Saturday, January 10, 2009

Cuyamaca, Bearcat, & Legacy Dirt Jumps

I want to go right back out there and ride some more!

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Scott, Andy, and I headed for the dirt jumps this morning around 10am. They brought along the BMX's and I brought my mountain bike. The first spot was the Cuyamaca jumps in El Cajon, CA. The jumps there are relatively small, but great for learning - and that's definitely what I need. There are some large jumps, but they're being built up right now, so we couldn't ride that line. The set that we rode started with three rollers, a decent sized double, banked turn into a step down, out of the low area on a step up, then back down another step down and finally ending with a step up to flat. Yeah, I know, it hardly makes any sense to me either, but that's what they're called.

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The next spot was strictly for spectators. It's called Bearcat and those jumps are HUGE! We walked the area and just imagined how fast you'd have to go to clear the jumps. No one was riding that spot, but we did meet a couple other mountain bikers that were walking the jumps too. They told us about another area, so we decided to check that out instead of going to Chula Vista for our last planned stop.

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The last set of jumps were called "Legacy." They were in a canyon, so the run snaked down in between the canyon walls. It was definitely the coolest area we'd been to.

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For some reason my derailleur hanger snapped off when we were riding down into the canyon, so I just watched Andy and Scott ride. Legacy's real close to the house and needs some TLC, so we'll probably start going down there at least once a week to build and ride it.

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15 comments:

michael said...

i was at cuyamaca on saturday and some guys on 50s showed up. they were ruining the lips on the jumps so we asked them to stop. they just kept riding so everyone blocked the jumps. the guy ran over the back tire of my friends bike and kicked his helmet. then he got off the dirtbike and the guy that looked to be in his 20s started pushing my 15 year old friend. he was about to beat him up but luckily an adult coming by stopped him and made him leave. that night he came back and destroyed all the jumps with a pick and shovel. he left a note carved in the ground saying "have fun fags. bmx sucks". ya real mature. so there still torn up and were gettin everyone together to fix them. if u can help we will greatly appreciate it. thank you.

Dennis Throckmorton said...

WOW! That's a damn shame. Yeah, we'll be back there next weekend. We met some guys at Bearcat that said they were building at Cuyamaca. They're fucking BRUISERS! If they run into the dirtbikers I'm sure they could set 'em straight. As will I if I come across them.

Austin said...

Were is legacy

Dennis Throckmorton said...

They're in Clairemont Mesa, off of Clairemont Drive.

michael said...

we rebuilt a lot of cuyamaca and they came back and tore it down again

Dennis Throckmorton said...

Yeah, I went by there today and saw the mess. What a bunch of worthless pieces of shit.

Adam Lehman said...

hey, i am new to the area, and i'd like to know where i should ride, ive talked with the guys up at inky's, and they told me about cuyamaca, bearcat....etc. and i frankley dont have a clue where to start. i have a fair amount of experience building up, and repairing jumps(me and 2 others re-built our local bmx track back in the midwest), so i am deffinatley up for helping to re build the cuyamaca trails.

my name is Adam Lehman, my e-mail is Sk8erboy12192@AOL.com

any help on how to get to the trails, where to ride, and when you will be re-building the cuyamaca trails so i could come and help out would be greatly appreciated.

Tyler Sterling said...

New to dirt jumping, but would be stoked to find a spot to ride and help build, have shovel/wheelbarrow, will travel. Can someone shoot me an email with info on the clairemont spot? Twistedmisters_artz@hotmail.com

Thanks,
Tyler

photoguy said...

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Also if any one knows of really cool looking places to shoot I would appreciate any ideas. Especially places that are beautiful, show off a bit of that southern cali feel, maybe with a bit of ocean in the back ground or some palm tree if you get wat I am after. If you can help thanks.

matthew said...

where are these jumps at not the legacy jumps its actually called miracle i live a block away from miracle and i getting tiered of that place i need somthing new. email me at higinbothammatthew1@gmail.com f you dont mind telling me about these places

cmonster said...

does anyone know where the bearcat jumps are at??? also does anyone know where the hidden valley trails are?

cmonster said...

can anyone give me directions to the bearcat trails and the legacy trail??

Will G said...

where are the cuyamaca jumps at.?

Dennis Throckmorton said...

I honestly can't remember where any of those trails were. It's been a couple years and I'm back in Virginia now.

Anonymous said...

Those trails are still there