Yesterday was a rad day:
We spent most of it at Mount Silver Bike Park, and as you can see it was *dusty*!!. This mountain bike park was ranked best in the US in 2014 and 2015, and is by all accounts, very rad. The park has 30-odd trails ranging from easy to pro-level (they host world-class racing here (next weekend actually!)). And as a nice treat, you don’t have to take the 4.5 mile gondola (longest in the world!) back down the mountain, you can instead ride all the way down on an set of connected trails totalling more than 7 miles!!!
This was basically our first time on a lift park (my couple runs down Mt Buller 10 years ago notwithstanding) and given everyone else on the mountain seemed to have full-face helmets, elbow, knee, and shin pads, and body armour, we thought it best to talk to someone (Nick) on the mountain and get some hints as to what trails an inexperienced couple should tackle throughout the day. To our pleasant surprise mountain worker Mirra was assigned to take us down our first run and give us some tips and tricks about riding a bike pointing in a downward direction and picking up speed without pedalling. Mirra was a great guide for newbs and made us feel comfortable on our first trail and picked out a nice progression of trails to fill our day.
We rode a bunch of 15–20 minute green trails looping back at the the chair lift back to the beginning of the trailheads. After a couple hours is was evident that riding downhill is a lot more taxing that we thought. Our thighs were burning from being out of the saddle and manipulating the bikes through berms and over roots/potholes/rocks and other mountain-y terrain. Our hands and forearms started to ache from pulling the brakes constantly — in fact I’d estimate I was braking to some degree 95% of the time! By this time we decided to do the long run all the way down Mount Silver. It was a GREAT ride down; less technical than the shorter loops we did earlier in the day, and very flowy. We agreed this was our favourite type of terrain and we got to ride it for 45 minutes to the bottom!
It was a rad day 👍