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    Edmonton Riding - Spring 2011

    Spring is about a month late to Edmonton this year, going by the calendar. Got out today with a fellow rider and hit Mill Creek down to Dawson Creek bridge and back again, covering both sides of the river. Some snow patches and runoff still here and there, but overall, good riding conditions. The creek is really high still and there's a lot of runoff, but lots of the trails are actually dusty dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkirkpatri
    Got out today with a fellow rider and hit Mill Creek down to Dawson Creek bridge and back again, covering both sides of the river.
    Cutting our trip a bit short, don't you think? We went to 50th street foot bridge and back...
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    Amazing the difference in a couple weeks. A couple weeks ago I was down in Mill Creek on the Cake for one last ride, and you couldn't get to those areas it was so snowy / muddy.

    Glad to see that when the DT is built up, the trails should be close to ready
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    Quote Originally Posted by gord962
    Cutting our trip a bit short, don't you think? We went to 50th street foot bridge and back...
    Too busy hacking, wheezing, hitting trees with my bars, etc to notice much of where we went. Just be thankful that I figured out how to post the pics without having to provide a link!

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    It's funny, because some sections of trail are so dry and parched that I'd swear it's august. And then you turn a corner and there's snow followed by 4" deep mud. Hopefully the rain will help things out a bit.

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    Went out again last night and rode most of the Canada Cup course as well as upper and middle Ewok and bits of Mill Creek. I can't believe how dry the trails are considering how much snow was still on the ground 3 weeks ago. GET OUT AND RIDE!!!!
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    Thanks for the updates, guys! I'll be out in Mill Creek tonight with a newb rider friend of mine - good to know the trails are mostly good to go.

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    I've been further west of that - off keillor, hawrelak, mckinnon, groat, victoria's secret, and the UofA. Most of it is dry, but expect a surprise mudhole anywhere that's low or heavily shaded.

    West of the UofA is still pretty bad. Between the High Level and the UofA cooling plant is good, but west of the cooling plant towards groat there's still lots of snow. Easy enough to ride, but mucky and unpredictable.

    edited to add - around mckinnon is a bit iffy too. That nice little downhill off of ravine drive is dry for about the first half, but then it turns into mudcity for the bottom half. I rode it on monday, but probably should have given it a few more days.
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    Patricia was pretty bad when I was last out there on the Cx bike (read glacier on the MUTs).

    Hopefully I'll have the DT built up before too long so I can get it (and the armor I recently purchased) a little use.
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    There was apparently a big grass fire in Mckinnon either yesterday or today. It was down in the ravine part and didn't get into the trees, but near the west end a pretty huge chunk is all fried. Really dry out there.

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    Wow Kinsmen is actually drier now then it was most of last summer.

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    Queen Elizabeth Park video update from the UC crew yesterday
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    Nice Video Looks like a good ride where is that Trail head Street/ave?

    Also figured I would throw a line out on here and see if anyone is interested in becoming more involved with either EMBA or the Bicycle skills park project(circus ninja training facility).
    EMBA's website is down but we are not. However we do need more people.to get involved and volunteer.

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    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=53.525...,0.005322&z=18

    I tried to link the map right into the post, but it moved the "A" maker. The link is working, though.

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    It's the new trail that was put in a couple years ago for the Canada Cup course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gord962
    It's the new trail that was put in a couple years ago for the Canada Cup course.
    When you say this I just instantly think of the one below kinsmen I had a hand in helping with. but this is farther up and farther south east. Will have to give it a try when I get my bike back together.

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    How are the trail conditions at Terwillegar Park? Has anybody gone riding there recently? I have the 2010 "Perogy XC" course saved on my Garmin GPS so I was thinking of riding it this Sunday if its rideable.

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    Hit the trails again last night with three other riders. Started at Mill Creek pool and went down to the Canada Cup course, over to Victoria's Secret, and back again. Trails are in real nice shape. There's obviously snow on the connected multi trail path from Kinsmen to Emily Murphy park, but nothing too crazy. 25km worth of riding with no real mud bogs found. Some spring run off here and there, but that's water flow for the most part, not mud flow.

    2UTH DR - have not yet been to Terwilliger, but the first Fat Tire race is there this upcoming Tuesday. I'm sure others will pipe in, including myself, after that race with a report on Terwilliger.

