Legend Park & Centennial Campus Session
June 10, 2006 -- Daniel (Sir Launch-a-lot) and I drove up to Raleigh to hit some drops. Daniel has a new Trek Session 7 that he really hasn't been able to use for the bike's intended purpose - sessioning stuff, hence the name. His derailleur broke - twice, he bent his dropout, and his fork was messed up and had to be sent back. His bike spent more time in the shop than being ridden. But today, everything was perfect. No equipment problems at all and no (serious) wrecks or injuries.
First, we hit Legend Park in Clayton. The cliff drops were in good shape. We stayed here for at least an hour hitting the various drops. We were having too much fun and only took a couple of clips here. Watch the first clip of me and you'll see me hit a tree at the very end - only a split second was captured but it's still funny. I have no idea why I hit that. In fact, the trees just seemed like magnets to me that day. That's the thing you have to worry about the most around here - hitting a tree at high speed. On this drop in particular there are trees (which grow larger each year) barely ten feet apart right in the landing zone. The drop is big, about 15 ft, and you have to line up just right for it. But you can't see the drop from the top. You just see the edge. And there's a 5 ft or so gap to clear. You have to hit this one dead-nuts on or it's a hospital job.
After Clayton we headed to Centennial Campus in Raleigh. We'd been here many times before, but each time we go there's new stuff. So rather than ride the trails first, which is what Daniel did the last time and ended up trashing his drivetrain and his day before even getting to the FR area, we decided to go right to the good stuff. We sessioned most of it for a couple of hours until I got too hot and tired and we had to head back anyway. Took a few videos and photos too. Again, lots of trees you have to avoid if you're a bee-line rider like myself. Now onto the video clips and photos.
Disclaimer: Names and locations have been changed to protect the innocent. I cannot tell you where these areas are nor reveal my sources. In fact, each time I go I am blindfolded, driven to the location, stuck on my bike and pushed off the drops by hired goons. I guess I could figure it out but I am often too delirious from the ride to remember or care.
Note: For the best experience use Quicktime 7 to watch the videos.
Legend Park (Clayton, NC)
Centennial Campus (Raleigh, NC)
And now for a few photos...