Last Thursday I wrote about Khao Bot, a small hill in Rayong that boasts one of Thailand's toughest downhill-race courses. Guess what? That's not all this humble mound has to offer. Khao Bot is also home to an XC trail good enough to be the venue of the final race of the Cross Country Mountain Bike National Championships held just a day before the downhill competition mentioned in the previous column.
If you're a single-track lover, this is definitely your kind of trail. Thanks to the lush canopy of the remnants of an evergreen forest that covers Khao Bot, the trail here is not only challenging, but also shaded all day long, allowing you to ride without having much of your energy zapped by the scorching Sun.
Unlike the DH course, the XC trail has not just one trailhead but three for racers of different categories. On the race day, all participants started from the foot of the hill, climbing up the concrete road to the points where their assigned single track began. The elite riders entered the wood from the top of the hill while those of other groups did so at slightly lower elevations. They all soon joined up and shared the same track though, then split and met again at certain points.
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