Year: 2011

Minnesota River Bottoms, mountain biking  Minnesota River Bottoms, mountain biking  Minnesota River Bottoms, mountain biking

I rode a section of the Minnesota River Bottoms mountain bike trails system yesterday, my first time there. I started at the west end, via the Bloomington Ferry Road access point just off  Hwy 169 and Old Shakopee Rd, rode to the Cedar Ave Bridge and back.

With bright sunshine and temps in the upper 30s, there was very little snow left on the trail. It was 75% dry, the rest muddy but very negotiable.

I was by myself and with sunset at around 4:30, I stuck to the main trail rather than exploring some of the side routes. I still took several wrong turns, as nothing is marked, but it’s no biggie since the trail system is between the river and the high ridge. No way to get lost.

There aren’t many technical obstacles on the main trail and as the MORC review says, the west end is pretty flat, beginner to moderate in difficulty . That’s evidently why it’s a popular destination when there’s snow. My 29er would do fine here with a moderate amount of snow.

I plan to go again with someone who knows all the side routes.

Trails

IMBA Midwest Director Hansi Johnson published a post to his blog in late October titled December 2011 Mountain Bike Action Magazine feature on the IMBA Cuyuna Lakes Ride Center. He wrote:

Earlier this summer I did photo shoot for Mountain Bike Action at Cuyuna.  Pro rider Eric Carter flew in from CA and along with some great local riders ( Peter Gustafson, Rori Stumvoll, Nick Statz, Peter L.)  we rode and shot the full system of trails. The results are in a 7 page, 16 photo feature in this months MBA issue. So check it out!

As an advocate for off road cycling I find myself constantly telling stories.  For me, using the visual medium of photography seems to be an effective method of telling those stories.  This feature is a direct result of that.  I would like to thank all of the folks that helped me on this shoot, especially Mike Van Abel and the folks at IMBA!

I subscribed to the digital version of the magazine (a great deal, only $15/yr to be up to date on all the cool gadgets). I patched together screenshots into this 4-page PDF (FYI, jpg screenshots converted to a PDF does not make for a crisp PDF. … Read the rest

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