Mid-November B and I got out for 3 amazing laps on Cypress. There's been a lot of snowfall on the mountains lately, and it'd come down to a little ways below the start of the trails.
We started with a lap down Paul Hogans and into what's left of Family Guy. James picked us up at the bottom and shuttled up for our next 2 laps, first of which was Fifth Horsemen. In my opinion this is one of the most fun and difficult trails up there. We took a few minutes to enjoy our first snowfall of the year before we made our way down.
There is a lot of rock on Fifth, and a lot of steep. Combining the two is what makes it so challenging. You really have to pick your lines all the way down and finesse that braking.
And of all the sections on the trail, this is the steepest. It's like riding down a very steep staircase, where the steps are huge and uneven and covered in roots and mud. And you have to ride down it at an angle. And there's no side rail. And it's a long ways down! Oh it's fun!
Bryden pulled out the racer line - straight and fast... and smooth as always.
It's hard to capture the steepness on film, but it's there.
B checking out one of the rock faces.
Our final lap was a run down every racer's favourite on that mountain: Mystery DH. It's by far the fastest and smoothest trails on Cypress, and a great way to finish off an awesome day of riding! It starts higher than most trails so it had the most snow of the day. Riding in snow is almost like riding in the wet, but magnified. You really have to stay loose and not fight the constant slipping around that your tires do. Easier said than done of course...