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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby cramer » December 9th, 2013, 8:41 am

Bigtymer wrote:
c0nsumer wrote:One suggestion: When you see the sign that says Devil's Soup Bowl on a wooden post on your right, even though it is written in black like all of the mountain bike route markers, do not ride down in there. It is not MTB trail. Just keep going straight.

(This confused me my first time there.)


It use to be apart of the trail a long time ago.:)


When was that?
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby RobM » December 11th, 2013, 9:20 am

Two of us rode about half of the trail yesterday (Tue 12/10) afternoon while snow was coming down. There was more snow than we expected and saw one set of bike tracks already there from when the snow was less deep and a couple of small sections with snowmobile tracks. As of 3PM, the trail had about 4" of dry powdery snow over it. It was a fun challenge with a 29er...but also a lot of work and slow. With more snow in the forecast, it should be great for fat bikes soon. The forest was beautiful with the snow. It's definitely winter in west Michigan...no snow yet in Brighton/Ann Arbor area. Always nice to get out to ride Yankee.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby MFawley » December 11th, 2013, 3:58 pm

RobM wrote:Two of us rode about half of the trail yesterday (Tue 12/10) afternoon while snow was coming down. There was more snow than we expected and saw one set of bike tracks already there from when the snow was less deep and a couple of small sections with snowmobile tracks. As of 3PM, the trail had about 4" of dry powdery snow over it. It was a fun challenge with a 29er...but also a lot of work and slow. With more snow in the forecast, it should be great for fat bikes soon. The forest was beautiful with the snow. It's definitely winter in west Michigan...no snow yet in Brighton/Ann Arbor area. Always nice to get out to ride Yankee.



Yeah I rode it on last saturday, there was a little snow then, followed the tracks for the most part! Going up hill with the snow was a bit of a challenge.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby dirtjunkie » December 24th, 2013, 1:10 pm

Heads up ....Yankee is a mess. The ice storm has brought down a ton of trees and downfall. With so many branches still hanging thick with ice, it will be a while until we can safely work on getting the trail clear. I'll continue to update as improvements are made.

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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby xycarp » December 24th, 2013, 3:24 pm

Does anyone here have a good point of view video of Yankee? Perhaps from the spring time trial. I am experimenting with watching them while I ride the trainer.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Mike_D » December 24th, 2013, 3:41 pm

Try searching vimeo.com?
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby xycarp » December 24th, 2013, 9:56 pm

Yeah I checked on Vimeo, but only found a couple of short rides. I was hoping for something more full length to train with. Seeing other riders come and go on the trail is always interesting. I thought someone might have a POV recording from their race.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby MFawley » December 28th, 2013, 8:16 pm

xycarp wrote:Yeah I checked on Vimeo, but only found a couple of short rides. I was hoping for something more full length to train with. Seeing other riders come and go on the trail is always interesting. I thought someone might have a POV recording from their race.


You can find some on youtube. I've watched a few while on a stationary. Just search for yankee springs full or something like that. There are a couple of them.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby dirtjunkie » December 29th, 2013, 9:38 am

Trail is clear and ready to ride.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Mike_D » December 29th, 2013, 9:48 am

dirtjunkie wrote:Trail is clear and ready to ride.


How's the snow depth and is the trail packed for fatbikes and/or regular mtb?
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Crash & Burn » December 29th, 2013, 4:47 pm

dirtjunkie wrote:Trail is clear and ready to ride.



Thanks for the hard work. Trail was in great shape today on a fat bike. Did see a couple of guys heading out on 29'rs. I think it will be doable on them just more work.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby dirtjunkie » December 30th, 2013, 7:58 am

Mike_D wrote:
dirtjunkie wrote:Trail is clear and ready to ride.


How's the snow depth and is the trail packed for fatbikes and/or regular mtb?


All good for non-fatty, especially with the cold temps. The main loop is packed, the 2 mile warm up loop just needs to be ridden by fatties some more.

Be aware that there are still some smaller "derailure grabbing" branches still scattered on the trail. Also, I found a few branches that had fallen after the clean-up effort that took place Saturday....so be on the watch for newly fallen branches/debris, and if possible, take the time to move them.

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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby mcsmith24 » January 14th, 2014, 12:38 pm

Has anyone been out recently? How are the trail conditions?
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby dirtjunkie » January 15th, 2014, 10:04 am

mcsmith24 wrote:Has anyone been out recently? How are the trail conditions?


Heading there today.....I'll post conditions later.

It was "not ridable" this past weekend tho, due to the mashed potato snow.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Mike_D » January 15th, 2014, 12:02 pm

dirtjunkie wrote:
mcsmith24 wrote:Has anyone been out recently? How are the trail conditions?


Heading there today.....I'll post conditions later.

It was "not ridable" this past weekend tho, due to the mashed potato snow.


If it's anything like Merrell and someone decided to go hiking or biking in the mashed potatoes, the trail will be trashed with 6" deep foot prints and tire ruts :x

Can't wait to hear the trail conditions!!!
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