After playing Hockey, white water rafting and whirly Ball with my colleagues at work Mountain Biking is the next logical step. A few weeks back I gathered loaner bikes and we took a spin at Duthie. Before hand I shared tips on body position, how to tackle specific trail features and trust the bike it really does want to roll over everything. Then off we went and they did so well on Boot Camp we tackled Movin’On, Step It Up, Braveheart and threw in a trip down Luna line before we rode Step It Up back to the bridge. Only two of the group had any experience riding bikes on trails, one rider brought their 90’s Klein. After the ride we met at the Rogue for drinks and food.
The next day a few stopped by my office complaining of being really sore, but had a great time. They wanted to make this a regular event, we now are on a bi-weekly schedule to ride a new trail. They’ve purchased Mountain Bikes or soon will be. Sure did not take long for them to get the Mountain Biking Bug and pointed them to the Evergreen site as a resource to find more rides and trails.
Today we had a few more join us and rode a loop around Soaring Eagle, the Nettles as expected are covering the trails. There is a little mud on the trails that run through the center of the trail system other than that it is clear. Oh yeah there is a large tree that also brought down some friends across Sleigh Ride. Next up we’ll be checking out Black Diamond and then something up North. After the ride we stopped at the Ale House for food and drinks, maybe that’s the part of the riding they like.....
REI had their 7hr Mountain Bike class out at Soaring Eagle today too. Stopped to chat with the instructors and they had looked at Duthie for a location and felt it was not beginner enough for their needs. I have to agree Soaring Eagle is a great choice for new riders, great parking at the trailhead, not all that busy and the trails are not as intimidating for someone new to riding. They had a large group and cover everything from putting the front tire on, shifting gears, to riding trails. They get their moneys worth from what I saw and heard today.