It’s been a long time since I really suffered on the bike. Back in 1996 I rode my GT Karakoram 63 miles in an XC / road adventure from Provo to Deer Creek up Cascade Springs to Ridge trail 157. Down Ridge to Tibble, down American Fork Canyon and back to Provo. It took 8 hours. I hurt after that.
The Quad Bypass was half the distance, twice the climbing, and twice the suffering. The only time I really learn things is when I suffer. My first quadruple bypass taught me 10 new things about riding:
1) O.J. and cinnamon Life are not enough to start out a 30+ mile day
2) MTBR group rides are one of the best things on earth
3) Just when you think you are a good climber…you find 25 people who are better that you
4) After eight hours in the saddle you start to hurt in places you didn’t know could hurt.
5) Bonking starts out physical, then turns into a mental psych
6) Applesauce on the trail is a lifesaver
7) I know absolutely nothing about endurance nutrition/energy except…
8) Eat more, more often
9) CactusJoe is a stud. So is waltaz. So are the dozens of other riders who’ve completed the Quad.
10) Girls can ride harder than guys
It was quite a ride for me. I made it up Windgate, up Bell, up Sunrise, feeling pretty good. Then I started to crack on the little climb through the residential. I kept pushing, very slow, until I was spending more energy balancing than pedaling forward. Bonk. Twelve miles to go and I had nothing. I should have refueled earlier… I couldn’t stomach anything in my Camelbak, no Power Bars, no PB&J. I did have applesauce though, and it was literally a lifesaver. A Power Gel for dessert and I had enough mental determination to keep going. After a slow sog I met up with CactusJoe and got some good rest in. My stomach warmed to the rest of my goodies and when the social “back of the bus” gang arrived I was ready to go.
The trails on the backside (in the Park), Dixie Mine and Coachwhip were awesome. I’d love to ride the last pass on a fresh set of legs. This combo of trails is indeed epic. You feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. The descent from Bell is sweet, and the XC on Paradise and Quartz is beautiful. I had only ridden the short section of Ringtail and Sunrise. Everything else was brand new to me.
The Fuel EX9 performed like a champ. Although there were enough 29ers out there to start me thinking…I need 29er singlespeed and a 29er trail bike. Niner RIP 9?
Here’s a great interactive map of the Sonoran Preserve
Quad Riders Blogs
Arizona MTB Racing – Scottsdale Quadruple Bypass
rockcrusher – 33 miles, 6000+ft ascending, 1 gear , 3 speeds, yeehaw! ?
glenzx – Ride Report: Quadruple the FUN!!!