Tuesday, December 21, 2010

TA Report Blackledge Falls & Case Mountain

Date: December 19, 2010
Location: Blackledge Falls & Case Mountain
Condition of Trails: Frozen hard with thin snow

Observations: This was our first Sartorial Splendor ride of the season. What is a Sartorial Splendor ride? It's a winter ride where, in response to the cold temperatures, riders will rummage through their old riding gear in search of items to use for layering. This inevitably leads to the bringing out of old road bike gear with garish logos, neon tights, gloves, and jackets from the eighties, and other items that, when worn together, can result in some interesting, even shocking, color combinations.

The ride started with fifteen riders and gradually whittled down to seven. We started from the Blackledge Falls parking area, rode up the Ribbon Trail to Birch Mtn Rd, then did a loop in Case which included a very well designed, and very fun, new trail through the logged area. Total riding time was a little over two hours. We had three crashes- two endos, and one icy stream crossing slam-down, and one mechanical- Al's chain broke, miraculously, just feet from the parking lot at the end of the ride. We had Quick Links and would have been OK regardless.

Trails were frozen hard with a thin dusting of snow, and started to thaw toward the end of the ride (early afternoon). There were some icy patches, especially at the stream crossings.

Trail Ambassador Name: Al Tinti & Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador Email: glennvernes33athotmail.com
Town: Glastonbury
Trails Ridden: Ribbon trail, Tinti trail, blue, various unmarked.
How Did You Use The Trail? Mountain bike
Time of Day: Late morning
Duration: 2.5 hrs
Distance: About 15 miles.

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