On Sunday I went riding at Santos for the first time.
The beginning of this park was great I rode around on the yellow trails for a long time. Then I found the VORTEX.. There was a crew filming and there were guys on the big pump tack flying around like they were on motocross bikes. Then they were dropping into the pit from incredible heights. It was amazing to watch. Finally, I said to myself I came here to ride. I saw a few riders taking off on a trail on the lower portion of the pit. I followed...As you may or may not know I went clip-less about 2 months ago. The trail was all rock and very technical. To fall equaled extreme pain. You either fell off a rock ledge or fell on rocks.. I chose to walk my bike a lot. The trail finally took me back to the beginning of the Vortex where there were all kinds of thin bridges, single tracks, and drops. I watch the extreme riders some more and the other riders around the Vortex and guess what...None of them were Clip-less and now I know why. I then rode back up to the parking lot vai all the red and blue trails..
At the parking lot they have a small practice area with all kinds of technical stuff. With my feet on top of my clips I rode around and around...My biggest issue Pride: here there was a kid that was maybe 10 and he was kicking my butt as we went round and round the track.
Next time I will have to bring some flats so I can play safely in the more technical areas. I have to buy some first.
If you want tame and or extreme Santos is definitely the place. Actually their tame is tamer than Alafia but their extreme is extreme.
Yes, on Twister I ate it big time..Down a big drop then over the top of the bars and into a 10" diameter stump located right in the middle of the trail. Still clipped in.... After enough pain you would think I would clip out faster.