Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New
Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New, means now’s the best time to try biking. The weather is nice and the trails are in good shape. Right now Killington Resort has taken progressive mountain biking to the next level. For some there are the advanced jump trails to play on. For others, they just need a smooth gentle trail to progress their skills.
Though Killington is expanding and their base of operations is growing, we are too. For a fraction of the cost you can rent bikes from us at Basin Sports. For a fraction of the cost you can rent bikes with less use and more availability. And it’s not just for adults either. Kids can rent full suspension mountain bikes so they can rip it up as well.
All right, promo pitch is over, back into the reason why Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New is so great. Once a Mountain Biker, always a mountain biker. It’s an addicting sport. From the youngens to the seniors everyone is giving it a go. I write a weekly summer editorial for the local newspaper, the Mountain Times and my most recent editorial really highlights why we do what we do and why you should try it.
Tails From The Trails
By Ariel Kent
Its 7AM it’s cool, dark and calm and only the sounds to be heard are the chirping birds and the steady breathing as I peddle uphill. Waking up at the crack of dawn is how I get saddle time in. Waking up early, before lifts are spinning and before people are really awake is how I enjoy my mornings. It’s really the only way I can get saddle time in on the bike especially since I work full time.
So it’s 7AM, I’m at Green Mountain Trails in Pittsfield and I’m pedaling up the long ascent to enjoy the views, nature and the amazing trail network there. Since lifts started spinning and since I crashed a few weeks ago I haven’t been putting the saddle time in I need. The saddle time that will make me a better rider when using the lifts.
To some riding every morning at this hour seems idiotic, psychotic, crazy. To me it’s just habit, it’s life, it’s what makes me find my inner zen. Sometimes I’ll run into another rider out there- most times it’s just me and nature. I push through pain- pain of pushing myself. Pain from crashes that I now attempt to recover from. Pain is what keeps me awake at this hour- pain is part of trail riding and what makes me a better rider in the end.
Once at the top of this 5 mile climb the pain subsides, my breathing relaxes and I take a moment to enjoy a cliff bar and a few sips of my Gatorade concoction. Then I get back on the bike and head down the mountain. By this point it’s 8AM and I have to make my way back down because I have to be at work for 9. This is my tail from the trails, this is my normal routine and is what I consider fun because In the end I’m not only going to be able to have fun on my bike but ride longer, pedal harder and push further.
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