Awesome volunteer spots open for Grand Traverse race September 1st and 2nd.

Here are some great options for experiencing part of the epic Grand Traverse race without racing. Check out these volunteer spots open. Course sweep, top of Aspen Aid Station AND MORE.

9/1: RUN -COURSE SWEEP- Leg #2
Seeking team of two competent backcountry travelers (run or mountain bike) to sweep the Run course from Taylor Pass to the top of Aspen Mountain.This sweep team will depart Taylor Pass Checkpoint after 12:45 PM cut-off has been imposed. Sweep is required to follow behind last runner on course, providing race dispatch with progress updates.

9/1: RUN – FINISH LINE (ASPEN)
Located at Ajax Park, north of the Aspen Mountain base on S. Ute Avenue. Volunteers needed to assist with- FinishLine / Expo set-up, food & beer serving, award distribution, as well as staffing Mountain Bike registration / check-in table. Finish line volunteers will be served BBQ meal and beer!

9/2: MTB – START LINE
Assistance with set up and kick off of Mountain Bike Start line at Ajax Park. May require some temporary vehicular traffic control.Location – Ajax Park, 1001 S. Ute Avenue

9/2: MTB – AID #1 – Top of Aspen Mountain
Seeking two volunteers to distribute hydration and nutritional aid to bikers summiting Top of Aspen Mountain. Volunteers will need personal transportation (4×4) to ascend the Summer Road to the aid station location. This volunteer team will also be tasked with imposing the 9 AM cut-off, recording bib numbers while turning cut-off riders around to retrace their route back to Aspen.

9/2: MTB – COURSE SWEEP- Leg #1
Seeking team of two competent Mountain Bikers to sweep from the Top of Aspen Mountain to Taylor Pass. Sweeper’s will be provided a lift pass to ascend Aspen Mountain via the Gondola with bike  From Aspen Mountain summit, sweep will continue out Richmond Ridge, cleaning course of all markings (flagging tape and pin flags), while not overtaking the last riders on course. Will periodically radio race dispatch with location and progress of last riders. Arriving at Taylor Pass, sweep team will descend Express Creek Road, ensuring that cut-off riders at the 11:30 a.m. MTB Aid #2 cut-off, safely make their descent to Castle Creek road.

To volunteer for any of these great spots please contact andrew@elkmountainstraverse.com

Save the Date: New Castle Trails Summer Conference August 4th!

Good news! Due to the generosity of Russell Talbott and the New Castle Chamber of Commerce we officially have a stage for our musicians to perform on at the Summer Conference!

And did you know that if you purchase advance tickets you save a few bucks and most importantly you get 3 tickets good for food or beer, compared to 2 tickets on the day of the event.

So $15 plus a small processing fee gets you a full afternoon of amazing music from New Mamm Creek, Red Dirt River Band, Whiskey Stomp and Roots of Creation, and 3 food/drink tickets. Can’t beat that.

Visit the event page on our Facebook page or go to eventbrite.com and search Summer Conference to purchase your advance tickets today.

 

New Castle Trails is comprised by local community members and volunteers with a common goal of creating the best possible trail network in and around the Town of New Castle, Colorado. Established in 2015 as a committee of RFMBA, New Castle Trail’s mission is to be both a resource and advocate for the planning, development, enjoyment, and long term care of sustainable trails. New Castle Trails performs advocacy for local trails with Federal, State and Town Agencies as well as with private landowners. NCT is focused on trail planning and development; trail care education and maintenance; and promotion of trail information.

Important C to CB Trail Meeting June 26!

Mountain bikers who support the Proposal for the Crystal River Valley Trail need to let the Pitkin County commissioners, Open Space and Trails Board and the Carbondale Town Council know their thoughts on this incredible trail project.  Review the draft proposal and action items here.

While most of the mountain bike community might consider this trail a simple “no brainer,” sadly, it’s not.  There is opposition to this proposed trail, so more input from the mountain bike community is essential to help this plan move forward.

Please attend the June 26th meeting in Carbondale.  If the Commissioners hear more people speak in support vs. against the trail in general it will be very beneficial to the cycling and mountain biking community.

Two important upcoming dates:

  • June 26 at 4 PM – County commissioners and Open Space and Trails Board hear from the public at the Third Street Center (Calaway Room) in Carbondale.
  • July 27:  Deadline for survey

Please take a moment to fill out the survey.  Even if your comment is short and sweet it will make a difference.

The following points are what RFMBA has been pushing for:

1. Support the overall trail regardless of the final alignments being selected.  While Alt. B (non-Hwy 133 shoulder) is preferred by RFMBA due to generally better user experience, other factors will mean the future trail will follow Alt. A in some areas.

2. Support the portion of the trail that is proposed as mostly dirt singletrack (Redstone to McClure Pass).  A 14 mile out and back singletrack ride will be possible if parking at Redstone.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

Need some help with the 4 key survey questions?  Simply state your support for and agreement with the Recommended Action Items in each of the categories listed below.  RFMBA has reviewed the full draft plan and feels that Pitkin County Open Space & Trails’ staff and consultants have done very strong work to date on a very complex trail proposal.  If you like fancy maps, spend time on the draft trail alignment segment mapping they have provided for review.

Biodiversity Preservation and Enhancement Action Items
Recreation Amenity Action Items
Maintenance, Management, Enforcement and Outreach Action Items
Trail Alignment Action Items

Very Successful South Canyon Cleanup!

Great effort from 25+ volunteers on the South Canyon Cleanup on May 2!

Thanks especially to folks from the S. Canyon Coalition and scouts from troop 277 who made a real difference in beautifying this public park land!

In other news, progress continues on the new South Canyon trail system. First of three new trails slated for this year is nearly complete!

Where to Park at Prince Creek?

The new Bull Pen parking lot located on Prince Creek road will not be open until sometime mid-summer.  So where should mountain bikers who drive to access the Prince Creek trail network park?

Not at the new trail head (future parking lot) … for now. 

Until the new parking lot is finished, Pitkin County and the BLM asks trail riders to park in the town of Carbondale, at the end of the pavement, or higher up on BLM property.   Not off to the sides and shoulders of the paved portion of Prince Creek Road.

Pitkin County and the BLM thank you for your patience until the new 35 space Bull Pen parking lot is completed.

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