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    Wicked Ride of the East 10/25

    The unmpteenth annual Wicked Ride of the east is Sunday 10/25 @ Harold Parker SF, Andover MA. Marked loops for all abilities. Vendors, demos and fun for all. Plus wicked awesome chili

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    More like the wicked walk of the east for me. Some (most) of the tech sections are way above my skill level. Even so, I always have a good time and the volunteers put on a great event. Everyone in the area should try the wicked ride at least once.

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    Never been - I've ridden Parker and LOVE IT! This sounds like fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdb View Post
    More like the wicked walk of the east for me. Some (most) of the tech sections are way above my skill level. Even so, I always have a good time and the volunteers put on a great event. Everyone in the area should try the wicked ride at least once.
    Yes, the salem pond loop is very chunky. Try some of the nice single track around fields pond and then behind the State Police building. Also over by lock n load. Near the gun club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    Yes, the salem pond loop is very chunky. Try some of the nice single track around fields pond and then behind the State Police building. Also over by lock n load. Near the gun club.
    I live 15 minutes from HP and ride there quite often and spend a lot of time on the west side of Jenkins Road. I agree, lots of nice single track in there. I think that is the best thing about HP, it offers good riding for all abilities. The intermediate route is a nice showcase, IMHO. I wouldn't think about trying the advanced loop, I know my limits.

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    It's a good ride. I did it back in 2010 on my rigid SS Scandal with only 1 brake (broke a lever a couple of miles in). Good times! You'd like it Pauldotcom.

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    Missed it last year due to pesky family obligations, I'll definitely make it this year!
    I ride the "easy" loop and love it. A fun time and good people.
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    Any notion who is demoing bikes there?

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    JRA and Wheel works will be there. I'm sure some others as well.

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    Chili prep completed. Loads of jalapeno and poblano peppers as well as 5 kinds of dried chiles. Plus pork butt, pork loin, hot sausage and onions. Expecting 60f, sun with some clouds, who's in?

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    I'll be there!! the Wicked Ride is a great event, the trails offer something for all levels of rider, and that chili...mmmmm

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    I hope to make it this year. This thread has been helpful so far in giving a window in to what it might be like. The demo bikes sound appealing as I am in market for a new ride. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffSkisMontana View Post
    I hope to make it this year. This thread has been helpful so far in giving a window in to what it might be like. The demo bikes sound appealing as I am in market for a new ride. Thanks
    Be ready for crowds. Last year the first couple miles were absolutely littered with bodies and bikes. I passed a couple of spots where bike patrol was tending to injuries which slowed things down some.

    Obviously, the wicked ride wouldn't be the wicked ride if hundreds of people didn't show up, but technical trails + huge crowds = slow riding.

    This is not a knock against the event. It's probably Nemba's second-best annual event, right up there with Nembafest. Wicked Ride is just a unique 25 mile party/ride that you can't really blow through at your own consistent pace, and you'll probably have more fun if your expectations are aligned with this reality.

    But honestly - go. It's a blast.
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    This sounds fantastic. I plan to attend this year.
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    The route has been changed back to clockwise, out the back of the campground and west side first, which should help with jam ups on tech trails and get riders more spread out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangur View Post
    Be ready for crowds. Last year the first couple miles were absolutely littered with bodies and bikes. I passed a couple of spots where bike patrol was tending to injuries which slowed things down some.
    Last year was the first year the event departed from the campground (I think) and the route was different. The first section was fairly technical but flat, then crossed the fire road, the next section of trail was easy, then the trail after recrossing the fire road was pretty intense, technical with some sharp short climbs with some drop offs on your left, definite hike a bike for me. I ride at HP a lot, but had never ridden that section, I usually ride the easier trail that parallels it on the right or just stay on the fire road for a bit longer and pick up the single track again further along.

    But as Dangur said, definitely go, most of the intermediate loop is less technical than what I just mentioned. Also, the way the loops are set up, it is always easy to bail out and get back to the start.

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    Please help us and you out by not parking in the Jenkins lot. The campground gate will open at 8 AM or shortly thereafter. There is plenty of room, you will be closer to event central, and other park patrons will have somewhere to park. If you have a large vehicle or trailer, there are good spots in the campground. Just ask some of the parking crew if you need help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangur View Post
    Be ready for crowds. Last year the first couple miles were absolutely littered with bodies and bikes. I passed a couple of spots where bike patrol was tending to injuries which slowed things down some.

