Pacifica: Gnar-Balls Ride (Tag Along)

This is an opportunity to ride with the DH crowd that are doing the Gnar-Balls Ride, but just before they ascend to do the really gnarly stuff, we're branching off to run as many possible sessions and loops on Boy Scout instead.

Boy Scout has some fun jumps and a couple of intermediate drops, but nothing like what's found on XXX or the Crack. This is because the jumps have tapered sides, so if you don't feel confident about taking the crease, you can easily pop off the sides to work up confidence and do some skill building. Just imagine Z's with a wider berth, longer run outs and fewer trees. Not as many doubles though and no tabletops that I can remember... and there's an option to slalom the course to avoid nearly every jump in the beginning section. There's also some decent turns to practice power skidding (if you're into that kind of thing). In short you can rage or just ease into it. Your choice.

Skill Level: The drops are the only thing that keep this from being a lower level ride. This is for the lower end of intermediate (and higher) riders and does not require a DH bike. Of course, a helmet and common sense is still mandatory.

Cardio: The pavement makes the climb a bit easier so I imagine we can get in three good loops at a minimum. You can also run sessions in the front section and just practice jumping if you don't want to deal with the climb back up or the drops.

Afterward (and completely optional) ... burgers, pizza, or maybe even something pressed out of bean paste?

 

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  • Vinh P.

    Jason-Thanks for the great photos.
    Chaz- You should make this a regular ride since we had so much fun.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Jason B.

    Guys, i uploaded all the decent photos. Thanks for throwing down your Kodak Courage!

    June 23, 2013

  • Chaz

    The pics are awesome. Proof positive we had a great time. Thank you Jason for sacrificing the time to take these (burden of the camera op since you're not in them).

    June 23, 2013

  • Vinh P.

    Thank you Chaz for organizing. I had the most jump practice on this ride. It was great to ride with everyone.

    June 22, 2013

    • Chaz

      My pleasure. That was the most jumping I'd ever done in a day as well. Definitely going back.

      June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey! I'd love to join, but might have a tough time getting to the trail. Anyone interested in carpooling from the city?

    June 21, 2013

    • Chris

      Hey Francesca, Late notice but if you can make it by caltrain to burlingame, I got room in my car.

      June 22, 2013

  • Jason B.

    Sounds cool. I've been wanting to check out this stuff since it's nearly in my backyard!

    1 · June 17, 2013

    • Chris

      welcome to the semi-gnard balls ride!

      June 20, 2013

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