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    winter sunshine riding - recommendations?

    I'm going to miss this years Knollfest. I would have loved to have been able to fly over meet new people and ride those amazing looking trails but work commitments mean this years fortnight away needs to be from about the 21st Dec to the 4th of Jan. Any suggestions where's good to go riding during the festive season, sunshine has to be 95% guaranteed! Im still considering South USA and Mexico, not sure what other options there are...be good to find a sunny place with an uplift some days...whats your favourite winter hot spots?
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    a few of my mates did malaga in spain, said it was great.... theres always la palma and tenneriffe.... portugul... if you wanted to go further,,,,, maybe america, not sure if moad is rideable all year round, amd sure one of the locals on here could give an answer. mexico,,,,, jamaica,,,, or any where in south america... chille ecudor peru,,, argentina. brazil. how about new zealand, thats a rapidly up and coming riding hot spot.

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    I have good luck in Hurricane UT, Las Vegas area NV, Sedona and Phoenix AZ.
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    I'll be heading to Sedona for 3 week over X'mas/NYE. I've never been let down there for decent weather and great riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    I'll be heading to Sedona for 3 week over X'mas/NYE. I've never been let down there for decent weather and great riding.
    If my Chilco comes in BY THEN, we are too. Had to miss a trip these past two days with buddies in Sedona cuz I have no FS. Maybe we can coordinate some rides. We can all hit Hangover with our 780 and 800mm bars…. As they did yesterday!

    BTW, we here in New Mexico have sooo much sunshine. We are all blessed in the SW.

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    For sure I'd love to ride with some other folks. I'll PM you my email.

    BTW - I don't ride uber wide bars so you'll be on your own there...maybe I can demo a Knolly that ride...
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    For sure I'd love to ride with some other folks.
    +1 ..if it turns out that i'm going to be in the area i'll give you guys a shout..
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    Quote Originally Posted by cfrench View Post
    +1 ..if it turns out that i'm going to be in the area i'll give you guys a shout..
    Great. I'll PM my contact info. Are you from the UK? My GF is English just came back from a visit to London.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    Great. I'll PM my contact info. Are you from the UK? My GF is English just came back from a visit to London.
    Im from Edinburgh, Scotland, but live in Peebles now as its the best place for a mountainbiker to live in UK
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    You'll enjoy the traction you get in Sedona compared to winter MTBIng at home. I live on Vancouver Island in Canada so I bet our winters are similar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    You'll enjoy the traction you get in Sedona compared to winter MTBIng at home. I live on Vancouver Island in Canada so I bet our winters are similar.
    Your winter makes ours look mild, but at this time of year its damp, frosty mornings, 3C max, and rains when it gets warmer, its very grey, atm they will be similar I think. We only get snow for a month or two max, usually jan - march. its very changeable. 2 years ago at Christmas I had my jacket off and was cycling in a t-shirt at altitude... other years, at the same time of year, you don't get near the trails for 8 feet of snow. Climate in Scotland is actually most like New Zealand (poor NZ! )just our summer and winter seasons are at the opposite time of year from each other..
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    I moved to the US from England as I like to see the sun between Novenber and March.

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    330+ days of sun. Enough said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiSS'er View Post
    330+ days of sun. Enough said.
    Sorry but having been to Phoenix many times for me at least it's way too hot in the summer. I assume you guys ride super early in the summer months?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilks View Post
    Sorry but having been to Phoenix many times for me at least it's way too hot in the summer. I assume you guys ride super early in the summer months?
    Yep, we usually ride about 6:00am. Need to be off the mountain by 9:00 or so. Actually riding during the summer is not bad until the Monsoon shows up and the humidity goes up. We have 8 perfect months of riding, 1 or 2 good months, and 2 or 3 months that are tolerable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiSS'er View Post
    Yep, we usually ride about 6:00am. Need to be off the mountain by 9:00 or so. Actually riding during the summer is not bad until the Monsoon shows up and the humidity goes up. We have 8 perfect months of riding, 1 or 2 good months, and 2 or 3 months that are tolerable.
    You are so lucky. My world is like this a lot of the time: winter sunshine riding - recommendations?-p5pb9681840.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilks View Post
    I moved to the US from England as I like to see the sun between Novenber and March.
    ..where about in England are you from Wilks?
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    winter sunshine riding - recommendations?

    I'm a Suffolk boy. Only ridden Thetford Forest in the UK. as i got into mtn biking after moving here 18 years ago. I really want to ride some of the UK trail centres. Here's a pic from yesterday's ride. Excuse the non Knolly pic and you can see the weather yesterday in NJ was typical British type weather.



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    drop me a line if you can make it to the Scottish borders (Glentress and Innerleithen), all welcome. nice, the forests are so pretty in the autumn too, glentress is a picture at this time of year, the slippy leaves make it more fun aswell. im in the middle of a fleet re-build but planning to post some local pics up here very soon.
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    winter sunshine riding - recommendations?

    I will! Problem when I go back is that I don't get any time to myself.


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    Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara are pretty good in the winter. It may rain but the trails systems hold up very well. It becomes hero dirt!!!

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    Hit Laguna if you are doing a Southern California run. We speak Scottish!

    Well, maybe not, but we have lots of fun trails for any type of bike and we're open 355 days a year (most trails are closed on the few days a year of heavy rain).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herzalot View Post
    Hit Laguna if you are doing a Southern California run. We speak Scottish!

    Well, maybe not, but we have lots of fun trails for any type of bike and we're open 355 days a year (most trails are closed on the few days a year of heavy rain).
    haha.. Its not Scottish we speak, its "Jockanese" ..have you got a zip I can plug into google so I can see where the trails are on the map..
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    I'm looking into Colombia. I hear riding is great and it's pretty cheap. Dry season is dec to feb
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    Quote Originally Posted by cfrench View Post
    haha.. Its not Scottish we speak, its "Jockanese" ..have you got a zip I can plug into google so I can see where the trails are on the map..
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