There are so many riders who frequent ILRA trails. It may have the highest density of use by mountain bikers out of any trail in the State. Yet, I'm always left to wonder why so few people are left to trim (Mark and others)? I appreciate the work of the few, and this isn't meant as a poke at the TC or people putting in time, but honest-to-God, that trail has no business being as grown in as it is with how many people ride out there.
For crizzakes, all you Team Fred kit hound speedster-wannabes who spend so much time rocking out your laps with such arrogant pomposity, put the f'ing bike down on a raining day and get a *beep* lopper in your hand. There are probably five bikers a minute passing through any point on the trail on a sunny weekday after work or weekend morning, yet we can't seem to keep the trail even moderately clear of invasives once the "growing season starts". ILRA is a recipe for disaster when it gets grown in -- trail runners, walkers, bikers going every which way into twisty blind singletrack corners. Someone is gonna get racked up bad one of these days (I'm sure this has already happened.)
I've said it before, and I'll say it again even though this applies to many of my friends and people I know and like --
If you are a long-time mountain biker in this State and you've never once picked up a lopper, rolled or cut a downfall log off the trail or attended a trail work day -- you are a coat tail riding POS. The people who volunteer and do the work aren't your personal gardening crew. Do something other than down your supplements and measure your resting heart rate when you wake up. You might even find grooming the trails helps enhance your PRs -- another thing you can pat yourself on your back about. I know, I know -- you are in your late 20's, 30's or 40's and now is your time to shine. Like Katy Perry sez, "You are a Firework." If you don't hit the training now with gusto, you are never gonna make the podium in Expert in your age group at the Addison Oaks Fall Classic or Ruby Campground Challenge. I mean, you can't be taking a day off from your ride schedule for *beep* that all those advocacy gardening nerds are always doing -- you know, the ones who get in your way when you are only 15 seconds off your pace deep into Yellow Loop.
Awe, f' it - it hasn't changed in 25 years, so why do I think it is going to change now?
Poto IMBA Potawatomi Trail Coordinator
Waterloo (MTB Trail System) Working Group, Acting Chair
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