Bob Dylan starts singing on my phone at 6 am. It is a Saturday morning, and I spent my Friday climbing Parkview Mountain. What had felt like a brilliant idea on Thursday evening did not feel as good anymore. I had no bread at home for breakfast, no food to bring to the trail, and I was going with Natalie, who I know is EXTREMELY strong. Still, I was going mountainbiking on my NEW bike, and I was going to have great company doing it, how could I not be happy?
We hadn’t really planned where we would go, except from that it would be in the Fort Collins area. We had our eyes on the Ginny trail, though. This trail runs through the Bob cat ridge area, which was severely burnt during last years wild fires. It is described as one of the more technical in the area (black), and implies a 5 mile climb up the ridge (unless you cheat and take the road), and of course a 5 mile funfunfun ride down again. We found a really good (and free!) map at JAX showing all the trails in ft Collins. This map helped us finding our way to the trail head, which btw offers free parking. Very nice indeed.
At first, we sort of made fun of people thinking that the ascent was technical. Then we realized what they meant. It is technical, very technical. Most of the trail is rideable uphill, but I will be very impressed the day I see someone managing to get to the top without putting their feet down. Of course, I wanted to die several times.. while Natalie was strong as a horse. She nailed some severly tricky spots. Very impressive.
The descent, however, was totallly worth the loooong and gruelsome ride up. Technical, rocky and really fast at some parts. I wohooed more than once :).
This trail also gave me the opportunity to fully evaluate my new bike, the little big redneck called Specialized Enduro Comp. I’ve been a bit nervous on how it would handle climbs like the one on the Ginny trail. I shouldn’t have. Although I was dead tired, it certainly wasn’t the bike’s fault. In spite of the bike’s weight and geometry, it climbs like a light weight XC bike. And going down…. WOHOO!! I tried to follow Natalie and do whatever she did, jumping over stuff and not putting down my feet at places where my heart jumped. IT WAS SO FUN!! This bike jumps like an antilope! IT EATS ROCKS FOR BREAKFAST!! Yes, I am satsified.
After our ride down Ginny trail, we were too excited to stop riding, so we went on to Devils backbone. I was kind of tired, after all, I had skinned 16 km the day before, so I didnt want too much of a climb. The Devils backbone trail is quite short and we “forgot” to look the topomap, so it seemed like a good idea. Well, the devils backbone is not flat, not at all. It starts out as a very flowy and smooth singletrack, which gets more and more technical as you continue. The view is magnificient! And the ride is bumpy, but fun! I got to try doing stuff that I didnt think I could, and I got down without putting my feet down! Sorry, I have to say it again. Wohoo! I really had a blast! Thanks Natalie for awesome company and for giving me the inspiration I need to push myself forward!