Monday Beginner’s Ride at Bluff Point

Riders: Sarah, DJ, Jill, John, Shelby, Evan, Arch, Tracy, Dave, Tim, Mark, Andy, Doug, Rich (we picked him up by the rr tracks).

We headed over to Haley’s again to warm up and Andy, Arch, and I scooted up the rock face and hopped off our bike to spot anyone who wanted to try it. Dave made many valiant attempts and although he looked like he was going to make it every time, that nasty root just wouldn’t let him past. Evan also came so close trying the line to the right which is my favorite but just couldn’t get his bike over that route. I think he will make it once he switches to clipless pedals. And Shelby came so close too! Same line as Evan but that slippery root was not being kind to the youngsters (Dave included!!!). She tried a bunch of times and so did Tim. Then it was DJ’s turn. He was waiting patiently down the trail and I wasn’t sure he was going to try it or not. This was his first time to Bluff and had never seen this rock face but I think he was watching and observing and decided to take a chance. Good approach, he climbed right up the rock face but the root got him too. He had the power and I think he is in the same boat as Evan – they will both make it once they switch to clipless. We rode on and stayed together this time. The trails in this area are nice hard packed with plenty of rocks to launch off of. I was following Tim who reminding me of a frog because he was leaping up from one rock to another. He was always in the air. We regrouped on the fire road and headed back to Bluff where we found Rich. He decided to hop on with us and we headed over to the singletrack. We had a huge group so I tried to stay with Sarah and DJ as much as possible to try to give them some tips and spot them if they wanted to try anything more difficult. We went on some more difficult trails than the previous rides and there was a lot of opportunity for trying stuff. Arch and I would spot and the rider’s would rip through, usually needing no help from us. Sarah ended up taking a digger on a rock wall. She was riding up front (because nobody can keep up with her!!!) and tried to ride over the wall and ended up lying in the rocks next to the trail. I could tell it must of hurt pretty bad but she got right back on her bike and started riding again. What a superstar! DJ also took a digger but it was after he made several attempts to try getting over a tricky log that led to an even trickier rock garden. After he was done and the spotter walked away, he stepped on a rock and down he went. I think that one hurt too but he also got back on his bike and started riding again. The ride went by quickly and we scooted over to Dairy Queen. –Jill

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One response to “Monday Beginner’s Ride at Bluff Point

  1. Warning!!!
    Clipless pedals are very dangerous.
    I’ve been riding bicycles continuously since I was 5. Have even commuted to work year-round in suburb north of NYC, Had been using Shimno clipless pedals for about 10 years and had several occasions when I couldn’t release from the pedal and dumped over. The last time, at age 58, caused my right hip to fracture. I needed 2 surgeries and 6 months of rehab. After the accident I found out about two other cyclists who suffered hip fractures because they couldn’t release from their pedals.
    Needless to say I took them off my Trek and will never use them again.
    The Pain was not worth the gain.

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