Wednesday, May 19, 2010
TSE Camp Day 3, Raystown Lake
Raystown Lake is a man-made serpentine 29,000 acre project with 12 public access areas, a 8,000 acre lake, picnic areas, beaches, boat launches, campgrounds, trails, hunting, fishing, marina concession stands and is operated and maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers.
IMBA to create a trail network there. They are the Allegrippis Trails: rolling, machine-cut singletrack full of banked turns, ups and downs and whoop-di-doos. This XC was going to be Stage 4 of the TSE. The terrain required a completely differnent type of riding than the first two days of the camp: as Mike described it, "this will be a day to work on high speed handling and short sharp efforts as the trails at Alegrippis encourage speed throughout." The singletrack was as well-groomed as White Clay, DE, barely a rock and nary a log or stick in sight, but the whoop-di-doos were higher than at White Clay and there would be several in succession which made it tough to keep your wheels on the ground. They could LAUNCH you as I discovered later.
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