Janet Day: Take the (handle)bar exam – ride the new trails at WInter Park
Fraser Valley, CO Colorado
Know Your Rights: New bike trails at Winter Park Resort provide more than additional riding experiences. Their names represent a clever educational opportunity.
Take a look at the 2010 summer trail map. You’ll see trails named Jury Duty, No Quarter and Free Speech, names that come right out of the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Years in the making, the new trails represent the first real changes – amendments, if you will – to Trestle Bike Park. That realization set off the proverbial light bulb in the mind of Bob Holme, who, among other things, is the resort’s bike park manager. Then his crew and resort officials started ticking off possible trail names with a Constitutional reference.
The first they came up with covered the First Amendment right to Free Speech, reflecting the years of criticism and compliments that guests made about Winter Park’s bike trails. The new trail includes banked turns and elevated features for intermediate-to-expert riders.
Bear Arms reflects the Second Amendment. No Quarter refers to the Third Amendment protection from troops taking over a home. The Jury Duty trail covers the Sixth and Seventh amendments’ protections in criminal and civil proceedings. Take the Fifth (protection from self-incrimination and multiple prosecutions) when you ride Double Jeopardy.
Holmes sees the trail names as covert history lessons. Teenaged armor-clad downhill riders may not remember much from civics lessons taught in school, but they always know the trails they ride.
“They may not know the Bill of Rights, but bikers remember trail names,” Holmes said. “They’ll remember the names and learn what they mean. All of the amendments are great trail names.”
Several more trails remain under construction and I can’t wait to see what they’re named. Search and Seizure (Fourth Amendment)? Cruel and Unusual Punishment (Eighth Amendment)? Beyond the Bill of Rights you’ve got sovereign immunity, the abolition of slavery, prohibition and its repeal, and voting rights, all ripe for turning into important trail names.
The U.S. armed forces seem to have influenced the names of two new trails, but their origins actually have more to do with nature. Ball Ucanb (read it slowly, phonetically) reflects not just the U.S. Army slogan but the fact that trail crews encountered three huge bee hives while building the trail, Holme said. It then seemed natural that the trail leading to being a great soldier should be called Boot Camp.
More Trail Work: Help improve trails of another sort on Saturday, June 19, by working with the Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails in continuing the groomed trail route it started this past winter. The half day of work begins at 9 a.m. at the chamber of commerce parking lot in Winter Park. The work includes removing trees and building rail fences from behind the chamber building to Beaver Village. Bring work gloves and a hammer. For details, call 970-726-4209.
Truffle Time: All that bike-riding and trail-building burns a lot of calories. What better way to refuel than with chocolate? Winter Park Resort next Saturday, June 26, hosts its Chocolate Festival with demonstrations, tastings and pairings with wine. Sampling tickets cost $10. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
And hang on to your Everlasting Gobstoppers: Denise Nickerson, who played Violet Beauregard in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” will be in attendance. Enjoy the movie (the one with Gene Wilder, not Johnny Depp) outside at the resort village next Friday night, starting at dusk.
Landing Patterns: If you’re not fond of chocolate, join the Colorado Ninety-Nines, a group of women pilots, next Saturday to help paint runway identifiers at the Granby-Grand County Airport. Volunteers are needed to roll paint onto the new asphalt, one of several upgrades at the award-winning airport. Call 970.531.0803 for more information. If rain falls Saturday, the group will paint on Sunday.
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