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5: Needs-Everybody jokes about taking matters into their own hands. Guys refer to "choking the chicken," "spanking the monkey" or "roughing up the suspect." When Matthes takes an unseemly long time emerging from her tent one morning, the heckles start to fly: "Stop pettin' the kitty!" Brutsaert shouts.

OUR LAST RIDE' IS FAR OUR BIGGI Locals call it the "Whole Enchilada," a 26.5-mile beast with 7,000 vertical feet of downhill that spills from the La Sals all the way to Moab.

One of the first legs, the Hazard County trail, is rife with rock-armored gap jumps. Hucking them gives the girls bursts of joy. Those, and pinch flats. By the time we get to Moab, there'll be eight, count 'em, eight flats.

The flats are a drag, yet hardly diminish the thrill of the Whole Enchilada. Hazard County's buttery singletrack winds to a challenging part of the Kokopelli trail. Keller, who rode it just a week earlier, warns, "It's been raining like mad, so beware. The trail is hella-rutted."

Pruitt interjects. "Did you just say'hella?' If you said that in Santa Cruz, you'd get a beat-down. 'Hella' is what they say over the hill in San Jose."

"Sorry," Keller says. "I didn't know. I live in Fruita."

That settled, we absorb rolls and ruts until the Kokopelli reaches a new sweetheart of a trail, the Upper Porcupine Singletrack. It's a twisty marvel of the Canyonlands—winding over slickrock, through pinion/ juniper trees, over ledges. It leads seamlessly into Lower Porcupine Singletrack. Both offer gobsmacking views into Castle Valley, freaky close exposure to cliffs and abundant opportunities for rag-dolling.

UPS/LPS eventually concludes at the apex of the established Porcupine Rim trail. From here follows 11 miles of bumpy, rocky, prototypi-cally Moab riding. On the preliminary Jeep-road sections, I try and fail to hang onto Lieb's wheel as she blasts a full-suspension line on her hardtail. I pass Matthes only because she wants to take photos of the trail clinging to steep faces of rock.

Eventually, we spill onto Utah State Route 128 and commence grinding along miles of pavement to town. I selfishly draft the girls until we're almost there. Then, the knowledge of crunchy potato chips and cold beverages compels me to burst ahead. The girls, with their nurturing genes, wait for the stragglers to catch up.

It's been fun, hanging with the double-X chromosome crowd. I now know, from firsthand experience, that feathered boas aren't that bad of a wind drag. Better yet, the girls' predilection for Malibu mojitos left me a beautifully wide selection of icy beer to choose from.

But I think I'll keep riding mostly with guys, thanks. Maybe mountain bikers are meant to separate along gender lines. Our differences are easily as great as our similarities. For instance, there was a point, earlier, on UPS, where I nose-wheelied a bit off a ledge. I racked myself good. Splayed my boys hard on my toptube. I received no sympathy whatsoever. Nor did I expect any. U

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have a craving to shop for hours and hours, which is a type of getaway, but my shopping partner is my sister.

YOU STARTED RACING IN THE LATE '90S, RIGHT WHEN XC WAS STARTING TO DECLINE IN POPULARITY. YOU OBVIOUSLY WEREN'T IN IT FOR THE MONEY OR FAME. WHAT'S THE ALLURE OF RACING FOR YOU?

A kid doesn't know what fame and money are, so it certainly wasn't that. Other than the social end of it, I love the thrill of crazy technical descents and simply being competitive I certainly see a lot of the world I probably wouldn't see otherwise, too.

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have a craving to shop for hours and hours, which is a type of getaway, but my shopping partner is my sister.

SPEAKING OF SHOPPING, DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAD A TRADITIONAL HIGH-SCHOOL EXPERIENCE? WITH PROMS AND DATES AND TRIPS TO THE MALL? I think so. I was never a huge fan of school to begin with, and I remember sitting in class dying to go home to go on group night rides. I did miss my prom for a Canada Cup at Mont Tremblant. But the only thing I miss was the dress shopping and getting dolled up.

YOU STARTED RACING IN THE LATE '90S, RIGHT WHEN XC WAS STARTING TO DECLINE IN POPULARITY. YOU OBVIOUSLY WEREN'T IN IT FOR THE MONEY OR FAME. WHAT'S THE ALLURE OF RACING FOR YOU?

A kid doesn't know what fame and money are, so it certainly wasn't that. Other than the social end of it, I love the thrill of crazy technical descents and simply being competitive I certainly see a lot of the world I probably wouldn't see otherwise, too.

DO YOU SEE RACING REGAINING ITS POPULARITY IN THE U.S. AND CANADA? Everything works in waves and cycles. What's big in Europe makes its way to North America and vice versa. Like cyclocross in Europe... people love to watch others compete. When a country has athletes doing well in a sport, they are more likely to follow it. In North America's case, we have to make the events more spectator-friendly to get people interested and involved. Could you imagine if the races were televised like hockey or soccer?

YOU SAID THAT YOUR MOM GAVE YOU HER CLASS RING IF YOU STOPPED BITING YOUR NAILS. DO YOU STILL BITE YOUR NAILS BEFORE RACES? Apparently, getting nervous is something you're supposed to grow out of. But I still get nervous before local Ontario Cups. At World Cups, the butterflies are more like dragonflies. Whether I'm biting my nails is the last thing on my mind before a race. It's just a bad habit.

HOW ARE THOSE NERVES NOW THAT YOU'RE CRACKING THE TOP 10? FEEL ANY MORE PRESSURE TO DO WELL?

I'm definitely not hard on myself if something doesn't work out. The less you worry, the less likely something goes wrong. But, like most athletes, I think the only real pressure is your own. Consistency is so important. E

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