Lost Goldmine Singlespeed Loop

by Mike on May 31, 2008

After all the exploring out on Lost Goldmine I thought it was about time to see how the singlespeed rolled through the new loop. Rode From the LG trailhead on Cloudview clockwise to the new singletrack then followed it back to the TH. It was an 8 mile loop of nearly all singletrack (excepting a short jaunt of Jeep road connectors). This trail is ready for early morning summer riding, and would make a great night ride.

I was surprised to find a fresh singletrack connector from the Red Rock Vista trail (the elevation peak at mile 6) to the Apacheland singletrack.

Going clockwise was challenging. The 34:18 setup on the Avalanche was just a bit high for me. I had to walk just a couple of steep spots that I couldn’t grind through. I’ll have to give it a go again ccw. It feels like it would flow better that way.

I highly recommend a tubeless setup with a hefty portion of your sealant of choice. The avalanche is running on tubed Maxxis Crossmarks with nothing but a tire liner to deter flats. That’s just not enough out there. You need a tubeless setup or slime tubes. The trails are still primitive enough to be strewn with spines. I flatted both tires, slow leaks that needed a CO2 shot just to make it back to the TH.

See my MotionBased log for the gps tracks.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Becky Mohr February 3, 2009 at 5:53 pm

We rode this trail on 2/1/09 right before dusk and again the morning of 2/2, right before our flight back to Pennsylvania. Jim rode a Cannondale 1FG singlespeed and I was on my trusty Cannondale F600. The trail rocks! We had a blast and can’t wait to ride it again! It is exactly as described, twisty, rocky, challenging and just plain fun.

2 MTBikeAZ February 3, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Glad you liked the trail. It’s a fun one alright! Come back to Phoenix soon.

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