July 15th 2017 is when PANTRA had our 2nd annual Gold Creek Lodge Ride & BBQ. The forecast was for temperatures in the mid 90's with dry and dusty conditions.
However, late in the night on Friday, a thunderstorm rolled in bringing in some light rain that lasted up until the 9:30 riders meeting.
There was just enough early morning rain to wet the trails, witch kept the dust down, and lower the high temperature for the day to the low 80's. A perfect day for riding!
The day started with 60+ riders that ranged in riding ability from beginners to advanced. We divided into groups based on ability and planned the routes accordingly. One of the advanced-riders group headed out early at 7:00 so they could cover the planned 100 miles of the more difficult trails in the trail system (Packsaddle, etc...). There was also an all ladies group known as "Chicks That Rip (CTR)" who headed out a half hour ahead of the main groups.
Two of the intermediate groups had a staggered start of the day on Kickbush Trail #113. Although Kickbush is an advanced/black diamond trail which challenged several of the riders, almost everybody was able to navigate the long steep climbs and switchbacks to the top. After Kickbush, with the exception of a few sections, the rest of the 60 mile intermediate loop was relatively fast paced and less challenging for most everybody.
Reports from the other groups were similar to the intermediate group where everybody had a great time and a lot of fun!
PANTRA had a BBQ with hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, watermelon, and all the fixin's waiting for each group as they returned from their rides. Thanks to Gold Creek Lodge for hosting us and all the club volunteers and riders that make events like this possible. We can't wait for next year to do it again!