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Richard Hespen   on Jan 16, 2019
added a review of Captain Ahab
 

This is in the Amasa Back Area and it is one of the best trails I've ever ridden. It is...
+ 14 others
 

This fun trail was probably king in its day. It's still fast and fun, but the berms and rollers are...
Richard Hespen   on Jan 16, 2019
added a review of Burro Pass
 

The top of the Whole Enchilada. After climbing to the top (part hike-a-bike), the downhill starts at treeline and is...
Richard Hespen   on Jan 16, 2019
added a review of Amasa Back Area
 

This is an amazing area to ride with world-class red rock scenery. Captain Ahab is the gem when it comes...
Richard Hespen   on Jan 16, 2019
added a review of Amasa Back Trail
 

This is a gnarly jeep trail with some good tech. I prefer the singletrack in the area, but this is...
Richard Hespen   on Jan 16, 2019
added a review of Rays Indoor Mtb Park
 

Awesome place, but kind of overrated. I would much rather ride outside. Plus, $100 dollars to bring the whole family...
Richard Hespen   on Jan 16, 2019
added a review of Joe's Ridge
 

This was my favorite trail at 18 Roads. Fast and fun.

Although this is a great area to ride, I was slightly disappointed, as I expected more based on reviews. I...
Richard Hespen   on Jan 16, 2019
added a review of Seven Springs
 

This is a fun bike park! It certainly pales in comparison to western bike parks, but I rode all day...
 

This is a great network of trails with easy access. Most of the trails are relatively beginner friendly with amazing...
Richard Hespen   on Jan 16, 2019
added a review of Prime Cut
 

This is primarily used as a climb to some fun downhill lines at 18 roads. It's nothing special, but a...
Richard Hespen   on Jan 16, 2019
added a review of Rainmaker
 

This is one of my favorite lines at Trestle. It is a long jump line of table tops.
Richard Hespen   on Jan 16, 2019
added a review of Porcupine Rim
 

Amazing. I rode this as part of the Whole Enchilada. UPS and LPS are amazing and unique. The Rim Road...
Richard Hespen   on Jan 16, 2019
added a review of Acadia Carriage Roads
 

These are just gravel roads and I would not consider this mountain biking. Still, the scenery is amazing and there...
 

This is a warm up for Phase 1. It drains horribly, so watch the weather. This is worth hitting if...
Richard Hespen   on Jul 22, 2018
added a video of Captain Ahab
 
Richard Hespen   on Sep 6, 2017
added a review of Sharpshooter
 

This is a short trail that is an intermediate line off of Down Time, that provides a more exciting finish....
Richard Hespen   on Sep 6, 2017
added Sharpshooter
 
This is an intermediate trail that can be as an option from Down Time for a better finish at the...
Richard Hespen   on Aug 22, 2017
added a review of North Backbone
 

Grreat trail as part of the Arkansas Hills trail system. This is a nice piece of singeltrack, and it is...
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Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Trail 401
 

I rode this for the first time in 4 years. This is still one of the most beautiful places on...
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Doctor Park
 

I rode this for the first time in 4 years and it is still one of the finest rides anywhere....
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Reno Divide Road
 

What can I say about this? It has amazing, but bring your lungs!
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Flag
 

This trail was a huge disappointment. It has been completely shredded by motorcycles, and the huge holes and ruts are...
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Austin Badger Park
 

Fun, machine-built flow trail with berms, rollers, and table tops. Lots of fun, and you can catch serious air on...
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Primer
 

Fun, easy trail from the top of Evolution.
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Lower Lower Loop
 

This is the easiest part of the Lower Loop trail system and is perfect for beginners and it has great...
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Easy Street
 

This is the beginner trail at Snowshoe. It is well built and plenty of fun. I couldn't get my wife...
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Lower Loop
 

This is an easy trail system that can be ridden straight from town. Great for beginners.
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Arkansas Hills
 

This is a great trail system that can be ridden from downtown Salida. It is built on "S" mountain and...
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Deadman Gulch
 

The Deadman's switchbacks have been shredded by motorcycles, leaving huge ruts and mud pits. They are still fun, but not...
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Luge
 

Intermediate trail at Evolution. This is a flowy trail with nice berms where you can maintain serious speed. Lots of...
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Bear
 

Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadman has been mostly ruined by motorcycles. Still, the Bear decent remains a gem in the loop and is still...

I was stoked to ride this loop and I came a way disappointed. This might have been great at some...
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Snowshoe Bike Park
 

This is the best riding in the East. This is the only DH park that can compete with the West....
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Western Territory
 

These are the best trails at Snowshoe. These DH trails can compete with the West!
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Lil Rattler
 

This is a connector trail in the Arkansas Hills trail system.
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Painter Boy
 

Easy trail at Evolution. Not steep and very easy.
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Backbone
 

This is an intermediate trail in the Arkansas Hills trail system.
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Awakening
 

This is a beginner trail at Evolution. Perfect for kids!
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Frontside
 

This trail is the gateway to the Arkansas Hills trail system. It is a great way to climb up on...
Richard Hespen   on Aug 23, 2017
added a review of Upper Lower Loop
 

This is a nice, easy, in town trail that is suitable for beginners. Gotta love the Butte!
Richard Hespen   on Aug 22, 2017
added a review of Budd Trail
 

This is a nice in town trail that is short and easy to get to. It ranges toward the tech...
Richard Hespen   on Aug 22, 2017
added a review of Tenderfoot
 

This is a fun, relatively easy trail as part of the fantastic Arkansas Hills trail system.