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    Went out last night too, thannks on the "trail-readiness heads-up".

    Trails were in great shape from kinsman to waste water treatment plant.

    Now if I can just get my saddle and post to stop creaking

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    Based on other trail conditions in the city, I suspect Terwillegar should be perfectly fine to ride. There will most likely be a few wet spots on the trail that comes from the south hill that empties onto the access road but everything else should be dry.
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    Fat Tire Tuesdays start May 10th

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    Last night's Fat Tire Tuesday race at Terwilliger was awesome, to say the least. Terwilliger is in perfect shape for riding. There's a bit of dust and definately no mud holes or mud spots. There was a lot more riders out last night for the race than I thought there'd be, and for good reason.

    Paul - there's no reason why you can't hit Terwilliger this Sunday.

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    Yup - the course last night was in great condition. With next-to-no training all winter and only a handul of rides so far in 2011, it goes without saying that the course kicked my @ss yesterday. Good times! I am looking forward to next week - with a few more rides in my legs things should be looking much better.
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    Gord, have you been riding the new SS? How's it been treating you?

    I'm finding I can tackle about 95% of what I can geared, but there are a few sections that are just not happening. Steep and really long, or really steep with no room to buildup momentum beforehand both have me walking.

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    I am loving the SS! I am geared at 32-18 and I cleaned all the climbs on the CC course and I made all the climbs in Terwillegar on Fat Tire Tuesday. The long steep climb on the SW end of the park I did end up walking a few times but I was able to clean it the first time around. There are 3 climbs on upper Ewok that I can't make. All in all I think I am geared just about right. I have only been on the bike 7 times in the past 3 months so I figure that I will eventually be in shape enough to push a bit bigger gear. I ordered a 33t ring from HBC and perhaps by the time it arrives I might be in shape - right now my legs are screaming for me to stop before I start breathing heavy.
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    I'm running 32x18 too, and it seems to be a pretty good fit for around here. I ride the ss to work once or twice a week though, and it's definitely a little low for that. So I'm thinking about stepping up to 33 too, and maybe eventually 33x17.

    I'm pretty sure that there are some spots that I will never clear on an SS (when I get to the south exit of the rollercoaster I die inside) so I might as well pick my gearing for everything else, and then just walk the really hard stuff.

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    Oh, and on my way home yesterday I saw a fair number of downed trees.

    By far most of them were north of Buena Vista park, and they were coincidentally lying directly across the paths, and they were all small enough to step over (but could conceivably be viewed as an obstacle to a bike). So I'm not really sure if it was the wind, or maybe just some uppity dog-walkers?

    But there were also some trees that were legitimately knocked down by all this crazy wind.

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    if you are geared to climb everything then you are definitely undergeared. There should always be sections you need to walk/run with a SS, albeit there shouldn't be too many. The S climb out of Groat RC is the perfect example of climbs you shouldn't be able to make due to the sharp turn and steep pitch. I would say I ride about 98% of the trails I have been on so far. I don't think the 33t will keep me from making the climbs I am currently making now (once I am in shape), but it will give me a little extra on the flats.
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    Another excellent night to drag my slow out of shape self out with three others. Trails are pristine. One ice pack yet on the south side of the Mill Creek ravine between the bridges and single track connectors. LOTS of trees down. We moved 5 (?) fallen trees off the trails tonight and the Creek has lots of newer log creek crossings than two days ago.

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    The trail is unbelievably dry on lower Ewok - I don't remember seeing it this dry at any point in the past 3 seasons.

    Sweet new trail on the south side of the river for the whole distance between Gretzky and where the MUT starts by Riverside GC. Keep an eye out - it is definitely worth the ride! It was quite difficult on the SS - with a few lower gears it would have been even more fun! I will try to get a video up of it in the next couple weeks... I will have a bit of time after the long weekend.
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    Gord, would you get into it around here? I've only ever taken the long way around riverside along the river, and didn't even know there was a mut south of it. Between that and lower Ewok being dry (I'll believe that when I see it ) I guess I've got my saturday route planned.

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    Nope - where the MUT comes out from between the golf course and the river, head about 25m* up the pave towards where you mapped. OR, coming from the Gretz, entry is about 150m* once you get into tree cover on the paved trail. Trailhead is south of the paved trail.

    *my distances are pure speculation - I really have no idea how far but those seem to be close in my mind
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    ^ cool. I'll be on the lookout.

