Right now we are caught between fall and winter. There are signs of both seasons, but neither is dominating the other. A defining characteristic about this time is the grey, featureless days. The sun is a blur behind a shapeless mist.
Most of the local trails are gooey right now. One network that is still in good shape however is the Provo Canyon race course. There was once a thriving weekly series on this course, which has since been replaced by the Sundance/Soldier Hollow series. The races here were the first I ever did. Those were the races I met many of the people who are regular riding buddies now. The Gibson’s and Gillespie’s would turn 3 laps fast than I could do 2.
The races are long gone, but the trails remain a staple in my riding. They are a mix of tight turns, roller coaster ups and downs, long climbs and fast traverses. In fact, the course makes a great testing ground for new gear. It is where I go to test out new wheels, lights, components and even fitness. The race loop is an excellent off road TT route. So, while the races are gone, the trail remains a favorite. It is an “old standby”, a route that despite riding countless times, never seems to get old.