It’s the summer of 2020 and we’re excited to get out of house for a little breathing room. Our family recently took a road trip to Santa Fe, NM and Durango, CO. I brought my Mondraker Factor mountain bike with me for the easy ability of shredding some single track. Bringing the Sherco 300 would have been better, but too much work for a family focused trip.

Though I am planning on making a video of the Winsor Trail in Santa Fe and some Durango mountain biking, this video is focused on the day of riding at the Purgatory Ski Resort Bike Park, better know as “PURG”. I was excited that Liam wanted to ride the trails at Purgatory with me. He’s been showing real promise at the jumps and trails we’ve been riding on at home here in Texas.

I rode my Mondraker Factor the entire day, 120mm of travel, while we rented Liam a 24” Rocky Mountain Reaper. I could have used more travel and a bit more relaxed geometry, but I still had a blast. Liam took to the Reaper really well, though it was a tad big for him. I don’t think you need a full on downhill rig for two days at Purgatory, 6”-7” of travel with some enduro geometry would give you all you need.

Woody and Liam on their bikes at Purgatory Bike Park.

Divinity Flow Trail was fun, but not what I want to ride all day. I want the more technical single track, with rocks and roots, that Diggler and Pirate Trail offer. The World Cup Trail that follows Lift 1 down the mountain looks like it would be a gnarly piece of trail to ride. It has fast and flowy turns, natural rock drops and some steep off-chamber to keep your attention. I hope I can make it back to ride that trail, and any others they open, next time to the mountain.

Thank you to Liam for riding with me. Thank you to Tamra for letting me have a few hours to ride without Liam. Thank you to Skyler, Micah and the boys for showing me a good time. I don’t care what kind of two wheels you get your seat time on, just ride and have fun. Remember to always enjoy a Pint Full of Awesome!

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