I have been wanting to get up to Bidwell Park in Chico for quite some time for a few reasons. One, there are mountain bike trails there. Two, Sierra Nevada Brewing is there as well!!! That's a win win in my book! This ride was extremely challenging. For some reason I was completely out of my element and it was not a good ride to be in that space. Overall the climb was a bear, but not a complete shit show. The last part up 10 Mile Road was extremely steep. I won't lie, I walked a bunch of that. However the downhill that followed was really fun, but extremely pedally. I will say that initially after the ride I was a little disappointed in how pedally the downhill section was compared to the amount of work put in on the climb. However, any day on the dirt is a good day, and I was sooooo in my head that day that I'm sure I wasn't rolling through things fast enough to keep the right amount of momentum. With all that being said, I will go back. After watching the footage of the ride a lot of the fun parts came back to me. I think riding Bidwell and going to the brewery afterwards was a great day and definitely will be something that happens again in the future!
I'm just a guy in Northern California that loves riding bikes. Most of my time is spent on a mountain bike. I also own a single speed for around town and commuting. Last but not least I own a cross bike. I couldn't bring myself to buy a road bike just so I could do long road rides that had more climbing than I could handle on the SS. That was my compromise. I'm originally from Pennsylvania and have that blunt east coast attitude. Some people love it, some people hate it. Either way I wake up in the morning.