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Sanders: Mountain biking update, The Phases, trail maintenance days

Keith Sanders
Mountain Biking with Keith
Riding The Phases this week.
Photo Courtesy of Keith Sanders |

Our new high school mountain bike team is quickly becoming a reality. This past Tuesday over 20 people met at the Headwaters Trails Alliance offices in Fraser to discuss that is needed to make this team work and be the best possible experience for the kids! It looks like not only are there a lot of people willing to help but that the initial team may have 20 members! This is very exciting! The first ride with the kids will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 13 at at Beavers Sports Shop in downtown Winter Park next to the Best Western Hotel. If you are interested in being part of the team or help out then contact the team at mpmtbteam@gmail.com for more information. The team is open to any high school age student and you need not have mountain bike racing experience to join. Come have some fun regardless of your skill or lack thereof .

The Phases

Last Tuesday several people met and rode the Phases area with the goal of reviewing some of the trails in order to work with the BLM on better trail design, routes and experience. This was a great outing and learning experience for all. The Phases trail system is located near Hurd Peak just northeast of Tabernash. This is one of our better trail systems and certainly the most difficult due to topography and trail layout. Here you will find tight singletrack, steep climbs and descents, rock drops and an experience that is more raw that reminds me of the origins of mountain biking. (side note: the new Mountain Bike Capital USA map by the Winter Park Chamber will have this system on it).

On the negative side there are erosion issues that need to be addressed as well as moving some trails away from wet areas in order to make a more sustainable system. The system is also land locked in that it does not connect to the rest of the trail system in the area. One main goal is to connect this trail system not only to the rest of the trail system but also to reach Granby as Granby has very limited access to public trails from town. This goal will take a lot of work and one that Grand Mountain Bike Alliance as identified as a key issue for the immediate future.

Grand Mountain Bike Alliance will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. June 14 at the Headwaters Trails Alliance offices in Fraser. Come to the meeting and be part of the mountain bike community. At this meeting we will be discussing options in the Phases, Tuesday night trail work nights trails in the Fraser Valley, group rides and other topics. 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 me at keith@winterparkskirental.com


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