my favorite road ride
August 3, 2011
I have a few favorite things.
The Godfather, for instance, is my favorite movie.
Gooseberry Mesa, for example, is my favorite trail.
And American Fork Canyon is my favorite road ride. About 11 miles, over 3000 feet, and it’s also kind of pretty.
And the descent is wicked awesome. Tight and twisty for the upper half, and wide open with big sweeping turns for the lower half. If you don’t scare yourself silly up high and top 50mph in the middle, you’re not doing it right.
When we ride it as a group, it’s understood that there is a winner on the up, and a winner on the down.
I haven’t won the up for quite some time. Decades, it seems.
Well, I stopped winning the sprint at the bottom a while back too. But turns out, if you can get enough of a gap in the technical upper reaches, you can hold off the pack for the lower five miles and solo in.