Mountain Bike Magazine SANI - Autumn 2018 - Page 97

on old routes. Unless you’re racing others with it, an e-bike is not cheating. Thanks to GT Bicycles, Fox, Clif, Stans and Shimano we had enough bikes for our crew to keep up with us to document our ride on film and photo. It was Missy’s first experience on an e-bike. She loves any kind of two-wheeler and it didn’t take long for her to get loose on the GT eVerb. Shortly after leaving the city limits of Pasadena we dropped into the Arroyo Seco riverbed and crisscrossed several neighbourhoods to Mount Washington, where we took a break and ate a burrito with great views of the downtown silhouette ahead of us and Mount Wilson behind us. Right before we got close to the centre of LA we found a great trail high above the Interstate 5 Freeway near Dodger Stadium. From Radio Hill we dropped down to China Town but first we had to traverse some sketchy homeless areas, some of their provisional shelters were made of cardboards or tarps, others had tents. As dangerous as it can be for some suburban folks on expensive bikes it was more shocking and sad to see the amount of poverty in this glamorous city. Next to freeways, under bridges, in parks and in some areas like “Skid Row”, entire city blocks have makeshift shelters and tents along the sidewalks. Many have their few possessions stashed in “borrowed” shopping trolleys all in the shadows of modern skyscrapers that tower over the maze of streets. We saw many cool landmarks along the ride, like the Bruce Lee Statue in China Town, we blitzed through the Bonaventure Hotel and World Trade Center, couldn’t resist the staircase in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall or leaving some skid-marks (with our rear tyres) on “Skid Row”. A nasty crash reminded me that I wasn’t 20 years old anymore and that I wasn’t on my trials bike. Luckily I could limp away with just some pain and bruises, but no broken bones. LA is also a culinary experience – one can find food, restaurants and markets from all over the world. Los Angeles as a city has an enormous economic impact on the entire world, the economy in this city is bigger than Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Sweden. Day 3 started at the Griffith Observatory with breathtaking views across the city. Once again we were on e-bikes, our goal was to finish this stage at the Santa Monica Pier. Of course we had to ride by the world famous Hollywood Sign, assault the staircases of the infamous Hollywood Bowl, slalom around the 2 500 Hollywood Stars on Hollywood Boulevard, ride up to Mulholland and sample some dirt trails at Franklin Canyon Park and pop out amongst the mansions of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Wheelies on Rodeo Drive between Lamborghini’s and Rolls Royce’s, eventually we pedalled all the way to the Baywatch (or shall I say Pacific Blue) beaches of Santa Monica. No better day than a weekend to witness the craziness along the famous beach promenade of Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier with all its artists, musicians, travellers, athletes, dancers and freaks of nature. Back on our normal bikes we hit Timmy’s home trails in the Santa Monica mountains on Stage 4. We rode a long section of the Backbone Trails that traverse these mountains high above Malibu. From Yerba Buena we pedalled all the way past Pepperdine University on pristine single tracks through remote backcountry, canyons, valleys and along panoramic ridge lines high above the ocean. It was extremely windy and the fire danger was very high, especially after there had been several big fires in the area in recent weeks. We were lucky we were even allowed on those trails during that dangerous time. Missy was riding one of my old Sensor bikes and I was sporting a GT Force, while Timmy rode his Enduro allmountain bike. We had some good laughs, it was a long day and a proper day on mountain bikes. The last trail was a descent along a knifes-edge ridge with the dark blue ocean getting closer with every turn. We had an early morning start from the marina where we met a friend with benefits, who owns a beautiful yacht, which we took across the waters to Catalina Island. Catalina Island is 35km long, 95% of it is part of a nature conservancy and its almost as pristine as it was 100 years bucket list busting | MTB | 97 on old routes. Unless you’re racing others with it, an e-bike is not cheating. Thanks to GT Bicycles, Fox, Clif, Stans and Shimano we had enough bikes for our crew to keep up with us to document our ride on film and photo. It was Missy’s first experience on an e-bike. She loves any kind of two-wheeler and it didn’t take long for her to get loose on the GT eVerb. 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