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Red Rock Rad Ride

Red Rock Bicycle has always had a hankering for a good challenge. Years ago, we all went out to Winger’s just so we could get someone to attempt their Wing Challenge. I don’t remember all the details, but it had to do with 4 minutes and 8 wings that were coated in sauce so spicy that it would make your skin burn if it touched it. $20 was thrown down, then it went to $50, but $100 was the magic number. Dan Dalton was in. The wings were served and we all watched in amazement/disbelief that he would even attempt such a thing and then were blown away when he finished.

Some of you may also remember the Chocolate Milk Gallon Challenge which ended quite uncomfortably for both participants.

A couple of weeks ago, I pitched a ride idea to everyone at the shop. When no one was even remotely interested, we know we had finally found our challenge and dubbed it the Red Rock Rad Ride (say it fast and it sounds like Red Rum, it helps if you make the creepy voice).

The loop was really my idea of finding a way to link some trails together that you normally wouldn’t. It ended in one of the longer days I’ve had on a bike, but it was well worth it. The challenge is to simply ride six trails linked entirely by bike in a day. You leave from the shop and end at the shop. Strava the effort and tag it Red Rock Rad Ride and we’ll give you your choice of Red Rock socks or t-shirt.

The Route

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Starting from the shop, head up Airport Road and make your way to the Quarry Trail. The Quarry Trail is an old road that the pioneers used to access the Temple Quarry on the other side of the Black Hill. It’s not too exciting, but it takes you to the quarry which is where you need to go.¬†At the end of the trail it kind of loops back onto itself. Off of the far side of the loop is a trail. This trail drops off the backside of the mesa and puts you into the houses below. It’s tight, steep and you probably won’t be able to ride all of it.

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Once you make your way down, pick your paved route to Canyon View Drive. Climb the pavement and drop down to the bottom of the Zen Trail. Ride the Zen Trail including the Lower Zen. Have a snack if you like. then head up the Barrel Ride. If you’re not familiar with the original loop, you’ll want to click through and follow the step-by-step.

You’ve now finished half of the trails. Climb back over Canyon View Drive and head up Dixie Drive until you hit the Halfway Wash bike path. Follow the path to Paradise, do a loop on Paradise ending at Chuckawala. Go down the bike path crossing Bluff Street and then climb up to City Creek. Follow the trail around until it meets back up with the paved trail. Just before the step over, look to your right and you will see the Brooks Nature Trail. Drop it.

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Ride the pavement back to the shop, you finished!

This will give you 31.2 miles of riding with over 4,000 feet of vertical gain all while riding technically challenging trails. And while it may not have the same next-day effects as the Winger Challenge, we are sure you will feel it.

Strava segment.

2 Responses to “Red Rock Rad Ride”

  1. Noel Livingston on 15 Jan 2016 at 11:31 am

    This looks like an awesome bike ride! Your pictures and videos of the red rock scenery are great. I’ve been thinking that I need to get into mountain biking. I ride my bike in the city a lot, but never on beautiful trails like this. What type of mountain bike would you recommend for a beginner?

  2. Lukas on 31 May 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Noel, we have found that 27.5+ bikes tend to be ideal for novice riders in our area. They are super stable, provide excellent traction on our loose soils and are a hoot.

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