Bike Giveaway Volunteer Incentive Program – 2017 Winner Announced!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 9, 2017
Bike Giveaway Volunteer Incentive Program – 2017 Winner Announced

The Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA), Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) & our sponsor Ute City Cycles / CIMA Cycles are proud to announce the winner of our 3rd annual Bike Giveaway! This volunteer incentive program was run in collaboration by RFOV and RFMBA to encourage local trail users and mountain bikers to spend their time maintaining and building great trails for our communities.

Jen Plass of Woody Creek is our big winner this year thanks to her time maintaining the Airline and Cozyline trails on Sky Mountain Park. By signing an RFOV waiver at the start of a day of volunteering with a group of employees from the Aspen
Skiing Company, she became eligible, and is now the lucky owner of sweet CIMA FB27! While winter is now just around the corner, she’s already dreaming of spring desert trips and time riding with friends on our local trails in 2018!

Jen Plass, Volunteer and Bike Winner with PJ Clotfelter of Ute City Cycles & CIMA Cycles.

Once again this Bike Giveaway incentive program has proven to be very effective. Compared to prior seasons, we’ve seen a continued increase in both the uniquenumber of volunteers participating in public and group projects as well as an increase in the overall number of hours volunteers spent improving our local trails. The efforts of more than 540 adult volunteers entered into the Bike Giveaway add up to over 4,560 hours! With this success, the program is now set to return for a fourth year in 2018! Huge thanks goes out to all the volunteers who participated this year to achieve new and improved trails throughout the area. If you were keeping your fingers crossed to win the bike this year, remember for next year, the more you volunteer, the more chances you have to win!

Ute City Cycles, the exclusive dealer for CIMA Cyles, located on Main St. in Aspen, Colorado, is a full service bike shop offering sales, demos, and professional tunes for your ride. Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association was founded in 2008 and is a Chapter of IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. RFMBA’s mission is to create and sustain the best possible mountain bike trail system and experience in the Roaring Fork Valley. This season, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers celebrated 22 years of promoting stewardship of our public lands by engaging the community in volunteer trail and restoration projects.

Contact Information:
Mike Pritchard, RFMBA, Ex. Director, 970-948-3486, mike.pritchard@rfmba.org
David Hamilton, RFOV, Ex. Director, 970-927-8241, davidhamilton@rfov.org

Crystal Valley Trail – Survey Responses due Wednesday November 15!

RFMBA is recommending that mountain bikers support the vision of the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail by participating in a Survey that will result in preferred trail alignments in the Crystal River Valley.  You can review the details for each option of each trail trail segment, including impacts to the Environment, impacts on User Experience, Engineering degree of difficulty, and the option’s Estimated Costs… at this link.  Click on the tabbed Circles 2 through 21 to explore each segment.

Participating in the survey and stating your support for the trail in general is critical before the Nov. 15 survey deadline.

For 17 of the segments, we recommend that you support Option B, the off-highway alternative.  The 3 other segments (Hays Creek, Placita, and Top of McClure) have only one Option: A, which closely parallels Highway 133 for a short distance due to topography constraints.

We’re most excited to see the segments from Redstone to McClure Pass come to fruition in coming years.  Proposed as singletrack, it would mean a 7 mile ride up, and then another 7 miles back down from the pass.  This would be a great 14 mile out and back mountain bike ride, perfect for a fun day’s adventure starting and ending in Redstone.  We’re also excited about the prospect of improved long distance rides all the way to CB from Carbondale once the entire trail is in place.

While supporting Option B – the off-highway option – makes sense given a superior user experience, and more reasonable cost impacts, there is a very important caveat; private property easements must be agreed upon before proceeding to further stages of design, approval, and construction.  With 7 segments needing easement agreements to be negotiated (each of of these is downvalley from Redstone, where a paved multi-use path is being proposed), it is very possible that Option A (along Highway 133) will be needed at some locations to make the trail a reality.  We’re open to compromise solutions where agreements can’t be negotiated.

Spend a few minutes today with the maps and the segment details, and submit your survey responses before Weds. Nov. 15th!  Big thanks to Pitkin County Open Space & Trails for investing in and coordinating the study and analysis of this important regional trail!

Dig in with RFMBA to Support the Colorow Flow Trail

The 2017 IMBA Dig In Campaign is putting dollars directly toward 68 active, approved mountain bike projects in 31 states. Collectively, these IMBA chapter projects represent 500 miles of new trails, the maintenance/improvement of another 140 miles of trails, and 10 new bike parks/pumptracks. From massive, multi-use singletrack systems of 20 miles or more to an area’s first-ever bike-only DH trail to high school mountain bike racing courses, these 68 projects will improve communities, change lives and make mountain biking even more awesome.

Support more and better mountain biking! Now through December 31, 2017, make a tax-deductible donation to the project near you; donate to all of the projects at once; or shop with one of our partners that is kicking back a portion of profits to these hard-working chapters. Each project will get an equal cut of corporate funds IMBA raises for Dig In and the rest is up to you. Thanks!

