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Mountain Biking at Town Run

Amy Olsen and I led a trip to Town Run Trail Park in Carmel, Indianapolis, on Sunday. Luckily, the oppressive heat that had lingered for most of August let up on Sunday, and we were treated to mid 60s and even cooler breezes. When we left from the BCC at 11 am, we had two cars full of POC members that, for the most part, were beginners to mountain biking.

After an hour and a half of driving, we arrived at the trailhead and realized we were missing a helmet. There is a very nice bike shop, called Bike Garage Indy North, about 15 minutes away from the trailhead. Unfortunately for Amy, construction zones, missed turns, and a Labor Day sale caused her quick stop at the shop to last about an hour.

I was pleased to learn, though, Town Run was very much worth the wait. The singletrack was as smooth as glass, very dusty, and provided perfect traction. The Hoosier Mountain Biking Association (HMBA) does an excellent job of maintaining the trails, incorporating wooden bridges and other obstacles, and clearly indicating the proper direction. What's more is the trail offers something for intermediate and beginner riders alike. The intimidating transistions all had bypasses for uncomfortable riders and the variety of climbs, descents, and technical sections combine for a challenge most intermediate riders will enjoy.

Only one among us had a hard fall and although he was shaken, he was able to get back up and ride out. When we finally all reunited at the parking lot, we headed to the Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakery in Carmel for gratuitous amounts of delicious pizza and pizza by-products. 

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