The Slickrock trail is one of Moab’s most popular mountain biking trails. It is one of the most unique trails around. I’ve ridden small amounts of slickrock in other places but I don’t of anywhere else where you’re surrounded by miles of rock.
I’ve ridden Slickrock several times over the years but it had been a while since I had done it. Yesterday I decided it was time to revisit it and rode up there. It’s not a steady endurance ride but instead an interval workout. You go all out to get up a steep section of slickrock and then recover and get ready to go hard again.
Because it’s sandstone, you get amazing traction and if you have the leg strength, you can ride up some very steep sections. One tip is to use a tire without a lot of tread to increase the contact area. Leg strength and balance though will generally limited you more than traction.
I was riding up a steep section yesterday and was running out of power. I hit a bump and stopped going forward. I started rolling backward and couldn’t get off gracefully. I slammed my knee into the headset. I got a nasty bruise and some soreness but thankfully it doesn’t seem like a serious injury.
I started with the Practice Loop since practice is always good. I got in 18.2 miles, 2908 feet of climbing in 3:14.