    Is there any way to string together singletrack above Highlands golf course?

    http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=53....=h&form=LMLTCC

    There seem to be lots of little trails in there, but from wandering around they all seem to be dead-ends.

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    nothing really on the east side of the Gretz, but some on the west side - we moved about 5 or 6 trees last night off it so it is good to go.
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    Mosquitoes! Was out at lunch for a bit, stopped for awhile to tweak my brakes, and got swarmed by the little suckers. Could be a bad year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gord962
    nothing really on the east side of the Gretz, but some on the west side - we moved about 5 or 6 trees last night off it so it is good to go.
    Doh! Another tree down since our visit through there last evening. Wasn't able to move it - hopefully a bigger group can clear it off.
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    So happy I'm working this year. I can actually afford a proper trail bike to me. Norco sasquatch. First ride should be at the end of the month after I have it payed for. where shall I take it for her maiden voyage?
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    Went out today in the wind and got the new trail just east of Riverside GC on GPS and video. I will work feverishly on getting the info up so it can be found and ridden by others!
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    Gord, were you the guys I bumped into? I was struggling through on my Unit.

    I've got a GPS track of my ride, and the new section is here.

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    Some random pictures from today's ride:

    My steed. All cleaned up from Spring's dust and mud.

    Empty trail, rider up!

    This is a newer trail, south side of river, access just west of Capilano bridge (see above posts). Power climb corner, way harder than it looks.
    Missing trail in Mill Creek. You can clearly see where the trail just ends due to the bank falling into the creek. Winter carnage.


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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled
    Gord, were you the guys I bumped into? I was struggling through on my Unit.
    That was us!
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    where exactly is the last 2 pics???
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    Whew....nasty wind to ride in. Did a 54 km "break in" ride for the DT yesterday and man, my legs are rubber today.

    I think those shots are from Mill Creek just north of 76 Ave...trail used to go through there and they re-jigged it as it was getting undercut...they put in the new section a couple years ago, but people were still cutting through the old part.
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    It's so windy that the river has whitecaps on it. And I took a break in upper ewok today, and just watched the tall trees swaying back and forth, and listened to all the creaking and cracking. Crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gord962
    where exactly is the last 2 pics???
    Pyscho Mike's correct. North of 76 Avenue, on north side of the creek. There's a MUT that just past the open area with a picnic table on the hill. Instead of the MUT, there's a single track that cuts through some trees and comes out to where this trail use to be. There's a new cut going in to detour the bank errosion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled
    Gord, were you the guys I bumped into? I was struggling through on my Unit.

    I've got a GPS track of my ride, and the new section is here.
    Kudos on the SS. That trail is difficult enough with gears. Thanks for posting up the map. That's pretty cool getting an arial shot of the actual trail.

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    Thankfully I didn't need to do too much editting to my videos. Here is the latest on the newest trail in Edmonton: http://gord962mtb.blogspot.com/2011/...il-report.html
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    ^ great writeup. The loaminess is what really killed me yesterday.

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    Well, Saturday was a good day... got the new (to me) bike done (about 1:30 am) and then took it for a little 54 km jaunt in the wind (had a fund raiser for the Ride to Conquer Cancer up in St. Albert).

    Here's the new toy (and what I'll be riding for the Ride ):

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    Anything over 45km is a good day. How about some reports on the bike? That picture looks like High level...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherijumper
    How about some reports on the bike? That picture looks like High level...
    Yeah, south end of the High Level at the little "turn out" north of the girders.

    The bike has been quite an experience so far. I'll be swapping the saddle out (it's good, but not intended for long distance riding) and tightening up a few bolts (whole point to a shake down ride is to see what shakes loose ).

    In terms of the bike:

    It is a whole different beast than the Cake was. It's shorter in the top tube, but is waaaaaay more stiff. Hits little jumps (i.e. speed bumps and curbs) with a lot more authority. Not sure of the weight yet (will likely weigh it this weekend while I go get it dirty), but I do know it'll be a bit heavier than the Cake. Pretty decent balance too (no extended wheelies/manuals yet, but the geo seems friendlier to those actions). The fork is nice...doing the long climb out of the Sturgeon River valley into the wind it was nice to drop the front end a bit. Not much bob with the Propedal off, and it's gone with it on. Still some experimenting to do on the settings, but so far, so good
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    Random shots from Thursday night

    Speed bump trail:


    Diaper heist, second confirmed independent sighting:


    Dawson Bridge:


    This wasn't here three days ago:


    Snow cave, Strathcona Science Park:


    Yep, it's dry out there:

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    Thanks for the pics!

