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    Moabito The Good The Bad and the Xinte

    A long time ago in a ...oops no..two days ago in a forest quite near....

    Well heres my jaded account of the Moabito trail.

    Early start...whats that all about then? Got up to the trail head at about 7.20 am, escorted by Warp and the Human GPS, met some others with even more sleep deprivation..Tigerdog and Ken, but most of the riders came at the Mexican 7:30 at the latest which means an 8 am set off...still an hour or more earlier than I am used to. Still pretty sunrise. Warp told (or threatened me - I´m not so sure which) that there would be blood spilt this day...some Nahuatl observation. Still seeming those guys spilled someones blood to make their morning tea sacrifice, afternoon tea and supper, I am sure that it would have held true mightily well back then.
    It held well this day.


    But anyway, as usual I digress.


    The Start

    We headed up the road to Terra Roja with all the Xinte guys and hanger-ons like myself regrouping at the Colosio and rode the red earth down till the shingle road, keeping to that till Espiritu Santo...a quicker ride than normal for me, as there was less dicking about in the bush, bit less interesting, and I thought it might be the precurser for a gentler ride than normal. (wrong)

    Cerveza

    A quick beer at Raza´s (?) fine establishment for those who like ´em early, (in my defence I knew there wasn´t gonna be another beer for a long time).
    In my prosecution- I persuaded Bullwinkles mate (Running Wild) to have a beer and the Human GPS also quickly relented... Well that was the last we saw of them and I take full responsibility for leading them to temptation. I survived their siren like call to stay and have another couple, and headed off instead with the bunch, still munching on my apple.

    The Moon


    Around the corner to the La Luna turn off, I chomped my way through the remaining dust coated core and headed into some of those lovely single tracks in the area. We then ran down the dark side of the moon and through some more tracks and farms, The Xinte guys were keeping good charge of their flock, and also blocking off wrong routes. Great dedication and organisation.

    The track from La Luna down to somewhere was damn fine. As Tiger dog said to me, "Pick the ****z up and put them fcuken over there." Damn fine bit of track..lots of whoops of enjoyment. (but you know...you always have to pay for that enjoyment...sooner or later) (Time for menacing music.)

    Mine

    Then we arrived at the mine shaft, took a few candid snaps, no time to dog for gold or whatever it was that came out of that giant hole. Nice stop. Another regroup of the many of the day. Some nice riding here. New territory for me.

    Ooh me Cacahuatis

    Then we then hit the stony dowhill..many guys chose to walk the more stony sections but wisely, others like me and Tiger decided to either fall off and bash heads into trees or gark thighs onto pedals or smash unrequired testicles into seats. I think we made the wise choice. This took far too long but probably wasn´t really that far. I think my second blood was spilt here, the first being an attack by a bastard plant. (Bastardus Attackus is the latin name for those interested). Then escape from the testicular torture for smoother pastures and the periferico. I call it the periferico cos we were jammed up like those poor plonkers on that road..or like my plums in my shorts.. This section was a stop start stop start go 3 meters stop. Get on your bike rotate the crank and dismount kind of piece. Bit frustrating cos it looked nice to ride..but there were some mitigating circumstances like the number of barbed wire fences to cross.

    Pornography trail

    Well unusual I know, but the Xinte boys went the exta mile for our guidance and entertainment with a substantial part of the root (ooh er) marked with skillfully crafted drawings of scantily clad or naked women regularly placed for a few kilometers. This started from the stone slopes and continued for quite some time, in fact the only time I went off track was when the porn ran out...I suspected something was wrong inmediately and quickly went looking for some more tits and g strings. Not normally so hard to find in the Xinte club..(see pic)

    Wet

    A bit of riverside running followed, a few cows and a donkey named Rene, and some shots in the not so distant neighbourhood. Quite disconcerting for those of us there when a rider complained to the police of being shot at in Chiluca.. Ah well..what was that prophecy of Warps?

    Hmm

    Grinding
    Time to pay...initially some brutish uphill climbs- piggy backing bicis up the slopes. Then reducing to a continual never ending grind. Ok...we stopped half way through it. For the Moabito view if you had the energy to turn your head...many didn´t, or a well deserved rest and snack. And then tears at the thought we are probably only half way back.
    Well after the rest it´s still more of the unpleasant type of grinding ...on and on...till we get to the quiter farm roads and fields decorated with tacky plastic decorations well on their way to become rubbish or ensnare rear wheels like drift nets as happened to one unlucky rider.

    Crash and Leg Breaker

    Now we are back in territory I know..Discovery terror tory. Well actually if you read my real discovery trail post you might take some umption with me claiming to know this area, but settle down. I got it now. Just forget the Donky (he´s gone anyway) and go behind the new church. Ok?
    Off from the roads again to ride through grassy fields and then back into the forest where soon another jam up for a rider who left the track for a 4 meter drop to a rocky landing. Somehow bike and rider are ok to keep going. Much comraderie and support to help get him back up to the track, God knows how he escaped injury...we speculated the branches must have broken the fall, in spite of their thorns.
    I guess we did the leg breaker before this, but I was well tired at this stage and really..who wants to remember that? Some of the Xinte guys took pleasure in humiliating us mortals by riding uo some parts of it. I had more pressing concerns like one of my legs dropping off or really regretting not getting my morning dump off. Fcuken 6 am rising. Who´s idea was that? Not many photos taken now (too tired) and converstaion had dropped dramatically. A big day for many of us.

