A mountain biker's favorite recipe
Jul
06
2016

Let's be honest, mountain bikers are a unique bunch. Often I'll come back from a ride sweaty, bleeding, and covered in mud and my wife will look at my grin and ask, "So... This is fun for you?"


But my wife's wisecracks aside, I get where she's coming from. When people hear us (mountain bikers) talk about what happens on the trail - well not every thing - they tend to look at us like we're crazy. We spend hours and hours playing in the woods on bikes. We get a little crazy. We get a little weird.


A good day on a mountain bike involves 5 key elements.


  1. Friends - While solo rides can be a great way to decompress, nothing beats hot laps with your comrades.

     
  2. A trail - 'Cause, ya know... Duh.

     
  3. A bike - Since if you didn't have one it would just be hiking.

     
  4. Nutrition - This may come as a surprise but mountain bikers are people, too, and they need nourishment.

     
  5. Drink - Sometimes water, sometimes beer, always satisfying. 

Now that you know the 5 key elements to a great ride, you're probably wondering about specifics. Well, I won't play favorites with #1, but I can shed light on #2-5. My favorite trail is All In over in the Hardy Road Trails. It's a long, constant climb up 800' of singletrack. Then after you've huffed and puffed your way to the top - and enjoyed a little of #4 and #5 - lower the seat and blast down the trail again. My bike of choice is a Yeti 575. For most rides I like to throw some Gu Chews and Mini Clif Bars in my bag to keep me from bonking. When it comes to drink, I'm easy to please, plain water does me just fine.


But I'm far from an expert, so I decided to ask the local riders what they like.


 



Justin (& Blu)


Favorite trail: All In (Hardy Road)

Favorite bike: Trek Remedy 8

Favorite trail food: Doritos

Favorite trail drink: PBR


 


Matt playing in the dirt


Matt


Favorite bike: Whichever isn't broken

Favorite trail: The next one to be built

Favorite trail food: Little Super Market Breakfast Sandwich

Favorite trail drink: Hardy Road spring water


 


Josh


Favorite bike: Santa Cruz 5010

Favorite trail: Ridge Trail (The Flume)

Favorite trail food: Swedish Fish and Keebler's Cheese-on-Cheese Crackers

Favorite trail drink: Founders All Day IPA (for longer rides he prefers Coor's Banquet Beer)


 


Mike likes his trail steep and gnarly!


Mike


Favorite bike: Yeti 303

Favorite trail: Freedom Trail (Whiteface Mountain)

Favorite trail food: PB sandwiches

Favorite trail drink: Water


 


Mr. Bill


Favorite bike: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR

Favorite trail: All In (Hardy Road)

Favorite trail food: Swedish Fish

Favorite trail drink: Founders All Day IPA


 


Kellee


Favorite bike: Yeti 575

Favorite trail: Hardy Road

Favorite trail food: Gummy Worms (with a trip to R. F. McDougalls after riding)

Favorite trail drink: PBR


 


Lean in 


Shane


Favorite bike: Specialized Enduro 29er

Favorite trail: Good Luck (Hardy Road) and the Wilmington Dirt Jumps

Favorite trail food: Swedish Fish

Favorite trail drink: Firestone Walker Easy Jack


 


Mike likes his trails like he likes his coffee: strong, er... gnarly or whatever.


Mike


Favorite bike: Giant Glory 0

Favorite trail: Cliffs of Insanity (Whiteface Mountain)

Favorite trail food: Stoke

Favorite trail drink: Strong coffee (pre-ride) and water


 


So there you have it. The long and short of it is this: the riding in the Whiteface Region has never been better and apparently Swedish Fish may be some form currency.



This week in related ADK trail mix news:


Meals worth making the trip for


Recipes for success


More s’mores, please


Farmers’ market challenge


Something fishy along the Coast


Fabulous fair food


Gluten free hiking


 

Author:
Dan Cash

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