25 Trails That Will Help You Do Dupont Right in One Epic Loop

first_imgDupont State Forest garners varied reviews from mountain bikers. While images of knobby tires ripping across slick rock plaster the internet, scores of out-of-towners return home disappointed with Dupont. Too many forest roads; not enough chunderous single track, they say. Local recommendations can mitigate the double track blues, but putting together a totally-worth-the-drive shred session ultimately requires a well-formulated plan. Here is a guide to doing Dupont right in 25 trails. Use it as one continuous loop trail, coming in at just over 25 miles, or break it up by section. Either way, don’t head to DuPont without it.Screen-shot-2016-01-13-at-2.29.14-PMSection 1:Lake Imaging Road (right/1.5 miles) – Hilltop Trail (right/1.1) – Buck Forest Road (right/.25) –  Conservation Road (left/1.5) – Airstrip (left/1.0)Park at the Lake Imaging lot off of Staton Road. Strong riders will quickly smash the climb up Lake Imaging Road. Ease into a moderate flow trail and some fun little berms by forking right onto Hilltop Trail. While the aim is to avoid forest roads, Buck Forest and Conservation lead directly to some of the park’s best trails, and you’ll pass a charming covered bridge spanning over High Falls. Muscle through these forest roads, the longest of the day, and summit at an airstrip with incredible views of Pisgah Forest.  On your left lies the Airstrip Trailhead, an IMBA purpose-built romper with some small jumps and big log to ride across if you’ve got the moxy.Screen-shot-2016-01-13-at-1.06.06-PMSection 2:Shelter Rock (left/.25) – Corn Mill Shoals (left/1.25) – Burnt Mountain (left/2.2) – Little River Trail (right/1.2) – Cedar Rock (left/ .75) – Big Rock (left/0.8) – Corn Mill Shoals (left/1.5)A brief climb on Corn Mills Shoals reveals some playful rock slabs before a descent to a slippery crossing of the Little River. Take the Burnt Mountain loop clockwise for numerous senders and a gnarly little downhill finale.  Mellow double track running alongside the Little River quickly hit Cedar Rock Trail, where a technical climb turns into a steep and straight churner on moss-covered slick rock. Enjoy the expansive vistas before bombing down Big Rock’s wide open lines and chunky rock drops.Screen-shot-2016-01-13-at-1.06.54-PMSection 3:Laurel Ridge (right/0.9) – Mine Mountain (right/1.0) – Fawn Lake Road (right/.25) – Reasonover Creek Trail (left/1.25) -Turkey Knob (right/3.3) – Briery Fork (right/.5) – Grassy Creek (left/1.1)Tracing the backside of Dupont requires a touch of commitment as fewer trails mean fewer opportunities to cash out. Reasonover Creek is otherworldly majestic, a land for gnomes and fairies. As Reasonover Trail climbs and intersects Turkey Knob you’ll bathe in stunning views over Lake Julian. Mine Mountain, Turkey Knob, and Grassy Creek all serve up fast, winding descents, which finally bottom out at a wet-crossing of Grassy Creek. A brief detour to the right leads to the lovely Wintergreen Falls.Screen-shot-2016-01-13-at-12.59.32-PMSection 4:Sandy Trail (left/.5)-  Tarklin Branch (right/.5) – Thomas Cemetery Road (right/.75) – Hooker (left/1.1) –  Hickory Mountain Loop (left/1.1) – Ridge Line (right/1.5)Hump two miles from Grassy Creek toward three of Dupont’s most exhilarating trails. Hooker Trail is obnoxiously quick. Hickory Mountain Loop begins with a slightly tough climb and finishes with an epically flowy, multi-lined attack session. Last summer trail builders turned an already-fast Ridgeline Trail into a silk-smooth, roller-strewn, berm-filled riot.  At day’s end the forest glows, as trees cast the shadows of the setting sun. The wind stings your eyes, your hearts pounds, and hoots echo down the ridge. This is Ridgeline euphoria – the preferred way to cap a perfect day in Dupont.[divider]Related Content[/divider]last_img read more

Barcelona receive injury boost as Luis Suarez ‘may play again this season’

first_img Loading… Suarez aggravated a previous injury on January 9 during Barcelona’s Spanish Super Cup defeat by Atletico Madrid which led to the former Liverpool man needing surgery.Sources have told Goal Suarez is expected to be back before the end of the season as he is already walking normally which has given the club a boost.Barcelona’s attack is threadbare due to Suarez and fellow forward Ousmane Dembele being out of action.The club are trying to sign a new striker despite the transfer window being shut.Barcelona will be allowed to sign an emergency replacement for Dembele, a £100m signing from Dortmund in 2017, by proving his hamstring injury will keep him out for the season.Dembele could be out for up to six months due to the severity of his hamstring tear. The Uruguayan forward was expected to be out until the summer due to a knee injury but reports have now suggested he has responded well to surgery. Read Also: Euro 2020: Barca’s Dembele out of tournament after hamstring surgeryThe club reportedly have a four-man shortlist with Willian Jose, Angel Rodriguez, Lucas Perez and Loren Moron all being considered.LaLiga rules state that Barcelona can sign a forward playing in Spain for domestic competitions if a medical assessment proves Dembele will not return this season.It means they will still be short of options in the Champions League. They face Napoli in the last 16 after league games against Getafe and Eibar.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Luis Suarez has provided Barcelona with some good news as the injured striker is expected to be back in action before the end of the season.Advertisement Promoted Content8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Amazing Movies You Need To Watch On Amazon Primelast_img read more