    Obviously, the wicked ride wouldn't be the wicked ride if hundreds of people didn't show up, but technical trails + huge crowds = slow riding.

    This is not a knock against the event. It's probably Nemba's second-best annual event, right up there with Nembafest. Wicked Ride is just a unique 25 mile party/ride that you can't really blow through at your own consistent pace, and you'll probably have more fun if your expectations are aligned with this reality.

    But honestly - go. It's a blast.
    ^this

    none of the tech fazes me at HP, I can plow through all that on my hardtail...it's work yes... don't get me wrong but I have decent chunder kung-fu and monkey arms to yank my bars and 'do the rock dance'

    but trying to ride it no dab at wicked ride is impossible as all the choice sections for the first two miles are littered with noobs in over their heads....which is awesome in a way but bad if you have the itch to motor....motoring ain't happening until you get deeper in

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    Quote Originally Posted by jscott36 View Post
    This sounds fantastic and I'm looking to attend for my first time. I'll be heading up on my own so I won't know anyone. Any other first timers or solo riders interested in partnering up at the event? Maybe we could form our own small group

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangur View Post
    Be ready for crowds. Last year the first couple miles were absolutely littered with bodies and bikes. I passed a couple of spots where bike patrol was tending to injuries which slowed things down some.

    Obviously, the wicked ride wouldn't be the wicked ride if hundreds of people didn't show up, but technical trails + huge crowds = slow riding.

    This is not a knock against the event. It's probably Nemba's second-best annual event, right up there with Nembafest. Wicked Ride is just a unique 25 mile party/ride that you can't really blow through at your own consistent pace, and you'll probably have more fun if your expectations are aligned with this reality.

    But honestly - go. It's a blast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    The route will be arrowed and there are led group rides. See more on the NS Nemba FB page.
    When do they put the arrows up? Friday or Saturday?

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    Final routes are done on Sunday. But they usually get started on Saturday. Riding all weekend? Whoot!

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    i noticed that there are group led rides and also you can go out on your own. Is there a certain time they open up the course or can i show up at 8am and ride?

    also, will there be any water stops along the way. if i can carry one less water bottle that would make me a happy camper.

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    I'm one of the ride leaders for the 9:15 Fast / Hammer ride. Looks like rain in the forecast. Ugh. If you're riding, and it is slick out there, exercise caution!! Reduce tire pressure a tad, and bring your biggest bike. I was planning on rolling with the single speed,but if it is wet out, I'm taking my full suspension 29er with the 41mm superwide rims and monster tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adumb View Post
    i noticed that there are group led rides and also you can go out on your own. Is there a certain time they open up the course or can i show up at 8am and ride?

    also, will there be any water stops along the way. if i can carry one less water bottle that would make me a happy camper.
    Registration opens at 9. Usually they are set up a few minutes before that. I was riding the west side this morning and it was already arrowed. Looks like the intermediate route may be toned down a little from last year. Unless I was really riding the beginner loop . No water stops, but the west of Jenkins Road loop is first so when the route crosses Jenkins to head to the east side, you could detour back to the campground and grab a second bottle from your car and then head back out.

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    wow that place was crazy. I have never been before. I did the advanced loop which ended up being just under 22 miles. The second half for me was much more rideable. I could have been more warmed up but I found the super steep rooty rocky hills in the begining a little tricky. When you have never seen the stuff before you don't really know which line to take. I could have tried alot of it again and probably made it but i would of ended up being out there for five hours.

    I am no stranger to being in the saddle for long periods of time but those 22 miles for me was probably the hardest 22 miles I have done. The roots and rocks just kept on coming. I will definatly be back next year. Hopefully it will be a little drier. If I can remember Some beefy tires would help a ton out there. The advanced loop took me 3hr 25 min.

    I Saw some serious bike carnage. Not sure if anyone broke anything but definatly some people getting caught up in it trying to clean some stuff and throwing there bikes away in spectacular fashion. I figure getting out without being hurt and my bike still in one piece is a success. If I was to ride there more often I think a single speed would be best. I can't believe my derailleur made it out alive.

