Monday Morning Debrief 57

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We’re in the lucky position that we get invited to ride in some amazing places, and over the years I’m happy to admit I’ve had some pretty special adventures both in he UK and  abroad. But, nothing really prepared me for just how special Moab is. Not just the riding, but the community here and the motivated trail builders to be found within it.

Tiny riders
Tiny riders –  can you spot them?

With such a massive amount of backcountry and space out here in the Western desert you wouldn’t immediately think that built trips would be high on the agenda. But someone out there has vision, and the ready ear of the county and town council who value mountain bikes and bikers enough to invest in providing a wide array of trails that cater to pretty much anyone, from the novice XC rider to the lover of technical trails. And they’re all built with such a sympathy for the environment around them that many sections feel completely natural.

Breakfast planning
Breakfast planning

The town cries out adventure, it’s got a healthy feel no doubt complemented by the wall to wall sun. There’s bike paths everywhere to get you back into town safely or out to the trailhead. Bike racks are everywhere in town. The only place in the UK that comes close to this is the Tweed Valley I reckon. The rest of us could probably learn something here…

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Comments (3)

    We were out riding with a group, and went to watch the sun go down behind delicate arch, was stunning and the whole group,was quiet.
    The silence was broken by one girl who said “is that it then, have we walked all the way up here for that”

    I agree. Moab is fun city. People everywhere have got pickups with an ATV on the back or towing a speedboat and often towing a speedboat and an ATV.

    Moab is ace, only place I’ve ever been where they have a pile of sheets in your motel room to put bikes on and a basket of bike rags on the side. Fruita probably runs it close, it’s a bit more “normal” but a definite bike vibe running through the place.

    Interesting comparison to Peebles/ Innerleithen, though both have a range of riding, a linking bike path up the valley and a mix of natural and built trails and easily a week’s worth of riding (in dry conditions at least) without driving far. The breakfast burrito scene in Peebles isn’t great though.

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