Posted by: bikenfool | February 2, 2010

Vacation time…

R&R…
Well Iron Chick and I just returned from the beautiful island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean. We spent a week at a great resort called the Windjammer Landing. It is an amazing place built into the hills with spectacular views. Although our days and nights where filled lots of great food and plenty of booze, we did take a day to explore St. Lucia. Due to some pretty insane traffic, road riding on St. Lucia appeared be seriously hazardous to your health, so we found a day tour that offered mountain biking.

Home sweet home...

Mountain Biking Island Style…
Our Mountain Biking day trip started with an hour boat ride to a remote location. Pulling up to a deserted stretch that resembled Gilligan’s Island, we were greeted with a gorgeous black sandy beach and tiki huts. Our hosts showed us through a set of large wooden gates straight out of Jurassic Park and after a short walk on a well groomed path, we ended up at a bike shop that was built in part of the  ruins of an old pantation . There we were fitted with 2003 Cannondale F800 lefty fork hardtails. Look for my take on this bike in a subsequent post.

Heading in...

Looks like Gilligan's IslandHeading in...

Cannondale Lefty...

Where the heck are we?
The area is nestled in a valley and is comprised of about nine trails. The vegetation is thick and tropical like you would expect in a jungle. The main trail is generally smooth and well groomed with a decent flow and lots of curves. Most of the trails are pretty basic by my standards with minor climbs, roots and rocks. There are some great ruins from an 18th-century sugar plantation with old buildings/foundations scattered around, they make a great back drop for a riding adventure.

Welcome to Jurassic Park...

The Ride...

Billy Goating…
Tinker’s Trail, named after Mountain biking champion rider Tinker Juarez, is really crazy. Better suited for a Billy Goat than a Cannondale F800 mountain bike, the trail has some serious grades that are outrageous if not impossible to ride. With switchback after switchback and a blanket of loose leaves covering the trail surface, hike-a-bike was the best approach for a lot of the way. The climb was over 600ft and once to the top it provided a worth while view of the Piton Mountains. The ride down was out of control. No, really, it was out of control, I almost went off the trail numerous times trying to navigate the switchbacks and keeping the tires gripping, that was one wild ride in deed!

Jammin mon...

Takin a break...

On the trail...

Covering ground

Top of world...

All in a day’s work…
Finishing the day at the beach for a cookout and some amazing views we laughed about the day’s adventure. The trip ended with a relaxing boat ride back. For more information on about the area check out bikestlucia.com.

Relaxing on the beach...

One more notch on my seat post and a great end to a great vacation.

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