    The End is Nigh

    Then another climb up hill to the Terra Roja road, thankfully knowing we we close to be showered and rested. Well I was reduced to granny gear even for the downhill slopes by now but toiled on to the Colosio and had as much coke as I could stomach. No more than a couple of lines on a ride.
    The final regroup. Not as many as were here in the morning, I guess many fell in the line of duty, or those shots hit their targets. More likely many were not there for the full monty.
    Then a small miracle befell me. Having denied myself of the pleasure of an extra beer in the morn, I also scuttled any chance of a ride with the Human GPS. Cleverly I put out a call to the Xinte collective (you have been assimilated) and Jaime came to my rescue. A few more small uphills and some long dusty downhills where I let myself ride out of control (would have been screwed if a car came, but I was too tired to care) and out to the trail head to anxiously find my ride. I couldn´t face that climb to the Super H after this 7 hour marathon!

    Well an excellent ride, well organised and caringly executed. Nice one Xinte. Dunno if I´ll do it again soon...but maybe, if I forget how hard it was..And did I say hot? I´ve been riding without suncream for a while now, but she was a burner on Sunday. (For us inadequately skinned guiros.)
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    Moabito Pics..

    First pics were the early start and Colossus regroup.

    Now Terra Roja, Rocky Rene, Oscar the human GPS, the scenery..nope file too big..grrr, Espiritu Santo bike park queue in the bosque.
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    The mine, re-grouping and the stony downhill ballbreaker.
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    Periferico traffic, pornography and pain
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    Hey Aids!!

    Excellent write up!! I couldn't stop laughing my arse off while reading it!!

    Some notes to it:

    - The prediction Aids is mentioning is the Nahuatl thought that when the sun arose reddish, there would be blood spilled on that day. The picture doesn't show how reddish the sun looked like... but it was.

    - Colossus = "Colosio" is the place where we can choose to turn to the Eses or Tierra Roja

    - One of the Xinte guys humilliating us making it up that impossibly steep slope is Pancho. He's a young racer boy who will be grueling the XC races this years. He has as a couple of his targets for this year the Chupacabras 100km and the popobike. Watch out!!! He's impossibly fast!!! He's actually riding an Alubike with heavy Deore groupset and basic suspension... He would kick some serious butt would he have a nice steed. Any donation (everything is welcome from components to cash. Contact Lalo from Xinte for more details or even me by PM)

    I want to give public credit to Club Xinte (one of the few in Mexico affilited to IMBA) for the nice and (as Aids noted) well organized ride. They know how to lead rides. Their organization denotes years of polishing it and their dedication.

    Seriously, I was aware Chiluca was a nice place to ride; but this ride with Xinte brought more surprises to me from the very same place I had ridden for a while.

    Their page is www.xinte.com.

    I enjoyed the company of all of you guys: 545cu, Tigerdog, my tocayo Running Wild, Oscar and Carlos (too bad you didn't come with us, we really missed you!!) and the Xinte crew.

    As for me... my bike had a funny rear shock in the morning acting up and a front brake with slippery pads in the early morning, but a quick fix at a stop made it work like a charm. I'm all beaten up.. surprisingly, my arms and shoulders are aching me more than my legs.
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    My ride, Moabito rest, trail marker carrying wood and rescue time.
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    Great story, great pics!!!. Tks so much for sharing it.

    I'll watch out for the loose donkey when riding in Chiluca.

    Hope to join you in a ride in a few months.
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    Great Write Up

    Couldn't have said it better myself. Well, maybe I could, but I can't be bothered now.

    I'm amazed there wasn't more blood shed. Especially when the guy on the 50 lb bike plummeted 12 feet straight down to the river. It's a good job all those branches were there to slow his fall!

    Anyway, great ride, great people (thanks to the whole Xinte club), great day out, I'm knackered!

    OK, enough of my yackin', here are some pictures.

    1. Start panorama

    2. Rolling out

    3.Aids getting the perfect angle for the shot

    4. Tienda panorama
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    Last ones...

    1. El Moabito (we thought this would be a great location for a western with an all midget cast)

    2. Adrian leads the way (hey where are the shots of you crossing the bridge?)
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    Some more pics

    1. Traffic Jam

    2. Me and Oscar from Xinte

    3. Las Perversas (the porn trail)

    4. Warp2003
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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerdog
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    You caught me out of track!! I promise not to do it again!!

    Hey... where are the pics of Aids (recently re-dubbed as "Aids Mc****") crossing the bridge??

    We're preparing also some footage of the ride... but it'll have to wait until weekend as Mr. Mc**** is busy this week.
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    Some stuff I noticed... just my impressions, so correct me if I'm wrong.

    - Cannondales are really popular in Mexico.

