So, I a few days ago I told you about user conflicts on the trail that everybody rides when the snow starts to disappear in Trondheim. This one down by the fjord becomes snow-free more than a month before anything else is rideable.
The trail itself is very smooth and sanitized and is used by everybody including parents pushing strollers. Once you start looking outside the trail, though, there's a lot of meat for a thawing spring cyclists ready for other challenges than pushing through snow up to the BB shell.
A few of the difficult sections (the monsters) I have looked at, found the lines, but not had the guts to go for them. I keep pushing them back into the closet and telling myself "one day".
So, I'm here on a short trip to NorCal and reading the Norway forums when I see that one of the gutsiest locals, Geir Hanssen, dragged one monster out of the closet on yesterday and gave it a spanking. He's a really good rider, so I'm not surprised. This is the easy line. There is one further to the right that's just insane and to this date probably still unridden.
All pictures by Ingar Ballo, Trondheim.
The other monster hanging out in the closet is these stairs, which are part of a trail down from an old lighthouse. They aren't really that difficult except for one nasty turn that nobody to my knowledge has ridden yet. I keep analyzing it and can't figure out how to do it.
I don't see how you can roll it, so the obvious solution is to nose wheelie on that small platform. However, the steps leading into the turn are so steep, it's impossible to control the bike properly. Also, it is so tight in there you have to position the front wheel all the way out on the edge for the saddle to clear the rail as you come around.
I know its hard to judge by just looking at 2D pictures, but I'd like to have some suggestions on how to do this. Maybe I can go home and be the first one.
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