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    I second that wow......first trip to Harold Parker for me too.......the terrain definitely was challenging....just as the early posters on the thread had said.....lots of people down throughout the ride......I was one of them when my bar clipped a tree at speed.....I was amazed at how many people were riding with the early wet conditions....went on the ride led by Danny Streeter.....he did a great job and offered advance notice of especially tricky areas.........ended up going on 2 more loops near the lakes as plenty of people were heading home after 3pm.....vibe at the festival was really welcoming and fun.......got to demo a Santa Cruz 5010 and a Specialized Stumpjumper 27.5 Plus from Belmont WheelWorks.....and a Cannondale Habit from the Cannondale territory rep.....his personnel bike! The trials show by the JRA Team was interesting to watch and marvel at their riding ability...... Enjoyed the chili and walked away with some giveaways: a Wicked Ride of the East T shirt and a Cannondale beer stein. Thank you to NEMBA and the local chapter(North Shore?) for putting the whole day together.
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    Hi guys - glad you enjoyed the ride. It is definitely a fun place to ride - I have been riding there for 15 years and I always have to bring the A game. Today's conditions were extra challenging due to the wet rocks - there were a lot of sections I normally make that were challenging and needed a second go to clear. As a ride leader, I'd say that the advantage of going on a led ride is that the ride leaders are familiar with the terrain and can show you how to clean the lines. If you did it again and had someone show you the right lines you wouldn't be nearly as tired! For instance, at the end of the ride, it is totally non-intuitive to take the line to the left to clear all the off camber rocks. And I saw lots of people taking the wrong lines everywhere - I've made all those mistakes and attempted to offer some help about the right lines to our group. It is great terrain on a singlespeed if you are strong and confident and know the lines. Today may not have been the best day for it, although at times I was wishing I had brought mine. Regarding tires for HP if you do it next year, some of my crew is running the Specialized Butcher and whatever it's matching companion is and I'm running the On-One Chunky Monkey and Smorgasbord. They can only be special ordered from the UK but they are the perfect large volume tire when things are slick like today. Normally they are a tad overkill, though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffSkisMontana View Post
    I second that wow......first trip to Harold Parker for me too.......the terrain definitely was challenging....just as the early posters on the thread had said.....lots of people down throughout the ride......I was one of them when my bar clipped a tree at speed.....I was amazed at how many people were riding with the early wet conditions....went on the ride led by Danny Streeter.....he did a great job and offered advance notice of especially tricky areas.........ended up going on 2 more loops near the lakes as plenty of people were heading home after 3pm.....vibe at the festival was really welcoming and fun.......got to demo a Santa Cruz 5010 and a Specialized Stumpjumper 27.5 Plus from Belmont WheelWorks.....and a Cannondale Habit from the Cannondale territory rep.....his personnel bike! The trials show by the JRA Team was interesting to watch and marvel at their riding ability...... Enjoyed the chili and walked away with some giveaways: a Wicked Ride of the East T shirt and a Cannondale beer stein. Thank you to NEMBA and the local chapter(North Shore?) for putting the whole day together.
    Yes, North Shore Nemba is the organizers for this ride. First time, in the wet, can be challenging. Glad you enjoyed the day.

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    I missed it unfortunately but would love give the advanced loop a go. Could anyone direct me to details of where to park, the trailhead location - maybe a map if one exists?
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    Go to the end of Harold Parker rd, park in dirt lot. Try the Nemba forums, places to ride. In our NS chapter, there should be one of our wicked ride maps. From that dirt lot, pedal past the wooden fence, go less than 50 ft look for a trail entrance on the rt, should have yellow triangles to mark the salem pond loop. Bring yur big boy pants. And explore from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Locoman View Post
    I missed it unfortunately but would love give the advanced loop a go. Could anyone direct me to details of where to park, the trailhead location - maybe a map if one exists?
    do you have a garmin device you can download rides to. like an edge 800 or something like it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adumb View Post
    do you have a garmin device you can download rides to. like an edge 800 or something like it?
    I don't have a garmin but found an app for Android that can read garmin maps. Do you have something you can share?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Locoman View Post
    I don't have a garmin but found an app for Android that can read garmin maps. Do you have something you can share?
    i have the ride i just did on strava. you need to be a premium member to be able to download rides though. if you follow me you can at least view it search adam winger.

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