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Free the Trail...

(updated: Apr 5, 2012)

As it states on the socks I recently received from IMBA. I've been so busy that I haven't had time to update the site, or do any more videos, or ride much. Still suffering from patellar tendonitis but gradually getting better.

Here's a few photos from Sunday's ride at Topsail. There was a nice shelf along the shore, providing you with anywhere from a 1ft to 4ft drop. In addition, there were some minor dips and peaks enabling you to catch a bit of air. And finally, there was riding down the beach access stairs over the sand dunes and terrorizing tourists. Ironic how the beach can offer more freeriding opportunities than Blue Clay these days.

Speaking of Blue Clay, can you find the two remaining log piles there?

My sister took these. Further down was a good 4 footer which is about the limit of what I can handle with the rigid bike, despite the massive tires. The tires make a uneasy squishy sound when I land, flattening under my 200lbs. Fun, though. By the way, what's with all the paddle boarding? Am I missing out on the latest fad? Do I need to run out and get one?
Surly Pugsley

And back up again. Repeat. Gotta try and stay somewhat practiced for those trips to the mountains.
Surly Pugsley

This is a very long island. I start near the midpoint and go to one end, toward whichever end has the wind in my face. That way I get the wind at my back coming back, even though I end up getting hotter. I've hit 30mph on the sand. I usually end up with 24 to 26 miles on the sand, which is equivalent to about one million road miles.
Surly Pugsley


Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Topsail


1. Jay said...

SBA- awesome pics! I can't wait for the Doc to release me so I can get back on my fat-bike and hit the beach....

Sep 18, 2010 @ 6:02 AM

2. Stephen said...

Log piles!?! What log piles? Maybe the logs at the start of the intermediate trail might qualify but like the rest of the trail,they have been 'dumbed down'. Where is the second pile? I miss obstacles!!

Sep 24, 2010 @ 6:20 AM

3. SBA said...

There's one on the beginner trail, where the log ride used to be. The other which I think you're referring to is shortly after you make the sharp left just before the bridge that bypasses the intermed trail. It's off the trail on your left. Blue Clay is a race course now.

Sep 24, 2010 @ 10:33 AM

4. Randy said...

Dude, please don't get a paddleboard. You have to be Laird Hamilton to keep from looking like a douche. Just get a broom and sweep the garage if you want that workout.

There is no room for log piles at Barry Wray Bike Park. On the plus side though, you don't need a mountain bike there anymore.

Sep 25, 2010 @ 2:06 PM

5. peter said...

baahahahaha.....paddle boards and race course bike trails have in common that they are the latest fad....the heck with that....ride blue clay in reverse..then it does feel like a mountain bike trail

Sep 26, 2010 @ 1:41 PM

6. Randy said...

You are the only person I have ever known who can pull off lycra and skate shoes at the same time.

Hot women can do it. So I guess you are the only dude. But feel good about that.

Sep 27, 2010 @ 5:47 PM


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