    Haven't been riding much this year. Other then commuting, I think I have only gotten out for 3 or 4 rides.

    Rode upper and lower Pat. heights today then biked over to Kinsmen and rode some of the trails around there. Beautiful day.

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    I make 3rd sighting of the diaper heist

    I did Mill Creek and both lower and upper Ewok on Sat. Man, the sliding slope has really changed the lines in upper Ewok from the last time I rode it regularly. DT handled it all really well, though. Canada Cup ST near the Kinsmen is a little more twisty on a slack bike, but other than getting hung up once (been a while since I rode it...forgot about one particular corner) is was good.

    Man is it ever dry out there, though.
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    I have not seen the diaper heist.

    It's so nice having lower ewok dry. Normally I avoid it, but hitting Upper, doubling back on Lower, and then finishing with Middle is nice route (if you're heading E>W like I always am).

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    Thought I'd post a few test runs of the GoPro 960. Try not to laugh too hard during the second clip! At least the GoPro is waterproof!

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    ^ was the bike okay? Your arm was covered pretty good. That looks like the trail west of the bridge on the south side, over by the golf course. Kudos for posting an embarrassing moment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkirkpatri View Post
    ^ was the bike okay? Your arm was covered pretty good. That looks like the trail west of the bridge on the south side, over by the golf course. Kudos for posting an embarrassing moment!
    Looked to me like Terwillegar on the trail that comes out on the entrance road to the park, just east of the parking lot.
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    Yup, that's the the bridge. Don't know what happened, probably going too slow and the rear tire caught the edge of the bridge. Bike was fine, I was a little bruised.

    Good turn out for the Corp. Challenge pre-race ride last night. I've got footage of the two courses but it is too long for youtube so I'll have to trim it a bit before posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiderSince99 View Post
    Yup, that's the the bridge. Don't know what happened, probably going too slow and the rear tire caught the edge of the bridge.
    From watching the video, you never turned your front wheel straight after cornering onto the bridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiderSince99 View Post
    Thought I'd post a few test runs of the GoPro 960. Try not to laugh too hard during the second clip! At least the GoPro is waterproof!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkODEcuxVPA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8_v5-Y-pMQ
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiderSince99 View Post
    Thought I'd post a few test runs of the GoPro 960. Try not to laugh too hard during the second clip! At least the GoPro is waterproof!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkODEcuxVPA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8_v5-Y-pMQ
    I have the 1080p version and with all the plug ins now coming available for it, I am glad I got the 1 up version. If everyone hasn't laughed hard enough at your expense, I will repost my crash from the winter (about the 3:30 mark) at regular speed followed up by the slo-mo version! Thankfully I had my camera mounted on my bars so you could watch the bike do a full 360* and ghostride out. Had I had a helmet or chesty mount it would have simply seen me superman into the snow. lol

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    Rode breathless today. Anybody know anything about this sign? The trail kept going. edit Sorry about the size of pic! Why not add a little spam, I`m selling my truck bike rack
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    According to the City's tax map, that area is "Rural West" and appears to be privately owned farm land. This might be the case where a trail was cleared on private land without permission resulting in that sign (and possibly a ticked land owner). If the sign is posted fairly soon after the bridge, and most of the trail is in designated "private property", it might be worth the time to visit some of the nearby farmers to find out the owner and see if he/she is flexible in allowing continual access to the trail, or if they're upset enough to keep their current stance.

    I'd be willing to follow through on this, but it'll have to wait until Saturday.

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    Well, I got in a decent ride (73km and change) on Sat on the Cx bike...need some longer times in the saddle in getting ready for the RtCC. Wow...less than a month until the DT and I take on the foothills

    I had a chance to get a little bit with the GoPro (mine is the Motorsports wide...SD is fine by me). Doubt I'll post anything up as it was a road ride (and pretty boring) but at least I know the cam works....and quite well at that! With some good batteries, this'll be a great addition for documenting the Ride (and any others I may want to too).
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherijumper View Post
    Rode breathless today. Anybody know anything about this sign? The trail kept going. edit Sorry about the size of pic! Why not add a little spam, I`m selling my truck bike rack
    Was that along the trail? If so, how far in on the trail was it? I haven't been out there yet this year.
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    anyone know of any place that has single track downhill trails. Im in edmonton north east about 10 min ride to rundle park thanks

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    Don`t know why that picture ended all the way up there?

