I Mountain biked my friggin' ass off at this place. Wow, what a great scene and a great vibe. The park had about 30 miles of trails. Not particularly technical...mostly smooth fast trails, but lots of dips and elevation changes. You found yourself really pedaling hard to get the momentum to bring you up the next hill, so every trail you hit hard and fast. We rode 13 miles on Thursday and 20 miles Friday and Saturday....about 13 miles in the AM, and then rest on various demo bikes. TONs of bikes everywhere. Many trails were designated one way, which helped alot. But some trials allowed two way traffic, so you had to be careful/courteous to passing and oncoming traffic.
I demo'd three bikes:
-a Surly extreme fat tire bike, Damn, that was fun. Heavy to ride uphill, but amazing traction, and rolled over rock gardens like it wasn't even there. I'd love to play with one more, but I can't justify owning it.
-a $6000 Niner "jet" bike (Carbon Fiber), Fastest bike i ever rode...super light, very responsive. Kind of nice to see what a $6K bike feels like, but I ain't bitin'. Last thing I need is such a gourmet taste in bikes,.
-Giant Trance X1 29er...(which is right between the two bikes I own...a Trance X2 26er, and the Giant Anthem X2 29er.) Felt nice, but only subtle differences between it and my bikes.
-A Mountain unicycle. LOL... Well, I tried to balance on one anyway, but failed. will take some time.
The festival was very well run. I dont' know how many years they've hd this festival, but clearly it's been improved upon over it's history. About 2000 mt bikers in attendance, all camped all over the place. Came from all over too.
Nice band scene on Friday night too, ...Kind of had that "3rd stage at a music festival" feel...but lots of people came out for it and enjoyed. Free beer. Some food vendors.
Damn, I had such a blast. Gonna have to go back to this place, festival or not.