Freeze/Thaw cycles are here
Mud on heels or wheels; please turn around!
It took 10 minutes of double-track riding for this rider to throw in the towel.
What is a freeze/thaw cycle and how can people experience such radically different conditions despite no change in precipitation. Basically the frost heaves the moist & wet soil at night and the sun’s heat melts that into pudding in the morning. This is why trails can be great while frozen one moment and horribly muddy after the sunlight gets to them. These two radically different conditions can occur within the same ride when the sky is clear of cloud.
A more in-depth explanation is linked here.
We need a period of extensive drying or deeper cold to stabilize the situation.
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