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The Back Country Expressway

Average Rating:    (3.48 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 46

Highly technical singletrack with array of biker built apparatus to ride (tribute to Vancouver's North Shore). Lung burner technical ascent (trailhead at tour center) into level singletrack, 700' elevation change downhill into tight off-cambre, steep trail with seesaws, chutes & ladders, treetop bridge, rollercoaster.
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Latitude
43.72161401320187
Longitude
-70.93142509460449
Trail Directions
Route 160 north or south to Merrill Hill Road. Up and over approx 1.5 miles - at bottom, right onto Middle Road, immediate left onto Woodward to Back Country Excursions touring center.
Trail Length
3 miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Parsonsfield
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Review Date
May 18, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

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Reviewed by: Kevin , from S. Portland

Summary:
WHAT A JOKE!!!
I took a trip down to Cliff's place this weekend with a couple friends. Waste of gas, waste of time, waste of money. Our guide Dan was great, but that's where it ends.
Cliff decided to grace us with his presence on the ride, and also brought his wife and dogs along too. BTW, Cliff and his wife are in their 50's. We spent most of our time waiting for them to catch up. We did one run that they dragged out to over 2 hours, which could have easily been done in less than one. The trails were average at best, and the "terrain park" is a fucking joke. One little jump, and one drop off a decent sized rock. That's it. I've ridden better shit on tar. I was wondering why nobody was there on a beautiful Saturday. Now I know. I wouldn't go back if you paid me!
The kicker was Cliff trying to sell us a map for $15 AFTER we rode the trails. For anyone interested in going down save your money. Or if you do, just park down the street and find your own way through the trails (it's not that hard) The trails are not owned by Cliff, and most are not even maintained by him either. They are taken care of by the snowmobile club that rides the same trails.
If you've ridden the River trail in Portland you will be disappointed by these ones. If your thinking of coming up from the south hit Flatrock outside of Portsmouth instead, you will be glad you did. Otherwise come up to Portland where you can find some real single track to run.



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Review Date
March 6, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: El Marko , from Buffalo, NY

Summary:
First the trails... I was only able to get in about 3 hours of semi-hard riding, along with another 15 mins on the terrain park area near the campgrounds. Much more than the 3 miles listed - with a unique aspect not found in many places in the States: Integrated, man-made apparatus on a cross country trail. Sure, there's North shore stuff in Washington - but who would have thought a real "backcountry" excursion in Maine would have such stuff. Offered an incredible ride on manicured, but not easy, singletrack., along with some expert trail advice. And I didn't even see half of the place. With all the trail closures and enemies to our sport of MTB, how anyone can dis the proprietor is beyond me. Our sport would be 500% better if there was a Cliff Krolick in every state in the country. Now the facilities. I was in the Portland area and called backcountry several times to see if conditions were OK to ride. it was early November and snow had been on the ground. Cliff not only offered great advice, perfect directions and the chance to be his last customer of the season - but as soon as I arrived, I was asked to sit at the dinner table like a family member. Sure, you do have to pay, but in an age where many MTB experiences result in arguments with hikers, splashes through horse sh*t and "off-limits to bikes" signs, why would anyone complain about this place? "Un-level camping sites" You have got to be kidding! I thought MTB'ers are resiliant... not complaining whiners! I wasn't a profitable group or even a paying foursome - just one guy wanting to ride - treated like a lifelong friend. Keep up the good work, Cliff and I hope to make it back soon.

Recommended Route:
Everything Cliff's got!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Also rode the River trail in Portland. Excellent ride - with a good combination of technical and fast. A few tricky spots that will have intermediate level riders walking. Rode in Nov. - very nice day.



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Review Date
February 19, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Chech , from MA

Summary:
This is a really nice trail, however not worth the bs to ride it. You can ride similar trails for free.

Recommended Route:
The express way



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Review Date
August 29, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Rob Fuqua (The Notorious R.O.B.) , from Mt. Holly, N.J.

