Adventure Racing August 13, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Racing, Adventure Recreation, ar guide, extreme sports.
Tags: Adventure Racing, Gilmore Adventure Race, multisport, Outdoor Adventure
I just read a new article on Adventure Racing and thought I would pass it along.
The Lakeshore Trail August 13, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: Adventure Recreation, Arizona, Lakeshore Trail, Mountain Biking, mtb, Peavine Trail, Prescott, trails, Willow Dells Trail
Steve and I decided to go try out the new Lakeshore Trail at Watson Lake.
It takes off of the Peavine Trail at mile marker 1, and meanders through the giant rocks that are the Granite Dells of Prescott.
We soon found out that this trail is highly technical, and (for us anyway), involves as much hike-a-bike as it does riding. There are some really fun sections where you ride right up and over some of the large granite formations, but there are also some places that are more suitable for a trial specialist.
The afternoon was perfect, as the temperatures had dropped to about 80°, and the sun was low in the West. Chris at the City of Prescott had done a lot of work to make this trail a reality, and we enjoyed exploring it.
The trail took us out into and amongst the towering orange granite boulders.
There were several places that required maintaining a narrow line along a ridge of granite, and because I don’t usually ride super technical stuff, I found it pretty difficult, and sometimes scary. This photo is the close up of the one above.
Steve noted that it was very hard to get into any kind of a rythm, because the terrain was so choppy that it was hard to get a flow going.
This trail was fun to go try, but really wasn’t my cup o’ tea for a couple of reasons. First, I am a whimp when it comes to stuff that looks like I may break a bone or two (this has to do with the required recovery time and medical bills), and Secondly, I prefer a ride that keeps the cardio going and isn’t stop and start.
I am sure that there are some studly riders out there that can ride this whole trail in one shot, I am just not one of them!
For those of you that think that Willow Dells is too easy, or has been dumbed down for us whimpy riders, come try this one on for size!