Skyline Park (Napa, CA) is a World Cup course and a qualifier for Nationals. Hence, I now know why it is out of my league. Actually, the course is a lot of fun but very technical and challenging. At race pace, there were a few hike-a-bikes to get up and over a few things. The downhill's included bumps, rocks, big drop offs, log jumps, and switchbacks. Cat 1's go around three times. I finished 7 out of 11 in a Pro/Cat 1 (no age) group. I stayed upright and came home in one piece. The course fits my style of riding; I just need to get in better shape. Much tougher then Downieville XC. 3 + hours! Key features:
Cannot take your eyes off the course
Very technical climbs and descents
Mostly single track
Open meadows, hillside work, and some shady tree areas
Either climbing or descending, not a lot of quick intervals
Everyone should ride there given the opportunity. At regular pace, things are much easier. Nice park area with pinic tables etc. Oh ya, I also noted that there were no beginners there. This was a top notch, great shape, highly skilled, fancy bike sort of crowd. I guess the duct tape on my helmet was not a good thing? Yikes!!