I got into St. Johns Newfoundland Canada about a week ago. Luckily before leaving I made a uni bag very similar to the one Ken Looi has, so I brought my trials and muni. Before I got here I researched some places to go ride muni. I found one place that looked like a lot of fun. It’s in an area called Whitehills in Quidi Vidi near the ocean.
When I first got out there to ride it was fairly rainy and foggy. I was lucky enough to meet up with some insane mountain bikers who showed me around. I had seen how crazy some of the trails were so I just asked them to start me off with an easy trail as a warm up.
So I ended up going on the so called cross country named The Rock Machine. To be honest I’m a pretty strong muni rider and I had a lot of trouble riding this trail, it’s nuts. Probably one of the hardest or maybe the hardest I’ve ever ridden. Makes most others I’ve been on look like a joke. I guess it didn’t help that it was really wet and slippy out, but even if it was dry it’s still a good challenge.
I tried it again a few days ago and I can definitely say that after riding that a couple times that my muni riding has gotten better after that. I’m starting to get the hang of the trail and I can ride some long sections without any dismounts. I think riding with mountain bikers is a good way to get better too. The guys I was with were all around my age or less. They all had really nice full suspension bikes, and just blew over all the rocks, roots and tree stumps. This helped motivate me to try to do the same and even though I ended up falling all over the trail and bouncing off trees I got better. I can ride 99% of the trail now fairly consistently and I’m more confident. Overall a lot of fun.
So if you’re ever in the area, you have to ride these trails. Here’s some pics.
Warning, I took a lot of pictures. I threw my muni in to get some perspective.
This one is just a section of the access trail.
The Rock Machine
The first two small drops.
A totally doable rock garden.
Rocks roots and tree stumps.
Crappy pic of me riding the previous pics secion.
The one part I chickened out on.
Real hard part, you have to weave through the two boulders up top.
This is a really cool skinny built into the side of that cliff on the right.
Really fun drop to rolling hop off of
Totally doable off the right side