Interview with Ren Egnew

How did you get into mountain biking?

After my first year of college, I moved to Moab [UT] and I wanted another sport to do – because I don’t really like climbing. And so, I bought a mountain bike and the rest is history.

What do you like about mountain biking?

I grew up horseback riding and skiing and it’s kind of the closest you can get to combining the two. And just the whole community surrounding it… and just going fast.

What’s your favorite trail and why?

Probably Emerald Lake. It’s super fun and the whole trail is pretty wide so you can do a lot of different route finding – almost. You’re not really confined to the one single track of it, there’s a lot more playing around you can do.

Full Interview - Ren Egnew

by Aidan Weltner

Ren’s Favorite Trail:

Emerald Lake, MT

Trailhead:
~10 miles round trip
~2,000ft elevation gain
~2,000ft descent

Ren’s Favorite Trail:

Emerald Lake, MT

Trailhead:
~10 miles round trip
~2,000ft elevation gain
~2,000ft descent

Ren’s Description of the trail:

It’s pretty wide and it has a bunch of tiny root drops and little fun tiny hips that you can hit. Lots of little switchbacks. It’s not super steep but it’s steep enough that you can get going and not really touch your brakes the whole time which is pretty fun.  I don’t know… it’s just a good play trail.

Details: Riding the trail takes anywhere from a couple of hours to half of a day, depending on your speed (and how much swimming you want to do). Be prepared with at least a 1 liter of water as well as snacks. Bring spare parts such as tubes (with a pump) and a spare quick link for your chain. The trail is moderately technical so be prepared with a proper protective riding gear that is not too heavy for the climb up. A helmet with good coverage is essential and it’s also important to consider knee pads, gloves and glasses. Emerald can have muddy sections and that mud can find its way into your eyes and mouth. Before you leave, make sure your bike is in good working order and that your tires are properly inflated. Consider removing a little air pressure to your tires to get extra grip on the often soft dirt. Mud downhill tires are reccomended.

Make sure you tell someone else where you are going and when you expect to return.

The trail is dominated by hikers and equestrians, please be courteous to other trail users, yield to uphill travel and control your speed.

Difficulty: difficult, sustained climbs make this trail recommended for experienced riders with above average cardiovascular fitness

Category: trail ride

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