Stage 1 Preview | SRAM Canadian Open Enduro

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Stage 1 – Una Moss / Blue Velvet / Fatcrobat / Too Tight / Angry Pirate / Samurai Pizza Cat / Afternoon Delight / Detroit Rock City

  • Start: 1827m
  • Finish: 787m (1040m)

 After a 25-minute gondola upload, the Roundhouse Lodge provides the start to the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized. The theme to stage one is contrast, with the first half of the 1040-meter descent being on wide, high-speed bike park trails, and the second half on tightly treed singletrack trails.

 “Una Moss” doesn’t offer many line choices, so get off the brakes and trust your tires. At the bottom you’ll have to sprint up to “Blue Velvet” which is also a single line trail, with the deepest braking bumps you’ll experience all day. The lower section of “Blue Velvet” is a little slower, so make sure you’re hitting all your landings and getting your pump.

 At “Fatcrobat,” the stage transitions from high speed flow to technical singletrack. Next up is the appropriately named “Too Tight” where you’re likely to smash a pinky or clip a pedal. Word of warning: the first time you head into the woods here it’s gonna take some time for your eyes to adjust.

 Upper and Lower “Angry Pirate” are together one of the best lines in the bike park -- just make sure you’re doubling and tripling up all the bumps. “Samurai Pizza Cat,” “Afternoon Delight,” and “Detroit Rock City” close out the stage. Look for some arm pump reprieve between “SPC” and “AD.” The stage finishes up by the top of “Heart of Darkness.”

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