With the tropical storm weather rolling in, and the forecast calling for a week straight of rain, this afternoon’s ride was kind of last minute. My riding buddy, Nick, and I have biked Cadron Settlement Park before; however, this time we did a pre-trail ride that Nick had not biked before today. I will admit that this pre-trail ride is pretty exhausting for people even in better shape than we are. That is where the problem may have started.
Since this was Nick’s first time to take this path, I was the lead guy so I could show him the way. This trail isn’t technical, but it is very steep. That, for a biker, can fatigue your legs pretty quick which isn’t good since this was the start of our ride. I may have kept too steady of a pace for what he was comfortable with causing him to tire more than what I had expected. When we reached the top of the ridge, I made sure he was okay and he confirmed he was, so we went on.
The rest of the pre-trail ride was pretty easy with it being mostly flat, so needless to say we finished it without any harm. Since Nick pushed himself maybe a little too hard, I let him take the lead position as we started the Cadron trail. This is when I noticed things were a little different than previous times of riding this trail with him. He was still making it up the climbs, but with a noticeably larger amount of effort (at this point I could tell he was more drained than normal). It’s not too far in to the Cadron trail where they have built up a little lump of dirt, shortly after a bank turn, where riders can get a little air as an exciting part of the course. It was definitely exciting today. Nick was still lead guy and as I was watching from behind he didn’t look very prepared for the jump. This was the result.
I promise it’s not as bad as it looks. The damage was two bloody knees and a cut on his arm. Needless to say we didn’t finish the trail, but we still had a good time. It’s accidents like this that make for better stories on down the road.