Published on September 16th, 2016 | by gatsbyadmin0
“Hill Bombing” – Keystone Resort Bike Park
Sometimes you get the itch to try something new you’ve seen a thousand times before and that’s what happened with Downhill Mountain Biking this past week up at Keystone Resort. Getting up early, eager to start ripping down the narrow, dirt trails, but still a bit nervous because I’ve always been more comfortable on a board. After grabbing the bikes, padding up shins, forearms and our noggins in the rental shop at the base, we jumped on the lift and headed for the top of Keystone. It’s a new experience seeing your favorite ski hills with no snow, but still get some hot laps in on the mountain.
Being our first time/ run of the day, we set out for a 7 mile mellow, green trail that flowed across the front face of the mountain and throughout the trees. After a few minutes on the petals, the comfort level starts to really pick up, clearing tabletops felt like nothing because of the bike’s full suspension. Cruising through the narrow trees gives a sense of freedom from the outside world; the mind is only focused on your perfect line, with minimal use of the brakes (for fear of sliding over the tight, dirt corners). You can’t forget all the wooden tracks that loop and randomly drop back to trails; you’ll be white-knuckling the handlebars for dear life. Cutting across the dense tress, we spotted two baby deer chilling on the onside of the trail, we thought that was the perfect time to enjoy a nice lil Safety Sesh (joint stop) and admire nature in its purest form. Adventuring Colorado never gets old.
Written and Photos by: Kyle Schwartz @backcountrylostboy