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nathan
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:31 pm Reply with quote Back to top

SAMBA cross post, view more info here:

http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association/events/221882141/

A chance to practice some technical climbing on one of the hardest makeable climbs in the area. Agua C is a trail that will challenge the strongest rider, and make you a better rider. The trail continues for four miles, but we will turn around before the cow pond.

Expect big water bars, steep hardpack/loose rocks, switchbacks, and great views. The downhill is a lot of fun also!

The clinic part of the ride will be practicing lines on certain difficult sections until we make it or give up till next time. Some sections are really tough so come prepared to work.

We will climb till after the sun sets, turn around and blast back down.

Expect about a two hour hard effort. Bring a good light, and pads if you own them. A hardtail/ cross country bike might be an advantage, but I like my big bike for this one.



Open to intermediate skill level and up riders please!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 4:39 pm Reply with quote Back to top

This was possibly one of the most fun Ive had in a while with my Mtn bike!
Climbing has always been a challenge for me and Agua C has always
been a tough one. A few weeks ago I became interested in interval
training and it occurred to me that a tough climbing trail might be a good
place to both polish bike skills and get a killer workout at the same time .


We did this ride with the goal in mind to ride as much as possible. There
are several sections where while theoreticaly possible to clear, I just don't
have that level of strength or endurance to make it.


But this is only maybe 6 or 7 spots, the rest is doable for average fitness
riders if you take it in stages. The name of the game was ride till you dab,
then turn around and try it again, and try to make it further up the trail.
This way you get another shot at it, and also can catch your breath and
focus on your line.

I will re post this ride again in a few weeks, it is really worth it from a training and skill building stand point.Also the ride is freaking gorgeous at
sunset! We were done by 8 pm.









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Will-LeeWonka
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:00 pm Reply with quote Back to top

That is super cool Nathan!! Awesome on you for thinking outside the box on something like this and for throwing it out there to the masses.

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