The SMD trail is a black trail leaning toward the more technical end of the riding you will find in the TransRockies Singletrack 6. Our goal is always to show you the best trails in each community that are still fun on a cross-country bike. As Travis points out, you may have more fun on a mid-travel (120-130mm) trail bike than a full-on race rig, but it’s really up to you which weapon you want to use. The good thing about SMD is that the major drops all have ride-arounds.
Finally, a note about stage distances. We don’t have a firm target for the distance of the stages and they can vary greatly depending on where we are riding. For the 2020 event, we expect all 6 stages to be within or very close to our guidelines. Generally we try to make the stages between about 1,000 and 1,500m of climbing, with a winning time of around (or just under) 2 hours. This means that for most riders a time of 3-4 hours is reasonable, with the last finishers crossing the line in 5-6 hours. Given the earlier date of the 2020 race, we’re being extra careful to monitor the toughness of the stages so that everyone can get maximum enjoyment from these curated selections of trails.