How to survive a mountainbike ride with temperatures of 101 degrees Fahrenheit? 101°F is equals 38°C. Normally I’m not a real fan of biking with this extreme heat, but when in Moab, you just can’t ignore an adventurous ride on the slick rock and the famous Slick Rock Trail.
For every mountainbike lover, this trail is a true must-do when vacationing around Moab, Utah. Here are some of our tips and tricks to make the most out of this epic trail.
– Get up very early, so if you’re renting a bike, pick it up the day before so you can start pedaling before sunrise. In the morning the sun is not yet at its most powerful point. During the day, it can easily give you a sunstroke while pedalling on the rocks. If you get an early start you will be ready before the sun really starts to go crazy!
– Take breaks to put suncream that will protect you from the sun. As I’m just a pale guy who’s not really used to sun (if we have an unlucky summer) this was essential. There is nowhere to hide from the sun, because there’s just no trees. Just rocks. And sand. That’s it.
– Drink lots and lots and lots of water (or Gatorade). This way your body will not dehydrate as easy as it wants to. It will also give you enough power to get up the little step rocks. (The climbs are very tricky, but no long endurance climbs.)
– Follow the white dots. The whole Slick Rock Trail is covered with the white stripes (I can hear the Seven Nation Army tune … would have been epic on this trail haha) which lead you around the trail and make sure you don’t loose track…
If you are not sure about your fitness and experience, I would recommend doing the ‘practice’ loop first. This practice loop is not too far from the parking lot and will give you a good example of what you can expect on the rest of the trail.
From the track you can look down on the Colorado River and on the town of Moab. Some riders say the Slick Rock Trail is the best MTB trail in North America. I won’t disagree that easily on that, but then again there are probably also other nice places with for example nice single tracks through forests with uncountable amount of trees. These places are on my wish list. But if I’m ever back in Moab I won’t resist to ride out again.
For further reading about this trail, the Discover Moab site may be useful.
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