I rode all the black and red sections of the new Brownie Lake trail at @morcpics's Theodore Wirth Singletrack this week. This video shows two sections that I found to be the toughest: 1. An uphill, armoured left turn. After a couple of fails (not that steep but the rocks were a bit slippery with dust and leaves), I cleaned it with a wide cheater line and then again with a straight shot up the middle. 2. The long, straight, steep, rocky uphill with a steep slab in the middle. I got up the slab twice but then lost my balance. I gave up after about a dozen tries. Traction was absolutely perfect. Looking closely at the video, I can see now what I did wrong. I will be back. So. Much. Fun. 55-second video, 50% slowmo:
Brownie Lake segment at Theodore Wirth MTB opened yesterday. More details to come:
It's tricky to make both turns of this narrow boardwalk skinny (at @morcpics Theodore Wirth mtb trail) without hopping the rear wheel. But I discovered yesterday that my improved ratcheting and track stand skills gave me more precision for placement of my @advocatecycles fat bike's front wheel. I could run the wheel partially over the edges of the boardwalk which gave my rear wheel more room to make the turns without hopping. My next challenge is to use a rocking technique to reposition both wheels for both turns. That might take awhile! 40-sec vid:
I was joined in hooting/hollering while riding this segment of @morcpics's Theodore Wirth Singletrack trail this week by some guy named Mick. I was riding my @advocatecycles fat bike, The Watchman. So. Much. Fun. The flowy segment that follows the drops is among the best in the Twin Cities metro area. FYI, this trail system is within two miles or so from downtown Minneapolis. 90-second video:
I managed to squeeze in some decent singletrack winter riding on my 29’er last week before the spring thaw hit. The trails were packed hard and the traction was amazing.
On Thursday afternoon, I rode everything at MORC’s Lebanon Hills MTB Park:
including my favorite rock in the skills park:
I rode the new South Wirth trail at Theodore Wirth MTB Park in Minneapolis on Monday afternoon. It’s a hoot. It’s crammed with flow features that can be rolled for intermediate level riders. But advanced level riders (or wannabes like me) will have a rollicking good time. There’s nothing like this trail in the metro area. It’s like having a slice of the intermediate/advanced flow trails at Cuyuna, Spirit Mountain and CAMBA , all packed into a very small area. Truly amazing. Props to MORC, MOCA, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for making it happen (details below).
Here’s a 1 min 45 second video clip, taken with my GoPro in a chest harness. You’ll see when I got to the drops that I stopped and walked them, turned around and walked back, then rode them but not fast enough to clear them. I sorta rolled them and was lucky I didn’t crash. I’ll be back asap to try again. Continue reading Theo’s new South Wirth flow trail: best in the Twin Cities Metro