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Mountain Biking Fun

Keeping Mountain Biking Fun

With the mountain biking season underway we thought it was a good time to reflect on what keeps us coming back to this sport season after season, and the things we do to keep our passion for the sport alive. Good weather, great trails, and even better riding friends are always at the heart of an epic day on the bike, but there is so much more. This list will help you keep the stoke high and the passion for mountain biking burning for years to come.

  • Be a good steward of the sport. Be friendly. Help others. Respect trail guidelines and the other people and animals we share the trails with.
  • Be mindful, appreciative, and aware.
  • Ride under as many sunrises, sunsets, and full moons as possible. It keeps you in tune with the rhythms of nature.
  • Ride new trails as often as possible. Few things inspire like the potential for new horizons.
  • Enter a local race. This is a great way to challenge yourself and support your local mountain bike community.
  • Support your local mtb club with your time and money when you can. Every hour and every dollar helps. A lot.
  • Push yourself, but know your limits. Wear a helmet. Be safe out there!
  • Help maintain & build local trails. The satisfaction of cutting new trail then riding new trail is tremendous. Know that thousands to follow will enjoy your efforts.
  • Ride with a posse. It’s always better to share the experience.
  • Ride alone. Stay in tune with the solitude of nature.
  • Ride at night, but always use adequate lighting.
  • Take a few fun photos and share them with your riding mates!
  • Love your bike. Keep it clean. Learn to do basic maintenance yourself. Take it to your local shop for the expertise they offer.
  • Always be prepared out on the trail. Water, snacks, tubes, tools, pump, and map are always a good idea.
  • Take your kid out for a ride.
  • Try using an app to enhance your enjoyment.
  • Smile and laugh a lot. Hoot and holler when you’re feeling it. Ride with others who do the same.
  • Find a local demo day and ride it like you stole it… (until it’s time to check out another bike!).
  • Try an overnight bikepacking trip.
  • Visit a local bike park or pump track. This is a great way to hone your skills.
  • Take your dog out for a ride. But know where, when, and how to do so. Always clean up after your dog!
  • Take a skills workshop. You can always learn more.
  • When out in nature at the summit of a big climb, take a minute to breathe deep and appreciate your surroundings.
  • Avoid injury and always make it home safely.
  • Share a toast, a tasty beverage, and a hearty meal after your ride.

Author’s Note: This article is inspired by the work of RFMBA friend and board member Art Burrows in his piece “Keeping Skiing Fun”.

 

 

What the Horse Sees…

With a majority of the Roaring Fork Valley’s trails open to multiple uses, it’s always important to remember that mountain bikers need to yield the trail to hikers, runners, and equestrians, not to mention uphill bike riders on two-way trails.

While we have many trails in this area where you’re not likely to encounter horses during your ride, an encounter can be both scary and dangerous for everyone involved.  To help educate trail users, the Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council (with input from RFMBA) put together the following poster that you may soon see at area trailheads, bike shops, etc.

WhatThatHorseSeesFinal Poster (PDF version)

Horses are a “prey” species.  As such, they can mistake a fast moving rider or runner for a mountain lion.  Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to yield the trail effectively and make sure that everyone has a good time while exploring our shared public lands.

When meeting a horse, dismount and move a safe distance off the trail. If more than one biker, move to the same side of the trail.  Speaking to the rider helps identify you as a person and will help calm a horse.

Thanks for playing your part out on the trails to ensure great continued access for mountain bikers!

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Glenwood Springs – Trail Planning Updates & Comment opportunities

We have big updates for everyone on two long term projects you started hearing about in 2015!  Read on / Click through to learn more + visit with us to learn more at Outreach Meetings following several upcoming G.S. Commission meetings:

Monday April 4th, 6:30-7:30pm, G.S. City Hall – Council Chambers 
(This outreach session will immediately follow the monthly Historic Preservation Commission meeting)
Wednesday April 6th, 9:00-10:00am, G.S. City Hall – Room TBD
(This outreach session will immediately follow the monthly Rivers Commission meeting)
Wednesday April 13th, 6:30-7:30pm, G.S. Community Center – Room TBD
(This outreach session will immediately follow the monthly Parks & Recreation Commission meeting)

*** UPDATE 4/14/2016 ***

The above outreach sessions were scheduled to follow Commission meetings.  We’re happy to announce that we received unanimous support from both Rivers Commission & Parks and Rec. Commission for our efforts on the below projects.  Our next step is to approach City Council on May 19th to request similar support and to secure funding for Phase 1 of the Red Mt. project.  Can you be in Glenwood on the evening of May 19th?  Your public comment  to City Council, in support of these projects could make real difference!

*** end update ***

Red Mountain Trail Improvement Project
This trail improvement project is proposed to utilize a combination of existing routes & newly constructed trail to provide a continuous natural surface trail that roughly parallels the road from the trailhead all the way up to the cross at the top of the mountain. The completed route is proposed to be called the “Grandstaff Trail”.

This initiative was identified in the Glenwood Springs Area Concept Trails Plan, issued February 2015. The GSACTP identified priorities for both trail improvement projects, such as this one, and conceptual trail systems and alignments that require additional study. The Plan prioritizes work on City owned lands, especially those closest to downtown.

RFMBA & Two Rivers Trails are seeking endorsement of this project from Glenwood Springs River Commission, Parks Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, & City Council.  We hope to secure funding and start Phase 1 of this project in 2016.

