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The Sinai MTB Epic ride, December 2010, Part III (final part with video!)

This is Part III (the final part) of our December 2010 Sinai MTB Epic ride.

The following day, we woke up a little before 8:00 a.m.
We packed out our camp...
Put our the gear on the support truck...
...followed by our bikes. The plan is to drive out to the ride starting point at higher elevation.
Then it was time for breakfast! A meal which experienced the fate of all other meals on this trip: Total Annihilation! (did I say that Bedouin bread is soooo good?!)
On the short drive to the ride starting point, we stopped to see Mossalam's home village. He told us about how Bedouins can spot and extract water from seemingly arid locations in the middle of the desert.
We arrived at the start point and quickly off-loaded our bikes and riding gear...
...and the rest of the riding adventure started!
After some "easy" riding through some valleys, we got to this...
It was time for some (or a lot of) hike-a-bike...
...which was rewarded by long stretches of fast singletrack and generally awesome riding! I will not talk too much about the riding now because you'll see it in a video.
All was going well and we were making good time as per the ride plan...that is until Mossallam broke his derailleur hanger. I was riding right behind him, pedaling up a gentle incline when I heard that horrible sound: CRRRAKKKK! and looked down to see his derailleur jammed between his rear wheel's spokes. Luckily he stopped before the further damage happened to his wheel.
With no spare hanger (yes, we were pushing our luck, non of us had a spare hanger), I converted his bike into a "singlespeed". Without horizontal dropouts or a chain tensioner, you can't really properly tension a chain to singlespeed properly, but in the middle of nowhere with no spare hanger, you just do what you can. Mossalam didn't seem to mind. After some cursing his spirits where up as if nothing happened. And, I might add, this didn't seem to slow him down. Maybe a little bit, not too much ๐Ÿ™‚
At one point, the ride into a multisport activity: we had to go down an EXTREMELY STEEP "trail", simaltaneously trying to carry our bikes, not to slip off to the side and plummet down some 200 meters, and descend with any sort of dignity ๐Ÿ™‚
Yep. It's steep.
Did I say steep? To compound the problem, it was also very loose.

That was followed by some more amazing riding that ended with us riding all the way to our beach-side camp at sunset. An amazing mountain biking adventure. While I don’t have any good photos of the rest of the ride, I do have what’s even better: a video!

Welcome to the new and improved mtbegypt.com!

Happy New Year fellow riders!

Over this past weekend we did a major overhaul of the website as you can see around here. The site now runs on a new, more reliable host and underwent a full redesign. We have a number of new features in the works, including a database of the best trails in Egypt, but this will take a bit more time.

For now, enjoy the new website, and if you spot anything not working as it should, please let us know.

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Share a ride, win some MTB Egypt stuff!

Win stuff from MTB Egypt if you share a ride to the weekly ride!
Win stuff from MTB Egypt if you share a ride to the weekly ride!

In the interest of making it possible for more riders (especially those who do not drive) to get to the trails on weekends to participate in our group rides, we will be giving an MTB Egypt mug or t-shirt (see above photo) to every rider who shares his/her car with a fellow rider for the Friday morning group rides. A few rules, though:

1. You must get there on time: be at the Wadi Entrance a few minutes before 7:00 a.m.

2. At least one of the riders must be joining the MTB Egypt group ride on that morning.

3, We will give out one prize every week, so whoever gets to the Wadi first gets it!

The nice thing about this little giveaway is that everybody wins! The rider who shares his/her car get’s MTB Egypt stuff, the rider who got a ride doesn’t miss out on the weekly ride, and we all win by putting fewer cars on the street and making our air (just a little bit) cleaner.

Here is how to do it: post in this forum thread if you need or can offer a ride!