Colorow Flow is the working title for a pair of feature-filled, descent-optimized bike trails that will complement a new climbing trail, Stairway to Heaven, built in 2017. With the easy green climbing trail now in place, Colorow Flow will provide a fun beginner descent and an intermediate descent with optional difficult features.

Chief Colorow of the Ute Indians is the namesake for a steep local trail favored by hikers and expert riders. Colorow Flow will broaden the appeal of this growing trail system for younger and newer riders, while offering a unique experience for New Castle residents and visitors.

While most of RFMBA’s & New Castle Trails’ projects have utilized volunteers and hand tools, this project is expected to employ experienced trail contractors for major portions, and will be a focus project for 2018.

Click here to support RFMBA’s Dig In Trail Campaign

(proposed flow trails in blue)

Tips for Riding in Cow Country

This article was originally published on the Colorado State University Range Management website

Slow down to speed up.

We mountain bike because we like speed.
But, cows do not.

In cattle, speed is a direct indicator of stress. If a cow is running away from you, you have stressed it (Smith 1998).

Stress and fear may provoke a cow to defend itself and it’s calf by behaving aggressively towards you.

Continue reading Tips for Riding in Cow Country

Grandstaff Trail in Glenwood Springs is Open and Ready to Rock and Roll!

Grandstaff Trail is a worthy destination for everyone who appreciates big views, flowing dirt and rocky tread, bermed turns, optional air time, and yes, a bit of effort to reap a big reward. Climbing Red Mountain Jeanne Golay Trail (a gated 2WD road that quickly turns from pavement to dirt) is quickly becoming the preferred way to enjoy a descent on this trail.

While the trail is open to two-way bike and foot traffic, and the open view corridors at most of the turns are meant to minimize conflict between uphill and downhill trail users, many local riders enjoy riding up Red Mountain Jeanne Golay Trail given its consistent grade and plenty of shady spots. Or, consider starting from the Olsen Trail to add some fun flat mileage and avoid the small crowded trailhead parking.

Two historic upper trail segments have been improved with better turns, drainage, and plenty of optional rock jump features to roll or pop over. The remainder of the trail is professionally built, featuring a wide enough bench to allow for easy passing, and countless berms along with a handful of tight switchbacks. Grade reversals along the trail offer expert riders plenty of air time opportunities, and some of the berms even have optional high entry lines to help you keep your speed out of the turns.

Most of the trail is in thick oak brush terrain, with occasional massive views of downtown Glenwood Springs, the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers, the Flattops and even Mount Sopris in the distance. Evidence of the Red Mt. Ski Area that graced the lower slopes of the mountain from 1938 to 1966 are evident with the few chairlift towers that remain. The trail actually goes under one of these bright orange steel tower structures, which makes for a great photo op along your ride.

In addition to the Red Mountain Jeanne Golay Trail (road), you’ll find another older singletrack route on the mountain. Now called the Cross Trail, this fall line trail intersects Grandstaff with four-way intersections five or six times. Use caution at these intersections as the Cross Trail is popular with hikers and runners looking for a steeper and rockier experiences. While the Cross Trail is open to bikes, most riders will keep to the flow, speed and fun turns of Grandstaff.

Any visit to Red Mt. is not complete without a visit to the highpoint and panoramic views a couple hundred yards east of the top of the trail. Nearby, a tall steel cross hints at the long and interesting life of William Grandstaff, who prospected for gold in the area and passed away on the mountain in 1901.

In 2014 the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA) and Two Rivers Trails began planning for the future of local soft surface trail systems. The Glenwood Springs Area Concept Trails Plan was issued early in 2015, identifying opportunities and challenges to improve and expand the existing trail experiences.

Glenwood Springs Mayor Mike Gamba and RFMBA Executive Director Mike Pritchard cut the ribbon and announce the official opening of the Grandstaff Trail.

With local commission and City Council support, RFMBA embarked on creating the Red Mountain Trail Improvement Plan during 2015, including a series of public feedback meetings and surveys. Following approval of this plan, funding commitments were secured during 2016 to implement the project. Many people who learned about this project during the planning process became aware of the high return on investment that modern soft surface trails can bring, both for the health and wellness of local residents, and the economic benefits associated with increased visitation.

Thanks to the City of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County’s Healthy Communities Coalition, Alpine Bank, the Catena Foundation, and RFMBA’s supporters and members, project work finally started in early June of 2017. Progressive Trail Design, well known for successful trail projects in Aspen, Snowmass, Denver, and beyond, utilized a small crew to refresh two existing segments of trail while carving and sculpting the new rolling tread and turns now known as the Grandstaff Trail.

With work starting at the top of Red Mountain, trail users have been enjoying the improvements and new trail as each segment was completed and opened to use by mountain bike riders, runners, and hikers. The completed Grandstaff Trail is a worthy destination for everyone who appreciates big views, flowing dirt and rocky tread, modern bermed turns, optional air time, and yes, a bit of effort to get a big reward.

Special thanks go to the good folks at Rof.net and Thirsty Corp. for their in-kind donations. They provided a full water tank, pump, hose, and labor to get a bunch of the new berms watered and packed down in the midst of a dry August!