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I had yesterday off so I decided to plan a mini road trip to explore some new singletrack. Ended up heading south to Kickapoo State Park located between Danville and Champaign off I74. It was a bit of a haul to get there taking near 3 hrs but in the end totally worth it. This place totally exceeded my expectations. Good flow, great scenery, challenging climbs, downhills to bomb, and jumps galore.

More info can be found on the KMBC site here. http://kickapoombc.org/

Edit: Link to 2011 map download. https://sites.google.com/site/kmbctrailmap/home/map

I was able to find a 2011 copy of the trail map looking through the forums and glad I did because the 2008 map on the home page leaves out quite a few new trails. Most of the trails are marked pretty well. I think I only had one instance where I had no idea where I was but was able to eventually figure it out (Took a new trail "Nirvana" that's not listed on the 2011 map). I had meant to check out the rest of the park looking into camping etc but when you're ready to go you're ready to go. I was hot, tired and ready to get on with the trip back home. I did snap a couple pics but they're nothing exciting. Had my gopro in the truck but was too lazy to throw it on. Plus I was by myself and didn't want to risk doing something stupid trying to show off for the camera.









Pretty fun loop with lots of small single jumps and table tops.



Pretty accurate description. I was smiling at first and near shit myself somewhere in the middle. Grueling steep climb out.





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The PAMBA races incorporate a lot of that stuff and a few are held in there. They are the best MTB races in the area IMO because they keep it technical so you need skills as well as legs to do well.

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Sounds like they'd be a lot of fun even though I'm lacking quite a bit in the skills and legs department. I've come a long way though in the year and a half I've been riding. Going to keep at it and try and do at least one race this year just to get my feet wet. Most likely will do the Meltdown next month and see how I feel after that.

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Seriously, start doing races as soon as you can. You are going to suck in your first one/two anyways, why not make them before the meltdown instead of after? You will do much better sooner if you start now. That is why I did a bunch of superweek races last week. I'm in no shape to win races, but starting now means I will be that much better next month. Get the ass beating over with as soon as you can.

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Thanks for posting this up. I've been meaning to check that place out.
I learned about what double diamonds mean at Brown County.


What are the next upcoming mountain bike races Ken?


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Seriously, start doing races as soon as you can. You are going to suck in your first one/two anyways, why not make them before the meltdown instead of after? You will do much better sooner if you start now. That is why I did a bunch of superweek races last week. I'm in no shape to win races, but starting now means I will be that much better next month. Get the ass beating over with as soon as you can.
what races are coming up? Is there a good site for info? Cambr I assume?

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Seriously, start doing races as soon as you can. You are going to suck in your first one/two anyways, why not make them before the meltdown instead of after? You will do much better sooner if you start now. That is why I did a bunch of superweek races last week. I'm in no shape to win races, but starting now means I will be that much better next month. Get the ass beating over with as soon as you can.
Look I've got a pretty busy schedule as is racing trackdayz. But seriously though I do hear what you're saying. The Palos meltdown is in 3 weeks. Like the other guys have asked, is there anything else coming up? I think the PAMBA race schedule showed Imagination Glen coming up soon?

Edit: Here's the 2012 IL mtb race schedule from PAMBA's site. http://www.pambamtb.org/index.php?op...=231&Itemid=56

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Thanks for posting this up. I've been meaning to check that place out.
I learned about what double diamonds mean at Brown County.
I believe the double diamond at Brown County was for Schooner Trace and that was the one trail I didn't even think about trying. Walnut was difficult enough for me. That P&P trail at Kickapoo should be an intermediate/moderate designation. I think the only reason they gave it a DD was because of the jumps which are nothing serious and you can go around them if you want.

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I believe the double diamond at Brown County was for Schooner Trace and that was the one trail I didn't even think about trying. Walnut was difficult enough for me. That P&P trail at Kickapoo should be an intermediate/moderate designation. I think the only reason they gave it a DD was because of the jumps which are nothing serious and you can go around them if you want.
Yep; That was the one allright. I may have biked more of it then I walked but it had to be close

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There is no good site for mountain races all in one. You sort of have to poke around and know who the promoters are to find them. Pamba, Wors, meltdown. That's about it really. This weekend there is WORS Alterra, and next weekend there is WORS Sunburst. They are both fun. I should be at Sunburst with my kid. Do one or both. You'll be glad you did. After those, you will go into the meltdown with more fitness and more confidence.

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Great report and thank you! I know I havent been around the board much but I saw this post and this is a place I will need to hit! Here I thought Kettle would be in for a 2-3 hour trip.. this is right in IL and also 2-3 hours

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I just heard from another friend that went down there a few weeks ago with a good report too. They loved it there. I need to get some skills though! Lol

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Thanks guys. I added a link to download the 2011 map. Also I'd suggest skipping the first entrance off of haul rd onto the #2 trail. Follow haul rd down a little further and take the next right which will put you at the start of 2B. 2 is just a mowed down path through a meadow that's super bumpy and annoying.

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went there a bunch when i was at school in champaign... way better than kettle IMO

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There is a super D race there this weekend, anyone going?
http://www.kickapoombc.org/racing/KI...012_POSTER.pdf

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http://www.kickapoombc.org/racing/KI...012_POSTER.pdf
I was interested in doing the xc race Sunday but we're going to be camping in the area in a couple weeks anyway. Planning to hit the trails on our way back since we'll be passing right by them. Too bad they're not closer.

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