Tag Archives: Mountain bike

10202019 – Bike

I was able to sneak out to ride at Elm Creek on a cool morning. It was actually great weather. I got a flat shortly before finishing the first section.  I had a new tube, but my CO2 was empty.  So I walked out to the parking lot.  There was a pump at the trailhead, but it didn’t work.  Fortunately there was someone in the lot with a pump so I was able to pump it up and hit the trails. They were in perfect shape and had recently been cleared of leaves.  It was 37 when I started and had warmed up to 47 when I finished. Everything but my toes were warm!

Enjoyed the trails so much. Wish they weren’t so far away from home. 11 miles.

09282019 – Bike

45 degrees! A great morning to ride. Long sleeves with a vest and full fingered gloves. It was just getting light out too. Through the hour ride I only saw one other rider on the trails. On the way back home I saw a bunch in the parking lot.

I opted to ride the MORC trails and did all but Brownie. It felt great and the fall temps and colors are coming!

7.8 miles in 1:05

09152019 – Bike

Went out for a mountain bike ride this morning. Decided to take the Mukluk out for a change of pace. It kept pulling a little to one side which made riding single track a little less than ideal, so I’m going to need to get that looked at. It was a cool morning, but actually quite humid. I wore long sleeves, but didn’t need to. I had to take my glasses off because they kept fogging up. You can see in the pictures the slight fog.  Only the Loppet trails were open, so I rode all 3 sections. Overall the trails were tacky, but a few muddy spots and I ended with quite a bit of mud splatter!

Total was 6 miles in 53 minutes!

08172019 – Bike

The weekend in Cuyuna continues!  The plan for today was to ride the entire system that was Easy or Intermediate. I did complete this task, though I maybe should have spent a little more time making a plan. What I did was basically ride out far and then come back, it would have made more sense to do a loop at the Mahnomen Unit first and then out to Sagamore.  Starting at Red Rider I headed West, riding the trails when I could.  The westward heading section in Portsmouth is currently closed due to construction, so I took the paved trail until I connected to the two-way trails that lead towards the campground and the rest of the units. Then I took Galloping Goose and the Demo trail west.  At the western edge I then had to take a combination of paved trails and road to get to the Sagamore Unit. 

I’ve never ridden here before and wouldn’t recommend it. All of the trails were grass and only the Discombobulator would be worth riding again. The trails had been mowed somewhat recently, but trees were down on a couple of the trails.  The main section here was an out and back trail with lots of side trails off it.  It looks like they could make a loop, but run into private land on the western edge of the lake. There are some cool views of Sagamore lake and even the surrounding hills.  I kept flushing out the same deer as I rode the discombobulator which really gets you lost in a directional sense. Having followed the road into this unit, I found a double track ATV trail that cut off some of the road riding on my way back.  I did ride all the trails in the unit, hoping to find something awesome.  I’ve heard that these trails are better in the winter and that they are always groomed quicker than the other units. I might keep that in mind for a return visit.

Sagamore Lake

Another view of Sagamore

Some old mining infrastructure?

After traversing the roads and pavement to get back to red dirt I took a break and ate some food before hitting the hardest section of trails. I decided to hit all the side trails and worry about the rest of Galloping Goose later. I basically hit them as I came to them and decided that I’d stop at the top of each set of hills and relax for a minute. This meant lots of climbing and some cool descending. It is easy to see why Mahnonmen is the favorite section with something for everyone!  The crew was out setting up for tomorrow’s race and some of the markings were already down.  I was doing pretty well until I hit the Crusher which is at the end of this section. Basically the Crusher, crushed me. It is fairly steep climbing and because I missed a turn, I had to do it twice!  I also did Roly Poly twice which is a little nerve racking as it is a rolling descent on the edge of the mountain!  Despite eating more food, I was feeling it.  I had also finished my two water bottles and I think it was deceptively warm since I was in the woods I didn’t feel it. I finished this section by climbing to the top of Miner’s Mountain before refilling on water at the Rally Center.  When I headed out in the morning and all the way around Sagamore it had been pretty empty and quiet.  By the time I got to the Rally Center it was crazy busy with lots of families, teams, and just people! 

