How tough is Tapatio ?

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  • 03-11-2011
    Ted_R
    How tough is Tapatio ?
    The videos I've seen look great, but most of the written reviews I've read suggest that it is not for light weights.

    I am curious, what is Y'all's take on it ?

    I am entry level intermediate and I am considering riding there soon.


    Thanks,

    Ted
  • 03-11-2011
    Pedigre
    Here is my take on it (just click Tapatio Springs)

    To answer your question, some sections might just have you in over your head, but that's why they have the term 'hike-a-bike' ;)

    Go with a friend, if possible.
  • 03-11-2011
    Ted_R
    hmmm,

    maybe a nice long ride at OP Schnabel instead hehe :D

    Thanks Pedigre, Great write up


    Ted


    P.S. Very nice website btw
  • 03-11-2011
    Pedigre
    have you been out to Flat Rock Ranch?
  • 03-11-2011
    Ted_R
    Yes ! !

    I rode it last Sunday and I absolutely Freakin loved it. ( pardon my french )

    I rode the entire Lower Loop, and I met Jimmy :D
  • 03-12-2011
    Pedigre
    that's right, I forgot about that. Tapatio simply has a few areas that are a bit more technical. As long as you are careful, you should be fine.
  • 03-12-2011
    Ted_R
    I was pretty comfortable at Flat Rock, if it's only a little more technical at Tapatio then I am not too concerned.

    Thanks for your help :)
  • 03-13-2011
    pulpwoody
    Just ride it, you'll be fine. If you can ride city park, you can ride anything in central texas.
  • 03-13-2011
    Ted_R
    Well.... I'm back :eek: hehe


    Frankly, I found it to be way beyond my skill level. If I go back I'm wearing body armor.:)

    I made the whole course but I walked a big chunk of it, especially after the bruised ribs :D ( true story )

    Any way I think what did me in was the large quantity of loose rock on both ascents and descents in and amongst tight climbing and descending switchbacks.

    I think I read that the racer guys did that loop 3 or 4 times during a big norba race some years back. Guess that's what it means to be Pro. :)

    Anyway, I am off to buy some advil and contemplate next weekends adventure. :D


    Hope you guys had a good weekend !


    Ted


    Oh ! I forgot to mention, their is a secondary loop off the main loop, near the top. That's the one I found tough.
  • 03-13-2011
    ArmySlowRdr
    Good luck with the ribs; mine took over 4 months to heal this time around.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Ted_R
    Well.... I'm back :eek: hehe


    Frankly, I found it to be way beyond my skill level. If I go back I'm wearing body armor.:)

    I made the whole course but I walked a big chunk of it, especially after the bruised ribs :D ( true story )

    Any way I think what did me in was the large quantity of loose rock on both ascents and descents in and amongst tight climbing and descending switchbacks.

    I think I read that the racer guys did that loop 3 or 4 times during a big norba race some years back. Guess that's what it means to be Pro. :)

    Anyway, I am off to buy some advil and contemplate next weekends adventure. :D


    Hope you guys had a good weekend !


    Ted

  • 03-13-2011
    Ted_R
    Ouch, four months.

    This will be my first time for bruised ribs, so we will see how it goes.
  • 03-16-2011
    Ted_R
    Ribs are gettin better ! I stopped taken Tylenol yesterday :D
  • 03-17-2011
    pulpwoody
    I need to get my ass out there. Sounds cool.
  • 03-25-2011
    wheelbender6
    I have run those trails but never ridden them. The downhill part will be fun.
  • 03-26-2011
    Ted_R
    I got the impression that the trail has deteriorated, their were sections where I felt like I was riding on marbles.