I've got to say that even though I love the trails at Turkey Point, and the fact that its a 10 min drive from home, its nice to change it up and ride something different. This was my first spin at The Pines so far in 2016. I've joined the Woodstock Cycling Club for the second year in a row and am enjoying the access to this small but wonderful riding area. The trails here are well loved and it shows, each berm being carefully crafted and each section well thought out. The black trail sections are a real challenge too, Doug's Delirium and Bloody Lung are quite the full body work out but I'm proud to say that I cleared them with ease on my first Pines ride this year. This 650b+ bike just eats the gnarly roots and steep pitches that make up these two trails. I also swapped out the Norco torture rack in favour of a Specialized Phenom saddle (after raving about the Power saddle) which is working wonderfully one ride in.
I noticed alot of orange ribbon in the bush too. Looks like the WCC will be undertaking a nice trail expansion project. Hopefully the flow and rolling terrain of the original trails will remain intact.
While riding trails like Bloody Lung, Broken Shoulder, and This Trail Sucks, I often wonder how these trail are named. Did some poor sap break his shoulder? Cough up blood? Either way, I hope I keep myself intact.
Its going to be another good year for riding and I've promised myself that I will start doing more rides away from home in places that I use to frequent before time became scarce with family commitments. I won't be back to road tripping every weekend (probably never will be, those were the young and commitment-free days) but places near home like The Pines will surely keep my fire alive when things at TP get a little ennui feeling. I'm going to make a "2016 Bucket List", thinking that I need to hit some places like Hydrocut, Kelso, Puslinch, Hardwood, Copeland, 3 Stages........ I could go on. I also want to do more group rides with both TPMBC and WCC as 99% of my riding the last few years has been solo. It will be nice to make some new riding friends and create more good times with old ones.
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.