Monday, August 18, 2008

Riding AF

Hooked up with some friends on Sunday for a tour of the AF canyon trails. I've ridden down there by myself a couple times in the last eight or so years and was never overly impressed so a guided tour was in order. We started at Timpanooke campground and climbed up to the Summit. Dropped down South Fork, climbed back up to the Ridge Trail, took Ridge Trail back to the Summit and then Horse Flats to Pine Hollow to the road and back up the road to the cars. The trails are fun but pale in comparision to Park City. It was very dusty to the point where I felt like I needed a snorkle at times. A lot of the climbs were loose and rocky from abuse by moto's and horses and some of the singletrack sections were kinda sunk into the ground trenches which are a pain with 180mm cranks. It was still really fun for a change of pace and the views of Timp and the valleys below were spectacular and far superior to the scenery in Park City. If the trails were anywhere but in Utah they would be amazing but compared to Park City's world class singletrack the trails I rode were just a fun change of pace. The bad news from the ride was that Rhonda re-aggrivated her hamstring injury from a couple weeks before. To make sure it heals properly before CX season she needs to take a couple weeks off with only easy spinning allowed. It's probably for the best as she's kinda burned out on riding in the dust and heat of summer anyway.

6 comments:

KC said...

I love this trail, sorry to hear it was not as fun for you. Did you ride up Deer Creek South Fork or down?

Mother Theresa said...

Andy, she needs tender loving care and a massage. My recommendation is to give her to a great masseuse for both!

Andy H. said...

KC- I believe we rode down it. Don't get me wrong though. The trails were really fun..... they just can't compare to the complete awesomeness of PC.

TC- Masseuse shmasseuse.... what she really needs is an ice cold bath and a kick in the booty:)

KC said...

I have only ridden Spiro and parts of Mid-mountain in PC, and I thought they were fun. I'll have to come up and explore more of the trails up there. Do you have any good suggestions?

Kendra

Andy H. said...

A classic is up Spiro, across midmountain to Deer Valley down Deercrest to Spin cycle, climb up to the midway point of the race course and finish on the racecourse taking pavement back to the car. It's a shorter ride (15-20 miles) and super fun. In spring and fall any of the lower DV trails (prospector, solamere) or Glenwild/Flying Dog can't be beat.

KC said...

It's on my list for the next visit. Thanks.

Kendra