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Riding Sketchy Lines with Phil at the Megacavern

Riding Sketchy Lines with Phil at the Megacavern


On Sunday, Phil and I drove 11 hours in one
day to ride someplace dry, and slightly warmer. A cavern, full of dirt jumps. Now the geologists in my audience will be
quick to point out that my thumbnail says the word “cave”, while as the name implies,
the Louisville megacavern is in fact a cavern. But the fact remains that below a parking
lot, a supermarket, and an active highway is a 3 million square foot space which includes
a 320,000 square foot bike park that stays at about 52 degrees year round. It’s full of jumps, singletrack, and completely
unsupervised nooks and crannies that may get us banned from ever going there again. Although the megacavern has touristy stuff
like zip-lining and guided tours, their bike park is impressive by any standards. It’s vast, the lips are steep, and the builders
know what they’re doing. You sign a waiver and check in like at most
other bike parks, and if you don’t have your own equipment there are hardtail 29ers
and dirt jumpers for rent. Perfect, for Kevin. You may recognize Kevin from the Singletrack
Sampler, as the road biker Alex took to a downhill park. I always knew that Kevin was a mountain biker,
trapped in a road biker’s body. You can see that he hasn’t quite finished
his transformation. Not that it really matters. Welcome to the dirt Kevin, you should have
been here a long time ago. Time to see how closely I can follow Phil. I’d like to take a moment to pat myself
on the back for bringing the perfect bike for the Cavern—a single speed hardtail. A lot of commenters keep saying it’s like
a dirt jumper, and in many ways it is, but it’s not . The wheels are bigger, the fork
is longer, the frame has different geometry, and the components are 100% what you’d find
on a trail bike. This means it’s pretty good for everything
at the Cavern including the stuff outside of the jump lines. Of course, it still pumps like a hardtail
should. Phil has had a lot on his plate lately. So much in fact that he hadn’t ridden in
over a month. This road trip was like therapy for Phil,
a day of healing. Healing, to Phil, requires a healthy dosage
of sketchy lines. As the day wore on and people kept arriving,
the air quality started to take a nosedive. Even the visibility was reduced as more and
more riders stirred up the dust in the cavern. It added to the surreal feeling of riding
there, but we decided to take breath of fresh air and explore the fringes. I present to you my favorite dirt quarter
pipe ever. Even Kevin took a shot at it. I could have spent all day at the dirt quarter,
but Phil was already looking for new and creative ways to—heal. Any time I ride with Phil, there comes a moment
where I stop following him. And with that, we all had our fill of dry
riding weather. It was 5am when we left my house, and almost
midnight by the time we got home but it was totally worth it. The Megacavern was the perfect place to ride
on weekend where the trails were a wreck. The next time I go there it’ll probably
be for a Patron ride, but if you want to see more of the Megacavern just make sure you’re
subscribed to Phil to see his perspective. I also left some links to other videos of
the Megacavern, including one from the Singletrack sampler, and from Kevin. Where do you guys ride when the weather isn’t
cooperating? Let me know below. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
see you next time.


Reader Comments

  1. I'm in NZ so when the weather is bad then there are not many places to go, but if you do a little road-tripping you can probably find somewhere where the weather won't matter, but anyways awesome vid Seth, keep shredding!

  2. When the weather gets nasty, I build and maintain trails, but if I had a cave to ride in, I'd ride that too👍

  3. do you have a extra GM dropper post because my worst enemy is smashed my DM dropper post in the end everything to look it up

  4. Hola Seth! What a cool place! I guess I just switch to snowboarding and bc tours in the winter here in Winter Park. The wife and I extend the season by going to Angel fire in October. Thanks for another great video. Hope Phil is healing up good!

  5. Living in kentucky all my life, 45 mins south of louisville and never knew about the cavern having a bike track.

  6. Thumbnail just says "here in my cave, with my brand new bike you know what i like more than my bike? Dirt trail i ride a brand new dirt trail everyday"

  7. …….Phil needs to quit bicycle and go for aggressive skate tricks…..What he did was the trick skaters usually do in ESPN skate park competition

  8. I've lived 50 minutes from this place my whole life (23 years) and never knew it had a dirt park lol. I have a BMX bike and a road bike though. Guess I might try taking the BMX bike there?

  9. I like to go to this bike park called b line in Calgary that has awesome jumps a foam pit and a foam pit it has a resi a pump track and a street section

  10. mountain biking youtuber starter pack. must be at least 40 and white. must live in the suburbs. knows every part of a bike and every brand. checks out every jump he hits. Imma be honest, I don't fuck with phil or seth… sam pilgrim and matt jones is where its at. Why do you talk about gear so much.

  11. Looks like the jumps are all gone now. I looked into going after watching this video. Good thing I did a little research before driving 4 hours! They've taken out all the jumps.

  12. ah the feeling of having a short ass name when having to type on a waiver (my names also seth btw super easy when ever I have to type or write it which makes my life great bc Im lazy as hell)

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