    - There were some blingy rides. Fighting for the crown were a Litespeed, a Turner, a RM ESTX, a very nicely speced GT I-Drive 5.0 with Pike fork and a SC Blur... but the bling crown this time goes to a Moots Smoothie. Beautiful.

    - Rock Shox forks are the most popular as well as Fox rear shocks. It draws my attention that as far as I know, RS has no offices or representatives in Mexico like Manitou and Fox. Weird.

    - Giant hardtails are popular but their full suspension bikes aren't.
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    Yep, lots of 'dales and lots of lefties. Do those Xinte boys get a discount with Cannondale or something?

    Wouldn't RockShox be handled by the SRAM rep?

    Saw 3 Full-Sus Giants there - 2 Warps and an NRS.

    That Smoothie looked super-sexy. The Turner was nice, but did you see the @ss clown riding it? What a waste of a bike!

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    WTF---hey thats only how one particularly perverse guy with taurettes syndrome refers to me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerdog
    Wouldn't RockShox be handled by the SRAM rep?
    I'd love to know. And I'd love to see more SRAM stuff on the LBS'

    Quote Originally Posted by tigerdog
    The Turner was nice, but did you see the @ss clown riding it? What a waste of a bike!
    Oh, boy; don't get me started!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aids
    Hey...wheres the moderators when ya need em...??
    It ain't paranoia when they're really after you...
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    Hey...wheres the moderators when ya need em...??

    There filth in here...absolute filth I tell ya..

    I´m going to wash my eyes with soda ash..

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerdog
    I think you should give the SRAM people a call:

    Mexico
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    HUMBERTO LOBO #780, COL. DEL VALLE, GARZA GARCIA, MEXICO, CP, 66220, Mexico
    Sweet revenge, uh?? LOL!! You made my day!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp2003
    I'd love to know. And I'd love to see more SRAM stuff on the LBS'
    I think you should give the SRAM people a call:

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    PHONE: 52 81 84 78 45 60
    FAX : 52 81 83 40 12 79
    HUMBERTO LOBO #780, COL. DEL VALLE, GARZA GARCIA, MEXICO, CP, 66220, Mexico

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    Looks like one of the cast for the mini western is ready......
    Damn I thought I would have eradicated my pazito by now.. more rides, less cake.


    Nice shots...especially of that bloke in green with the guts.

    Laughed (as did Liz) when I saw my self caught breaking into that tienda... thought I was out of public view..)

    Whens that @rse rider heading up for more pain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp2003
    Hey... where are the pics of Aids (recently re-dubbed as "Aids Mc****") crossing the bridge??

    We're preparing also some footage of the ride... but it'll have to wait until weekend as Mr. Mc**** is busy this week.

    Yep. Definitely last time I give away forms of abuse I have been know by, theres plenty more (I have no idea why)...but your not going to know them now..

    Whatever happened to the Flying (off my bike) Kiwi?
    Take me back to the good old days when people were polite and movies where in Black and White and so was everything else..

    Ah well...the truth is out now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aids
    Yep. Definitely last time I give away forms of abuse I have been know by, theres plenty more (I have no idea why)...but your not going to know them now..
    ... then... then, fun in this forum will be gone. Sad.

    Any hints on which are those forms of verbal abuse??

    EDIT --- Damage has been repaired.

    OK... back on topic... I'd like to post a pic of some chainring cuts on my right calf. I didn't noticed that I had them until I got a shower and it started hurting like a mom.

    Also, before I forget about it (and bringing back the polite Warp in me), thanks to Miguel from Zooper-Bike for coming to the rescue and taking me back home. I was just a few crank's revolutions away from cramps in my quadriceps...
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    Hey dudes, that ride looked awesome. I am really a wuss for missing it, but I didn't realize it was so long and I need to score points with the wife a long time before she will let me skip a sunday lunch with her family!

    On the positive/negative side I took out the Spot to el Desierto this sunday and the Revelation is sooooo nice, it still has a bit of stiction but its alot better than the XTT. The bad news is that it looks like my DHX A is suffering from the infamous "stuckdown" syndrome common to them and the RP3s... When I set up sag at home its fine but after a while on the trail it goes all the way up to 40-50% no matter how much pressure I pump in to the shock... Looks like the Fox people will take care of me though.

    Hope to make it next time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elmadaleno
    Hey dudes, that ride looked awesome. I am really a wuss for missing it, but I didn't realize it was so long and I need to score points with the wife a long time before she will let me skip a sunday lunch with her family!

    On the positive/negative side I took out the Spot to el Desierto this sunday and the Revelation is sooooo nice, it still has a bit of stiction but its alot better than the XTT. The bad news is that it looks like my DHX A is suffering from the infamous "stuckdown" syndrome common to them and the RP3s... When I set up sag at home its fine but after a while on the trail it goes all the way up to 40-50% no matter how much pressure I pump in to the shock... Looks like the Fox people will take care of me though.

    Hope to make it next time!

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    You missed a hell of a nice ride...
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    Yeah, we needed you there to make up the Homer numbers! You missed a great ride, and one well suited to the 5 spot. I was definitely using all my travel on some of the descents.

    Can you transfer your RP3 from the Flux for now? Are they the same length? How long will it take to get back from Fox?

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