Building trails and IMBA Trail School

In December, I had a pretty nasty wreck on a night mountain bike ride in town. Once I was able to ride again, Bob and I went out and fixed a bunch of things including the “bridge” (first photo in the album) that I fell on. We’ve both ridden all the things we fixed a few times now and it’s nice to know we made a difference. Nice! I spread the word that I’d like to do more of this, and got a phone call a few weeks later about some people working on some trails behind a friend’s house in-town. Several hours later, we ended up with 3 new berms and a hundred or so feet of new rideable trail. Here’s the fun part:

I showed up with far more tools than I needed, the wooden thing we made out of an old futon frame is almost certainly not going to last, and we’ll see what work needs to be done due to the recent rain. But it was a blast, the berms are a lot of fun to ride, and we got in a nice ride afterwards.

Two weekends ago I attended IMBA Trail Building School as the IMBA/Subaru Trail Care Crew made their way through the southeast. A morning of instruction (proof) was followed by a few hours in the field at Allatoona Creek with a decent sized crowd putting in 700 feet of new sustainable trail. Photos: before during during and after:

Mountain Biking is the best kind of biking, and there is an unquantifiable great feeling of riding trails that your own sweat equity has gone into. Someone has to build trails, and the vast majority of mountain bike trails are built with a combination of volunteer labor and donations. If you ride on trails, you owe it to yourself to pitch in a little bit every now and then. If you’re in Georgia, here’s something you should do this Saturday: Bear Creek-Pinhoti Mega Work Party. These trails are some of the best in North Georgia and need a little bit of help!

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