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    Pajarito trails thi weekend

    I assume the Pajarito Ski area mtn biking will be on this Saturday ?
    I know if the Thompson Ridge fire gets worse things could change.
    Does anyone know if the other trails are open such as Guaje Ridge, Mitchel and Perimeter ?
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    Yes, this Saturday is a go for the first day of lift-accessed biking this season and all the trails are in great shape. Thompson Ridge fire is close by but I don't think it will affect Summerfest. You will have a great view of the fire from the top of Pajarito.

    We're only at Stage II fire restrictions so everything around here is open for biking. They had the Jemez Mountain run a couple weeks ago so Guaje Ridge/Mitchel/Perimeter are all in great shape.

    Something else to consider: There's a really cool trail right next to Camp May road that makes for a great way down at the end of the day if you've got someone to shuttle your vehicle. That or you could even do it with a free shuttle from town since they'll run the LA Bus service Saturday for SummerFest.

    Here's the SummerFest flyer: http://skipajarito.com/files/2013_Summerfest.pdf

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    Thanks, sounds perfect, see ya there !

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    Is the lift go to go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by supramk388 View Post
    Is the lift go to go?
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    They have the hooks on and I don't think there's been anything to fry stuff so I hope so...

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    Stoked for some Paj! Can't wait to see the new Chupacabra! Gonna be a great day.

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    I'm sorta wondering how bad the smoke is going to be. Last few times I looked over there you couldn't see the top of Pajarito. I
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    Quote Originally Posted by 90supra View Post
    They have the hooks on and I don't think there's been anything to fry stuff so I hope so...
    Yes but last year opening day lift was down. Neal did shuttle us and that was dope but just making sure lift was OK this year.

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    camp may is open to camp fri night?

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    Quote Originally Posted by palerider View Post
    camp may is open to camp fri night?
    It's closed until mid-July because the county updating the whole campground. Once they open you can call the Los Alamos Aquatic Center at 505-662-8170 about reserving camp spots. A lot of people camp out in the Pajarito parking lot for free.

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    neal - I'm bringing a newbie so what would be the easiest trail to take from the ski area to town to catch the shuttle? How hard is it? I would be counting on the shuttle to take us back to the ski area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by granpa View Post
    neal - I'm bringing a newbie so what would be the easiest trail to take from the ski area to town to catch the shuttle? How hard is it? I would be counting on the shuttle to take us back to the ski area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by granpa View Post
    neal - I'm bringing a newbie so what would be the easiest trail to take from the ski area to town to catch the shuttle? How hard is it? I would be counting on the shuttle to take us back to the ski area.
    Definitely the one I was talking about that goes parallel to Camp May Road. I'd call it intermediate. Not hard but it is a bit loose with the extreme dry conditions we've had this spring.
    - Ride the road down past the ski area and the steep windy stuff.
    - Pass the first dirt road on the right. This is the road we usually use to get to Nail Trail.
    - Take a right on the second dirt road just after the first one.
    - Look for a small carin and trail head on the left not very far down the road.
    - This is the start and will take you down the majority of single track and it generally parallels fairly close to the road.
    - You'll eventually cross two dirt roads. When you cross them you'll generally go left on the road a bit and will have to look for the carin and trail that starts back off the road. Shouldn't be too hard to find but I think the second one you'll have to look for.
    - Eventually the trail will come to an intersection that goes straight onto a dirt road or a hard right that keeps you on single track. Only take a hard right if you are capable of nose wheelying switchbacks down the steepest section of trail. If you go straight down the dirt road you'll hit the paved road for the last small section. The switchbacks will also dump you at the beginning of Camp May Road.
    - Where Camp May Road hit's the T go straight through the T and up a small hill. This will put you on Gabriella Trail which is another nice single track taking you back to the bridge across the canyon to Los Alamos.

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    thnx Neal! Sounds like just what I was looking for and a great write-up. where will the shuttle stop be?

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    I think the shuttle stop is in the high school football stadium parking lot.

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    I know its a stupid question before I even ask it (apples and oranges kinda thing)... but, how does Pajarito compare to Anglefire? I've never ridden Paj...

