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6th Annual Moab Ho-Down Mountain Bike Festival  And Moab Mountain Bike Film Fest

October 27, 28, 29 & 30th, 2011

 

Moab Ho Down 2011

Come to Moab this fall and take in the beautiful weather, fall colors and a fun-filled weekend during this annual mountain bike festival.  We expanded the event schedule  which includes a mountain bike film fest.  If you or someone you know has some footage then send it in! We want to see it and wouldn’t you want to see your footage on the big screen at the historical Star Hall in Moab!!  This festival is all about fun and bikes.  We have a Super D and DH race, a townie tour, movies, dirt jump competition and an outrageous costume party.  So start getting your costume idea together and make your way to Moab this October.  Race registration and festival registration is open until October 28th.  

The dirt jump competition is taking place from 1pm until 4pm at the city dirt jumps located on 500 West.  In addition to the Moab Ho-Down is the 6th Annual Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival which is happening the same weekend on Saturday, October 29th from 10am to 4pm.  This event is fun for the whole family and is also the venue for our dirt jump competition.  The Pumpkin Chuckin’ is a charitable event that helps to provide funding for the Youth Garden Project in Moab.  For more info on the Pumpkin Festival you can check out the Youth Garden Project’s website at www.youthgardenproject.org.

Moab Ho Down events

 

 

For more information on the Moab Ho-Down Festival, the event schedule and to register, you can visit the website at www.moabhodown.com.  You can also give  Chile Pepper Bike Shop a call for more info.

Chile Pepper Bike Shop – 435-259-4688

702 S. Main Street, Moab, Utah 84532

www.chilebikes.com

Slickrock Trail

The world famous Slickrock Trail in Moab Utah

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The Slickrock Trail is THE Trail that put Moab on the map, and is probably the worlds most famous trail. Mountain Bikers from around the globe travel to Moab to ride the Slickrock Trail.
There is no doubt that the Slickrock Trail is as fantastic as it is unique, but it is a trail that I have done numerous times, and I never get very exited about the thought of riding the Slickrock Trail. The crowds on this trail can be unbearable, and on a busy day, there are actual waiting lines in front of certain sections of this trail.

So, does the Slickrock Trail live up to it’s world famous reputation?… read on….

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Slickrock Trail Map
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Trail Stats & Information Amasa Back

Nearby Town: Moab
Length: 9.85 miles
Trail Type: Lollipop
Skill Level: [what the books say] Technically very difficult to extremely dangerous. Physically very difficult to abusive
Skill Level: [My Opinion] Technically moderate. Physically demanding
Duration
: Book say’s 2-3 hours my time 2.45 hours
Trailhead Elev
: 4,575 feet
Top Elev: 4,802  feet

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Book Description

This trail is VERY difficult and dangerous. Do not ride alone, but do not bring along you family, your girlfriend, or anyone that you love who is not an advanced rider. Despite the fact that the trail is shown on the Discovery Channel for kids to drool over, it is extremely dangerous and parents should exercise extreme caution with children under 18 (or over) who want to ride here. You could get them into serious trouble. The Slickrock Trail is VERY well marked with painted white lines like the middle of a highway, and there are yellow caution markers and black diamonds to warn you of deadly sections ahead. Be sure to watch for these warnings after you hit the main loop at mile 2.5. Hills on the trail are short, but grueling and very steep. If you let you momentum carry you it could get you into trouble on twisty sections with off-camber turns, but mostly it is momentum that will allow you to ride up the really steep stuff. Traction is fantastic, except when wet or icy. Watch out for winter! Trail Surface: slickrock, obviously, with a painted white line guiding you into the most outrageous situations. At times it is like riding on the outside edge of a 300-foot high basketball.

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My Experience

The first time ever did the Slickrock Trail was 4 years ago, I had just arrived in the USA, and did not realize just how popular this trail actually was. I arrived at the parking lot at about 11am on a Saturday, just to find the parking lot completely full, which meant that there were probably 100’s of riders on the Trail… not a good first impression for me, seeing as I’m an unsociable bastard!!

Now whenever I do the Slickrock Trail I leave at the crack of dawn on a weekday. This time around I was at the trailhead at 7am.. at an empty parking area!!.

Having the Slickrock Trail to yourself as the sun comes up is just a fantastic experience, and I was loving every second of it. It’s probably ‘cos I’m getting older, but it seems like the trail gets more strenuous each year, but because it’s such a fantastic trail you tend to forget you are busting your lungs.
For a fantastic 2.45 hours I did not see a single person on the trail, the first people  I saw was just 10 min. the trailhead, just   starting the ride.  

Conclusion

You can love the Slickrock or you can hate the Slickrock, and it will be your timing that decides which one it will be. The first time I hated it, it was like Disneyland . But when planned right ( if possible) the Slickrock Trail is without doubt an absolute Gem of a trail, and it deserves to be one of the worlds most famous mtb trail.

Other Info:

Traffic on Trail : On this early ride I had the trail to myself. However this trail can be a zoo
Wild Life : Definitely don’t need it on this scenic trail
Scenery : Absolutely Fantastic Moab Scenery.
Other : If possible do an early weekday ride. On weekends / holidays the trail can be VERY busy.

My Trail Rating : 9.5 / 10 [ if timed well ]

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Moab Rim CamparkThis Slickrock Trail review is proudly sponsored by :

Moab Rim Campark

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Bike wash, grassy shaded tent sites with stunning views, Full hook ups, semi hook ups, cabins, group shelters, sheltered areas to tinker on the bikes, and lots more.

The Slickrock Trail is just a 6 min. drive from your campsite.
Moab Rim Campsite has been recommended by “Mountain Bike Mayhem” 4 years running.

Mountain Bikers get 10% discount, just bring your bike(s) and mention MOUNTAIN BIKE MAYHEM

For more info vist : Moab Rim Campark

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Part 1 of a Moab Trails in HDR Compilation. These HDR photo’s were taken on the Hidden Valley onto Moab Rim Trail, Flat Pass Trail, Poison Spider Mesa Trail and the Portage Trail in Moab Utah.

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