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    ... and if we just ... Descent Passion

    Going down hills is our reward for riding up them. It makes us go fast. It makes us happy.
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    Tell your stories, post your pics! This is for those of us who have to ride up a hill in order to ride down it.
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    This was taken on an extremely windy and wet 6-8 mile descent. It was amazing!!!!
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    Does Hike a Bike count. I didn't do too much riding, just lots of pushing and carrying to get this downhill.


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    Sure, but this is for those descents that MAKE YOU SMILE!!!!!!
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    How bout a 7 mile 2000 ft descent ...



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    Oh Yes!!!!

    That is a most passionate descent!!!! That's what i'm talking about. That kind of stuff is rare where i come from, but i've heard of one that's a couple of hours drive away

    P.S. Where is that?? I want to ride it someday
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    Going in a downward direction is where the fun and smiles are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by exomatt
    Sure, but this is for those descents that MAKE YOU SMILE!!!!!!
    Oh, I was smiling. The HaB was to get up. We climbed for 8 hrs pushing or carrying our bikes and then got a 2.5 hour descent.

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    My latest descent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeJRA
    Oh, I was smiling. The HaB was to get up. We climbed for 8 hrs pushing or carrying our bikes and then got a 2.5 hour descent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeJRA
    Oh, I was smiling. The HaB was to get up. We climbed for 8 hrs pushing or carrying our bikes and then got a 2.5 hour descent.
    Sorry, i thought that it was just the drop in the picture. D'oh moment. That sounds like a dream of a descent!!!!! 2.5 hours???? = <3
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    Darkslide, i want to ride that. NOW!
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    Quote Originally Posted by exomatt
    That is a most passionate descent!!!! That's what i'm talking about. That kind of stuff is rare where i come from, but i've heard of one that's a couple of hours drive away

    P.S. Where is that?? I want to ride it someday
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    [QUOTE=darkslide18]My latest descent.

    Yeah I like it man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by exomatt
    ... for those of us who have to ride up a hill ...
    No one who is sane has to ride up a hill! I'd like it to be known that not once, can I be accused of riding up a hill. The old sailing adage, "Gentlemen don't beat to windward," also applies to cycling up hills. Only barbarians ride up hills.

    The MT in MTB doesn't stand for mountain when a mountain looms. It means disMounT. As in, it is now time to dismount.

    On the Great Dividing Range, there are no mountain bikes. One has either a push-bike or a missile.






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    Yep.

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    Whoah!!!!!!

    That's a hell of a hill! I wanna try!
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    Sweet pic wild, looks like a landslide waiting to happen! I wouldn't be anywhere near it during a heavy rain.

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    Pedal up, hike up, to screaming down...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeJRA
    Yep.
    That's been on my list since I saw the post about it last year. One heckuva day for sure.

    Here's the HAB I did this morning in order to get to the goods. (repost from last February)

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    ahhh, ctc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missoularider
    ... I wouldn't be anywhere near it during a heavy rain ...
    missoularider, I wonder if you realise how profound and accurate your comment is?

    From late Spring 2010 to now, the Great Dividing Range in Australia has received the heaviest rainfalls all over, since records have been kept. In northern New South Wales, landslides have obliterated fire trails and bridges. Track closures on the Bicentennial National Trail from flooding, washouts and landslides have made the track not navigable in places, creating the need for substantial re-routing of the trail in several places.

    I'm one of the section coordinators of the BNT. The section I know well, is closed. Several bridges are missing. Unfortunately the trail has been diverted which has changed the ambience of the original trail, markedly.

    In a couple of weeks time, I'm riding along the Australian Alps to Omeo, riding past where the first image and the next image were both taken ... I'll get my fair share of terrifying descents over the next couple of months (but I'll be walking every ascent, unfailingly).

    The Indi Wilderness ... the catchment at the headwaters of the Murrray River (below). The mountains aren't high like on other continents (6,000ft on average, in my neck of the bush) but like all mountain chains, the steep grades are relentless. The early Australian road builders went straight up and down the ridge lines here ... I doubt a single one of them had ever heard of the term, switch-back.




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    PS, In my dreams I romanticise about riding out on the Hay Plain, the flattest place on earth ... riding to Hell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dft
    ahhh, ctc.
    Never heard of that trail till now, how do you get to the top, mofo is 10k feet up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by flowmaster
    Never heard of that trail till now, how do you get to the top, mofo is 10k feet up?
    like mikeJRA said, push the bike for many many hours. here is a summary when we pushed up 6000. (i've done 8000 once)

    http://www.socaltrailriders.org/foru...art-1-2-a.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by dft
    like mikeJRA said, push the bike for many many hours. here is a summary when we pushed up 6000. (i've done 8000 once)

    http://www.socaltrailriders.org/foru...art-1-2-a.html
    Reading that page now, wow man that is badas_s. I definitely need to add this to my list of must hit trails.
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    ahhh the memories from this trail! i've done it with temps >100 and also snowing up top.
    its real hard to take enough water for it. here i s last years ride (i do it once a year)

    http://www.socaltrailriders.org/foru...-king-hab.html

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    Of the short but sweet variety-
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    can you pedal up any of the CTC? I have never seen or heard of it.. looks like fun.. Next time im in CA i may have to hit that!
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    Here ya go

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    Quote Originally Posted by JEM2
    can you pedal up any of the CTC? I have never seen or heard of it.. looks like fun.. Next time im in CA i may have to hit that!
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    You could probably ride up the first 2000 vert. ft. but it would burn up a lot of your energy and you may not make it much further. The lower trails did look like they had some potential for good all mountain riding and I'm thinking of riding some of these next time before I do the HAB to get climatized to the heat and dirt.

    I wouldn't call this ride "fun", it is however an "amazing challenge" that is very rewarding. If you are going to give it a try, do the research, this trail kills unprepared hikers every year and a hiker had died up there the week before we attempted it.

    Disclaimer: These are the observations of a rider from the great white north, I wasn't ready for the 98F temps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hack


    Here ya go
    Love it!
    Where can I find that? haha
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    Do they not let bikes on the tram to get to the top of CTC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hydewildman
    Do they not let bikes on the tram to get to the top of CTC?
    No, and I've been told they have done inspections of packs. The top of the Gondola is Wilderness or whatever they call protected areas in the USA. I believe the fine for having a bike up there is $500. The trail that you hike up doesn't enter the Wilderness area till about the 8000ft mark.

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