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Noble Knows Best- 8 Rides to Make you Fall in Love

Noble Knows Best-  8  Rides to Make you Fall in Love

Don't give excuses about why you haven't ridden these loops, just get out and do it! You'll do yourself a favor. Take the advice and GO RIDE. Trust me, I'm a professional.

This year it seems as though spring is coming a bit early even though the groundhog says otherwise. In light of the great weather and the approaching riding season, you should be getting out and putting in some time in the saddle so you can have your best year ever. Even though you might not feel ready for the spandex shorts and profit jerseys, you need to buck up and get out there. I compiled a list of my favorite rides in the area. A few of these rides are very dependent on the snow conditions in the area so be aware. I was riding a few weeks ago in Idaho and slipped on a patch of black ice so always be aware of the weather conditions and ride smart. 

1. Alpine Loop (Road)2 to 3 hours American Fork Canyon

  • This ride goes up past the Sundance Ski Resort and closes when there is snow so be aware of the snow conditions up there. Even if the top is closed, Provo canyon and Provo river trail are great training rides and are sure to get your blood pumping. So get your butt up and go ride it.  


2. Nebo Loop (Road) 3 to 5 hours Payson Canyon

  • This is one of those ethereal rides I was talking about. Don't let mother nature get the best of your riding schedule. 


3. Utah Lake Loop

  • This loop is not for the faint of heart. Beginning in the orchards and farm land around the southern tip of the lake gives way to beautiful lake vistas as you pass through the cherry orchards. This ride can vary between 90- 120 miles. Be sure to take plenty of water and a great playlist because there is limited cell phone reception in parts of the loop. 


4. Corner Canyon (Mountain), Draper

  • This is a great ride that gets heavy use. Be sure to obey the rules of the trail because these trails are kept up through a volunteer crew. Be respectful of the effort put into these trails. In early spring be courteous and avoid muddy trails. These trails are monitored and you can get a ticket for ruining the trails. 


5. (*Closed during winter) Park City Trail system MTB, 

  • Need I say more? It's Park City for crying out loud. Be sure to bundle up because it is getting chilly up there depending on when you go.  


6. Big Cottonwood Canyon (road) Salt Lake City 2-3 hours  

  • Prepare yourself. It's a good one. Make sure to check the conditions of all the canyons prior to riding. I have found that the UDOT app for my phone is a huge help in determining road conditions. 


7. Little Cottonwood Canyon (road) SLC 2 hours

  • Just because it says little don't think that you won't be sore afterward. Get out and get your butt up that canyon.


8. Crest Trail (MTB) Salt Lake-Park City

  • Pro tip- Make sure to check availability. The trail is only available for biking on odd-numbered days. There you go, now go ride it. 



Alright, there's your list. You can keep Googling other lists but let's be honest with each other for a quick minute, you just want to go ride. There are two types of people in this world, those that dream, and those that live like others can only dream of. Be one of those that lives like few men dare to dream. Okay, for real this time, go try one of these rides. Let us know what you think!


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