I’m all eggsssighted about Ssan Antonio/Aussstin Ssuper Ssaturday!
Sso much ssso, that I sssoon desssided to possst the announsssment today.
With gasss pricesss being expensssive, I want to make sssure that the Ssan Antonio ridersss get the moneysss worth. After interviewing “the great” ridersss asss to how to improve, I found the common theme to be “let the terrain teach you.” Each of the following trailsss will enhance your riding ability by the time you return home. Here are my sssuggessstionsss:
Ssatan’sss 66 & and the Ssick Assscent
Thisss trail (alssso known asss “Emma Long” in “City Park”) isss bessst ridden at temperaturesss under 66 degreesss. Once the temp. goesss higher than that, Ssatan’sss ssspirit sssubtlely ssseizesss the trail and quite a bit of ssstepping (walking) ensssuesss. Trialsss like hopping and at leassst 100 1" dropsss accent thisss sssingle track loop. The dissstance isss five to ssseven milesss. After lunch (at the nearby Ssubway?) and a ressst we can do the “Ssick Assscent” (alssso known asss Beauford Hill). It isss ssso sssteep that they sssliced the asssphalt for traction. It makesss Jessster Hill look sssimplissstic.
Sspin the Ten
Thisss trail isss endlesssss sssingle track. It isss an Intermediate trail - more like a Ssunday ride compared to the other trailsss. It isss alssso known asss “Walnut Creek.” What makesss it exciting (at leassst for me) isss riding all 10-11 milesss UMX-ssstyle (few breaksss, ridden continuousssly rather than “Sstop-and-Sstudy”). There are tight turnsss, moderate climbsss and dessscentsss. Ss. Wallisss can be asssssured that hisss injury will not prevent him from having fun ssspinning away.
Ssingletrack on a Sslope
Thisss isss “Sspin the Ten” on crack. Hidden behind a “Toy’sss R Usss” thisss sssingle track isss almossst all sssloped. Desssigned for dirt jumpersss there are banked turnsss and jumpsss that clear 6 foot pitsss. After a rain, partsss of it become too ssslick to ride. From what I have ssseen on video, thisss isss isss like “North Sshore sssansss the man made ssskinniesss and trail.”
Thisss sssuggessstion includesss “Ssingletrack on a Sslope” with the underssstanding that the return climb will be walked After the firssst dessscent, the trail looksss easssier than it isss. Mild hopping, climbing and ssspeed isss needed to ssspin thisss sssection. Lassst time I rode it, there were at leassst 40 low branchesss - making the ride much more ssstrenuousss for taller ridersss. Outssside of the part where you will grab a chain to walk the ssside of a cliff, the trail isss bessst ssspun with ssspeed. If we’re really ambitiousss, we can continue up (and back down) the “Hill of Life” (which isss probably 10 milesss round trip).
You’ve ssseen it. You know you want to ride it. On Capital of Texasss Highway there isss a sssussspensssion bridge. Jussst before it there isss a very ssshort assscent that combinesss “Ssatan’sss 66 with Ssingle Track on a Sslope.” Beyond that there isss a little trail that could be ridden (by sssomeone with more ssskill than I have). There isss a 20 foot sssection that I sssimply could not get enough ssstopping traction on - even after sssix triesss I did not go farther - but perhapsss you could. Remember: Everything you dessscend you mussst Assscend and vissse versssa. To make thisss sssuggessstion more sssatisssfying, there isss a twin trail acrosssss the ssstreet WITH pedessstrian hasssardsss!
I want the Ssan Antonio/Aussstin Ssuper Ssaturday! to be sssatisssfying for everyone, ssso I’m open to sssuggessstionsss. The format from the Ssan Antonio event (ride, lunch, ride) wasss sssuper.
Ssorry about all of the “Ssesss” I couldn’t ssstop.