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. That was my compromise to be able to ride with the lady. 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.