View the Red Mountain Trails Improvement Project document:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1_DcAsWKQeTUkwxOGNENUNnSUE/view?usp=sharing

South Canyon Trail Plan 
Following the development of the Glenwood Springs Area Concept Trails Plan (February, 2015), RFMBA secured planning funding from the City of Glenwood and Garfield County.  With this funding, we engaged Kay-Linn Enterprises’ team (with the assistance of Applied Trails Research and Singletrack Trails) to provide field investigation, sustainable trail corridor design, and development recommendations for the South Canyon area. The consulting team was provided with the conceptual planning information from RFMBA, as well as more depth regarding ongoing activities in the Canyon and spatial overlays for historic elements, the landfill, and gun and archery ranges.

Based on the field investigation, current uses, and potential for sustainable trail development, the Kay-Linn team has developed the recommendations that follow in the linked report, including opinions on optimal trail system components such as trail types, trailhead locations, historic/land management interpretation, implementation strategy and phasing, and cost of construction. These recommendations have been developed to further the collaboration between RFMBA and the City of Glenwood Springs in developing improved recreation amenities.

RFMBA & Two Rivers Trails are seeking endorsement of this project from Glenwood Springs River Commission, Parks Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, City Council, and Garfield County Commissioners.  We hope to secure matching level funding so that this project can be a candidate for State Trails Grant funding during the Fall 2016 application cycle, potentially allowing for Phase 1 construction of this project to start in 2017.

View the South Canyon Trails Plan document:
Please join us at one of the above Outreach Meetings, shoot an email to info@rfmba.org, or call Mike Pritchard, RFMBA Ex. Director at 970-948-3486 to provide comments on these plans.

Ride with Chasing Epic & support RFMBA!

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Chasing Epic Mountain Bike Adventures, an adventure travel company that offers all-inclusive, guided mountain bike trips across CO, UT, and AZ.  As part of this relationship, Chasing Epic will be giving RFMBA-IMBA Members a discount on any trip booked in 2016 and beyond.  Additionally, for every trip you book, they donate $50 back to the RFMBA, with no limit!

When you go to the Chasing Epic website and book a trip, use the discount code RFMBA50 below when you check out:

  • You immediately receive $50 off that trip (good for multiple uses)
  • RFMBA receives a $50 donation with no limit
  • The discount code also applies to private trips, so if you have a group of six or more, make sure you mention the discount code when filling out the inquiry form!

If you’re looking for a great mountain bike adventure this summer, take advantage of this offer and feel great about supporting Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association at the same time!
RFMBA50

Fat Bike Updates, Feb. 2015

Fat Bike Rally at Ironbridge
**Update**  Postponing this first year event, again…  until March. (Was orginally set for Jan. 31st, then Feb. 21st.)  We need snow!! We hope that mother nature delivers this weekend and continues to do so into March. Stay tuned!

Global Fat Bike Summit Recap
With fat biking continuing to be one of the fastest growing segments of the cycling world, this year’s Fat Bike Summit in Jackson, WY, was a great place to learn about successes around the country that we can emulate here in the Roaring Fork valley.  At this recap you can find a linked .pdf report that shares many of the presentations in some geeky detail.

What are some of the take aways from the Summit?  Fat bikes are not a ‘fad’.  Fat bikes mean a new season of winter riding.  What do fat bikers really want?  Packed trails, moderate climbs, goomed snow, narrow trails.  Shared use trail systems are working when fat bikes stay off soft groomed trails and yield to other trail users.  In most ways, the advocacy work required for fat biking right now mirrors the past + ongoing work to create, enhance, and preserve great mountain bike experiences.  Everyone presenting at the Summit provided Solutions, rather than complaints or demands.  The strategies on display provide a great path forward as we work towards best possible fat bike experiences throughout the Roaring Fork valley.

WRNF fat bike access update
RFMBA submitted a proposal to the White River National Forest in October 2014 to revise winter travel management rules that don’t allow wheeled vehicles to utilize groomed forest routes. While most riders are not aware, fat bikes are currently directly impacted by these rules.  Our proposal is scheduled to be reviewed by the Forest Leadership Team soon.  Long term fat bike access to the Maroon Bells, Independence Pass, Four Mile Rd. and many other forest routes will be critical to providing great experiences for both locals and visitors.

Mt. Sopris Recreational Riders – Event tomorrow, Feb. 21
The winter grooming of many forest routes throughout Colorado is accomplished by snowmobile clubs who recieve partial funding through the snowmobile sticker program & additional funding from events and club memberships.  In some cases, fat bikers are thankful for the grooming work these clubs are undertaking.  As we continue working with the WRNF to secure access for fat bikes on forest routes, please consider supporting the efforts of Mt. Sopris Rec. Riders or other clubs through direct donations or memberships.  After review with the Dept. of Colorado Parks & Wildlife (administrator of the sticker program), it is preferable for fat bikers to support the clubs directly rather than purchasing an annual snowmobile sticker.

Aspen Fat Bike Loop in development
RFMBA is working with staff from City of Aspen Parks & Trails department to develop and sign a fat bike specific loop for 2016 and beyond.  You may have read that our request for experimental fat bike access on the nordic dog walking loops was denied by the Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Council.  Unfortunately, we don’t have access to this nordic trail system & we ask riders to respect the current rules while we develop fat bike specific opportunities. The Loop that is in development is expected to include groomed segments, packed trail segments, and some plowed bike path portions to connect it all together.

#RIDEGROOMED
For your Friday viewing pleasure… check out this video filmed on the Jolly Green Giants fat bike specific trail at Grand Targhee.  The video comes from 45NRTH, the folks behind a new campaign for fat bike singletrack called #ridegroomed.  The future is here, it’s just unevenly distributed!