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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Fruita, usa trail report for sunday feb.7, 2010

long story short is that the trails do NOT look like this right now. these two images were from this past october when everything was smooth, dry, and fast. the trails do NOT look like the one currently at the top of this page. that was early in january when everything was still frozen solid and temps were not getting above the freezing point during the day. the trail was rideable hard pack and everything else was freeze-dried in soft sugar snow.

REPEAT MESSAGE: i am referencing older images as to illustrate comparative differences in Fruita trail conditions from the recent past up to feb 7. sure, some tough guy is probably going to say that they can ride slush up to the hubs on their Pugsley, but i'm more concerned about providing some solid information to people who still like to ride but maybe don't own a Pugsley to conquer epic slushy singletrack.

today, ALL the trails are still snow-covered mush- at least 4 inches deep on the trail proper... crusty mush on the sides, 8 to 10 inches deep. at least the precipitation today was in the form of rain-it just helps melt the snow that much faster.

there will be mud this year. yes, there will be mud...



just remember those nice fall rides like this one in october. Dave King on holiday from Cal, chasing Jen on the epic Rustler's loop.


Dave was taking time to enjoy the ride and the scenery, actually, not chasing the aggressive local (Jen) who knows all the twists and turns and tends to ride an average of 2.5 warp units faster than her guests at any given time.
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REPORT FOR ALL FRUITA AREA TRAILS: today sunday, february 7, 2010- trails are snow covered and unrideable. at least 4 inches of slush over saturated clay soils will require quite a few warm, sunny days before they can be ridden again. stay tuned for updates and enjoy those road bikes for a while!

1 comment:

  1. Looks like Fruita is a mountain biker's dream.

    ...except for the snow. Hope you guys can ride soon! I know I want to again after today.

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