Last Saturday I joined up with Justin McFarland (part owner of Bogley.com) and some of his friends from Ogden, Utah. Around 11:00 A.M. we all meet up at the bottom trailhead of JEM and shuttled to the top trailhead. Justin, Mark, and me led the pack most of the way. I found out the hard way that the banks are soft in the corners. The first time my bike slid out from under me, I was lucky to gain control again. The second time, I was also able to gain control again, but couldn't get back on the track quick enough and ended up hitting a bush and going over the handle bars. :D
[slideshow id=18]Pictures from Justin McFarland. After some lunch and rest, I meet back up with Justin and Mark to tackle Bearclaw Poppy Trail. Now after one near crash, one actual crash, and a scary ride next to the cliff on JEM. Bearclaw was just a walk in the park. Nothing seemed to faze me. We bombed down that as fast as we could and it only seemed like it took us 30 minutes to get to the bottom.
This was one of the best days I've had mountain biking it quite some time. I'm glad I got a chance to meet up with Justin and the other northern pros. :) When Justin gets done with the videos I'll be sure to post them.
Announcement: Don't ride Bearclaw when it's wet and muddy! It's damaging the trail. It leaves ruts from the tires and when it dries the clay hardens like a rock. The result is a very bumpy and torn up trail. Again please don't ride Bearclaw Poppy Trail when it is wet.