Peru Mountain Biking – Sacred Valley: Lamay – Day 2

Acclimatized a bit after Day 1, we were ready for another sunny day of rad mountain biking in Peru’s Sacred Valley with PeruBiking!

Day 2 – November 20, 2019

Ride 1: Huanco DH (higher start than Trailforks shows)

Super fun ride that had a bit of everything!  Started at a football pitch high in a small village and was initially a fun descent through sparse trees and houses, very rideable with some challenging switchbacks (one of which I managed to tangle myself up into my bike on!).  Then it broke into a wider open section with some fun rocky sections, then onto a flowy traverse through cliff area and then a spicy descent to the village of Lamay.  I walked the section in the landslide, but otherwise a super rideable trail!  I really enjoyed the variety and trail quality.  Trailforks shows 2771 ft descent, but I felt a lot more like 4000’ the way we did it!  

I am finding that roads tend to end in football pitches, which make for great places to start rides 😉
Traffic jams make for good excuses to rest!

Ride 2: Lamay to Huama Lamay 

To be honest, I never really found my groove on this one.  It started in a high plain and descended some fun open rocky sections, which was followed by more rocky sections including one part with bigger drops that you couldn’t really carry speed through but also couldn’t roll super straightforward.  So, I walked.  I also re-rode a section I had gotten a bit ‘sideways’ on in an effort to get some momentum and flow.  There’s one section that is ruined due to road construction so there was a lot of bike lowering and sidehill bike carrying.  Then it got fun in the forest, slight climb, more fun through a village, 5 min road climb and then really fun section to town.  The trail was great and in retrospect a fabulous ride, although I didn’t love it at the time since I struggled to find my groove.  

Ride 3: Lamay DH (not on Trailforks)

My ride log shows this was only about 2000’ of descent, but it sure felt longer!  Steep, loose, tight corners, fun open sections, rocky sections to keep it interesting . . .  just plain fun!!!  It was a great way to end the day and a nice change to ride consistently after the previous ride never really syncing for me.  I was stoked at the bottom!

The ride started from in the upper left, just below the rocks. It was narrow, a little rutted, some tight corners, and super fun! Tight corners too – a feature that one has plenty of opportunity to practice riding in Peru!
Down, down, down . . . we didn’t cover a lot of distance in this ride, just lost vertical in one pretty consistent fall line ride! Seems like I only got pics of dirt sections, but there was some techy Peruvian rock sections just to keep things interesting!
Even on this shorter distance ride, it was fun to ride through changing ecosystems as we changed altitude – keeps the riding really interesting!!!

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