Originally Posted by Noodles
No, it's not a skinny, although we do have those, but our skinnies are essentially landscape timbers (so maybe 8" wide). We do have some wider (like the ones in your photo) - this past year and this upcoming Spring there has been/is going to be a lot of updates in our trails. They are adding jump areas, trials areas, pump areas - I see signs for "Coming Soon" things.
I've ridden skinnies like those at other trails, but they weren't as long as that.
No, it's one of those banked corners - so you go into the berm and when you come out you've twisted 180 degrees and dropped about 10' (I think). MY problem is that our trails are built on hillsides, so if you are about to go into the berm but look straight past the entry, you are looking downhill. So if you f**k up and go off it, you are going downhill fast and into trees.
So it's a mental thing - I have to have confidence that I will actually turn my bars to follow the berm and NOT lock up and go straight and drop like a stone.
Regarding the 50 mile - it wasn't last year but I think the year before - I did either 26 or 30 miles but that's my farthest.