Today was day 2 of James and my re con of the Test of Metal (T.O.M). We rode what would be the second half of the race. If your not familiar with the TOM, it’s a 67k/ 42 mile mountain bike race with 35k of single track. There’s something like 400 people in the race.
We climbed for 7+ miles then we descended through snow from a storm last weekend. Quickly we were out of the snow and losing elevation fast. We turned onto Powerhouse Plunge a black diamond and had to work a little on that one. The weather which was light rain for most of the climb and some of the descent was now much nicer and warmer. We would eventually meet a local named Steve who showed us the rest of the race course. His assistance was great since we would have probably had to stop at least a half dozen more times to consult the map to figure out the route ourselves.
During our ride we rode the following trails: Mamquam Forest Service Road, Ring Creek Rip, Powerhouse Plunge, Farside, Root 99, S & M Connector, and Endo.
Tomorrow is a much need day off for me. I’ve been on the bike for over a week now. Depending on weather I might try and play some disc golf here in Vancouver before I head home. After riding a good portion of the race course I’m feeling good about it. I hope to get back up here once more at least before I come up the week before the race. I have vacation to use and the plan is to come up mid week for some last minute re con.
Get out there!