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Local guidebook earns nod from beginning bike rider

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Finally there is a comprehensive guidebook for mountain biking in the Summit County and Vail areas. This guide covers more than 40 singletrack loops for beginning to expert level riders. Also covered are the downhill areas offered by Keystone, Vail, Copper Mountain and Breckenridge for the cross country and downhill riders. As a bonus, the listing of the area bike shops and the services they provide is a valuable addition to this guide.The introduction offers many helpful points for consideration before actually riding the trails along with informative tips for the actual trail riding. Since I definitely belong to the beginners category, I find this part of the guidebook to be rather helpful. The lack of signs on many trails is mentioned in the introduction and the author recommends including an accurate map and a compass along with this guide.

The suggested maps for specific trails are listed in the ride information. Included in the breakdown of the ride information for each trail are topographical maps, trail descriptions and location plus route-finding information. The standard guide information in terms of trail lengths and estimated times to complete the ride as well as the trail difficulty is included in the ride information.I like the listings for aerobic effort and technical skill levels which help beginning riders like myself determine which trails are realistic to attempt. This guide also becomes extremely useful with the detailed mileage logs given for each trail.

Throughout the guide are many captivating black and white photographs of the trails giving an element of entertainment to this already useful guide. It is my understand that there has been a real need for a mountain bike trail guide devoted to this area and Holly Annalas work more than satisfies that need.Mountain Bike Summit County & Vail Singletrack has earned a spot in my car right next to my copy of The New Summit Hiker.

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