Thursday, November 01, 2007

October Epic

A few weeks ago we made our first pilgramage to Kingdom Trails, and we had hoped to get in another ride at Kingdon Trails before the season ended. Me, Sven, Abe and Chris decided to play hookey and head over on Tuesday, but due to the weekends rains they were closed. We had to come up with plan B. Plan B turned out to be in our backyard. There is this loop that we'd been talking about attempting the past couple of years but never really tried or ended up completing.

We started out from my house at 9AM and rode at the trail netowrk called Davis HIll before crossing over into Maine and back in to New Hampshire and onto the NH snowmobile trail network. The first third of ther ide was a t a pretty good pace and we were all feeling pretty good. As the snowmobile trail headed North the climbing started. After 6 miles of pretty contant climbing we made it to the top of the Red Tail Trail. This took an agonizing hour and 45 minutes to complete with the riding and a couple of breaks along the way. We were all pretty relieved to arrive at the Red Tail Trail and begin the descent, but considereing three of us were on fully rigid bikes it was going to be a rough ride down. Red Tail is a great trail to descend so we let the lone rider with suspension go first and Chris was soon out of sight. Abe and I were also quickly off the back trying to deal with numb arms and cramping hands. I have to say it was the slowest ride down this trail I have ever done. I certainly did miss my Yeti 575.

By the time we hit the bottom we rode past Cranmore Mountain Resort and onto the final third of the ride to complete the loop. We rode the power lines over to Sticks & Stones and then began to head for home. All in all it was a great ride. It was a bluebird day with temps in the mid 50's. Perfect Fall riding. 30 miles with about 3200 feet of climbing and some tough descending.

Garmin Edge Summary Data
Total Time (h:m:s) 4:52:15 9:43 pace
Moving Time (h:m:s) 3:42:19 7:24 pace
Distance (mi ) 30.03
Moving Speed (mph) 8.1 avg. 25.0 max.
Elevation Gain (ft) +3,268 / -3,270

Avg. Heart Rate 146 bpm Zone 3.7

Temperature (°F) 53.6°F avg. 55.4°F high
Wind Speed ( mph) SE 4.9 avg. SE 8.1 max.


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