February 13, 2006

Wisconsin's flat

Yesterday Nick and I climbed up about 12 miles and rode, or- hopped, bumped, fell, rolled to the bottom of the holycross trail. This has to be one of the strangest places I have ever seen. A sheet of rock about 1oo yards wide that wanders down the side of the mountain. It eventually funnels into a canyon, but the 40 mph downhill to that point is pretty crazy. It's hard to follow the "trail" because really there is no trail for the first mile, except rock and some reflective arrows every hundred feet to guide you down.

Sideview of the trail, very strange!
A fuel EX with 8" rotors would have been nice, smelling burning disc break pads following Nick at 40mph started to make make wonder... I also wondered what happened when the rock ended?


The rock did end and Nick informed me that I was probably the first person to ever descend the rest of the trail on a hardtail, I felt priviledged on my 9.8 with 45psi in the 1.95 tires!


Shortly after this picture was taken I dismounted and slipped/walked/fell down the 6 ft drop that Nick was telling me was rideable... oh yeah, on 6" of suspension

This kid can ride some rocky singlerack though!


When you get to this point in the trail, I was starting to feel that riding 6" of suspension down the trail might not be the nicest bike for getting back out and maybe the 9.8 was the right choice, except I had mashed off all my chainring teeth and would have to walk anyway.


That's the ride, late evening entertainment came at the local Blockbuster.
Sager has been giving Double Denim some food for thought, but I wonder what He'd have to say about fleece camo from head to toe?
With matching baseball cap

And until Wisconsin's landscape grows mountains and trails like these, I won't be coming home!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well at least send a post card every now and then...
- Jamie

Anonymous said...

how can it be singletrack without trees? I have yet to see a tree in any pics. Yaawwwnnnn...like riding at a quarry. Sconi has real singletrack with trees and rolling hills.

Anonymous said...

That looks like your dad in that camo outfit.

Mitch Man said...

"Sconi has real singletrack with trees and rolling hills"

My side hurts! Welcome to CO....

Anonymous said...

i like the comment from jamie- you know your coming home soon...you have top pop the big Q one of these days! - brian

Anonymous said...

how come all the Cali-rado guys always get schooled when they come to Chequamegon, etc?

Tristan Schouten said...

Leg speed. I make fun of the guys out here cause they do "slow races" 6mph climbs and then flip it and ride right back down the same fire road they rode up. In Wisconsin we use the big chainring and have to pedal the WHOLE race. Colorado guys only pedal 1/2 the time.

Anonymous said...

exactly my point, no rest in the Midwest!

Anonymous said...

someone is resting is my guess at BnS. Get to work........

RB

Mitch Man said...

I ask you….

Do people come to Wisco on vaction to ride the Single track? Nope
But they do come to CO…..Check Mate!

Anonymous said...

sure they do...have you? and if you have, you've been to the wrong places it sounds like. riding in Cali-rado is like riding in an abandoned rock quarry. and no trees. how can you have singletrack w/o trees? actually I should keep this quiet!

Mitch Man said...

Don't take it the wrong way I love Sconi....it will always be my home. But even the best trail in Sconi is short and flat.....here the are days, weeks and years of trails. Yes some of it much like an abandoned rock quarry. but other just like the sweet the up-nort-Sconi. an't-a-hay-dar!

D A N O said...

I dunno, I kinda like the flats. And trees too! I guess downhill is OK tho..


Ride on.

jsager said...

3x's camo. I'm going to have to give that a try. But, just like mixing acid wash with stone wash, your camo has to match. Come on, man!