Thursday, April 19, 2012


I got time for a quick ride yesterday, and decided to take my mountain bike to Quicksilver park. It was the first time I'd been there this year.

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I got going a little before 3 PM, and headed down the Hacienda entrance.

Mine Hill trail junction
It's been a long time since I've climbed this hill, and it wasn't noticeably easier. I went through English Town, then down the trail toward the reservoir.

Guadalupe Reservoir
I recently switched my new but low-end mountain bike for bike that's 20 years old, but was a good quality bike at the time. The main differences are that it's rigid, and hence lighter, and has much narrower handlebars. This was the first real ride I've had on it in years. I found myself descending much slower than usual, due to some combination of the lack of suspension and my lack of recent experience on the mountain bike.

The Randol Trail, which returns from the resevoir to the Mine Hill trail at the junction, is normally closed all winter since it's shaded and therefore doesn't dry well. Yesterday there were just a few muddy patches, all in one (not particularly shady) section.
A branch fallen across the Randol Trail
I'm trying to get acclimated to the upcoming heat, and while this ride was warmer, it was completely perfect 70 degrees as I was finishing up.

Elevation profile
This is a short ride of a little over 26 miles, 16 miles of which is to and from the park on the Alamitos Trail. I recorded something like 1800 feet of climb, which seems a little high. The most difficult kilometer was near the top of the main climb, as one passes through English Town, which averaged 9.3%.

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