Wow, what a way to get in this trail system! And was I mistaken that stage two was anything like stage 1. I thought that I would finish stage 2 and get in more of stage 1. Even without my detour, stage 2 would have been much longer, with more climbing. I was so glad I chose the geared bike for stage 2. Both stages together make up an endurance event called the Gamut, held back in July.
The Gauntlet was definitely better as a DH. I loved old school feel of the Lakeside trail. Araminta really needed to be ridden in. Short and sweet, Comet started a little gnarly, but ended more flowy. Both the old and new parts of the Gorges trail were fun and flowy, switch backing in and out of the coves. A lot of work has been done to armor the trails against erosion and the newer section had some great berms built into it.
Basically, this system , has everything a mountain biker could want. Bermy trails, flowy trails, blasting and/or gnarly DHs, plenty of climbing if you want and plenty in the valley, if you don't, put it all together for great endurance ride.