Ok, what is it?
The A2 enduros will essentially be group rides, with a chance to push yourself on flowy downhill stages during the ride. The concept is modeled after European enduro events......they have Alps and stuff, and we don't, so let's make the best of what we have.
What is the first one?
The first A2 enduro is going to be a 7-8 mile ride around the trails of Ann Arbor, and will include 3-4 "special stages" varying from flowing flat-slightly downhill to rooty-techy downhill that will make some riders think twice. The stages will vary between 45 seconds and 3 minutes each, depending on the stage and the riders ability. This is Michigan, after all.
What will the stages be like?
I don't want to disclose too much, but one of the stages will be a variation on the infamous "ridge trail" here in ann arbor. The other stages will be different. The goal is not to give an advantage to any one kind of bike or wheel size. In some places, the 29ers will have a clear advantage. In others, wheel size will be secondary to the sheer ability of the rider. We will ride to the fun stages, on some roads, trails and connectors that make up parts of the "local loop" in Ann Arbor. There will be a top and bottom spotter to look out for other trail users. THIS IS NOT A RACE OR SANCTIONED EVENT AT ALL. It is merely a chance to have fun on a bike and ride the same trails in a different way then you are used to. However, for your individual benefit and amusement, riders runs will be crudely timed with FRS radios and a stopwatch. This is purely for fun, and the safety of other trail users, if we see any, is paramount, as it would be on any group ride. People who don't play nice will be asked to leave. Promptly.
What will it be like between stages?
Just your typical Ann Arbor trail riding. Short, steep climbs. Some flowy trail, some not. It is all single speed-able. I certainly prefer gears, but my bike is heavy.
What bike should I bring?
Well now, I can't answer that question for you. Whatever bike you think is best for mountain biking. I don't mean road riding on dirt, I mean mountain biking. Anything can be done on a rigid 29er to a BMX bike. I think that a full suspension trail bike is the most fun. The biggest asset might be a quick release clamp on your seat post so you don't have to take a tool out.
There are a couple stages where some riders might prefer knee pads or some light protection, but we are not talking about downhill gnar or hucks here, so totally optional.
**Please don't wear bright colored jerseys. Loud, neon colors, or other "look at me" garb is not a good idea. Think "under the radar."
What skill level should I have?
This is Michigan. There is nothing scary. Depending on the riders, one of the stages might have 5-7 knee high jumps. Not doubles, just little jumps. They can be rolled or ridden around (awkwardly and slowly). If a little technical riding and downhill doesn't sound good to you...well, you won't find this any fun.
Well, I'm open to either Saturday or Sunday. Doesn't matter much after that to me. Expect to start in the afternoon, and spend around 3 hours, give or take. Let me know what you prefer. Probably a 2 pm start. Meet at Island Drive Park in Ann Arbor (near the hospital)
If people like it, I have a number of "stages" we can link up to make a full half day event later in the summer. There is also the potential to do a similar style event on a different trail network later in the year.
Again, this is just people getting together for fun. There is nothing at stake. You are purely responsible for your own actions and their outcome. Got it?
Post up with interest. I would prefer to keep this smaller the first time, so please don't link it to other forums. I am also open to any suggestions. I just thought it would be fun. I hate climbing and only do it so I can ride downhill, so why not do it with a few friends?
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