Sunday, April 10, 2011

CEC Mountain Bike Ride: Saturday April 9th

let's start with this photo...

what we have here is CEC ambassador Jeff Landry's front chain rings. You can see from the photo that Jeff has gathered a wonderful collection of mud, dirt, leaves, sticks and whatever else he managed to pick up. Keep in mind that this is BEFORE our ride. All I can say is that there is something to be said about riding so much that you don't even have time to clean your bike (or at least pick out the shrapnel from around your chain).

So, this Monday is Nathan's birthday. To celebrate, we went to Nathan's old stomping grounds in Burlington, CT for some mountain bike adventure. Needless to say, it was nothing short of an adventure. This is how the ride started...

Yup...that right. NO MOUNTAIN BIKING! Apparently, it is illegal to ride your mountain bike on the mountain bike trails. HA!! Well, we went into the woods anyway. I think we managed to pedal about a tenth of a mile before we came across our first obstacle...clear cutting! There were downed trees, tank treads, etc. It was a mess. But we wanted to keep moving, so we started walking. We walked for about a quarter of a mile uphill until we popped out into someone's backyard.

We pedaled down this road until we ran into some nice people that pointed us in the direction of the trails. Thankfully, we got into those trails and it was on!! They were awesome! It was a mix of the fast flowing trails of Robinson & the rocky technical sections at Bachelor St. We had such a great time!

Nathan was riding his new rigid single speed 29er. HE KILLED IT!!! I can honestly say that I haven't seen very many people that can ride a bike as well as he did. It was a pleasure to watch!


Here's our route...


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