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    Does anyone know if 126 is open from Cuba? Hope to make it over from Farmington, thanks for all the work to keep Pajarito going for all these years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowtieterror View Post
    I know its a stupid question before I even ask it (apples and oranges kinda thing)... but, how does Pajarito compare to Anglefire? I've never ridden Paj...
    Pajarito and AF are totally different mountains and both very fun in their own ways. Pajarito has a ton of North Shore wooden structures including teeter-totters, cork screws, numerous log rides, and wooden drops. The mountain is steeper so many of the trails reflect this but there are some good flowy intermediate trails too. Pajarito is only open a couple days a month so the trails do not get worn out (i.e. braking bumps) nearly as much as AF. Saturday will be the first day of the season so the trails are totally fresh for the season. The majority of the trails at Pajarito were designed by Rich Strang (aka The God Father). If you've ever ridden any of the freeride stuff at La Tierra you'll understand that Rich is a true artist when it comes to trail building.

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    Forgot to post this but here's a link to POV videos I've taken of nearly all the trails at Pajarito:

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmfly View Post
    Does anyone know if 126 is open from Cuba? Hope to make it over from Farmington, thanks for all the work to keep Pajarito going for all these years.
    Fenton Lake has been closed so 126 might be closed too. In any case, I would suggest either going down to 4 or taking 96 through Abiquiu & Espanola. 126 looks like a shortcut on the map but is really windy and slow. I about ruined a bike rack coming back from Telluride that route a long time ago.

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    Chupacabra

    We got Chupcabra roughed in top to bottom but we're going to need some descent rain before we can really pack down the jumps and berms. Here's a couple shots of the old jumps at the bottom and the two big S berms:

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    Neal, did you all get any rain? Thx in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supramk388 View Post
    Neal, did you all get any rain? Thx in advance.
    Yes, we did! It dumped rain and hail in town. I don't think they got as much on the ski hill but at least they got something

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    Thanks!

    Just want to say thanks for everyone who rode today. Perfect weather, dry trails but not too blown out, and *****en beers and bands after the lifts were done

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    Thank you Neal as well.I had a great day riding.And it was nice to meet you.

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    Damn good times at Pajarito! Probably the most fun I've had there. And I've had some pretty fun days there. Trails were in way better condition than I expected. Thanks for all the hard work Neal. Good trails, good friends, good band and Beer. Hard to beat that. Green grass and trees didn't hurt either.
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    Round one was so much fun, a few of us are headed back for round two Sat. See ya there. To damn hot for the foothills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbike52 View Post
    Round one was so much fun, a few of us are headed back for round two Sat. See ya there. To damn hot for the foothills.
    Great! I cut the newly down trees off Mother's Milk and Race Course last night. My wife and I raked out all the loose rocks on lower Muy Loco from where Bone Crusher hits it and Evan and Tom raked out Mother's Milk top to bottom including the landing on the step down jump near the top. See ya Sat!

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    Another fun day at Pajarito Sat. Thanks again for the hard work on the trails Neal. It kind of felt like they opened the lift just for us and you guys. Might have beem 20 riders on the mtn if that. Hope that next month there will be a little better support for these awesome trails. No trail pics because when you hit the trail you have to pucker up and hang on.
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    Awesome time at Pajarito - love the steeps. Great to meet you Neal, thanks for all the hard work, hopefully the weather will cooperate more in the future and more riders will come in to ride.
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    Saturday was my first time at Pajarito. I freakin loved it! I'll be back in July for sure!
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    This Beer Fiesta on the 27th looks legit! Does anyone know if the $10 ticket is separate from the the lift pass? Just want to verify so I know how much cash to bring!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HighSpeedChase View Post
    This Beer Fiesta on the 27th looks legit! Does anyone know if the $10 ticket is separate from the the lift pass? Just want to verify so I know how much cash to bring!
    Yeah, it's $25 for a bike lift pass and a separate ticket for the beer garden.

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    The schedule has changed a bit and Pajarito is open THIS Saturday the 13th instead of the 20th. It is also open the 27th for the Beer Fiesta. Come up and ride, we've been getting lots of rain and the trails will be in great shape!

