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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  • Rich

    This was such a fun ride. Perfect weather and a chilled out vibe. It was good to see everybody strive to push themselves on the features. The ability to do multiple loops in a short span made this a unique format that we should explore again. I pushed myself to hit the first and third features at the top. Hopefully two new ones next time.

    June 23, 2013

  • Andrey

    It was fun! Now finally I can do small jumps with confidence. The bad part is that I got a crack on my frame :-( So probably my jumps were not that small ;-) Looking for a new XC frame now.

    June 22, 2013

    • Mark

      Look at the giant reign.

      June 22, 2013

    • David

      Oh, well I ride the wheels of my fuel. .. it's a great bike.

      June 23, 2013

  • David

    How was it everyone?

    June 22, 2013

    • Els

      Great. I forgot how nice that place is, I haven't been there at least a year. Perfect weather, good group, lots of sessions, hero dirt.
      You missed :)

      June 22, 2013

  • Fredric

    We got to make this a more regular ride. Hopefully it comes back again on the calendar when I'm not hosting a ride the same day.

    3 · June 19, 2013

    • Mark

      I agree with this!!

      1 · June 21, 2013

  • Mark

    maybe next time this happens will be on a day when I am free to attend. Now that my Demo is finally working right i really want to get out there.

    1 · June 21, 2013

  • Chaz

    Since this meetup is filled up and if you want to go, Dirt Riders has this same ride posted with room to spare.

    June 20, 2013

    • Rich

      Much appreciated! See everybody there.

      June 20, 2013

  • Jim A.

    ...I will be there on the Dirt Riders RSVP

    June 20, 2013

  • Chaz

    I'm taking myself off this list since I'm booked for the same ride with Dirt Riders. Someone please fill this vacancy :)

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    awesome! I want to go next time

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • Rich

    If anybody backs out, I'll join. I have yet to ride Pacifica.

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • James

    Haven't checked out Pacifica yet so I'm gonna try & make this.

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cool! Hope you guys have fun!

    Just an FYI, there is a table just after the berms on the left side (middle of the trail). Gotta carry at least 15 ft of air to land the tranny. And when you "power skid", make sure it's not brake induced. The builders don't like that kind of stuff (the trails are starting to get beat up with brake bumps). And as always, stay safe and have fun. I LOVE Pacifica. =)

    1 · June 18, 2013

    • David

      Ride it don't slide it brah!

      1 · June 18, 2013

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