Summary:
My Fiance'and myself and 2 friends just got back from a 3 day weekend at BCE. The "Farewell to Summer MTB Encampment". It was awesome. Yes, the appearance of the place is not that of a resort, but the cabin / office / hangout / Cliff's house is rustic and cool. Cliff is a little eccentric, but is one smooth cat... The campsites are great, with outdoor showers, and a kick-ass outdoor wood-fired hot tub. The food was different; a little "flaky" and vegetarian, but excellent. It's clear that they love to cook. The comraderie among all the other MTBrs was great, people from all walks of life together for one common passion...Mountain Biking. We did about 1.5 hours of trail work on Saturday after breakfast, which is a very rewarding experience. We cut a new trail then rode it after lunch! All weekend everybody signs up to help with meal prep, dishes, stacking firewood, etc. But it was cool because everybody pitches in. THIS IS A MOUNTAIN BIKER'S "COMMUNITY" TYPE WEEKEND. I FELT KIND OF A MIX BETWEEN BEING AT SUMMER CAMP AND GOING TO MY AUNT AND UNCLE'S FOR THE WEEKEND. The guided rides were great, and once we knew the trails we went out on our own. All of our rides were about 12.5 miles long. And that includes the awesome climbs, stunts, wicked desents, and overall tight, flowing singletrack. Sure there are bits of doubletrack logging road connecting some sections, but I didn't have to HUNT for the trails, and Cliff's map was spot-on. Sure, there's more trails. Just depends on how much you want to ride. VERY technical trails, cool boulders to wheelie drop off of, awesome soil traction, ladder bridges and see-saws that made MY b*lls a little bigger. And awesome scenery. It is now 5 days since I got back, and the stupid "Kool-Aid" grin is just now starting to fade from my face. This is a great getaway, people......A great place to go camping, hang with other riders, eat good food, hang out by the campfire every night with a few cold ones and talk about the day's ride(s), meet new people, AND RIDE SOME AWESOME TRAILS---NO DOUBT! No one there that weekend was the least bit disappointed. All for $70.00 per person. For 3 days and 2 nights, campsites, and most meals included, guided riding, etc.... YOU CAN'T BEAT IT! I am already trying to scam more vacation time to go back in October. Thanx Cliff! I know you'll read this! Great job! Keep up the good work...you and your business are one of a kind!

Recommended Route:
Follow Cliff, Katie, or anyone else he has guiding rides and working for him. It's clear he only hires good MTB people.



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Review Date
July 13, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: 29er , from Maine

Summary:
Here's the lowdown on BCE. Cliff is a riteous guy but he may not be for everyone. He is a happy elf-like hippy who loves to ride his bike and has created a business around it. It is your choice to go to BCE and PAY MONEY TO RIDE THE TRAILS !!! Stop acting like this is some surprise that Cliff sprung on you when you got there. Know in advance this guy is running a business and charges $$$. Go here if;
You want a guided tour of some really good trails (not exceptional or great but really good)
You want to pay someone for the tour.
You want to ride with new people who may push the pace more than you like or slow the pace more than you like. You never know...and Cliff doesn't care.
You don't mind paying to ride some really good, small and safe ladders and chutes, some great singletrack, fire roads and clear cuts and possibly making some new friends. Don't go here if;
You are an XC hammer in full "Train Mode". at the time of my visit I was and I hated the place. Now I realize that it would have been a lot more fun without my "racer" attitude. no one cares.
You are a full blown DH hammer looking for "sick Shit". It aint there and they don't care. For the same money go to Sunday River. The stuff is good but there's no lift and the ladders are wide and not very high.

The reason to go to BCE is to relax and have some fun and let someone else lead the way. It isn't for everyone and is better suited for beginners to intermediate riders who want to "dabble" on some ladders and chutes. This is a hippy camp ladies and gentlemen. They relax and laugh and do everything as a group. I hear more people who are happy with the place than not, even with the $$$ paid. Insurance is expensive and Cliff has to pass those expenses on to you every chance he gets. Business 101. Go at least once. A weekend costs no more than an expensive dinner out with a date. You will have more fun at BCE I'm sure.

Recommended Route:
Call Cliff or get lost

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Your back yard or Sunday River.



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