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    Re: Pajarito trails thi weekend

    Ill be there both days

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    Trail work went well last night. I cut eight trees off the trails in various places and another crew packed in the jumps on Chupacabra's upper section. One more crew got the upper section of Aspen for Trouble back from the fire (that's the section you used to be able to ride past where JR & Sidewinder started). We're gonna have HERO dirt for Saturday with all original trails except for Natural Selection open! Come ride Pajarito and then hit the jump jam in Santa Fe at 5pm.

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    See you there, homie. I'll be rolling up there with Philip, Chris & Fuglio. Can't wait!

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    Yup delnorte is gonna help me pop my Paj Mahal cherry

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    Will be there too,Pajarito rules.

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    Trail Map

    Here's my latest version of the trail map:
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    Neal, is the SF forest closure lifted up there ?
    Namely thinking of riding Guaje ridge trail this weekend..
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcpowpow View Post
    Neal, is the SF forest closure lifted up there ?
    Namely thinking of riding Guaje ridge trail this weekend..
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    Yeah, they opened everything last Friday. I haven't ridden Guaje yet this year but heard it was in great shape before the closure. I'm sure the locusts (thorn bushes) are growing quickly but the sooner you get it the better.

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    Great, thanks !!

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    Pajarito Beer Fiesta

    Don't forget it's Pajarito Beer Fiesta this Saturday! Chupacabra lips have been rebuilt and the trails are in great shape from all the rain. Come ride and drink, preferably in that order unless you have the expertise of a Bandolero

    BEER FIESTA: Saturday July 27
    Local breweries: Marble Brewery, Second Street Brewery, La Cumbre Brewing Co., Turtle Mountain Brewing Co. & Santa Fe Brewing Co., 2 - 7.
    Music by DK and the Affordables, 3 - 7
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    Free shuttles from town 12 - 8 (from LANB parking lot this time)
    Tickets $10 (cash only).

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    We got a big crew of Bandoleros headed your way tomorrow. Looking forward to those awesome trail conditions. Last time I was there it was still bone dry.
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    Will PJ still be open on Aug 10th? My hubby and I are coming out from AZ to ride, can't wait! I got my first taste last year at the Punishment race, it was so dry but I still had the best time ever! Hoping for less dust and even more fun!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nealpederson View Post
    Come ride and drink, preferably in that order unless you have the expertise of a Bandolero
    That's right! that expertise does not come easy see you there Neal.
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    Re: Pajarito trails thi weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by motochick View Post
    Will PJ still be open on Aug 10th? My hubby and I are coming out from AZ to ride, can't wait! I got my first taste last year at the Punishment race, it was so dry but I still had the best time ever! Hoping for less dust and even more fun!!

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    I would like to head up tomorrow. Anybody mind if I tag along for some riding? Wont be able to hang on the real tough stuff but might be fun to watch.

    Also does anybody plan on doing any of the rides that start near paj and end up in town? I would love to try some of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warimono View Post
    I would like to head up tomorrow. Anybody kind if I tag along for some riding? Wont be able to hang on the real tough stuff but might be fun to watch.

    Also does anybody plan on doing any of the rides that start near paj and end up in town? I would love to try some of that.

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    That would be awesome, but I just heard they got slammed pretty good with rain last night, with more planned for tonight.

    Can anybody confirm how the trails are, or are likely to be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by warimono View Post
    That would be awesome, but I just heard they got slammed pretty good with rain last night, with more planned for tonight.

    Can anybody confirm how the trails are, or are likely to be?
    I haven't been up there since the storm last night or the one coming down right now but in general that mountain sucks up water really well. I'll bring my chainsaw in case there's any down trees although the winds from the storm haven't been too bad.

    Here's the webcam link if you want to check out live conditions: Pajarito Mountain Webcam

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    I can Guarantee that no matter how dry and dusty or wet and sloppy that the trails will be awesome!

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    Another update for paj? lots of rain like abq?

