Sharon goes Double Black Diamond…

19 04 2013
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Sharon enjoying the shade…

We have been riding harder and longer trails each day of our trip here in Sedona. That was capped off yesterday by a loop around Highline Trail which was our most ambitious ride so far.

Riding on the edge...

Riding on the edge…

Sharon has done lots of slow techy riding in BC, but she has never faced riding on a cliff for an extended period of time, riding fast through tech or riding for 4hrs+. So she had some doubts about this ride and we agreed we would turn around or walk anything that was too gnarly.

Enjoying the views...

Enjoying the views…

As it turned out she did just fine. Everyone told her that BC was the hardest riding she would ever have to do and they were right! She’s rocking and rolling through the tech here in Sedona.

The Desert Squirrel...

The Desert Squirrel…

The only real challenge for her was the length of the ride and the building heat. Our Hartland rides usually clock in at 2-2.5hrs and since it’s a compact trail network you can always call it a day and head back to the car from any point in the ride. On a 25km loop you are often 1-2hrs from the car so your only choice is to continue to crank the pedals.

Hitting her crusing speed...

Hitting her crusing speed…

Highline remains lightly travelled….we ran into 2 other solo riders on it and a couple groups of hikers. That leaves lots of empty space to be alone with your thoughts and the stunning scenery.

Rolling down the slickrock...

Rolling down the slickrock…

We have friends coming in to ride starting Monday so we’ll need to reset the gnar-meter and start back on some easier shorter rides next week. So I’m glad we got Highline done and we’ll tackle a couple more challenging rides over the weekend so we are ready for a break when we show our buddies around the trails.

Cranking up some steep slickrock...

Cranking up some steep slickrock…

After the ride we took Sharon’s bike to Dave at the Sedona Fat Tire Bike Shop for some TLC. 4hrs of intense work later her bike runs better than new. Dave is a master mechanic and these trips to Sedona and worth it just for the access we get to his expertise. If you own an expensive fullsuspension mountain bike you owe it to yourself to get it to Dave and have it tuned to perfection. The only trouble is you’ll have to keep coming back to Sedona because you will now know what your bike is capable of.

Nearly done...

Nearly done…

Sharon’s bike is a whole new machine now and she’s excited to ride it again.

Rest stop by the creek...

Rest stop by the creek…

Sharon was a bit shocked when we rolled up to a rest stop at Oak Creek. She wasn’t expecting to see water in the desert! Oak Creek is an oasis of awesome for a couple hot and dusty mountain bikers.

Lazy enjoying some climbing...

Lazy enjoying some climbing…

Now that we have Highline in the books Sharon knows the rest of the trails we ride will be both shorter and easier so she’s feeling relaxed and ready to tackle more red dirt.

Proof we are both on the same ride... ;)

Proof we are both on the same ride… ;)

If you ever have a hankering for a MTB holiday I can certainly recommend Sedona. Great trails, specatcular scenery, friendly local riders and a sweet town to enjoy pre and post ride. :)

One last roll down...

One last roll down…


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19 04 2013
Ty

Awesome!

Ok Vik, it’s your fault I became a Randonneur!

I mean, I only found your blog years ago when I was looking for info on my Tikit! Your great posts about that got me intrigued and now I am hooked with a full-on Randonneur bike with Brooks saddle, Gilles Berthoud bag, SON hub with Edelux light, etc.

I’ve been trying to enjoy your MTB posts and not dive in…

Any more inspiring tales like this and I might have no choice!

For the love of God, stop! 😜

Geez, what’s next? Kiteboarding?

Oh no…

19 04 2013
thelazyrando

If it helps mountain biking is a lot more fun than a 300K…. ;)

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