It’s exciting to see improvements to the mountain bike trails over the last few years. Just last week the reroute of WTB was completed. This creates singletrack from the top of WTB near D4 to the low point on WTB. This reroute also connects WTB to Akima’s Way, which then connects you to the Town of Winter Park.
Also new in the same area is the reroute of the Sunset Pink Trail. This reroute creates singletrack from an old road, aka road to trail conversion. Incorporated in this project are trail features to challenge and allow riders to play on the trail. This is a great example of building a trail for a multitude of abilities and experiences.
There are new trails in the Idlewild area as well. In the last month the Town of Winter Park has built or rerouted:
• Serendipity (connects Yankee Doodle to Idlewild)
• Upper Yankee Doodle (aka Arrow Trail which connects Yankee Doodle to Idlewild)
A new section of Crosstrails takes the upper section of the trail off of the old road and onto new singletrack near the woods.
Tips of the week
Many trails contain fairly tight switchbacks. In order to climb them :
• Look ahead
• Accelerate slightly, this will help maintain momentum and keep you on the outside of the turn (better traction)
• Choose a gear that you can control. Be aware of being geared too low.
• Continue pedaling until you are through the turn.
Take some time to formally thank the Town of Winter Park for its efforts in improving the trail system. You can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lots of people and agencies helped them make this happen!
Beavers Sports Shop at the Best Western in Winter Park does a weekly group ride on Fridays at 6 p.m. Intermediate and above skill level. Come join in! 970-726-5988
Trail work day
Aug. 30 to address some areas of the Chainsaw Trail. Mark your calendar. More info to come.
Looking for more information? 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 U.S. National Mountain Bike Champion and owner of Beavers Sports Shop. You can reach him at email@example.com.