Fraser Valley trails research, marketing in the works
Mountain Bikng with Keith
My recent rides have me thinking how lucky we are to be enjoying this fantastic Indian Summer. I’m still riding many of the higher elevation trails and am waiting on the last few rides on the dirt “down valley” at Granby Ranch or the Phases in Tabernash.
As we are winding down our riding many others are in the process of planning improvements to the mountain bike experience for the future. I thought I would touch on a few things that are in the works.
The Winter Park Chamber is in full swing on many levels to increase the riding experience. Last week I attended a meeting on Mountain Bike Capital USA (MBCUSA) specifically focused on what direction to take with creating a map of the trails. The discussion ranged from simple paper maps to interactive web-based applications.
We have always had good maps of the trails but reaching the next level and identifying what the user wants has always been a struggle. Research is being done on what other areas are doing as well as where is technology taking us. Could any of us have predicted how the technology has evolved? Just look at what you are doing with your phone now versus five years ago. Getting out in front of this at this time should give us a great map and options for next year.
Next week I will be at a meeting regarding the huge amount of work done this year in the area of marketing and planning for next year. That meeting will focus on marketing MBCUSA. We will review what worked well and what we can improve upon. The Winter Park Chamber has taken the lead on this but it is not a task that they do alone. Cooperation with many entities is necessary to have the best possible results. Groups such as Headwaters Trails Alliance, Grand Mountain Bike Alliance, Town of Winter Park, Town of Fraser, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and many others are all working together to create a better experience. It is great to see the level of communication improve among so many different organizations.
Headwaters Trails Alliance (HTA) is completing its search for a new director. Maura McKnight put in her resignation in September after five years of dedication to the trails. A huge thanks to Maura and her taking the trails to heart. HTA has had several very qualified people apply for the position and they are currently moving forward with hiring a new director. This will put additional tasks onto their board as planning for next year and beyond is in full swing during this transitional time. On the table is the completion of the trails master plan and implementation of that plan. Implementing the plan ranges from the dream list of what users would like vs. what can be done, as well as how can more people be engaged to create a better trail experience.
The ideas of many will most often be better than the ideas of a few. If you have any suggestions regarding mountain biking, trails etc. send me an email. I’d love to hear about them.
Beavers Sports Shop at the Best Western in Winter Park does a weekly group ride on Fridays at 5:15 p.m. (new time) Intermediate and above skill level. Come join in! 970-726-5988
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 US National Mountain Bike Champion and owner of Beavers Sports Shop. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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