mtwmbw wrote:Stocksdale will try your fitness, plenty of up and down. It will get you fit.
If it makes you feel better I first met Planet Tony laying flat in the middle of the trail exhausted from his first ride in years. Now he rides 5 laps at a time at Stocksdale.
PlanetTony wrote:Also, through some extensive-but-not-too-scientific research with my trusty Garmin, I can confidently say that Stocksdale the most elevation gain per mile than any of the other area trails (Smithville, Swope, Landahl, SMP), but does "trick you" due to it's otherwise friendly demeanor.
I think your elevation-gain-per-mile research would be a very interesting stat to post for each trail in the area.
Anejo wrote:Great info!
I bet Wyco and Krug have pretty high numbers as well. Like Stocksdale, they are built on substantial periglacial loess formations that offer quite a bit of topographical relief.
PlanetTony wrote:....oh, and since you didn't ask, I'll go ahead and offer my personal favorite recipe for pain: ride first lap CCW, and when you come out of that do a complete Skillz Loop around the inside field/grass area, then re-enter going CW. It is two different trails depending on direction and you'll get to work on some handling skills between each lap to give the heart & lungs a break while brain-to-muscle coordination gets a work out.
Of course, repeat this drill as many times as you can stand it, altering direction - it works out to damn-near-exactly 5 miles per lap...I like nice even mileage
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