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jimw - I live in Napa Valley, California. If I ever head down to Carmel to visit my brother,
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So your the one building all the stunts behind Pacific Union College.


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SIIIIIIICK!!!!!!

My bike is broke and winter is here, but now i wanna ride!

Thanx for those pix man!

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Ecobrad wrote:
So your the one building all the stunts behind Pacific Union College.


I'm not the one building the stunts. There are probably at least 2-3 different factions of downhillers with their 70 pound bikes that have been working on those.
I'm a hardtail, crosscountry rider that likes to stick to the ground.
I have built a bunch of singletracks. They are beautiful works of art that wind through the woods. Some of which are incredibly steep descents.
My trails are noninvasive, narrow, contour the landscape and are erosion resistant. I work on them constantly.
Do you ride here ecobrad?


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Ecobrad wrote:
So your the one building all the stunts behind Pacific Union College.


I'm not the one building the stunts. There are probably at least 2-3 different factions of downhillers with their 70 pound bikes that have been working on those.
I'm a hardtail, crosscountry rider that likes to stick to the ground.
I have built a bunch of singletracks. They are beautiful works of art that wind through the woods. Some of which are incredibly steep descents.
My trails are noninvasive, narrow, contour the landscape and are erosion resistant. I work on them constantly.
Do you ride here ecobrad?


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Ecobrad wrote:
So your the one building all the stunts behind Pacific Union College.


I'm not the one building the stunts. There are probably at least 2-3 different factions of downhillers with their 70 pound bikes that have been working on those.
I'm a hardtail, crosscountry rider that likes to stick to the ground.
I have built a bunch of singletracks. They are beautiful works of art that wind through the woods. Some of which are incredibly steep descents.
My trails are noninvasive, narrow, contour the landscape and are erosion resistant. I work on them constantly.
Do you ride here ecobrad?


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I used to ride Angwin on a regular basis. I lived in Petaluma and would hit up Angwin a bunch cause they're cool with dogs off leash. I started riding there a long time ago and miss it dearly. I moved away a couple years ago.

I remember 16-20 mile rides without riding the same downhill singletrack twice. Narrow, twisting s/t everywhere. Many scabs have been shed riding the Squeeze Box. I know you know what I'm talking about.

No doubt those stunts are going to piss off the 7th Day Adventist. Those trails just can't take the abuse. Where do you build s/t? :)


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I've often wondered about the liability issue with the owners of the land (PUC), with all the ladders, bridges
and man-made stunts. Some of them are insane. I know of a 20 foot drop they built. There are a lot of natural
rock drops that the college can't tear down. So far, the stunt building has eluded the college ( I guess - it's still there...)
I have been building singletrack trail there for 4 or 5 years now.

Been riding in Angwin for about 10 years/3-5 days/week. Most of the singletrack that I 'build', are old singletracks
that have gone unused for decades. There are deer trails and then there are old singletracks. They are everywhere.
I open up the old singletracks. Many, many years ago (the college has been there for over 100 years), the 4H camp
below the Forest Service was in operation and the horses had trails going everywhere.

Donkeys and horses designed all the singletracks and regularly traveled the Downieville area during the gold rush.
These are the animals that are responsible for the first singletracks. think about it...

The same goes for Angwin. The trails are EVERYWHERE. It's mindboggling. There are places in the forest that
I haven't visited in months.
Two trails that I designed/opened up, are Big Boulder and Fall Line.
Took several weeks just to figure out how to ride them!

As far as the trails not holding up - Not True!
Me, myself and I are the only people outside of the college rec. department(that sets the races up), that do any trail
maintenance. I clean up all the storm debris and the loggers mess.
I rebuild the berms and block off switchback cutters.
The soil is loam/clay. Very durable and drains well. There is no mud.
While the clay surfaces are slick in a high speed power turn, the ground surface is tacky and grippy.
Great for climbing the steeps and sticking your line in a downpour.

The winter is the best time to ride Angwin.


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:editing multiple posts:

does this bring back memories, Ecobrad?!

This map shows maybe 20 percent of the singletrack available to ride.
The real map is on the wall in my house...!
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I've often wondered about the liability issue with the owners of the land (PUC), with all the ladders, bridges
and man-made stunts. Some of them are insane. I know of a 20 foot drop they built. There are a lot of natural
rock drops that the college can't tear down. So far, the stunt building has eluded the college ( I guess - it's still there...)
I have been building singletrack trail there for 4 or 5 years now.

Been riding in Angwin for about 10 years/3-5 days/week. Most of the singletrack that I 'build', are old singletracks
that have gone unused for decades. There are deer trails and then there are old singletracks. They are everywhere.
I open up the old singletracks. Many, many years ago (the college has been there for over 100 years), the 4H camp
below the Forest Service was in operation and the horses had trails going everywhere.

Donkeys and horses designed all the singletracks and regularly traveled the Downieville area during the gold rush.
These are the animals that are responsible for the first singletracks. think about it...

The same goes for Angwin. The trails are EVERYWHERE. It's mindboggling. There are places in the forest that
I haven't visited in months.
Two trails that I designed/opened up, are Big Boulder and Fall Line.
Took several weeks just to figure out how to ride them!

As far as the trails not holding up - Not True!
Me, myself and I are the only people outside of the college rec. department(that sets the races up), that do any trail
maintenance. I clean up all the storm debris and the loggers mess.
I rebuild the berms and block off switchback cutters.
The soil is loam/clay. Very durable and drains well. There is no mud.
While the clay surfaces are slick in a high speed power turn, the ground surface is tacky and grippy.
Great for climbing the steeps and sticking your line in a downpour.

The winter is the best time to ride Angwin.


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