The Fraser Valley cycling scene is getting busy
Mountain Biking with Keith
It’s June and the trails are riding more like it’s early May. Our wet spring has slowed the melting of the snow and drying of the trails.
Last week Headwaters Trails Alliance held a trails night to allow different user groups to network on trails. This was a well attended event and demonstrates how valuable of an asset that trails are for our community.
Next week Grand Mountain Bike Alliance – GMBA – is holding its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 9, 6:30 p.m. at Beaver Village Lodge. Summer is fast approaching and the mountain bike community needs your help. We have a few things that we would like to put in motion.
One key topic at the trails meeting last week was group rides. Group rides are few in our area. My shop, Beavers Sports Shop, does one on Friday evenings – see info at the end of the article – but that is not enough to meet the desires of our community. GMBA would like to have someone or a group of people organize group rides for a variety of skill levels. If you know someone or are interested please come to the meeting on June 9.
Mountain Bike Capital USA Weekend is being organized by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce on July 11 and 12. GMBA would like to give some guided tours of the area. We are looking for volunteers to take out small groups out on each of the days.
There is a lot of trail work scheduled for this summer. We would love to find someone who can get the message out through Facebook and email as well as other means yet to be determined. Trail work is a main topic for users and one that is often overlooked. The more information we can make available to mountain bikers the more we can do to preserve our trails.
A while back I wrote a column on kids and biking. I did get a fair amount of response to that article, mainly that getting more kids out on bikes would be a great thing for the community. We need someone or a few people to take the idea and run with it. This could be something as simple as organizing regular ride dates and times to helping develop a local race team. I think this could be very valuable for all of the kids that live here.
The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce has printed the new mountain bike map! They did a great job on this piece and GMBA was proud to be a part of the process. You can pick up the map at any local bike shop or at the Chamber offices next to Hideway Park.
Beavers Sports Shop next to the Best Western Hotel does a group ride Friday night at 6 p.m. beginning NEXT week on June 12. This ride is for the intermediate and above rider. We will explore the local trail system as a group. For more info call the shop at 726-5988.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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