MTB in Canada

I’m not a DHguy so won’t write about that. I’m a XCguy having found more travel but still want to sprint and go fast uphill.

While I was in Canada last week I rode an afternoon alone testing a Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt I always thought would be good. The 710 I tried had really bad components but the geometry and feel of the bike was as great as I hoped for 😀

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The 2nd and 3rd day I rode mostly with Susan and Annica and changed bike for Devinci’s AM model Django at RS level. Pike and Sram 1×11 made the bike work so much better but I never became friend with geometry, the head angle felt too steep but it wasn’t:

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But the trails, they where magic. Not too steep uphill and not too scary downhill. Best biking I’ve ever had, there is something when you riding fast and laughing on a mtb that makes life a bit better than sitting on another type of bike. Finding the flow and just keep on pushing, to be on over 1000m with gorgeous views helped too. Moonraker and Mountain Shadow Trails in Golden, BC isn’t the biggest systems but for some days it was perfect. Instead of writing a superlong post about how I rode I show you the pictures, press to make them bigger:

Giant Cup #7

XC Marathon=Bukkerittet=check

XCO=Giant Cup #7=check

Enduro=no

One more part done and the hardest one I think. A really fast course with some small roots and stones today with long straights. like made for Continental Race King tires 😉 Not for my bike, would have been better in Larvik then where the funniest and most technical course of the races in Giant Cup I’ve done.

But the bike worked good and I did as good as I could. My legs stood straight out on the third (last) lap but still got last in my category except one who punctured. Was only one guy after me of the start group. But was there for the training and didn’t expect to do good so happy with that. Great organisation today with start groups and earlier starts than before. Thanks Holmestrand SK for that 😀

No map and stats yet as Movescount doesn’t seems to work this evening and haven’t found any pictures from the race yet. But can show you a nice bike for next year. The new Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt in carbon a.k.a MSL:

More info of them here: Pinkbike

Fantoft by the swedes

Me and two swedish friends took a ride after I finished work today. Really nice and even if it had been raining today it was pretty dry in the forrest, was drier than last time I was there so nice 🙂 Rode some laps on the course at Fantoft before a nice downhill singletrack and going back and around a bit on the way home. As usual I had the bike with smallest wheels 😉

Mine and Petters bike with Petter and John:

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Petter was the only one with a proper AMhelmet but it has changed now. Got a new MTBhelmet today that I will share with you tomorrow 🙂

Me and John with Tune wheels:

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On the way home we rode some on the new pumptrack:

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Nice after workride 🙂 Today I felt the big difference too, riding with 700mm handlebar instead of 620mm as I got on my Scalpel is both good and bad. A bit more scared for trees but much more fun to sprint and with better control.

Stats and map of the ride: Movescount