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look like a good place to ride. U awesome
Cool to see you up here in Chico riding. How do you like Bidwell?
Ben Johnson It was challenging. I was in my head and couldn’t quite get my groove. The climb up South Rim was a hell of a workout. Guardian down was a bit more pedally than I was expecting. You earn every inch there, up & down. I’m interested in the North side. I hear it’s a bit faster over there.
Yeah there's a big learning curve to riding bidwell. Takes awhile to learn how to make it 'flow'. But after riding it for awhile it makes you a better rider. Yeah climbing 10 mile sucks, I generally avoid it. Guardian has sections that are super flowy and fast and sections that are super pedally. Bidwell tends to have either pedally super-d type descents (guardian, Middle trail, etc) or steep loose gnarly fall-line descents (winston, red bud, live oak, etc) and no in-between. Go-to north side loop is North Rim-> B-> Middle. North Rim is a long rocky tiring climb. B is fun - rocky switchbacks, longest sustained descent in the park. Coming back on Middle has a few high speed descents and many pedally flats and punchy climbs. On the south side, Secret trail and Cat Run are pretty fast/fun. There's great stuff up in Redding I'd recommend too such as swasey or french fry.
I'll definitely go back to Bidwell to try the other side of the creek. It's funny, I told one of the guys yesterday, I'm sure if you ride here all the time and have the lines down you can make this a lot more fun. Knowing when to shift or prepare to pedal and carry speed is worth it's weight in gold at a place like that. I'm looking forward to riding in the Redding or Whiskeytown area. I've heard good things. Thanks for the info on the routes!!!
Yeah totally. It's a massive home field advantage in races like the annual bidwell bump. Yeah the enticer flow trail up in redding is pretty sweet!