Are you kidding me? Is there anything more fun than this? I was in town to ride some trails and...

The original beginner 5 miles is alright, but the new intermediate 5 miles is phenomenal! This might be the best...
Richard Hespen   on Jul 9, 2017
added a video of Brown County Park
 
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added a photo of Excel Bikes
 
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added Excel Bike
 
Excel Bike
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added Cannondale SL4 29er
 
Alloy hardtail 29er
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added a review of Tsali Recreation Area
 

This old-school trail system is often considered over-rated because of the lack of tech and new construction techniques. Still, it...
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Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added a review of Dale Ball
 

Beautiful scenery and some chunky tech. The trails don't flow all that well, and too much elevation is lost on...
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added a review of Saba Beach
 

A fun section of the Jack Rabbit Trails. Stop and enjoy the beach!

A fun, flowy trail system with plenty of fun technical features. It is not nearly as sandy as many other...
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added a review of Burnt Tree Peninsula
 

A fun section of the Jack Rabbit Trails.
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added a review of High Point
 

A fun section of the Jack Rabbit Trails.
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added a review of Burrell Cove
 

A fun section of the Jack Rabbit Trails.
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added a review of Hampton Hills
 

Beginner friendly machine built trails with solid flow. A fun place to ride.
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added a review of Central Loop
 

A fun section of the Jack Rabbit Trails.
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added a review of Oakwood Park
 

A few miles of trail in a local park. It is nothing special that I would purposely travel to, but...
 

Winding singletrack through a beautiful desert. There are extended climbs and descents, as well as plenty of rocky sections that...
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added a review of Yotee's Run
 

A fun section of the Jack Rabbit Trails.
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added a review of Upper Ridge
 

A fun section of the Jack Rabbit Trails.
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added a review of Sneaking Creek
 

A fun section in the Jack Rabbit Trails.
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added a review of East Rim Trail
 

This machine built trail is all berms and rollers with amazing flow and some fun tech. This is one of...
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added a review of Tsali Right Loop
 

This trail meanders along the edge of the lake with great views and lots of climbing. The trail lacks good...
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added a review of La Tierra
 

Although this trail system is not scenic for the area, the trails are, fast, flowy, and loads of fun. The...
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added a review of Jack Rabbit Trails
 

Great trail system with easy riding and nice lake views. Perfect place to take a rookie and get them addicted....
Richard Hespen   on Jun 28, 2017
added a review of Franke Park
 

This is a fun trail with many options. There isn't a ton of elevation change, but the trails make good...
Richard Hespen   on Apr 20, 2017
added a review of Norwalk Reservoir
 

This small trail system is beginner friendly. It can't compete with the big trails, but it's a great place to...
Richard Hespen   on Apr 20, 2017
added a photo of Norwalk Reservoir
 
Richard Hespen   on Apr 20, 2017
added Norwalk Reservoir
 
This is a simple loop with several offshoots. The singletrack is beginner friendly and has plenty of potential. There is...
Richard Hespen   on Apr 20, 2017
added a map of Norwalk Reservoir
 
Richard Hespen   on Feb 4, 2017
updated Bedford Reservation conditions to Fair
 
Richard Hespen   on Jan 8, 2017
updated Mill Stream Run Reservation conditions to Fair
 
Richard Hespen   on Dec 16, 2016
updated Castalia Quarry Reserve conditions to Fair
 
Richard Hespen   on Dec 11, 2016
updated Mill Stream Run Reservation conditions to Fair
 
Richard Hespen   on Dec 1, 2016
added a video of Brown County Park
 
Richard Hespen   on Dec 1, 2016
added Firelands Mountain Bikers
 
Firelands Mountain Bikers
Richard Hespen   on Nov 27, 2016
updated Castalia Quarry Reserve conditions to Poor
 
Richard Hespen   on Nov 13, 2016
updated Mill Stream Run Reservation conditions to Good
 
Richard Hespen   on Nov 6, 2016
updated Castalia Quarry Reserve conditions to Good
 
Richard Hespen   on Sep 7, 2016
updated Findley State Park conditions to Good
 
Richard Hespen   on Jul 1, 2016
added a video of Brown County Park
 
Richard Hespen   on Jun 15, 2016
updated Jack Rabbit Trails conditions to Fair
 
Richard Hespen   on Jun 14, 2016
updated Jack Rabbit Trails conditions to Good
 
Richard Hespen   on May 10, 2016
added a video of Brown County Park
 
Richard Hespen   on Apr 18, 2016
updated Brown County Park
 
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