2,372 ft
Distance
44 ft
Climb
-8 ft
Descent
00:03:42
Avg time

Devil's Backbone Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical rating
    Easy
  • Global Ranking

This is my favorite GORBA trail. It's a short segment, just 0.7km long, but it takes a perfect balance of speed and technique to ride it well. I love to try this trail on a couple of times when running a hard training session out at the lake.

Most people I've talked to at Guelph lake prefer to run this as a downhill segment, West to East. But I don't think that's what this trail is really about. As a downhill, it's a pretty shallow grade (1.5%), and the obstacles are minor. I wouldn't take a five or six inch travel bike to this trail and expect to get my pulse up. Now, doing a cross country style sprint Up and East, is where it really gets interesting.

As I mentioned above, the trail is a shallow grade down going West, and Up going East. When you choose to go East, that slow upward grade makes you keep working for it. If you stop peddling, you slow right down. That's not to say going fast on this trail is as easy pushing hard on the pedals. There are a number of sharp turns throughout, and if you hit them too fast, you'll wash out. And don't fall into the trap of getting your heart rate into the max zone early on this one, the hardest part is right at the end. The grade gets steep and the winding turns continue right up to the last 100ft.

One other aspect of this trail that makes it great for pushing yourself, is the excellent visibility. There are sharp turns yes, but those turns wrap around well spaced trees. You can see what's ahead of you with enough time to react, and recover.

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More Stats for Devil's Backbone mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    36 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,142 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,181 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,145 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,181 ft
  • Grade
    1.518%
  • Grade max
    -3.319%
  • Grade min
    16.693%
  • Distance climb
    576 ft
  • Distance down
    220 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,504 ft
  • Avg time
    00:03:42
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on Oct 26, 2016
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Avg: 3 (3 votes)

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