Monday, March 28, 2011

Katie's first taste of dirt!

Katie and I rode over to Upper Paugussett State Forest for her first mountain bike ride.  I figured a quick run up and down Poly Brody to get her used to riding on rough terrain and give her chance to get used to changing gears and climbing.

She got winded on the first climb so we took the rest pretty easy.  I clearly need to get her riding a lot more so she can build up her stamina.  She was very determined not to walk, sometimes it just couldn't be helped.

The last big hill, we walked it together.  This is actually a really tough section that I had trouble getting up when I started riding.  While it's dual track, the rocks are a lot bigger and there are leaves all over the place.  To clean the climb, especially on a Single Speed, you need to figure out the right lines.  She got up half way, where we posed for this picture and then finished walking to the top where we had a snack and some water.

I am getting her her own hydration pack  I will probably just give her one of the Hydrapaks that I one last year.  It's red and will match her bike nicely and I will go back to my brown one.  We road of total of 5.5 miles from the house and back, 4 of which were on dirt.  She loved it and can't wait to go again.

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