden for a bit my descending was sloppy but next week should be better. Last night I ordered a new XT cassette and PC 1071 chain as my original chain was starting to show some stretch (btw Jenson is having a decent sale right now - XT 10 spd cassette was $40).

    Can't wait to ride next week!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCWages View Post
    Super stoked to see these reports.

    I woke up Saturday with Intense pain in my neck. Looks like I may have a pinched nerve. No riding for me. Trying to get an appointment for tomorrow in case this gets worse. Never had pain bring me to my knees like that. Keep the stoke coming!
    Bummer If your not careful, you might end old like me! Get that neck fixed up...Spring is here

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Is the Aptos Creek Fireroad clear all the way up to Demo?
    There are a couple slides you have to hike/pick your way through but all systems go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moe Ped View Post
    Great photo!

    Where'd you camp?
    Thanks! We camped at Ridge View. Easy access from HQ, even with a 30-pound kid on the handlebars and a super heavy trailer being pulled behind the bike. The nearly full moon made everything look amazing out there after sunset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    For sure. So you ride highway 9 up and then you take uconn/pogonip up?
    Yep...just like the old days before Emma was built. I used to meet my bro, who worked at Giro, and ride up the tracks. Some people didn't like riding that one bridge...so they would use Hwy 9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SOG View Post
    My guess is Rambler is muddy - I like shuttling that trail with my boys. Will check it out tomorrow. Most likely skeggs today.
    Did you go? If you didn't, near the top of Rambler, the G-out is basically filled in due to a mudslide. difficult and messy to climb over. Skeggs is sooooooo much better. Not even comparable.

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    I got to hang out with the Women Ambassadors of Bell!! Hey, cause someone's gotta do it.

    Last year, they got rained out. This year, glorious sun!!!

    Basically they chose over 10 women around the country, trained/kitted them to do a ride a month with resources and funding so they can infect more women with the riding stoke.

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    Women are the best.
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    Has anyone been to Harvey West or Pleasanton lately? I'm building up my new dj this week and want to get an idea of how either of those spots are holding up - thx.

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    Rode El Dorado Trail from Shingle out toward Latrobe, the East side of the tracks was a muddy mess with several impassible ponds, West side (where it exists) was much nicer. Rode the tracks in several spots to avoid the mud. Saw a couple tracks going through mud that I wouldn't attempt but I suspect very few have been using the trail so far this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SOG View Post
    Has anyone been to Harvey West or Pleasanton lately? I'm building up my new dj this week and want to get an idea of how either of those spots are holding up - thx.
    I was talking about Harvey West with MBOSC Mark two weekends ago and he said it was open again. I keep forgetting to check it out when I'm near there (maybe I should stop doing 6-hour rides).
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    How about Scotts Flat trail or Miners Trail just outside Nevada City? Clear and open or muddy and trashed?

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    Pleasanton BMX park is pretty dialled, i was there sat+sun last weekend. hero dirt, no muddy sections. i like it a lot more than calabazas because even w/ few skills i can join up a lot of cool lines (and get 6" of air, ha).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin6 View Post
    How about Scotts Flat trail or Miners Trail just outside Nevada City? Clear and open or muddy and trashed?
    I don't know about Scotts Flat trail (except for the very top - that's perfectly dry), but I just rode Miners trail at lunch and it is mostly good to go. If you don't mind really slowing down (like, to 5 mph) about 5 times for under 100' each time to avoid trail damage, then it's game-on. Same is true for Taxi Cab - go really slow for a combined 1/2 mile and it's ready for riding. Taxi Cab may have water flowing down it for weeks after the last rain this year; either avoid it or plan on going slow for a part of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    I rode Pleasanton Ridge for the first time ever today.
    WOW.


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    Got any pics to help decipher "WOW"?
    I think it's "Wow, no single track" or "Wow, that first climb is a teddy kicker"
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    Z, I don't think he was talking about fireroads.

    And FP, wow! You are the hucking cat! Thanks for sharing!

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    I won!

    Well, I won cat 3 55+ at CCCX Fort Ord on Sunday, mostly because the fast guys from the first race didn't show up.

    Saturday I rode up Hwy 9 from LG to Saratoga Gap and rode the Gap out to the Long Ridge gate, then back. It was my first time seeing all that nice trail work there. Sad.

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    [QUOTE=karlisle;13083880]I don't know about Scotts Flat trail (except for the very top

    Scotts is mostly fine but has maybe 10 really yukky spots that seem to be taking forever to dry out. It's going to need work. Miners still has some running water. Taxi is best ridden uphill this time of year unless you just really like a cold soaked butt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by form49b View Post
    I won!

    Well, I won cat 3 55+ at CCCX Fort Ord on Sunday, mostly because the fast guys from the first race didn't show up.

    Saturday I rode up Hwy 9 from LG to Saratoga Gap and rode the Gap out to the Long Ridge gate, then back. It was my first time seeing all that nice trail work there. Sad.
    Good work stud! I'm still trying to scrounge a lousy sub 40 to close out challenge season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redhawk View Post
    Taxi is best ridden uphill this time of year unless you just really like a cold soaked butt.
    Good clarification - I forget that anyone would choose to ride down Taxi Cab when Miners is so fun. Taxi is much more of an uphill trail in these conditions.

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