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Looking for buddies to ride Trestle or Keystone lift serviced blues and blacks with me (mountain biking)

post #1 of 6
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Hey all,

 

I'd like to get a list of people who'd be interested in riding the lift-serviced terrain - specifically, stuff beyond the greens and blues - at Trestle and Keystone in Colorado.

 

I have several friends who enjoy riding the greens at either place and the blues at Trestle with me, but I would like to have company for the more advanced trails. I've ridden some Keystone blacks and double blacks solo; at times, I felt pretty isolated, and I wasn't sure if someone would find me quickly if got hurt.

 

So, if you're interested in occasionally buying a lift ticket and riding with others on advanced downhill mountain biking terrain, please post here! I'll try to get some sort of contact list together - mailing list, whatever. Maybe a Group here at Epic - not sure if that's the best way to organize folks? Open to suggestions.

 

Me: really not a very aggressive rider, but I enjoy the flow/jump trails, even though I don't actually get much air. Right now, I'm out of practice riding downhill, but I want to build it up. At Keystone, the Cowboy Up rock garden still looks like a cruel joke to me - I can't even see the line. But the Money run is, well, money, as are parts of Paid in Full. With all my travel, I don't mind TNT, either.  At Winter Park, I love Rainmaker starting from 5 points. Long Trail and Free Speech are super fun, of course, but they don't push me. I like (parts of) Boot Camp ...but Trestle still scares me. I've ridden Search and Seizure and had a ball, but I'd probably need to work up to it.

 

Anyway, I don't think it matters so much to have the same speed or skill, just to have a similar interest in trails to ride so that we are riding the same trails and know if someone's gone AWOL. And just in general, it's more fun riding this stuff with people than it is to ride solo, and then maybe grabbing a beer and some burgers afterward.

 

If you're interested in bike park buddies*, let me know!

 

* Okay, that sounds dorky. But playmates sounds ... wrong.

post #2 of 6

Only if we do Banana Peel at Trestle. JK yea right.

 

 

I'm in for sure. And now that you mention Search and Seizure, is that all natural? There's a black trail I went on that was natively difficult without all the manmade features, I feel like that was it. I suck at all the jumps and stuff so I have plenty of room to improve.

 

Long Trail is a fun, winding trail, but yea I agree it gets old after a while. I think bridging the gap between blues and blacks are what's hard for me at Trestle. I've never done Keystone so I'm curious to see what that holds.

post #3 of 6
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Only if we do Banana Peel at Trestle. JK yea right.

 

 

I'm in for sure. And now that you mention Search and Seizure, is that all natural? There's a black trail I went on that was natively difficult without all the manmade features, I feel like that was it. I suck at all the jumps and stuff so I have plenty of room to improve.

 

Long Trail is a fun, winding trail, but yea I agree it gets old after a while. I think bridging the gap between blues and blacks are what's hard for me at Trestle. I've never done Keystone so I'm curious to see what that holds.

 

Search and Seizure has (had, when I did it, anyway) some definite manmade jumps, but it has a lot of rooty/rocky technical stuff and starts right off with a super steep entrance. That's where I saw a guy bleeding right after a jump - he turned out to have a fractured orbital socket. If you haven't invested in a full face helmet ... I highly recommend it.

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Originally Posted by skiNEwhere View Post
 

Only if we do Banana Peel at Trestle. JK yea right.

 

 

I'm in for sure. And now that you mention Search and Seizure, is that all natural? There's a black trail I went on that was natively difficult without all the manmade features, I feel like that was it. I suck at all the jumps and stuff so I have plenty of room to improve.

 

Long Trail is a fun, winding trail, but yea I agree it gets old after a while. I think bridging the gap between blues and blacks are what's hard for me at Trestle. I've never done Keystone so I'm curious to see what that holds.

 

Search and Seizure has (had, when I did it, anyway) some definite manmade jumps, but it has a lot of rooty/rocky technical stuff and starts right off with a super steep entrance. That's where I saw a guy bleeding right after a jump - he turned out to have a fractured orbital socket. If you haven't invested in a full face helmet ... I highly recommend it.

 

I got all that stuff when I got my dirtbike, so I'm ready to rock and roll!

post #5 of 6
This is a great idea. I'm gear and time lacking to travel to MTB in the summer, at least in part because my bike budget is divided by 6, and my hall pass account is way over drained by June for skiing, but I'd love to see some regular meets and maybe at some point could join in.

See also: why I don't backcountry ski in the summer.
post #6 of 6
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Late notice: we'll be at Keystone tomorrow morning (Sunday Aug 2).

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