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Quarry Ridge MTB Trail Review

The Quarry Ridge trail system is located a little bit southwest of Madison, WI. It is still within the suburban area so finding a place for lunch and making your way to the trailhead are simple. Wisconsin riding is dominated by rolling hills and organic, forest trails with roots and rocks left over by the ice age. Quarry Ridge is a bit different in that it is centered around a singular summit and features some larger rock slabs and formations. There were enough different downhill options once you get to the top that I didn’t get to try everything in this ride. You can tell that Quarry Ridge has been built by riders that appreciate speed and technical challenges. There are a ton of well-built berms, table tops and other features that yield a great mix of flow and technical challenges. Check out the video below for all the details and my full review of these trails. In addition, here is a map of  Quarry Ridge courtesy of Trailforks.com

Mountain Biking at DuPont

This past weekend a few of us loaded up and headed to the North Carolina mountains to ride a fourteen-mile loop at DuPont State Forest. This was my first time, and I’ve heard how great the area is for many years, so I was super excited to get to see it first hand. We parked in the Lake Imaging access point which is just off Staton Road, and it was a nice place since it was directly on the Lake Imaging trail access and far enough away from Hooker Falls access where everyone parks to walk to the falls. After spending a little time checking out the bikes, we hit the trails. The route we took was designed to hit some of the fun parts like Ridgeline and Hilltop, and those downhills did not disappoint. Based on Strava data the route we took was 13.93mi with 1,554ft of elevation, and you had to work for those fun downhills. The route we took is as follows: Lake Imaging Rd. Right on Jim Branch Trail Right on …

Downhill Loops at Charles D Owen With My 6 Year Old

Some days are just not great for heading out onto a large trail system. During our recent trip to NC we had some very rainy days. Even so, Micah, my 6-year-old, and I wanted to get some riding in. We had spied a little loop not far from our AirBNB house. The Charles D. Owen Downhill Track. As it turned out this was one of my 6 year old’s favorite rides while down in North Carolina. Small loops like this can be great for beginners and younger riders. They are not intimidating because you are always close to the lot. Short loops also encourage progression. We were able to make three laps and each time we rode the downhill Micah got faster. This ride showed me that the longest, most epic rides aren’t always the ones you need. Micah’s Specialized RipRock 20″ performed flawlessly. I have been really impressed with how well that bike has performed for him. The plus tires, once set tubeless, are very forgiving and do a good job of allowing him …

Rocky Knob Bike Park Ride Review

The Rocky Knob Bike Park is located in Boone North Carolina. From looking at maps and videos it seemed like the perfect place to take our family for a bit more of a bike park like experience with burms and flow trails. Now I always hate to give trails negative reviews, because it could be that we just hit it on an off day, we didn’t know about some secret route, or we just weren’t having a good day ourselves, but this trail system really underwhelmed us all. It could also be that the marketing materials and hype around this trail oversell it a bit. From my 6-year-old ripper, to my wife, to my little 3-year-old, we all felt like the amount of “fun trail” compared to the amount of frustrating trail was not in balance. As noted, I can only speak for our experience on this day. The pump track was unfortunately closed and the blue loop was rather uninspiring. Beyond the blue loop you are met with a daunting barrage of switchbacks which …

Riding Fletcher Creek in Pisgah, plus Bent Creek and Kitsuma

In this vlog I’ve arrived in Asheville, North Carolina and explore the Mountain Biking in Kitsuma, Fletcher Creek and Bent Creek all while eating some amazing food at Biscuit Head and Farm Burger. Rides in this video: Kitsuma – https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/777151/kitsuma Bent Creek – https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7014539/pisgah-area-sorba-beginners-loop Fletcher Creek – https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7007215/fletcher-creek Head over to our YouTube Channel and subscribe to make sure you don’t miss an episode from this trip.

A Family Mountain Bike Route in Dupont State Forest

Dupont State Forest near Brevard, NC is rich with different riding options. On a recent vacation to NC (which you’ll be hearing more about soon), I was riding with my wife (20 weeks pregnant), my 3-year-old and my 6-year-old. With this riding crew I needed an easy route that would not include too much climbing or technical terrain. This route that we followed delivered. Before starting our ride we took a quick hike to several waterfalls and then parked in the High Falls Parking Lot. This lot features paved road access, bathrooms and a visitor center.  From the visitor center we headed east on Buck Forest road. This is a wide gravel road through the forest which contains a moderate climb and then decent to the covered bridge. The covered bridge is absolutely gorgeous and is built right above High Falls. If you wish you can take a detour and check out the falls. After crossing the covered bridge we took a right and turned south onto conservancy road. This again is a wide gravel …