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Intermediate Loop

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 3.0 from 1 vote
blue  Intermediate from 1 vote
Rank: #8 in the Madison area
#24 in WI, #1,543 Overall
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Featured Ride near Verona,  area, 
“Fun singletrack cross-country style riding in Fitchburg, with optional downhill-style side trails.”
Jeff B. on Sep 4, 2013
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2.23.6 milesKilometers 231’71 m Ascent 1,082’330 m High 3% Avg Grade (2°)
100% Singletrack -127’-39 m Descent 978’298 m Low 18% Max Grade (10°)
Overview
This is the main loop at Quarry Ridge. Fast and flowing singletrack with only 1 technical section to trip up beginners.
Description
This is the main loop at Quarry Ridge. The main loop is accessed by taking a 2-way trail across the field. Once you cross the field and a small gulley, the trail is a straight shot along the base of the ridge. It eventually turns riders up a sandy climb to the high point, then follows the gradually descending ridgeline back to the start of the loop. The singletrack on the main loop is fast and has some sections of very nice flow with only 1 technical section to trip up beginners. More advanced riders can challenge themselves to power through the steep sandy climb, slice through the long downhill with as little brakes as possible, and try to beat their own times on each successive loop. A new uphill is an easier way back to the top to enjoy the downhill.

A fun way to ride cross-country style is to do the main loop with the sandy climb, and then at the bottom of the downhill, ride back to the top on the new uphill. Head back down the hill and turn right to redo the main loop with the sandy climb (effectively alternating left and right at the bottom of the downhill with each lap). This figure-8 route is about 2.6 miles with only repeating the fun downhill section.

If you want to mix things up or ride something more technical, look for the alternate lines which cut down the face of the ridge. These lines are accessed by bearing right on any of the forks in the trail at the top of the hill. These lines have moderate to difficult jumps and features.
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 3.0 from 3 votes
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