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    Bergen Peak

    Rode this yesterday. Clockwise. Frickin' awesome ride for sure. I'm wondering how often this thing gets cleaned (the climb), and additionally, what are some folks climb times who do clean it. Haven't cleaned it yet, although getting closer - my goal for this season. ...decided to turn around at the Bergen/Too Long junction and descend Bergen, quite the fun DH (IMHO, descending Begen has more flow, but Too Long has its merits as well)
    Spiral out, keep going...

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    Wow, Bergen is rideable in early March!? That's definitely a first. The trail's not too hard to clean, it just takes lots of aerobic fitness. If you can go from parking lot to summit in under an hour, you're moving pretty well.
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    The steep, sustained hill once you make the south ridge is the killer for me fitness-wise. Sure seems like the parking lot to summit climb makes other front range climbs seem short.
    Spiral out, keep going...

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    +1 on surprised to hear its ridable, I made it to 8700ft the other day, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
    The ride is very cleanable up, and definately one of my favorites on the FR

    If you rode it clockwise, you surely met my nemesis...
    The rock that pertrudes out at about chest height, about 1/2 way down, a little techy underneath, with a tree right after it.

    Haven't ever been able to manuever around it.

    Ate sh1t there many years back, now I walk it with my head hung low... pretending not to hear the rock laugh as I walk my bike around it....

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    Hmmm, I've hiked this once, but it was a few years back. I don't remember anything about clockwise or counter. Where does the split happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbjedi1
    Wow, Bergen is rideable in early March!? That's definitely a first. The trail's not too hard to clean, it just takes lots of aerobic fitness. If you can go from parking lot to summit in under an hour, you're moving pretty well.
    Define "not too hard". I've never seen someone clean the whole thing without going back to try again. So yeah, never seen a no-dab up that climb, and I ride with some of the best riders on the front range. Hate this kind of post, but saying it isn't "too hard" is the understatement of the year so far...so far..

    anyway, I'm stoked to hear it is dry this early. its been a pretty crazily mild winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbjedi1
    Wow, Bergen is rideable in early March!? That's definitely a first. The trail's not too hard to clean, it just takes lots of aerobic fitness. If you can go from parking lot to summit in under an hour, you're moving pretty well.
    there is EPO use and some sort of fish paralyzer you have to take to make that a easy climb!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottay5150
    there is EPO use and some sort of fish paralyzer you have to take to make that a easy climb!
    Hear that ... I almost cleaned it once, but I had just a minor foot dab when I stopped to puke and pass out
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    I don't think it counts as a dab if you only touch your own vomit.

    Thanks for the trail report.

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    Defintely a brutal, yet awesome ride. Try too hard and the puke-factor can go up quickly. I pretend to stop and enjoy the view by choice...and have accidentally discovered it really enhances the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69erSycip
    Define "not too hard".


    Either that or define "clean". The person that can clean it all and make it look "...not too hard..." is Superman in my book. And Superman is a fictional character.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69erSycip
    Define "not too hard". I've never seen someone clean the whole thing without going back to try again. So yeah, never seen a no-dab up that climb, and I ride with some of the best riders on the front range. Hate this kind of post, but saying it isn't "too hard" is the understatement of the year so far...so far..

    anyway, I'm stoked to hear it is dry this early. its been a pretty crazily mild winter.
    not too hard = cleanable every time.

    define "best riders in the front range".
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbjedi1
    not too hard = cleanable every time.
    Well, you sound confident and maybe have done it. Definitely impressive. No stops, no dabs, no shoulders/hands against trunks, no do-overs, clipped in all the way, clean from bottom to tippy-top, and then top to bottom - not too hard

    Funny thing is, now my gf is all over cleaning the whole thing. She looked at me like I had three heads when I told it was near impossible. I've seen her clean an awful lot on that climb but not all at once. She is now on a mission and I will be a mere spectator...if I can keep her in my sights

    I usually climb and descend Too Long, definitely my favorite trail. I can't stand the southern trail for some reason.

    This reminds me of "The Wall" challenge.

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    I have to agree with mtbjedi. Bergen is not that tough technically. If you've got the lungs it's doable . Too Long isn't. Some of those switchbacks are tight and LOOSE.
    pouring like an avalanche coming down the mountain

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    Quote Originally Posted by edemtbs
    Well, you sound confident and maybe have done it. Definitely impressive. No stops, no dabs, no shoulders/hands against trunks, no do-overs, clipped in all the way, clean from bottom to tippy-top, and then top to bottom - not too hard

    Funny thing is, now my gf is all over cleaning the whole thing. She looked at me like I had three heads when I told it was near impossible. I've seen her clean an awful lot on that climb but not all at once. She is now on a mission and I will be a mere spectator...if I can keep her in my sights

    I usually climb and descend Too Long, definitely my favorite trail. I can't stand the southern trail for some reason.

    This reminds me of "The Wall" challenge.

    Ed
    The Wall appears to be really hard now, and I haven't been down there since before the stairs were put in. Note what I said - "not too hard" doesn't mean it's easy by any stretch. There are certainly folk who can clean it every time - unlike the Wall. I think even Jungle Jay Henry wouldn't clean the Wall every time. I also agree about the descent down Too Long - super fun!
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    bad link? didn't work for me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbjedi1
    bad link? didn't work for me...
    I guess that means it's impossible.

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    Ok, That took me almost the entire clip to realize he was riding without brakes! That was sick.
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    No brakes!

    As a trials rider... OMG! I tried riding without using my brakes once.... landed on my ass and almost broke an arm!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by edemtbs
    Funny thing is, now my gf is all over cleaning the whole thing. She looked at me like I had three heads when I told it was near impossible. I've seen her clean an awful lot on that climb but not all at once. She is now on a mission and I will be a mere spectator...if I can keep her in my sights
    Your GF is GNAR!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by edemtbs
    I usually climb and descend Too Long, definitely my favorite trail. I can't stand the southern trail for some reason.
    hmmm... quite the opposite for me... although I don't think I've actually tried it that way. Perhaps I will soon!

    Quote Originally Posted by edemtbs
    This reminds me of "The Wall" challenge.
    You mean this?

    short version


    and the tribulations of getting there (Yes, I was there with the President! Yep, the celeb himself!).... of comba



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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbjedi1
    not too hard = cleanable every time.

    define "best riders in the front range".
    team.bikeparts.com/ - look for updates with our new team members

    + I ride with many other top 10 Pro XC racers and I haven't seen any of them clean Bergen Peak every time. I guess if we slowed down and rode in the granny it would help, but what is the fun in that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69erSycip
    team.bikeparts.com/ - look for updates with our new team members

    + I ride with many other top 10 Pro XC racers and I haven't seen any of them clean Bergen Peak every time. I guess if we slowed down and rode in the granny it would help, but what is the fun in that?
    You must be Pro. Pro's are cool.

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    I would never consider

    myself as one of the best riders in the front range, not even close, but there are only two spots that I have NEVER cleaned on the way to the summit, going clockwise, descending on Too long, and never cleaned the remaining challenging sections on the same ride, but I speculate that if I can clean all but those two sections on seperate days, there is someone who can tie them all together, and the others are doable in my opinion, just not by me.

    Oh, the tree/rock combo section referred to on too long, always walk that.
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