Devil's Backbone Details
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 change36 ft
Altitude min1,142 ft
Altitude max1,181 ft
Altitude start1,145 ft
Altitude end1,181 ft
Distance climb576 ft
Distance down220 ft
Distance flat1,504 ft
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