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    Pajarito was awesome today!!! The dirt could not be better. (now off to work on my derailleur hanger that I've knocked out )

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    Had to be the best trail conditions i've ever seen there. Great day and no rain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbike52 View Post
    Had to be the best trail conditions i've ever seen there. Great day and no rain.
    and no injuries!! (major)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
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    Thanks Fug, I got a lot sort out, gonna be up all night. Updates here first!
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    mines done just gotta upload it

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    i not so sure about it but im done so here it is

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    A few stills from the day (pulled from video footage)





    Chuck, instigating the insanity...


    And one by one they follow...


    Check the front wheel...


    And the bottom out!






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    this kind of conveys the size of it

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    ^^^^
    Nice splice, was planning on doing a couple of those later.
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    Ryan Heffernan

    this is the dude that was taking pics of us in the parking lot (who told del norte not to lick his lips at the camera )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuglio View Post
    Ryan Heffernan

    this is the dude that was taking pics of us in the parking lot (who told del norte not to lick his lips at the camera )
    He actually asked me for a tiger growl and an "O" face.

    Thanks for a good day and good inspiration, fellas. There was a great crew of buddies & new friends up there, and the best dirt I've experienced on a lift-served day at my favorite mountain bike park in the world. It's gonna be hard to top a great day like that, with the good good folks & good spririt amongst the riders.

    That was a day to remember!

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    Some moving images... (make sure to hit the 720 quality)

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    Good stuff guys.what a day is all I can say
    Here's what I got.peace out!
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    Goofed a bit stitching the background together, did the best I could. The panning with the gopro sort of destroys the perspective downward - but thought a larger photo of the drop might be cool.









    Somehow, TJ and Phil managed to sneak in to every one...

    There are a bit larger versions you can download from my flikr, as well as a sepia version of each - sorry, was feeling a bit artsy...



    Sepia and larger color versions here: Flickr: Jerry Aaron Hazard's Photostream
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    "Good stuff guys.what a day is all I can say
    Here's what I got.peace out!
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    I f'ing love the part in the rock garden where you eat it, Hazzard eats it, and then Chuck falls over his own 2 feet! All in succession

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    ^^^^^
    That was kickass (except for my knee!). Also the Corkscrew segment was killer
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    Quote Originally Posted by delnorte View Post
    "Good stuff guys.what a day is all I can say
    Here's what I got.peace out!
    RCC"


    I f'ing love the part in the rock garden where you eat it, Hazzard eats it, and then Chuck falls over his own 2 feet! All in succession
    "One rock garden to rule them all"


    Its not a rock garden as much as its a rock farm

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    Awesome edits! Ramon's multi-pileup on Bonecrusher rocks had me laughing and that end of day train we did on the corkscrew went on forever. You'd think Pajarito was a rain forest if you ignored all the charred trees.

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    Great coverage guys, was a blast! Let's mix it up and do a Bando BBQ con cerveza at the Trash Pit. It is in primo shape right now.

    I want to do more than drops to flat Fuglio....
    nix that, livin la vida bandos is a good idea when you're on a Mojo HD

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabra cadabra View Post
    Great coverage guys, was a blast! Let's mix it up and do a Bando BBQ con cerveza at the Trash Pit. It is in primo shape right now.

    I want to do more than drops to flat Fuglio....
    That bike wont be bosque worthy by the time im done with it.

    I love the trash pit. This weekend ill be doing chores but next would work for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabra cadabra View Post
    Great coverage guys, was a blast! Let's mix it up and do a Bando BBQ con cerveza at the Trash Pit. It is in primo shape right now.

    I want to do more than drops to flat Fuglio....
    I think its time for you Santa Fe boys to come south for a change. Otero- 3 Bottles is primo as well.
    Sent on my Droid while hitting that $h!t

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    Anyone gonna be riding Pajarito this Sat the 10th? I will be up there on my Can-Diggle with Barney purple links, say hi!

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    My wife and daughter are planning on going. I'm still split between Pajarito or checking out the Redbull Dreamline, and a sprained wrist and thumb from Nationals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nealpederson View Post
    and a sprained wrist and thumb from Nationals.
    Was this before or after your win?

