I think I’ve said this before, but I can’t fathom why more people don’t ride Mingo Creek Park, in Washington PA. I realize it doesn’t have the mileage of Bavington or LOL LOG PILES!!1 of North Park. What you’ve got is a ride through several different sets of conditions. Each one is a little but more fun then the one you’ve just cut across.
You’ve got grueling steep climbs up unforgiving rocky horse paths. You’ve got fast and loop descents with plenty of roots to put you on your ass. I’ve got hidden single track through overgrown glades of tall grass.
You encounter groomed trails, overgrown single trail, soft surface pine groves, surprise mud bogs and creek crossings. Each time I ride this park I end up liking it just a little bit more.
7.75 miles — 0 otb — 2000 calories
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Not too often I’ll come across interesting beasts in the woods. A hawk, some squirrels, a fat couple humping (it’s true)… Thankfully all it was this time was a semi-disinterested deer. I rolled to a stop about 5 feet away from him. He’s a big 8 point, with antlers still velvet. He had stalked another 2 feet away before I was able to get the camera out, then he showed me his butt. Thanks a million.
1930 Calories — 8.5 miles — 0 OTB
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Second time attempting this loop and this time I added in the super technical section at the end instead of avoiding it this time. Every time I ride this section, something on the bike breaks, and this wasn’t any exception.
Last time I attempted this loop, about 7 miles in I hit a wall so hard I had to curl into the fetal position for about 20 minutes. This time, I did the whole loop strong, only taking a single break at about the mid-point.
Last time I road the Rockhopper, I managed to shear the rear derailleur and hanger off the back of the bike using a trail the runs along the top of a wall. When you slip into a spillway, well bad things are bound to happen. I haven’t used that trail since, but I’ve been missing out because it’s a ridiculously fun little ride. Some pictures of it are below.
This loop has about 1000′ of climbing.
10.5 miles — 2730 calories — 1 OTB
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I hear my mountain bike friends bragging about having maintained an average speed on their rides of 20+ mph. I’ve never approached that. If I break 10mph average on a singletrack ride, I consider that a success. I attributed it to the hilly terrain around me.
So decided to see exactly what I could pull off, speed wise.
I only had about a half hour to an hour for a ride, so for “fun” I decided to stick to the mostly level roads in South Park on Corrigan Drive, and see exactly what I could pull off. I kept it primarily on the highest chain rings, and went as hard as I could muster for a half hour solid. I stopped only at a single intersection, and accelerated back up to speed as quickly as I could.
Best I could do? Overall average of 15 MPH. Moving average was slightly higher, 15.7. So how do people maintain an average MPH over 20 on a mountain bike? I cannot believe that there is that much variance in how mountain bikes are geared to make a difference of 10 MPH on average.
Not that I care, I do this for fun and to me fun is a heavy climb followed by bombing hard through the woods on a slick backwoods trail. Not monitoring my BPM up and down Corrigan. I do it primarily for the fun factor.
Also interesting to note, based upon the heart rate monitor, this method was an extremely inefficient workout compared to my typical hilly rides. I never even approached my max heart rate (~190bpm), and I felt like I could have done another 10 or miles of this pretty easily. I wonder exactly how efficient my steep 10 mile loop is compared to say an average flat 5k run.. I bet it’s harder core.
8.75 miles, 900 calories, 0 OTB, 0 fun had
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