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High School mountain bike team forming

Future high school mountain bike racer, Aaron Sanders negotiating a snow drift on the Woops Trail in Idlewild.

Future high school mountain bike racer, Aaron Sanders negotiating a snow drift on the Woops Trail in Idlewild.

We are well on our way to the creation of a high school mountain bike team. This past Wednesday afternoon there was a meeting at the Middle Park High School to introduce the team and concept to students and interested parties. Over 20 people attended to hear about the team. Kate Rau who is the director of the Colorado High School Mountain Bike League came up to talk about the league and high school teams. The league was founded in 2009 and in 2010 it had its first race with 180 racers from 20 clubs. Fast forward to 2015 and the league has grown to 866 racers from 58 clubs.

Kate gave a great presentation on the background of the league as well as what participants and volunteers can expect in the areas of experience, costs and organization. Creating a team does not happen without a substantial amount of work. The team participants will have to work hard to train. Volunteers will need to spend quite a bit of time helping create a safe and high level training environment. Money will need to be raised to cover race fees, travel and other incidental costs. Training programs will need to be created to meet the needs of each team member. These are just a few items in a long list of the many things that make the experience for our kids the best it can be.

The next meeting on the team will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 at the Headwaters Trails Alliance building in Fraser. At this time we will give out additional information which will include the first day for the students to meet and train. If you are interested in participating or helping out come to the meeting. If you can’t make the meeting then email mpmtbteam@gmail.com for more information.

Trails update

Trail update- trails are melting out and if the weather forecast of warm weather is true then things are going to come around in a hurry. Currently lower elevation trails are riding well. Most trails above 9,500 feet or so do have snow drifts and may make riding difficult. Please be aware to avoid wet areas. If you do encounter a wet area stay on the trail and don’t go off trail. Going off trail widens the trail and will do damage to the area around the trail. Granby Ranch and the Phases are riding well. If you do encounter trails that are in need of tree removal or work contact Headwaters Trails Alliance GCadoptatrail@gmail.com so that they can coordinate taking care of trail issues.

Enjoy your rides! Life’s too short not to have fun!

Looking for more information or want to get involved as a mountain biker? Like Grand Mountain Bike Alliance (GMBA) on Facebook. GMBA is your local mountain bike group. Check out Mountainbikecapitalusa.com. Great site by the Winter Park Chamber!

Keith Sanders is the President of the Grand Mountain Bike Alliance, 3x US National Mountain Bike Champion and owner of Beavers Sports Shop. You can reach me at keith@winterparkskirental.com