View from Hopper Hill

From Miner’s Mountain

After refreshing myself a little I went back and rode the entire Galloping Goose loop. Sidewinder has been closed and this is the easy loop that connects a lot of the other harder trails. There are a few trails that I didn’t ride because they are Expert.  I should probably try them sometime when I’m fresh to see what they are like. I was feeling the sugar swings off the food that I was eating as I would feel low, eat something and then be okay again pretty quickly. I think for this long of a ride, I needed more real food and less gels and bars. Having ridden all these trails I kept heading east and rode Switchback back to Dragline.  Since the North Drag Line and Man High trails were closed I didn’t ride the short connector to the campground.  Drag Line is pretty easy and connects back to Yawkey. 

Closure sign

Manual Lake from Haul Road – if you look you can see Red Rider.

I had thought about not doing Yawkey since I had just rode it yesterday, but decided I really couldn’t say I rode the whole system if I didn’t ride it all in the same ride.  So I did.  I was running out of water again and was feeling pretty beat, but I did ride Yawkey again. I actually rode Bob Sled even though it is marked as an Advanced trail.  Riding Yawkey wasn’t as easy this time, but I did manage to finish it! 

My total ride was 45.45 miles in 6:11 moving time. 

I was toast! It felt so good to jump in the lake and cool off after returning to Red Rider.  I spoke for a while with a family from Roseville that was up for the race and their daughter is racing really well.

After drinking and eating I decided to drive into town.  I needed to charge my phone and did that at Red Raven bike shop while enjoying a cool beer.  I had hope to do a bike demo they were having, but missed it.  I then stopped at Victuals that had recently opened and enjoyed some lactose free ice cream.  All of their ice creams are full dairy but lactose free! Victual is a cute little high-end gift shop with ice cream, cheese, and other food items. I headed back to camp for dinner and more relaxing by the fire. 

08162019 – Bike

I’m back at work and the family left for a long weekend to visit family.  So for the regular weekend time I decided to get away to Cuyuna! I stayed at Red Rider Resort which just opened this season.  It is fun to check out the new places as they open around town and it was a race weekend so there wasn’t much open anyways.  Red Rider is Ride In/Out of the back side of the Yawkey Unit so pretty much on the far eastern edge of the bike trails.  It is a pretty short ride about 1/2 mile to get onto the Man Cage Trail.

I had planned on riding as soon as I got into town, but it rained a couple of times on my way in and I wasn’t sure.  I ended up waiting a little bit before heading out, giving it a few hours to dry as they recommend.  The trails were mostly good when I rode. I wanted to do the whole Yawkey Unit and I accomplished that tonight with the exception of the one Extremely Difficult section.

Yawkey is relatively far away from the Rally Center, so I think it is easy to forget about, but has some cool sections.  Bob Sled is definitely a favorite – its got a good climb but some fun flow sections on the way back down.  Taking the cut off is pretty efficient, the longer version is cool and pretty rocky and is worth riding too. Man Cage, Tugger, and Trout are good trails to warm up on and get the legs moving. Manual Road is a tough climb up, but is some good riding on top.  Some of the Advanced trails aren’t actually too bad here either.  Skip is fun, especially the loop at the top of the hill which you can re-do without having to climb too much.  I need to keep working on skill improvements, like right hand uphill turns! And relaxing on some of the descents!  Grizzly felt harder but had some tight uphill sections.  Yawkey is a fun place to ride, no doubt! After the ride, I relaxed had some dinner and enjoyed being in the woods.

Manual Mine Lake, looking at Red Rider Resort

Sunset on Manual Mine Lake, from Red Rider Resort