Trail Boss: Cleaning Bennett Gap’s Hike-a-Bike

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Jeff Lenosky shreds another bucket list trail to pieces—including the "unrideable" bits.

In this episode of Trail Boss, an MTB Project video series in which Jeff Lenosky seeks out and cleans unrideable trails, the trials riding legend set his sights on the big mountains of western North Carolina. "It's my favorite place to ride in North America," said Lenosky of the half-million-acre Pisgah National Forest, home to much of the region's top riding.

Of the hundreds of miles of wildly technical trail crisscrossing Pisgah's countless peaks, ridges and valley bottoms, one trail, Bennett Gap, has been on Lenosky's radar for some time. And while the trail's supreme mix of high-speed flow and chunky technical descending is what attracts most riders—and likely accounts for its 4.8-star rating—Lenosky's interest was piqued by something else: "There's this really rocky, really rooty, very steep climb that a lot of people say is a hike-a-bike," he explained. "I took that as a challenge."

Ready to add Bennett Gap to your to-do list? Watch the video above to scout Lenosky’s lines before heading over to MTB Project for all the maps, photos and trail information you need to conquer this Pisgah National Forest classic.

Follow trials riding champion Jeff Lenosky on his quest to clean the country’s toughest trails. Trail Boss S2:E4

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