Goat has my goat. I spent lunch out under the cloudy sky today. I wanted to give Goat a second go, and a third and a fourthâ€¦ After almost cleaning the trail last week I thought if I adjusted the tire pressure, seat height and played around with gearing I could sail up the loose stuff and glide over the tech.
I was wrong.
The only sailing I did was on Desert Classic. It was the maiden voyage for my brand new Specialized Captain Control 2Bliss front tire. My Roll X blew a sidewall while it was just sitting in my officeâ€¦ you gotta love the Specialized tire guarantee. Credit 40 bucks, slap 5 down and Iâ€™m sailing with Captain Ned Overend. Iâ€™ll give a proper review for the Captain later, but for now, all I can say is this tire sticks to the trail like no other front tire I have owned.
Back to Goat. I cleaned everything up to the false summit except for the last bit before the saddle. Thatâ€™s where I rode into Trouble spot #1. Five tries and I nailed it.
Trouble #2 came right at the top of the real summit. I made a silly slip, lost my groove and then couldnâ€™t find any way over the last two sets of steep tech. Itâ€™s not lose there, just tricky. I sessioned this spot a few times before giving in to the â€œI gotta save something for next timeâ€ excuse.
I think I did everything right except warm up enough. Three circles around post marker 59 just werenâ€™t quite enough. Maybe next time Iâ€™ll do four.
The ride down Helipad was true bliss. If only the trail was longer. Then I rode back up Helipad. Even truer bliss. Down Goat is a blast. As U2meetoo says, â€œitâ€™s a hootâ€ and I fully agree. He rode up Helipad and down Goat a couple days ago. Hereâ€™s his sweet vid.