Yesterday ended a six day riding streak for me. I haven’t seen one of those since the early 90s. What better way to seal the stint than a full day in Sedona.
I’ve been really looking forward to the AZSF 2010 Sedona day since traildoc said he’d be leading the Triple H ride connecting three of Sedona’s most awesome trails. The three H’s: Hangover, Hogs, and High Line.
After all the talk about fitness and ability needed to keep up on this ride I started wavering, thinking that a Double H would be better suited for me. But the more I thought about it, the more I really wanted to hit Hangover. Why come to Sedona to leave one H behind?
Subconsciously I knew I wanted to do it…I guess that’s why I left my house so freaking early… maybe I’d run into the HHH group on their way out? As fate would have it, I got to Bike & Bean just as the HHH crew were loading their bikes headed to Schnebly. After chatting with zul for a few minutes, he assured me that the pace would not be too fast, and that if I could handle anything on South Mountain, I could handle the three H’s. Decision made. Off to Hangover.
Now I won’t bore you with all the details of this 30 mile epic, but I will tell you this: Mix together a little red dirt, a whole lot a slickrock, two dollops of tech and a healthy measure of exposure, add a dash of brilliant weather, a cadre of crazy riders, throw in some unbelievable views…and you’ve got yourself the recipe for an epic Triple H.
This heavenly HHH was the most fun I’ve had on a bike since my first days riding in Moab back in 1995. The sequencing of these three loops is downright inspired as is the trail design and flow. As sure as bikes and riders have evolved over the past 20 years, so has the design of trails that can still challenge each.
Sedona’s Triple H was actually riding my perfect bike dream. I’m glad I woke up finally got back to Sedona… Now I will dream in red white and blue.