April is the New May

By:  Ben
April 14, 2010 12:50 pm | Category: Mountain Biking, Quick Update

With the ski areas closing and the snow fast disappearing from the high peaks, what’s a famous internet skier to do? There’s still some good snow for the taking in the northern mountains, but for those of us stuck in the Upper Valley region it’s a long drive and approach for only a few turns. Fortunately, for those weekday post-work evenings, the local trails are drying out nicely a month ahead of schedule!

Tom carving a turn

Mountain biking is fun. It feels a lot like skiing, and here in NH you can get a great ride in an hour or two with no driving. A well-built mountain bike trail can make you feel like you’re getting way out in the woods, even if you’re only a mile from the nearest road. My friend Tom and I decided to head out after class and check out some trails Tom cleaned recently.

Tom doesn’t really like staying on the ground

With the exception of a few mud patches we walked around, the trails were riding really well – almost completely dry and freshly raked.

Sometimes you gotta show off!

This wasn’t our first ride of the spring, but it was certainly the most “in-season” feeling ride yet! Spring melt is always a sad time for skiers, especially when it comes a month ahead of schedule, so it’s nice to have some other options coming in!

Tom getting some air as we race daylight to get back home

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  1. chris
    wrote on April 14th, 2010 at 8:54 pm  

    Lookin fun & nice bike, is that a Santa Cruz Nomad?

    • Ben
      wrote on April 14th, 2010 at 10:20 pm  

      yep! tom just got it over the winter and LOVES it…

  2. Harvey44
    wrote on April 15th, 2010 at 8:47 am  

    So if 10″ is the new 40″ and April is the new May … not sure I like where this is going …

    Nice pics. MTB is fun, but nothing can replace skiing, for me.

    • Ben
      wrote on April 15th, 2010 at 2:03 pm  

      I completely agree! But as the snow recedes to the higher mountains you start to have to do a lot of driving and approaching to get to the goods, so it’s harder to get out for anything less than a full day. Mountain biking (and climbing, whitewater kayaking, hiking, etc.) are a great afterwork supplement!

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