410 (Mt. Rainier) Trail Update

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It’s almost time to get your ENDURO on! Come August 16 the Cascadia Dirt Cup is heading out to the 410 trails located in the foothills of Mt. Rainier. Lucky for all of you I just got done having an epic 30 mile day, and 13,000ft of descending day out at 410. We started up early with an awesome group of riders from Seattle and a few from Bellingham, our only goal being to ride every trail out there in one day. For those of you that have never been out to 410┬áthere are 4 big trails: Palisades, Deep Creek, SunTop, and Ranger Creek. Each trail is its own monster with each one having around 3200-3800ft of descending. For example our Palisades ride took us about 3 hours round trip with the shuttle for ONE lap. The course still hasn’t been announced but it’ll be some combination of those trails and I heard there’s also not going to be any major shuttles provided to race, so bring your big boy pants and be ready to pedal. Also I’d highly suggest getting your brakes tuned up before the weekend, these are all epic descents and take a big toll on your brake pads. IMG_1352 For those who have ridden 410 before the trails are all clear and in pretty dry and dusty conditions out in the open and in the woods it’s a loam fest with each trail full of crazy sniper root doubles and hairpin switch backs. For those who haven’t ridden 410 before you can except epic views from cliff ledges on Palisades and amazing views of Rainier from the top of the trail system where you’ll be traversing the alpine between trails. Once your in the woods there’s ton of roots spread out in between the loam slashes, and lots of opportunity to get creative with line choice. Keep your eyes open, lines are everywhere. Ranger Creek is a super fast trail, you average speed is about 25-30 through most of the trail, with a lot of switch backs and some crazy root doubles. Deep Creek is just like Ranger Creek only it’s ridden less and the top has some pretty deep ruts that give way to exposed root balls, the rest is more loamy version of Ranger with switch backs. In my opinion Deep Creek is the most technical as well. Palisades will most likely be the spotlight of the race. First of all there are some amazing cliff edge views from the trail and it’s a really long trail with 2 or 3 short climbs, then in between the climbs are amazing trail bike sections. SunTop is the fastest of the 4, on one of the sections you can get going about 40 mph, it’s also a super dry trail with a lot of sand mixed in with the dirt, so goggles are a must. If you wanna win this stage you better tap into your sixth sense and accept the fact your going to be going mock 5 on your trail bike, there’s not to much tech on this trail either, and only one climb that’s about 100ft long.

Ranger, Palisades, and Deep Creek all have spots just like this to stop and take a few to cool off in the water.

Ranger, Palisades, and Deep Creek all have spots just like this to stop and take a few to cool off in the water.

Lastly, today was also rad because I was on my new Banshee Spitfire. First time with the wagon wheels (650b) as well. To be honest I didn’t notice much of a difference besides when pedaling. In terms of the Spitfire the KS link felt exactly like a mini Legend and loved to be plowed through the gnar. What blew me away today was my new Fox Float 36! Literally made my trail bike feel like a downhill bike and I was hucking that thing into some hairy root ball sections. Overall I’m stoked to finally be on Banshee’s trail bike and super stoked on trail bikes again! Now let the depression of Monday set in and let’s all keep dreaming of riding some awesomeness this coming weekend. IMG_1351

Washington is a horrible place to live huh?

Washington is a horrible place to live huh?

If there was one CDC enduro to do, this is the one I promise not one racer will regret it! Best race venue of the year! Sorry for the lack of creative photos, we we’re riding non stop all day trying to get a run down all the trails before evening.



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