The terrain over the weekend is certainly the toughest that many of the riders have tackled. Brutal, gruelling, relentless. The only way up the short, stony climbs is to attack or grind to a standstill. The only way down is to throw caution to the wind and fly. But even on the descents, your eyes constantly surveying and navigating the boulder strewn tracks saps you mental strength. We pass dozens of mechanicals and countless punctures, stopping to help when people are in real trouble, because that’s what this ride is about, camaraderie. But inside there is also a tiny bit of smugness thanks to the bomb proof, problem-free rides the Sequoias grant us.