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There is more to Moab than just the best mountain biking in the world. Once the hideout of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and now the gateway to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Moab is a town steeped in history and surrounded by spectacular desert. Likewise this book is more than just a guide to forty-eight heart-pounding rides. It is a cultural experience, a memoir, an explosion of ideas. Along with practical information on slickrock- and sand-riding techniques, emergency services, and trail etiquette, local guide Lee Bridgers has assembled a collection of irreverent stories about colorful local characters, his concerns for the landscape, and his own experiences on the trail. He also includes descriptions of geological anomalies, Native American rock art, and native plants, offering an in-depth picture of a desert town turned mountain biking mecca. Inside you will find: detailed mile-by-mile ride descriptionsGPS-quality, digitally designed shaded relief mapselevation profilesratings for physical and technical difficulty.Wherever you ride and whatever your skill level, let Mountain Biking Moab be your guide to this mountain biking paradise.
We flock to it in droves to pay homage to what many consider the North Shore, the Mount Everest, the Vatican, the Taj Mahal, the Empire State Building, the Marilyn Monroe of mountain biking -- Moab, Utah. But mind you, Moab is not for everyone. Nowhere is the terrain more challenging or more dangerous. Nowhere is the penalty stiffer for screwing up. But if mountain bikers don't ride Moab, they will forever dream of what could have been. Moab is simply the best mountain bike destination on earth. No question. No controversy. No ifs, ands, or buts. It gets under your skin. Come here once, and you will come again and again.
From this book mountain bikers can expect exhaustive and comprehensive trail descriptions, from beginner to advanced, GPS-quality, digitally designed relief maps detailing each ride, and accurate profiles maps showing the ups and downs of each route. In addition, detailed directions get cyclists to the ride without getting them lost. Detailed mile-by-mile directional cues are also provided with difficulty ratings, elevation gain, trail contacts, and much more.
When not leading mountain bike tours in the backcounty for clients around the world, Lee is coordinating mountain bike stunts for Hollywood films and extreme mountain bike videos, or shooting still photography for mountain bike industry advertising. Owner and Operator of Dreamrides Mountain Bike Tours and Films, headquartered in downtown Moab, Lee has spent more than 10 years leading cyclists on the Moab's greatest mountain bike adventures and has scouted countless locations for Hollywood films. Lee brings an expertise and subtle knowledge to each and every trail in this book that only a local guide can do.
"Local cyclist Lee Bridgers blends his passion for mountain biking with his obvious love of Moab, emphasizing safety and the need to protect the environment--while having the ride of your life." -- Sunny Delaney, Sports & Outdoors Editor, Amazon.com
"There are trail guides, and then there's the real deal. This 400-page guide written by Moab local Lee Bridgers is a labor of love filled with local lore and sage observations about wildlife, geology, and the environment. Trail descriptions are top-notch. Don't leave Moab on a bike without it."--Marc Sani, Editor in Chief, Bike Magazine
"Mountain Biking Moab is setting a new standard for guidebooks. Lee Bridgers' first-hand accounts give the reader a sense that they have some behind-the-scenes information about Moab."--Brian Fiske, Senior Editor of Mountain Bike Magazine