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Bennett Gap run - video

(updated: Mar 25, 2014)

I am back on flats. I love riding flats. They are especially good for riding really technical stuff. Riding flats is the "going commando" of mountain biking. As Kramer of Seinfeld exclaimed, "I'm out there Jerry and I'm loving every minute of it!"

The drawback of wearing normal shoes though is if you have to go through water and you get them wet, they can soak up water and become heavy soggy clogs.

But for this type of riding they are great. However, with the rugged terrain and the amount of travel on the RIP 9 I was at about the limit for being able to use flats.

So here is an unedited video of me riding down the most technical part of Bennett Gap. I love this trail. Were I a billionaire I would build a replica of this trail in Wilmington. Actually, if I were a billionaire I wouldn't be in Wilmington. I'd be in the mountains riding trails in the Woods of Sirbikesalot (formerly known as Pisgah National Forest). Just kidding, there must be some other mountains to buy and rural communities to displace.

I was fired up like Sherman Thomas after that run. You know ... "Hey ... Tree ... Rock. Don’t you open your mouth about the best. Or I'm ma shut it for you real quick."

Remember Bennett Gap is closed to bikes from April 15 until September 15, so time is running out to ride it this Spring. But the way I look at it, the Forest Service just improved my chances of not killing myself by 50%.

And a few video stills:

This is a tough line. I should have just gone straight on the left side. There's sort of a built up landing. I don't know if someone made that.

Don't turn right. Just go straight and launch it hard. Try to land in between those two trees. Right.

Bennett Gap has gotten more technical over the years as erosion has exposed more rock.


Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Brevard

Google Earth (.kml) files and GPS eXchange (.gpx) files.


1. Josh said...

Love me some Bennett!!
That and Avery are some pretty awesome descents if done properly...

On a side note, I'm moving up to Etowah in 2 weeks.
Don't have to be a billionaire apparently if I can do it.

Oh to live and work not 10mins from The Hub. Woe is me.

Get in touch with me. You've got my email.

Mar 26, 2014 @ 12:25 PM

2. SBA said...

No way! Lucky.

Mar 26, 2014 @ 9:20 PM


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