People from all over New England were off to the races at the Nordic Trail Festival in Presque Isle.
One of the bike race winners was eleven years old was Raheia Schall from Vermont.It was a gorgeous day for the kids and the adults to gather and have friendly competition by bike or foot.
She says she was excited to participate for a 5th year!
“The Trail fest is a special weekend,” says Mike Chasse, the event Dir. “We have this wonderful facility here and it’s just a time when we can all come together from all over New England and Presque Isle residence and celebrate being outdoors, running, hiking, biking.”
After clearing The Spine, several choices lie ahead. You can either drop riders left and ride the precipitous slopes into Mill D, or soldier ahead towards Mill Creek and Park City. Mill D offers eight miles of deluxe single track, several pulse-pounding drops, and long straightaways for some warp-speed excitement. You will see moose, birds of prey and a slew of hikers making their way up towards the lakes. Emptying out on Big Cottonwood Canyon road you can pick up your personal shuttle or hitch back to your car. Make a pit stop at Silver Fork Lodge and Restaurant for a pick me up on their outside patio before returning to your car.
If you elected to stay up on the ridge, you will find more meandering single track and numerous rock gardens that threaten cranks and derailleurs. Large meadows of wildflowers and loose descents greet you as you reach the next decision point. The traditionalist will fade left into Millcreek Canyon, while futuristic shred necks might cruise over on the Ridge Connector and meet up with the Mid Mountain trail in Park City. Favoring the original route, dropping into upper Big Water is fast and flowy before reaching some tighter switchbacks. After passing the Dog Lake turn off, the trail becomes akin to a dirt sidewalk.
The thousands of annual hikers have packed the ground into a silky-smooth surface that begs to be ridden at mach schnell, so make sure and use your bell. Finishing off at the upper parking lot in Millcreek Canyon marks the end of the dirt, but if you parked your car in the city and took the shuttle, then you’ve got another eight miles of twisty paved road ahead. Take the Pipeline turn off at Elbow Fork for some more dirty action and finish the ride in style through Rattlesnake Gulch. Arriving back at Wasatch Blvd, you can toast your buddies to a ride well done.
All sorts of activities were planned with barbeques, camping and other festivities that started on Friday.
All of the kids were given ice cream and trophies to encourage them to enjoy the outdoors and on the trails.