On a handful of Fridays this spring, I’ve taken my cross bike out on the Lacamas Park trails. The trials aren’t terribly technical but there are some tricky sections for a cross bike and there’s plenty of elevation. Since the weather was nice yesterday, I took advantage and hit the trails. Most of the trails are wide crushed gravel paths but there is a smattering of singletrack suitable for a cross bike. There are a few rocky uphill sections that I’ve been working to clean. Yesterday, I managed to clean one for the first time but blew it on an easier section farther along that I’ve ridden many times. My foot hit a root.
I hit the McEnry loop (a whopping .2 miles) both directions and there is a steep section at the end of the counter-clockwise direction. There are some erosion control logs (really repurposed fence posts) across the trail and the surface is crushed gravel. There is one rather exposed log right at the crest of the steep part so it takes a sublime combination of power and finesse to clean that log. I’m pretty sure I could manage it with a granny on the mountain bike but I haven’t been able to clean it on the crosser. On my most recent attempt, I managed to get my front tire against the log but didn’t have the umpf to get up and over. Maybe next time. On my clockwise loop through, there is a rocky rise that I almost negotiated. Instead, I stalled next to a tree and pinned my hand between my bars and the bark. My middle knuckles are pretty swollen today.
I have no idea whether trail riding on the crosser is going to help my handling in the fall. I do know that it injects some fun into my workouts.