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Technical cross-country ride at Barton Creek Greenbelt

This is a ride call for the Barton Creek Greenbelt back-country. This is NOT a beginner-level ride in any way.

Several miles of the route require some good technical riding skill to negotiate safely. They are very chunky/rocky like Lake Georgetown, only much worse. There will also be some steep extended climbs, exposed drops on the sides of the trail, and many large ledges and drops in the middle of it all. Intermediates are more than welcome to come out, but ride at your own risk.

The pace will be intermediate with some stops. This ride is more about clearing terrain features than hammering the tempo.

It is a self-drop ride. Bring everything you need to be self-sufficient. Bring at least two inner tubes and some duct-tape for tire repairs just in case. A few miles of this route will be tire-shredding chunk. If you show up on a full-rigid single speed, you will have an unhappy time unless your name is James Cobb.

Helmet and hydration are of course required as is a durable well-tuned mountain bike.

Please read the following rules on group ride etiquette prior to attending:

http://www.austinbike.com/index.php/blog/278-the-etiquette-of-group-rides

The ride will be a couple to several hours long over 15-20 miles distance.

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  • Tim H.

    Great riding!

    March 2, 2013

  • DRC

    Unfortunately have to bail. Not feeling well this morning

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wimping out....

    March 1, 2013

    • George

      2 inner tubes? What are we riding on, Razor Blades? This had to be the best description for a ride ever

      1 · March 2, 2013

  • Tim H.

    sounds good, sure I will be doing some hike a bike..

    March 1, 2013

  • Desert N.

    Rode the route again today and I would strongly recommend knee and elbow armor.

    February 27, 2013

    • DRC

      Can you list the names of some of the trails you're planning to hit? I'm really familiar with the trail system back there and ride Sweet 16/Jedi/Taint/Ed's/­Scenic/Dumptruck etc. quite a bit.

      February 27, 2013

    • Desert N.

      I won't give out names of the trails online in order to maintain their availability and to keep roadies from sanitizing them. But if you are familiar with some of their names, just figure it will be the toughest of the tough. I'm a capable rider, but I lost count of how many dabs and walks I had and was in a 1:1 gear ratio for most of it. We will use 16 for a warmup and head down pump house, but after that it gets serious!! It will be a blast.

      February 27, 2013

  • jdblum1

    Howdy all,
    I'm coming to Austin for a "fact finding" trip next weekend pondering a move with my family. I need to experience the local riding before making a decision. I'd love to attend this ride, but, I arrive Friday night at midnight, and don't think I'll be able to make it to a shop to get a rental, then to the trailhead by 9 AM. I also see that the Sunday ride at 1:30 appears to have disappeared. If anyone would be willing to show an out of towner what your local trails have to offer either a bit later on Saturday, or on Sunday, I'd really appreciate it - BBQ and/or beers on me. I'm a strong intermediate rider in good shape.

    Thanks!
    Jon

    February 22, 2013

    • Robert W

      Jon, you may want to post up on bikemojo.com (austin voodoo subforum) - there are generally a variety of rides over a weekend and generally you can find someone to show you around. The Sunday 1:30 ride is an Austin Ridge Rider ride and is still on at Walnut Creek Park.

      February 24, 2013

    • jdblum1

      Thanks Robert - much appreciated.

      February 24, 2013

  • Brian K

    My bike is stripped to the frame.. Hope to join the next technical ride tho. Thanks for the invite!

    February 22, 2013

    • Desert N.

      Hey it's in a week from tomorrow so maybe you'll be ready by then.

      February 22, 2013

    • Brent A.

      I have a 52 lbs downhiller with 10 inches of travel you can borrow if you want.

      February 23, 2013

  • Joe W.

    Just realized I'm already signed up for family duties on Saturday. If anyone isn't bruised and bloody, I'll try to hit some of it on Sunday. Damn.

    February 18, 2013

  • Brent A.

    Like I say I am going to.do everything to be there. As I read the comments going back and forth , better described as trash talking, I know it will be a blast. A painful blast but a blast . Love it. I am keeping in mind that last time I rode this trail I had to be rescued by a gorgeous blonde

    February 18, 2013

    • Desert N.

      It won't be that bad I think. There is a lot of chunk though.

      February 18, 2013

  • Joe W.

    Bring on the chunk!

    February 18, 2013

  • Brock D.

    Nomad, I hear you are calling me out. You have every right, so I expect that you will bury me on this ride.

    February 18, 2013

    • Desert N.

      You have to show up first before you can be shown up ;-)

      February 18, 2013

  • DRC

    I may have to change my plans that week due to music stuff, but at the moment, I'm in.

    February 18, 2013

  • Aric M.

    At least u didnt use "Barton creek social ride" like Phil used to.. More like Barton Creek &$@ whoopin'! :)

    February 18, 2013

    • Desert N.

      I just like people to know what they are getting into by showing up.

      February 18, 2013

    • Aric M.

      No doubt!

      February 18, 2013

  • Brent A.

    Hope I can be there. Will know closer to the time. @#$%& whooping is right. The technical part I can handle it is the damn cardiovascular required down here that is killer @@##$% ! Lol

    February 18, 2013

    • Desert N.

      One of the climbs is nicknamed "Sherpa Climb" if that makes you feel worse.

      February 18, 2013

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