State College’s own Ryan Leech whipped up a preview of this weekend’s segments at the NoTubes PARocks! Enduro weekend. While these fun segments await each day, before and between we up the enjoyment more with 7 Mountains Lodge, Freeze Thaw Cycles, Happy Valley Brewing Company, Home D Pizzeria and Robin Hood Brewing, Gemelli Bakers, The Cheese Shoppe and Stan’s NoTubes in on all the goodness.
Info on the weekend is on the NoTubes PARocks! page with a link to reg too.
Come out Friday night for a fun ride with Aaron Snyder on Tussey Ridge from the future site of the 7 Mountains Lodge at 5PM – free camping there this weekend and some cooking out on Friday evening too.
Saturday night offers up an evening soiree (I don’t even know what that means) at Freeze Thaw Cycles in downtown State College, of course you’ll find all sorts of other fun to get into in downtown State College too!
Sunday we start and finish right from Home D Pizzeria and Robin Hood Brewing Company. Stick around and grab some grub after you finish your wild ride through Rothrock and cheer on those taking home the Mid-Atlantic Super Series overall Enduro prizes.
Info on all this stuff is found by clicking on that link above.
Without further ado, here’s Ryan!
Stage 1: Sassafras-XX After a fun and technical ridge-top singletrack ride, the start of Sassy will include a few back country features before hitting the fast and loose singletrack bomber with limited visibility that dumps you into a tight turn that you’re sure to blow through. This stage will be fairly long, with the bottom section running smoother, twisty and tight through some younger forest. This section undulates and twists and will require endurance and keen attention.
Stage 2: Peep to Bear Gap.
You might hate this one, but it’s good for you. You’ll barrel down Peep to start, a straight and only slightly treacherous ripper that quickly runs out and into a climby-twisty middle section before you hit Coopers Gap Road. Take a right on Coopers for a minute before dropping into a tasty ripper called Bear Gap. This one is a fast straight shot through the Hemlocks, it’s rocky and a bit rutted. End at the bottom of this section.
Stage 3: Pigpile & BR&S starts on another ridge-top singletrack. Pigpile is a rolly, slightly downhill with a ridable log. Although the ups are slight, you’ll feel them. A quick right turn onto BR&S will deliver you onto the most fun trail of the day. It’s short, narrow, mostly smooth with a few ridable boulders and a fast and chilly stream crossing before a short punch up to the end.
Stage 4: Ruff Gap starts off pedally but fast with some tricky chicanes before it starts dropping in. Ruff is a rocky ripper that’s part of the Wilderness 101 and one of the local favorites. Expect steep, fast and rocky on this one.
Green Shoot…it’s a painful up to Greenshoot, but this descent features a bit of everything from twisty loam to fast bench-cut and finally into some gnarly PA rocks.
Stage 2: Little Shingletown to Sand Spring. After a little hump to the ridge top, Little Shingletown is an open double track that will demand your pedal power. A hard left turn into Sand Spring will test your moxie and control. It is mildy rocky with a ramped log crossing and a finish through a stream up to Laurel Run road.
Stage 3: Croyle. Flat out, long, rocky with only a minimal number of turns. This is a tiring and fast segment that drops a lot of vertical and requires some keen technical ability. Nothing is super steep, just steady and fast with a few rutted sections.
Stage 4: WildCat Gap. This is like looking into the jaws a huge great white shark. It’s fast, very technical and relentless. The bottom section is brutal as it plummets through a burly rock field and through a small drainage that constantly changes the layout. Right now it’s difficult. Here momentum and confidence are key.
Stage 5: Old Shingletown Trail. Hope that you saved some last nuggets of energy for this fast and technical bomber. Every rock on this trail wants to puncture your tires, and every section of this trail wants to push you off line. It’s mostly a straight shot but lines are key and floating over rocks is a good strategy, if you have anything left.”