    That sign was just past the area we stopped and turned around at. There is a new trail that leads to the river and turns into a fire road. A very unused fire road that would be just wide enough for a jeep. The sign was posted right at the beginning.

    Jason. I was thinking the same thing. I`d bet that the landowners would not want anybody on their land. It reminds me of the same situation on the other side of the river after Terwilliger park where the landowner made an elaborate sign to keep out mountain bikers. I heard rumours of the guy chasing people out with some sort of weapon.... Crazy!

    If somebody made a sign then I`m pretty sure they wont be flexible...
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    Anyone know good spots to bike in river valley as I am new to the city

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    ^ welcome to town, Wolverine1.

    If you're looking for downhill riding I'm curious what other people will recommend. There are a few downhill~ish runs in Mackinnon Ravine (west of downtown), a few in Millcreek (southeast of downtown), and Ewok (further east near Mcnally school) is always fun. Since you're in the northeast the Strathcona Science Park is also really close.

    If it doesn't have to be downhill, and technical singletrack is okay, then the rivervalley is full of it:

    River Valley Cycle has maps of a few trails here.
    And opencyclemap shows a lot more. It doesn't have every trail in town, but it gives you a pretty good sense of what's out there.

    You can basically head into the valley, find a trail in the trees, and ride for a few hours.

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    hey thanks this Strathcona Science Park paths you speak of. i know how to get there after rundle park but after i get across i have no idea i went there on sunday looking and not a clue. also do you guys get together to ride during the week let me know cause i may like the idea of riding withothers to show me the loops and such as im a begginner in this sport. thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolverine1 View Post
    hey thanks this Strathcona Science Park paths you speak of. i know how to get there after rundle park but after i get across i have no idea i went there on sunday looking and not a clue. also do you guys get together to ride during the week let me know cause i may like the idea of riding withothers to show me the loops and such as im a begginner in this sport. thanks again
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    If anyone is looking for places to AVOID riding in the city on Saturday, might I suggest staying clear of Terwillegar Park. Corporate Challenge will have their mountain bike race set up there all morning until the mid afternoon. Parking will be a gong show and unlike previous years, the north and south side of the park are included in the race course.
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    HAHA! I saw a package of diapers too a few weeks ago! Didn't think anything of it until now.

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    nice whats the scoop with the diapers?

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    So over in the commuting thread I was saying that a dogwalker went off on me today for riding through the melton ravine area - basically on the west side of the hawrelak pedestrian bridge.

    Just in case this happens to anyone else, south of the bridge is the dog park where bikes aren't allowed (and there's plenty of signage saying that). North of the bridge where I was is on-leash, and bikes are fine.

    Here's a handy map.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherijumper View Post
    Rode breathless today. Anybody know anything about this sign?
    Is that sign on the trails south of the henday bridge? Saw that once, and a couple of people riding back from that general direction, but we didn't want to be the object of wrath of whoever owns the land so we turned around.

    Where's "breathless?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silv View Post
    Is that sign on the trails south of the henday bridge? Saw that once, and a couple of people riding back from that general direction, but we didn't want to be the object of wrath of whoever owns the land so we turned around.

    Where's "breathless?"
    There is another sign (the one in the photo) on the north side of the river. Breathless trail is just across the Henday from Terwilliger park. Once across there is singletrack trail leading into the trees heading west. Gord has a good review on his blog. It`s fairly easy to find.
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    went out riding yesterday in the strathcona science park was great fun. rode the same trail for 2.5 hrs lol anyone here go there on a regular basis?

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    Wheweee!

    I threw the slicks on the DT (dang, does it look funny!!) and did a long ride on Saturday to get ready for the Ride...hard to believe it is less than 2 weeks away!

    The DT did not to bad for a heavy mountain bike I did a half-Century (50 mile / 80 km ride) in a little under 4 hours. Not a personal best, but certainly respectable.

