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Farlow Gap ~ a new video by SBA

(updated: Sep 11, 2012)

Farlow Gap ... I think I can describe it aptly with one word, and that word is found in the video at the end if you listen carefully. This is a minefield of boulders straight down a mountain. There's no IMBA design guidelines here. No grade reversals, dips, contour lines, choke points, sustainable grades, etc.. The only thing that you need to sustain is your ass on your bike. I had never ridden this trail before, mainly because nobody else wanted to either. Except Randy. So when he suggested this loop I jumped at the chance.

Everything started off great. The climb wasn't too bad, starting off downhill was a lot of fun. And then came the turn onto this super steep boulder minefield. And that's when I realized why not many people want to do this trail. Once you've done it, you don't want to do it again, unless you have a downhill rig, and that's often a recipe for pain in Pisgah on top of the normal pain.

So Randy schooled me on the downhills. You may be able to make him out in the video or photos -- he's down there. I say down there instead of ahead because the trail is more like a non-moving rock escalator than a trail.

As for my poor descending ability, I would blame it on my equipment -- my fork was lacking any damping. Some oil leaked out and I'd been putting off servicing it. And my brakes weren't holding up either, probably because I never voluntarily bleed brakes, just myself involuntarily every once in a while. But the real reason is that I am really Danny Macaskill's lesser known cousin, Timmy Lackaskill.

You may find that the video play is choppy during the rocky downhill. That's because it's a rocky downhill.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.

Farlow Gap, featuring Timmy Lackaskill and Randy, with SBA intro:

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Can you find Randy?
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Farlow Gap

Water crossing:
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Farlow Gap

Farlow Gap

It's all rideable:
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Farlow Gap

Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Brevard


1. peter said...

Nice to see randy taking you for a spin. The intro...bahaha

Sep 11, 2012 @ 6:34 PM

2. Michael said...

(funny intro!) How does this compare to Pilot Rock, the rocky section with the sick switchbacks?

Sep 11, 2012 @ 8:09 PM

3. SBA said...

Makes Pilot Rock seem like a greenway.

Sep 11, 2012 @ 9:14 PM

4. Michael said...

That's insane! BTW, was that Grover in the background?

Sep 12, 2012 @ 4:10 PM

5. Randy said...

He was way ahead on the climbs.

Sep 13, 2012 @ 5:32 PM


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