King/Castle Happy Ride
The King/Castle Happy Ride is fast approaching. I made the trip to the top on Saturday and Brock's right, the juice is worth the squeeze. There are more than a couple oranges to squeeze on this ride, but it's a good opportunity to tune up your fitness and technical skills before summer/MBO while having an awesome time.
The scenery at the top and along the the trail on the way to the top is beautiful. It'll also give you a small taste of the amazingness that O'Leary/King trail will have to offer when the high country dries out (an IMBA "Epic" trail). If you're in need of practice on switchbacks, or you enjoy their challenging nature, this will give you ample opportunity to test yourself. I enjoyed this enough where I might turn around and do it again here in a couple weeks, even though I'm not really a fan of the uphill stuff.
Here's my GPS data - I started at a nearby cabin and rode singletrack to a gravel road, then went up the gravel road a little ways (just for a change of pace) and then back onto the singletrack to the summit. Singletrack all the way down, of course. Subtract the first 1/2 mile as it was my cabin commute.
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I REALLY like Happy Rides, it's why I started them. I really like King Castle...but I won't be able to be there. Don't feel bad for me though. I'll be in Colorado riding some of my favorite trails of all time...the home of my stoke for this gig.
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I'm going to the Happy Ride King's Castle.
A change of scenery is good for the soul - have a great trip and keep the rubber side down.
Odds are a solid 50/50% I'll join this gig. Which is up at least 50% over where they were before I read this thread!