MTB Trips 2008

October 2008: Adirondacks, Inlet, NY. This year the fall season is treating us very well. Alex, Gustavo, and Lukas are heading out for a traditional ADK ride.

Our modest little boathouse at camp O-kwa-riga.
Gustavo and Lukas posing for the heroic "before" picture. Alex thinks he'd rather go fishing.
Fall definitely arrived in the Adirondacks.
Gustavo reaching the top of Black Bear Mountain.
Everybody happy and cheerful on top of Black Bear Mountain.
Lukas on the edge.
Alex on the uphill.
Gustavo on the downhill.
We deserve a beer!

August 2008 - August 2009: El Garraf, Barcelona, Spain. One year of MTBing in Catalunya. There were many great rides and sights. Check out this link.


August 2008: Ganondogan Trail, Victor, NY. A lovely day in August. My last ride with Barbara before taking off to Spain.

Grassland Trail towards Long House.
Barbara enjoying a well deserved rest on Great Brook.

August 2008: Letchworth State Park, Mt. Morris, NY. Another classic - the Finger Lakes Trail from Mt. Morris Dam along letchworth canyon towards the falls. 24 miles of solitude with lots of ups and downs.

Not that you haven't seen a Ford Taurus before, but this is the last appearance. It got retired after this ride, a very loyal MTB companion for more than 10 years.
The views speak for themselves…
This mean sign was mistaken for a trail marker (I followed trail #8). Cost me some extra miles down and up the canyon.
A small incident along the last few miles.
Energy's gone.

July 2008: Camp Cutler, Bristol, NY. Time again for one of the great classic rides! This time with an international race team: Palash, Gustavo, Loni, and Lukas.

The Brazilian bikes and smiles all the way to the top.
The Indian only smiles…
…while the Swiss swear and scream!
Yes, everybody is happy after a great downhill! Palash Bharadwaj, Gustavo Cancado, and Loni Novotny.

June 2008: Dryer Road, Victor, NY. Yes, yes, this Dryer Road Park is permanently reoccurring on this site. But hey, it's one of the finest rides close by. This time with Loni and Handy.

Well, well. Handy cheating again. Surprised?
Oh, it's because he sighted a lovely, little fawn.
Meanwhile, even Loni is pushing her bike…
…obviously reaching her limits.

June 2008: Stid Hill, Bristol, NY. Unbelievable - this is Handy Gelbard's first appearance on this site. Should you not know: It's HIM, Mr. MTB! Reincarnation of ancient high-tech. Usually, he's too fast to be caught on camera. But not on this very lovely day in June.

Arriving at the foot of Stid Hill. One of NANOCAR's longest trips.
Stid Hill smiling.
Handy caught cheating! He never does this, but today…
…he's even pushing his bike downhill!!!!
Major brakes!!

May 2008: Dryer Road Park, Victor, NY. After years, Bennett Goldberg made another appearance in Rochester.

Bennett enjoying the downhill. Check out his knees…
Trying to impress on CMP (Check My Pants) trail.
Barely made it.
Well deserved rest on top of Fort Hill.
Not so fresh anymore. Ready to go home.

January 2008: Fort Hill and Ganondogan Trail, Victor, NY. This was a very optimistic ride in Rochester's backlands. Only one day later we got covered in snow and the next ride had to wait until the end of March.

This is Gabriel, Brazilian churascero and samba dancer. Usually, he rides the bike, but there was far too much feijoada this winter.
A loughy winter landscape.
Gabriel reaching the top, swearing like a trooper.
Indian Longhouse on Boughton Hill - once the Seneca Nation's principal village. Wiped out by the French Army. Today, it is Ganondogan State Historic Site.