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Sanders: Trail maintenance evening and connecting The Phases

Keith Sanders
Mountain Biking with Keith

Eric Rosswog and Russell Knight ride the new Leap Frog trail which is the result of proposing trail improvements to the USFS.

We are all waiting anxiously for the trails to open. A few are showing signs of hope and if we get a bit of warm weather this weekend then we will start seeing trails open up in areas such as the Phases and Granby Ranch. We are all very fortunate to have such an incredible trail system in the Fraser Valley. That trail system has been in a state of improving over the last few years and more will be done in the future.

Grand Mountain Bike Alliance had its monthly meeting on Tuesday May 9. There were two key topics on our agenda. One was creating a weekly trail maintenance evening to do trail work. Our plan is to do trail work on Tuesday nights throughout the summer. The meeting place and time has yet to be determined., so stay tuned for more details in future articles. Local mountain biker Ian Jardine will be heading up the efforts with assistance from Headwaters Trails Alliance and other land managers. Trails to be worked on will be determined in advance and be based upon prioritizing trail maintenance needs. It is our thought that having a standing night for trail work will allow more people to give back to the trails we love. Ian will be looking for people to help organize this effort in order to make this idea a reality.

The second topic is to review the trail system known as the Phases in order to propose the ability to connect those trails to existing trails on USFS land. Currently the Phases trail system is a stand alone system that does not connect to trails outside of that area, yet it is one of our most popular trail system. Connecting the Phases to other trails will enhance the experience for all types of trail users. Local mountain biker Dallas Timms will be heading up a committee that will be analyzing options in order to propose connecting routes.

In order to complete both of these projects we will need assistance from volunteers If you would like to help the email me at keith@winterparkskirental.com and I will put you in contact with Ian or Dallas.

Enjoy your rides! Life's too short not to have fun!

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

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