Meet Eugene. Well, you probably already know him, or at least
recognize him, as Eugene has been a prominent community member for at least a decade, especially on the mountain. Eugene also has a deep appreciation for our Cumberland trails, so we asked him to tell us why he rides whenever he can.
"What do the trails mean to me? They mean freedom, flow, and that floaty feeling. The trail network is great for the local economy and gets people out riding, but our little slice of paradise is getting increasingly busy, and rental/house prices have gone insane. It’s a double edged sword. My favourite trails are Ginger Snaps and Friday’s Child, because they’re both super fun to ride on a hardtail. My biggest nemesis was that puddle gap at the bottom of the chlorine shack to Orange Peels connector. First time I tried it was on a brand new bike and I went too slow and cased it, crushing my rear wheel.
That was a $400 mistake. Got a new wheel built, charged it on the next ride and made it across. It felt money. If I could build a trail it
would be called “Hardtail Party.” Two parallel downhill pump track-like trails with lots of tight rollers, corners and jumps, with the added excitement of both trails crossing each other several times
all the way down. My fondest memory on the trails? One night at 2:45am, after shooting some astro photos at Fuji Jim’s bench, I was whipping down Top Hat at full speed. As I came around a bend, a grouse that had been sleeping ON THE TRAIL woke up startled, squawked and took off right in front of my bike. Luckily, it got out of the way in the nick of time, I didn’t crash and die, and to this day we both have a cool story to tell our bros. That bird scared me more than both of the cougar encounters I’ve had out on the trails.
Will I always be a UROC member? You bet! The trails don’t maintain themselves. Buying a yearly membership is the least I can do.
Advice for newbie riders?
Don’t look at the trees, look at the spaces between them."
Become a UROC member.
Win a Forbidden Druid.
Link in the bio.