Walker, Johnston star for revamped Rabbitohs

first_imgAfter blowing Manly away late in a runaway 38-18 win at Lottoland on Saturday afternoon, the two best pieces of news for Souths fans were the reinvigorated forward pack – which seemed to benefit from the return of George Burgess despite one costly error – and the immediate spark generated between fullback Alex Johnston, five-eighth Cody Walker, halfback Adam Reynolds and dummy-half pair Robbie Farah and Damien Cook. Johnston scored two tries and set up one while running 115 metres in an error-free afternoon, Reynolds set up a try and kicked beautifully, Farah scored one try (and almost had a second) and set up two. Cook added a ton of spark, darting for 73 metres, offloading three times and creating a line break. Walker though was without doubt the best of the lot and turned the match after the Rabbitohs fell behind early. Three line breaks, two line break assists, two try assists and a try amount to a fair reflection of his game-breaking afternoon.”I thought Cody was our best player today,” Reynolds said after the game.”He’s been one of our best players last year, he’s come onto the scene and hasn’t taken a backward step and continued to learn and grow. It’s a credit to him, he’s got a young family and he lives his lifestyle better than everyone else that I know, he’s a real family man and when he comes to football he’s a real footballer.”He takes pride about whatever he does. It’s taken him a while to get into first grade but he’s not missing a beat now, he’s taken his opportunity with both hands.”The form of Johnston – whose preferred position is fullback – was pleasing for both Reynolds and coach Michael Maguire.”Obviously Greggy (Inglis) the big fella’s not there and I thought ‘AJ’ did a good job today,” Reynolds said.”He’s pretty familiar with that role anyway, he’s been training there all pre-season and all the boys have got faith in him. He’s a talent, he’s a young kid and his will to learn is second to none.”Me and Cody and Robbie’s job is to take a bit of pressure off him. He’s a key member of our team and the more ball we get him in open space the better for him. He’s got a lot of speed to burn and his choices with the ball are excellent as well.”Maguire said he was pleased to see Johnston show the form he did.”He’s definitely got that in him and now it’s just building on that,” Maguire said.”He’s always wanted to have a crack at fullback. He’s a South Sydney kid that’s come through all the grades and it’s great to see him excelling like he did [on Saturday] and he’s just got to keep going.”Unlike last week when the loss of two outside backs to injury threw the bench rotation out, Saturday’s game gave a better indication of how Farah and Cook may combine as the season goes on. Cook replaced Farah after 35 minutes and played out the game. Farah returned after 65 minutes and both were on the field for the final 15 minutes.Maguire believed Farah and Cook combined intelligently.”Our two dummy halves in Damien Cook and Robbie Farah, I thought they played a really smart game and when you’ve got Cookie out there with Robbie, those combinations, we’ve just got to keep growing them,” Maguire said.”We played around with both, whether Robbie plays lock or Damien plays hooker, we do play around with that at training. Obviously with Cookie, his speed through the middle, they can double team out of dummy half so we’ve got opportunities like that through the middle.”last_img read more

Abueva, Tratter part of Gilas’ 14-man pool vs Aussies

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Fil-American big man and “23-for-23” cadet member Abu Tratter will also join the Philippine team, which is missing key big men due to injuries.Reyes explained that Troy Rosario hasn’t gotten his medical clearance yet after his bad fall in TNT’s game against Phoenix on February 7, while Mac Belo is still not at 100 percent after recently recovering from his left knee injury.After Australia, Gilas goes home to take on Japan on February 25 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer READ: Chot drops ‘disinterested’ Abueva, Almazan for 2nd leg“Finally got the go-signal to announce Gilas entourage leaving tomorrow (Monday),” Reyes wrote.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNaturalized player Andray Blatche, chief point guard Jayson Castro, and four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo lead the Philippine delegation as they visit the Boomers for their first duel in Group B action.Also part of the squad are Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Kiefer Ravena. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Ballesteros steps up, Meralco stays alive with upset win over Ginebra Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed FILE PHOTO. Fiba.comHaving been dropped from consideration for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers last month, Calvin Abueva managed to make the cut for the Gilas Pilipinas pool which will fly to Melbourne on Monday.National team coach Chot Reyes announced his 14-man pool for the February 22 game against Australia on his Twitter account on Sunday night. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more


first_imgLaura Holmes got this lot down to Sydney Harbour Bridge: Left to right, Lisa Crumlish, Majella McLaughlin, Laura Holmes, Ciara O’NeillTHANKS once again to all those who have sent in pictures to Donegal Daily this week.It never ceases to amaze us where you get to – and what you get up to.Four days to go – nervous or what? Enjoy the latest line-up.We start with four Donegal ladies in Sydney Harbour.Patsy Boyle and Family Dungloe (with a banner from 1992 game). It will be making a return trip to Croker on SundaySay that again Sam: 6 month old Shay Kearney from Buncrana with Sam Maguire in the Ulster Bank, Buncrana.LOOKING GOOD LADS! This is the gang in Rosbeg getting ready for Sunday. We’re still looking for tickets!! James Boyle, Gary McHugh, Brendan Quinn, Liam Boyle, Eamonn Boyle, Paul Barrett, Declan McTaggert, Steven & Alex Barrett, Philip Boyle….On top of Muckish! adrian gerard martin and neilHow’s she cutting in Dungloe there? Thanks to J Stewart for the snap!    COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAY! was last modified: September 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAYlast_img read more