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Vital MTB member iceman2058
94 iceman2058,94/all 08/01/09 751 94 1473 1679,94/setup 65 409 4440 123 31

Posts: 474

Joined: 8/1/2009

Location: ISR


11/17/2017 8:54 AM

You've all ridden that one spot, that one day, when the dirt was absolutely perfect. Soft yet supportive. Loose yet grippy. Loamy yet fast. So where are your magic spots? Let's build a bucket list of places that any dirt aficionado worth their salt should visit at least once in their life. Have at it!


Vital MTB member iceman2058
94 iceman2058,94/all 08/01/09 751 94 1473 1679,94/setup 65 409 4440 123 31

Posts: 474

Joined: 8/1/2009

Location: ISR


11/17/2017 9:06 AM

And to kick things off, I'm nominating Madeira. Absolutely magical, in places. It gets loads of rain but also sun, and in certain areas, the dirt just seems to be made of velcro. Never really felt anything like it elsewhere...although there are a lot of places I still need to roll my tires on!

Piotr_Szwed Szwedowski

Vital MTB member Piotr_Szwed Szwedowski
4579 Piotr_Szwed Szwedowski,4579/all 09/21/10 116 1,4579/setup 1 25

Posts: 1

Joined: 9/21/2010

Location: USA

11/17/2017 9:08 AM

Sheep Hills


Vital MTB member PeteB
38249 PeteB /images/default/avatar/c50.png,38249/all 11/18/15,38249/setup 26 6

Posts: 26

Joined: 11/18/2015

Location: La Mesa, CA USA

11/17/2017 9:19 AM

Hey Bud trail on Blackcomb mountain. Spent an evening on Blackcomb this summer, and it was a welcome change to the blown out dust bowl that is the bikepark.


Vital MTB member larsmathiass
18981 larsmathiass,18981/all 10/16/12 1,18981/setup 3 7

Posts: 3

Joined: 10/16/2012

Location: NOR

11/17/2017 9:20 AM

Nesbyen, Norway. So much flow & loam.


Vital MTB member sideshow
427 sideshow,427/all 08/06/09 5 74,427/setup 32 194 924 5

Posts: 226

Joined: 8/6/2009

Location: Keene, NH USA


11/17/2017 9:40 AM

Queenstown, after it's rained. Rotorua when it's dry. Flip those scenarios and you end up with some of the wildest conditions imaginable.

I also nominate my home turf of New England during the mid-summer, when it's that golden inbetween.


Vital MTB member Rconroy
2805 Rconroy,2805/all 05/13/10 1 6 21 11

Posts: 7

Joined: 5/13/2010

Location: Trabuco Canyon, CA USA

11/17/2017 9:53 AM

Santa Cruz - I was blown away on how far over I could get the bike on a corner, not to mention how much speed you carried through each corner as well.


Vital MTB member SmartLikeTractor
29766 SmartLikeTractor /images/default/avatar/c50.png,29766/all 02/18/14 4 4

Posts: 4

Joined: 2/18/2014

Location: NZL

11/17/2017 1:13 PM

Rotorua. That volcanic soil is out the gate, combined with a good climate. Its almost always hero dirt. It can rain for 3 months straight in winter and in half a day its perfect again. Even if it is raining its still mentally good.
Well just ignore the two times ews came to town and things got alil out of control with climate change-esk weather.

And Madeira. For pretty much the reasons state above! Plus the ridiculous views everywhere give me fond memories


Vital MTB member sspomer
2 sspomer,2/all 06/26/09 1251 158 15546 978,2/setup 251 1339 5 2382 14 31

Posts: 1590

Joined: 6/26/2009

Location: Ventura, CA USA


11/17/2017 2:29 PM

where ever this is? haha kidding but think of the pumptrack potential!


Vital MTB member samdaman1
43330 samdaman1,43330/all 12/18/16 3

Posts: 3

Joined: 12/18/2016

Location: GBR

11/17/2017 3:09 PM

Pila Bike Park, Italy. Nothing compares to the slight slide into confidence inspiring grip that you get there, it's like nothing I've ever felt anywhere else

Verbl Kint

Vital MTB member Verbl Kint
27455 Verbl Kint,27455/all 09/13/13,27455/setup 3 91 26

Posts: 94

Joined: 9/13/2013

Location: Quezon City, PHL

11/17/2017 4:08 PM

I would go with Rotorua when it's not raining, but even with a drizzle the soil is still good. The mud is generally not the sticky kind too as it rolls off the wheels quickly and doesn't leave your tire looking like a fatbike's.

A close second would be the DH tracks in Patiis, San Mateo, Philippines. The condition of the soil is perfect when it's a warm day after raining the day/night before. Getting the right conditions can be tricky, however. If it's too hot the trail gets dusty AF and when it rains, it's like riding on lard using wheels made out of butter.


Vital MTB member Wfo922
27387 Wfo922 /images/default/avatar/c50.png,27387/all 09/10/13 2 13

Posts: 2

Joined: 9/10/2013

Location: Sublimity, OR USA

11/17/2017 5:58 PM

Under a canopy of 25 yr old Doug fir reprod

Vital MTB member
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Posts: 7

Joined: 11/1/2015

Location: Reno, NV USA

11/18/2017 8:53 AM

Not Northstar


Vital MTB member dylanemdasilva
45604 dylanemdasilva,45604/all 11/12/17,45604/setup 2

Posts: 2

Joined: 11/12/2017

Location: CAN

11/18/2017 10:14 AM

Revelstoke BC.


Vital MTB member bturman
109 bturman,109/all 08/01/09 1116 96 6155 939,109/setup 280 1361 2353 169 41

Posts: 1641

Joined: 8/1/2009

Location: Durango, CO USA


11/18/2017 10:35 AM

British Columbia's Sunshine Coast is pretty tough to beat.

Luckily there's always hero dirt to be found somewhere. You just have to chase it!

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Dirty Shocks

Vital MTB member Dirty Shocks
45306 Dirty Shocks /images/default/avatar/c50.png,45306/all 09/23/17 1 8

Posts: 9

Joined: 9/23/2017

Location: Petaluma, CA USA

11/25/2017 8:28 PM

The dirty shocks boys have been working hard creating our own little slice of heaven. We're vlogging its creation on YouTube "dirty shocks backyard bike park".