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December 9, 2016 | Bike Trip

This past weekend I rode the Pisgah National Forest trails in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Brevard, North Carolina on my Santa Cruz Hightower 27.5 plus mountain bike. This was some of the most epic climbs and technical riding I've done. Most sections started with at least a 45 minute, 1000 foot climb, which had your heart pumping. The reward was endless views of the range, along with seemingly never ending enduro-style, roots, drops, and white-knuckled descents.

We camped at a really neat campground, with propane heated outdoor showers, "glamping" options, a skills area, pump track, and guide options for three nights called "The Bike Farm". It was also cool how the bike shop we used to outfit us (The Hub) was at the entrance to the national Forest. After our day was complete, we could ride back through the Forest right up to the shop entrance until dismounting. I will definitely be back at some point as there are hundreds and hundreds of trail options.

7 hours and 6500 vertical feet of climbing over two days could not have been planned during a better time. Fall set in, the weather was cooling, leaves began to drop, and we started our transition to the new season in the best way imaginable!