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Summer mountain biking, GMBA updates

Asher Michels, 10 navigates the new trail structures built by the Town of Winter Park.

Asher Michels, 10 navigates the new trail structures built by the Town of Winter Park.

Summer has arrived !!! I’ve been seeing so many people out on the trails riding their bikes and trying out some of the new trail improvements. The Town of Winter Park has been adding some features to the trails in the Leland Creek area (Sundog, Sunset Pink, WTB etc.). You need to check them out as they are a lot of fun and gives everyone a chance to test their skills. A big thanks to Greg Mazu and his company Single Track Trails for making this happen!

The first ride with the high school mountain bike team was last Monday. It was great to see the kids push the “adult supervision” a bit with the pace. Unfortunately the skies opened with a nice downpour that cut the ride short. The next ride will be 5:30 p.m., Monday June 20 at Beavers Sports Shop next to the Best Western in Winter Park. The team is open to anyone of high school age. If you need more info email the team at mpmtbteam@gmail.com.

There is a lot going on with trails right now. Last Tuesday we had our monthly Grand Mountain Bike Alliance (GMBA) meeting. At that meeting we had a great discussion on trails, trail improvements and different levels of desired experiences. Representatives from the BLM were at the meeting and we were able to talk about the trails on the area known as the Phases. The BLM is in the process of signing the area. To help make this happen GMBA and Headwaters Trails Alliance (HTA) will assist in sign installation as it is a bit difficult to navigate the area now as very few signs are currently in place. GMBA has formed a committee to give input to the BLM on current trails as well as changes and expansion of the trail system there. If you want to be part of this process shoot me an email for more information.

One key topic at our meeting is the lack of difficult cross country trails in the area. I’d like to extend an invitation to anyone interested in more difficult cross country trails to contact me (keith@winterparkskirental.com). There has been a lot of trail improvements and changes to the trails over the last few years. Much of those changes have been with the input of volunteers. To be honest volunteers are limited in what they can accomplish in regards to time available and the level of expertise. The more people that are involved the better the overall outcome will be. If we are to have more difficult cross country trails then we need a group of people that can represent that experience.

Trail Work

Did you know that GMBA and HTA are holding weekly trail work nights beginning Tuesday June 21st? We will meet at 4:45 pm at the HTA world headquarters in Fraser. For more info email Erica at gcadoptagrail@gmail.com or call 970-726-1013. This has been an objective of GMBA and HTA for a while and it is finally happening! The first projects will begin on Yankee Doodle to address some water flowing down the trail then progress to Serenity to address a couple of wet areas. We welcome anyone who would like to help. If you have suggestions on projects please feel free to let us know.

Beavers Sports Shop is starting their weekly group rides at 6 p.m. Friday June 17. The ride is open to anyone of intermediate ability and above. The pace is determined and type of trails are determined by the group. Come join us! Call 970-726-5988 for more info.

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 him at keith@winterparkskirental.com.