Alum Phase 2 (or How To Screw Up On An Easy Section)

Alum Creek Phase 2 Sign

Went to Alum Creek yesterday for the official opening of the Phase 2 trail. It’s a pretty cool trail that is set-up in such a way, that you can go a lot faster due to the longer stretches of graded trail, unlike Phase 1. It also is much more technical than Phase 1, as you can tell by this warning sign. The ride went pretty good until about 2 miles in, when I was doing one of the many log crossings. I went in a little too quick, and didn’t see what was on the other side when I placed my front wheel down, and ended up going over the handlebars. Unlike most of the other times I go over the front, this happened so quick that I was unable to click out of my pedals in time. I think I ended up hurting myself more against my bike frame, than the contact with the trail. My left leg banged up against the frame so hard, that my upper thigh is almost totally black and blue, and I can barely walk on it. Luckily, I was able to ride out, and decided to stop for a few photos whenever I needed to rest. Hopefully, my leg will be healed before next weeks race. Here’s some of the photos I took on the trail:

  • Here’s a cool bridge, and from a different angle. Pretty scary, since it’s only about 3 feet wide, and at it’s highest point it’s about an 8 foot drop.
  • Here’s one of the many sketchy log crossing from the the front, and the back.
  • A narrow creek bridge, which unfortunately I didn’t capture the long steep off-camber trail that leads to it.

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