Mountain biking in NM during the autumn months… most years it’s a pleasant affair, warmish temps, leaves changing colors and blanketing the trails, making those final runs on trail you won’t see again for months – and appreciating it that much more. This year however, a freak storm brought snow, and panic, at the thought of a long winter beginning in October. Well, when things are looking bleak, ride.
I txt’d (word?) my partner in crime, and with a little convincing, we were off to Otero Canyon. While gearing up in the parking lot, second guessing our decision was the topic at hand. And then we were off.
Fluffy dry pow covered the trails, the canyon provided a haven from the wind, and all was peaceful and quiet.
Traction, however, was less than ample. Simple moves were now full-body balancing acts, while trying to curtail wheel spin.
Forward progress was made, and soon we found ourselves further up the canyon than we had anticipated getting. Pausing for a moment we realized that this winter wonderland was not long for this earth, soon to be replaced by soupy-slop, and demon mud. Needless to say, we turned back.
Getting a few turns in
Getting out just in time
Exactly one week later we were back to our regularly scheduled program. Sunny skies, and temps approaching 70 degrees. Otero, being the canyon that it is, was surely still a muddy mess. Across the highway at the Cedro Peak trail system conditions were perfect for an all-day cruise. Just a few shots from that day, but you get the idea…
Starting off with some twisty-chunky-flow
And cruising through a rocky stretch
Is Tim going to kick me?
Kinda the effect I was shooting for, or maybe how a deceased mountain biker's apparition would appear
Winter will be upon us soon. Get out there and ride.
Mtbr's 2016 Winter Biking GearReviews and Roundups
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