    Also, I'm breaking in a few new items....camera, GPS etc. I've gone technophile on the bike again

    Here's my first attempt at a video that I'm willing to post

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    [QUOTE=Psycho Mike;8145315]Wheweee!

    I threw the slicks on the DT (dang, does it look funny!!) and did a long ride on Saturday to get ready for the Ride...hard to believe it is less than 2 weeks away!

    The DT did not to bad for a heavy mountain bike I did a half-Century (50 mile / 80 km ride) in a little under 4 hours. Not a personal best, but certainly respectable.

    Also, I'm breaking in a few new items....camera, GPS etc. I've gone technophile on the bike again

    Here's my first attempt at a video that I'm willing to post


    hey mike where does that tail start and finish?

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    Ride report from last night: MIll Creek to Rundle Park MUTs nice and tacky, no mud puddles. ST wet, slimy, puddles, etc. Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolverine1 View Post
    hey mike where does that tail start and finish?
    The entire footage is from Terwillegar Park. I rode in, so I used the access from the utility corridor (say ~30th Avenue) to get into the park, did a loop (various scenes) and then came out at Heffernan Drive (basically in and out at the southeast extents of the park).
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    Forgot to report that on Thursday's night ride, I came out of a MUT with one green worm on my black shorts. Yes, it appears that worm season may be here already and likely to stick around for a few weeks or longer depending on the weather. They're nasty, tend to freak out females (personal experience ), and you get their silk all over you when you ride through them.

    For those in the dark, the worms are those green things hanging in space in the middle of the trail.

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    No ride report, but the lower trail by the river in the Ewok area is completely under water now. No tornadoes, but a hell of a lot of rain this week! Thankfully, tomorrow is the first day of summer

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    The river level is ridiculous. A little bit more water and the dock for the Edmonton Queen will be underwater too.

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    I went for a ride Saturday morning....it was cold, wet, windy and generally not the most ideal riding conditions. No trails (the DT has slick on it right now anyway), but the roads were bad enough.

    At least I know that come what may next weekend (Ride to Conquer Cancer), that I'm ready for it (though I'll need some wet lube....dang Shimano chain rusted up the moment the bike came in to dry).
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    Speaking of the river, these sites track the flow and water level:
    http://www.environment.alberta.ca/ap...ionID=RNSASEDM
    http://www.environment.alberta.ca/ap...ionID=RNSASEDM

    It went from 4.9m on Friday to 7.8m today?

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    This is the section of trail on the south bank between Groat bridge and the UofA cooling plant.



    They've got the trail closed, but I snuck through to see how bad it was. I didn't think it was going to be that bad, but as soon as you head down the little dip (if you're heading east) it's all flooded. That's right where the more technical trail splits off on the high ground, but since it leaves you hanging midway through I figured taking it would be a bad idea.

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    anyone up for some trail riding on thursday the 30th

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    Around 6pm I was riding Eastbound on the trail between Riverside golf course and the river and got a puncture. Had the necessary tools, patch kit, etc. (or so I thought) and was appreciative of all the riders coming by and asking if I had everything I needed. After two unsuccessful patch attempts another rider came by and asked how things were going. I told him the patches weren't working and he whipped out a spare tube. I didn't have any cash but he said no problem, what comes around, goes around. Big thanks to that anonymous rider!! Saved my ride!

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    Wheweee....

    That was a fun couple days of riding. RtCC, 2011 edition, is done. 211 km on the DT, with ~6500ft of climb. Day 2 was wet, windy (headwind) and such...but I got done without walking any of it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho Mike View Post
    Wheweee....

    That was a fun couple days of riding. RtCC, 2011 edition, is done. 211 km on the DT, with ~6500ft of climb. Day 2 was wet, windy (headwind) and such...but I got done without walking any of it
    Next year consider a different ride location....Buddy did the Vancouver Seattle one this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiderSince99 View Post
    Around 6pm I was riding Eastbound on the trail between Riverside golf course and the river and got a puncture. Had the necessary tools, patch kit, etc. (or so I thought) and was appreciative of all the riders coming by and asking if I had everything I needed. After two unsuccessful patch attempts another rider came by and asked how things were going. I told him the patches weren't working and he whipped out a spare tube. I didn't have any cash but he said no problem, what comes around, goes around. Big thanks to that anonymous rider!! Saved my ride!
    This sort of story makes my day. Great to see riders looking out for one another!

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