HD video footage of the trails at Mt. Dora.
I’ve had a few requests for video footage of the Mt. Dora trails, and so Tuesday I took my GoPro HD with me. I decided to film one complete lap of the main loop with all the “blue” (intermediate options). There are no cuts and no edits, so you see the whole main trail, which consists of “Florida Flow”, “Little Blue Roller” (blue), “Tacoma Trail” (blue), “Extra Crispy” (blue) and “Little Dipper” (blue).
The first minute or two are not particularly eventful, but there’s some pretty fast and cool stuff as the video progresses. There are some nice elevation changes at this trail, but GoPro video doesn’t really capture elevation changes and things like rocks and roots all that well. For example, the “Little Blue Roller” section has a downhill that is actually quite steep (followed by two bermed corners), but the drop barely shows on this video (the speed increase is very noticeable, however). There are also some leg burning climbs that, unfortunately, don’t translate too well on video.
So even though GoPro video tends to flatten the trail out, you’ll be able to tell when I’m going downhill because the trees start flying by pretty fast; when I’m climbing and on the saddle my legs will be visible at the bottom of the frame, pumping away.
The clay bermed corners that have been constructed allow speed to be carried through turns in a lot of areas. I don’t hit all of them as fast as I could, but I’m getting better at it every day. Speed, IMO, is what makes riding fun.
Anyway, here’s the footage!
By the way, if you’re wondering what that “Red” (advanced) offshoot is that I ride past around the 1m52s mark, the ramp you see there is a qualifier for the real feature that lies just past it. A qualifier (also known as a trail filter or gateway) is a high-skill-level, low-consequence obstacle that demonstrates the difficulty of the upcoming trail or trail feature. Qualifiers are designed to prevent riders from injuring or killing themselves on trails/features that are beyond their abilities.
The qualifier itself is not difficult (I’ve ridden it many times with no problem), but the only thing that lies beyond it is a nearly vertical 22-foot wooden roller (pictured to the right). The photograph does not do this thing justice: sitting at the top of it is like looking straight down from the roof of a two story building. Could I ride that feature? Maybe. In fact, I’m pretty sure I could. However, the consequences for failure are obviously very high, and the fun factor doesn’t seem great enough for me to risk it and roll off the edge…. at least not yet.
My calf injury is healing up fast. Today is my upper body workout, and tomorrow I should be back on the bike.