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Tigerton Riding June 20 2021
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My daughter had a club volleyball tournament in Appleton last week, so I thought I'd head up early on Saturday and ride the single track and meet my wife a daughter before the first game...

In preparation, I called Tigerton and asked about the trail. I was told they classify it as an extreme challenge - rocks, mud, hills, woods - you name it they said they had it. I was also told the trail was new and wasn't "burned in" It was $10 for the day and there are camping options which I didn't utilize. First, my bike - 2019 FE 450 with some mods:

  • Vortex ECU, de-smogged, mx air box, FMF exhaust
  • DOT passable knobbies
  • Scotts steering damper
  • Rekluse clutch
  • 4.5 gallon IMS tank
  • and a few other small things

I was told to cross the bridge and look for the brown markers. I found it and generally the trail is difficult to follow. They've attempted to mark it well with pink ribbon and paint, but it's extremely tight and winding and I spent a fair amount of time stopping to look around to find which direction it headed - I suspect this will be much less of an issue once there is a trail to follow. About two miles into the eight mile trail I was gassed and stopped to watch three jeeps get pulled out of the road legal 4WD trails that seemed impassible for all I watched that tried to get through. Another 1/2 mile into the ride, I tried to keep my bike upright while making a not-so-tight turn with my arms that were reduced to rubber and while doing everything to keep the bike upright, I felt my right hamstring snap. I sat next to a tree and contemplated lifting my bike up before someone saw me...which I did. I rested some more and tried to ride only to ask one of the jeep drivers about getting on a quick and easy trail back to the parking lot.

After having time to reflect, my bike performed as well as I could have expected, but I didn't. It was partially my lack of skills for this type of ride and maybe some related to my bike not being well-suited for this type of trail. I may go back, but it will be with different expectations...and maybe a different bike or knowing that I need to be in better shape.

As Forest Gump says, that's all I have to say about that.

Yes, looks like a fun place to ride. Is it challenging? Single trail?

If anyone is interested in joining us we are going to check out Tigerton Saturday June 20th. I welcome any tips as we have not ridden there: lodging, cost, trails. Thanks! Julie

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