March 18, 2014
See http://www.mtbepicrides.com/2014/03/jack-brooks-tx-kwik-stats.html for links and pictures.
The written directions are good. But once in the park,the address sends you right at the T, if you use the mapping feature. Go Left.
I usually overlook trail systems as short Jack Brooks in Hitchcock Texas. But Tracy from Bethel Mountain Bike Trail Group said to check it out as it was close to this weeks camp.
Like Ridgeline at Balm/Boyette. Super steep ups and downs await any takers, several have bypasses, all have roots. Commit or go home. You need to rocket down and pedal hard, as early as you can, to make it up and over the next short steepy! The orange arrows are sometimes hard to see, when you are on the rivet and more than one direction changeup comes up while you are fully ensconced in just making the hill.
Then you get to the teeters, ramps, tree splitting ramp up ramp down tabletops and skinnys. The first teeter is actually a compound or double teeter, with the first teeter making a tabletop with the second, before you tilt the second teeter down. The next teeter became a jump/wheelie down ramp at speed. I am not that into stunts, but these were all super fun. Even the up ramps, to get even more height, for the drop down ramp feeding small jumps. One down ramp was so steep, I did not see it, until after I chickened out. Of course, I had to go back and do it over! The main skinny had quit a qualifier, 3 big stumps in a rough pyramid, cut with a canted peak, which took me 3 tries to clean the 30 or so feet remaining. All this is interspersed with tight twisting rooty single track and the Brickyard, which gives a post apocalyptic urban archaeological feel, through the Never Ending trail. If you keep following the arrows after turning onto Never Ending, you could get stuck in a feedback loop and never get off the Mary-go-round.
I did not mind doing laps, with all this variety.
The only downside, aside from being longer, it is intense straight off. So, if you are like me, you will need to warm up first, if you don't want your knees or other body parts to complain.
Except for a few greasy turns, the trail was hard as baked mud, even though it had some rain yesterday and bad storms the day before that. Although the record book only showed a few tenths between the two days. A couple riders, I spoke with, said it was "treacherous" when they rode it wet, two days ago.
Ridgeline From Balm/Boyette in Florida, but on steroids