The Mountain Bike Life

Part of what makes riding a bike so special is the ability to explore. You can ride the same roads and trails every day, or you could add a little variety. Familiarity becomes monotonous and the urge to explore is present.

Exploring and going on adventures is one of my favorite things about riding. It really is cool to experience a new area for the first time and not know what is coming around the next corner.

The loose trails in Reno were a challenging experience

The loose trails in Reno were a challenging experience

By this point, I believe that I have ridden almost every trail in my hometown. Luckily we have a great variety of trails to ride here, and it definitely is hard to get bored. That being said, I am excited to branch out in the coming months. I will be going to college in Colorado next year, so there will be a bunch of riding opportunities. I could do entire rides on my home trails in my sleep, so It will be awesome to have a new trail system to explore.

California is a big state, so there are plenty of unexplored trails to keep me busy in the meantime. In a few weeks, I will be traveling North to Mendocino. I will be racing a two day enduro race, which I am extremely excited for! I am expecting the terrains to be similar to what we have here in Santa Cruz, but I hear that the trails are super difficult.

Racing is a great way to get out and explore. Earlier this month I was in Reno, Nevada for another enduro race. The trails in Reno are unlike anything that I normally ride. There are no trees, so everything is exposed to the bright sunlight. Since the landscape is so barren it was hard to predict what was coming next. Everything looked the same!

The XC course in Los Olivos made good use of the available space and ended up being a neat loop

The XC course in Los Olivos made good use of the available space and ended up being a neat loop

An important skill for riding trails like those in Reno is cornering. The trails are rocky and loose, so cornering technique is critical. If you make a mistake, you will be washed out and on the ground! This was hard for me since my home trails always have good traction. I was riding a bit more cautious than I normally would at home.

This month it should be your goal to try out a new trail, especially now that the summer months are upon us. Even riding a trail backward can provide a completely new experience. another great way to explore is signing up for a race. Traveling just a couple hours away can bring you to completely new terrain. Until next time, I’ll be chasing after the next singletrack!

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