The Long Loop

Overview
There are some ascents and descents that have become disused. There are some ascents that are not very well-known (yet) and there are some that are just too beautiful to forget… This loop intends to bring together all these three categories. (The names in italics can be found on the escarpment map)

It starts with Reverse Mitt Romney, a short steep combination of descent and  ascent that only few of us are able to ride in full. A necessary evil to get to one of the best downhills around: “The mystery descent” is a full singletrack downhill, starts out fast, then a nice rock garden, a technical, gravelly, steep section and a beautiful finale. Terrific alternative to the, somewhat ugly, “profanity hill” descent. The loop swerves to the left to take you to “pitchers mound” where we turn right on a jeep track.

I normally don’t like jeep tracks but this stretch takes you through a really nice valley with fast flowing water on your right hand. It will take you to the bottom of the long and hard “That’s what she said” ascent. A high hill in the middle of the escarpment with great views all around. It is not very well known yet. This approach from the south seems equally difficult as from the north. The descent on the north side takes you to the bottom of the well known “Like a Virgin” descent.

Turn right there and make your way eastward as if you were going for “dos rios”. Right before the river crossing at the bottom of “dos rios” (after “picadilly circus”) turn right  to cross it at a different point. This scenic crossing (see photo) is navigable on your bike although quite adventurous. Bearing left after the river, takes you to the bottom of the “Apocalyptic Church” ascent, where you’ll find another canadian online gambling river crossing. It has become a bit disused but it is very, very scenic, if you take a moment to look over your shoulder. The alternative name “Hidden Forest” describes it somewhat better. It takes you right back to the plateau where all that’s left is the flat ride home…

Guides
Craig, Martijn

Stats
Length 61km
Ascent 850m
Descent: 850m
Difficulty: tough
Starting point: Alain’s place
Type: Circuit

Track
Track in GPX format  LongLoop (to get this file on to your PC, right-click on the link and select Save As…

Note on the track: There were two small navigational errors at the soutwestern tip of the loop.

  1. We shouldn’t have taken this exit off the jeep track, but the second one after this one…
  2. You’ll note that right after this we had to backtrack a couple of 100 metres, should’ve taken the left turn to begin with.

Photos
Crossing the river

Map
LongLoop

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