    I will keep my eye out for them, maybe Michelle can show us a fun run or two. Congrats on both of your wins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by motochick View Post
    Was this before or after your win?

    I will keep my eye out for them, maybe Michelle can show us a fun run or two. Congrats on both of your wins!
    Thanks! I sprained them during Friday practice so all I could do was take off Saturday and tape it for the race Sunday. It hurt like H racing on but I was lucky my two closest competitors had problems with their race runs and was able to beet them out on the day. Michelle had no problem winning Women 15-18 Cat 1. I have a bunch of photos from the weekend but here are my two favorite:

    Me, Aaron Gwin, and Michelle:
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    Mitch Ropelato, Michelle, Troy Brosnan
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    We had a blast riding up here today. The dirt was perfect, the trails were in great shape, and the weather was amazing..... No rain today. Thanks for all the hard work you do to make it so much fun! I got to ride mothers milk with Michelle. See ya next year!

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    Natural Selection

    We re-worked Natural Selection from the road to just past the first big rock roller. From there you can take the newly re-worked Aspen for Trouble over to Battle Stations until we work the lower section. Come check it out this weekend, the dirt everywhere is perfect!

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    Bike - Beer - Band!

    What else can you ask for?
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    Looks like we'll have a small crew from Socorro up there tomorrow!

    Thanks for all the work Neal, looking forward to checking out the improvements!

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    Pajarito was killer again! My skills go up one or two notches every time I ride there. HIGHLY recommend checking it out. Great times with Neal, delnorte, RCC, the owl, colorado Paul, and I'm forgetting all the other handles...
    nix that, livin la vida bandos is a good idea when you're on a Mojo HD

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    I saw a lot of OTB wrecks Saturday, glad everyone was OK. Lynn and Chris both hit the big drop on Triple Threat. Great job

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    Pics or it didnt happen

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    Wow Neal, when we talked about your wrist on last week's ride I missed the part about you winning on Sunday.
    Incredible.
    Riding in NM has been truly humbling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roxtar View Post
    Wow Neal, when we talked about your wrist on last week's ride I missed the part about you winning on Sunday.
    Incredible.
    Riding in NM has been truly humbling.
    Thanks Brad, have you recovered enough for another ride tonight ? Hopefully Joe didn't kill you again Thursday. I still can't believe how fast you rode just one day after coming to altitude and not riding for 3 wks. I'm fairly worn out from a long weekend of northern NM DH/hiking/& XC but hopefully I'll be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nealpederson View Post
    Thanks Brad, have you recovered enough for another ride tonight ? Hopefully Joe didn't kill you again Thursday. I still can't believe how fast you rode just one day after coming to altitude and not riding for 3 wks. I'm fairly worn out from a long weekend of northern NM DH/hiking/& XC but hopefully I'll be there.
    Thanks, I plan to be there. Hopefully my legs will show up too.
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    Natural Selection BIG Rock Roller

    Come rain or shine, we're going to do our best to deck this rock roller plus the rock drop before the upper rock roller. I cut up all my decking 2x4's tonight and have a super committed volunteer DH trail crew to finish it off Wednesday night.

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    "Happy Beginning" ? Looks pretty cool!
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    Hey Neal, get ahold of me at 219-781-7544 about the time and location today.
    I'd like to give a hand.
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    Got-R-Done, Natural Selection is ready to roll!

    Lucked out with perfect trail building weather tonight. We were able to plank the upper rock drop and lower rock roller and finish the trail rebuild. Pajarito is now 100% back from the Las Conchas Fire.

    Upper Rock Drop with Brad (roxtar):
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    Lower Rock Roller (DO NOT DROP )
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    Back side of Lower Rock Roller with Brad (roxtar):
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    Amazing work what you put into that park... Seriously, I hope EVERYONE is so grateful for your dedication. I have never been to Paj but need to bad. Seen all of Ramon's vids and it is impressive, to say the least.

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    Still raining. Can not wait to ride tomorrow. Trails are going to be awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 90supra View Post
    Still raining. Can not wait to ride tomorrow. Trails are going to be awesome!
    IF it actually stops! Keeping fingers crossed...

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