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Joined: Mon Feb 26th, 2007
Location: Auburn, California USA
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 Posted: Wed Jun 15th, 2011 12:42 am


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

Reasonable traction

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!!

disco piper
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Joined: Wed Jan 3rd, 2007
Location: Winter Park, CO
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 Posted: Wed Jun 15th, 2011 02:28 am


I raced Skyline for several years and it's still one of my favorite courses. Great job!

I also loved the bike culture there - we would camp there the night before the race every year and it was always a great group of people to be around!

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