Hartland – Vik/Nic Loops 1 & 2

Vik and some random dude at Hartland...

Vik and some random dude at Hartland…

Nic dropping in on Rolly Ridge..

Nic dropping in on Rolly Ridge..

They named a trail after me! ;)

They named a trail after me! 😉

Trying to find good routes in a complex mountain bike trail network like Hartland can be tough. Even with a map and some local input. It would really be great to have GPS tracks for fun rides that connect up a bunch of trails in the best way. That takes local knowledge and some effort. So I figured I better start walking the walk!

Loop 1 - click for larger map and GPS track...

Loop 1 – click for larger map and GPS track…

Here are two loops I rode with Nic Scott.

  • Loop 1 – is a little easier and more flowy…I picked the first 3/4 of the ride and Nic added some nice trails at the bottom.
  • Loop 2 – is a bit harder with some steeper techier sections going up and down…Nic picked the first 3/4 of the ride and I added in one of my frequently ridden closing sections at the bottom.
Loop 2 - Click for larger map and GPS track...

Loop 2 – click for larger map and GPS track…

Both loops include Fun Trail in the middle since it’s a great way to get down the mountain.

And although I would suggest the anti-clockwise direction we rode both loops in is the preferred way to travel they are quite fun in the opposite direction as well.

Nic getting ready for battle...

Nic getting ready for battle…

My trusty Nomad at the top of Switchback Trail...

My trusty Nomad at the top of Switchback Trail…

Nic scouting a drop...

Nic scouting a drop…

Nic is a better rider than I am and a bunch more daring so I need to start bringing my DSLR along on rides to get some better photos of his exploits. This will not only result in some nice MTB porn, but it gives me an excuse to stop and catch my breathe!

Going down...

Going down…

Knolly Endorphin...

Knolly Endorphin…

Nic rides a Knolly Endorphin and loves it. That’s good to hear since I’m waiting on Knolly to release their 650B version of this bike. I’m not loving the Ibis 650B bike and the Santa Cruz 650B options feel so similar to the Nomad I am riding I can’t see myself spending money on one in the short term.

I’m hoping the Knolly 650B Endorphin ticks all my boxes for a BC trail bike and works okay for a singletrack bikepacking machine.

It’s a lot to ask, but I have high hopes! 😉

If that doesn’t pan out I’ll probably just hang on another year and give companies more time to develop their 650B product lines. I may also give more thought to some of the 29er options out there as a couple interesting ones have come to my attention.

The last drop...

The last drop…

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