Words by Hannah Attenburrow
Combining mountain biking with mountains of delicious food, TWC contributor, Hannah Attenburrow tests out the off-road possibilities from Park City, Utah; the World’s First Gold Standard Mountain Bike destination.
Too many layers. Standing in the car park only 10 minutes earlier I was cooled by the morning breeze. Now, this smallest of inclines was drying my throat and causing my heart rate to bounce along nicely above 150 beats per minute (bpm), Clearly, 24 hours earlier in the UK, I forgot to pack my fitness!
This was my first experience biking outside of Europe and so far the difference was there are no snow-capped mountains cooling the land, no pine trees or mountain breeze to cool my body and make this hill seem bearable. Here, the dry earth and sun-baked rocks give no shelter from the heat, even in September. The vast expanse of desert sapped my energy and made keeping up with my guides from White Pine Touring challenging.
High Star Ranch was the start of this trail system with over 16 miles of singletrack dotted into the landscape. This was the first mountain biking playground I visited in Utah and it did not disappoint.