Michigan Mountain Biking Association
G.R.XC-MTNBKR wrote: The very fast riders have created so many bypasses that I cant even count them all .
Scotty wrote:G.R.XC-MTNBKR wrote: The very fast riders have created so many bypasses that I cant even count them all .
that's a silly statement.
"faster" and more accomplished riders don't typically build or create ride arounds. My experience at that trail over the past 20 years is that the people creating ride arounds are "weekend warrior" types and novice riders. I've run into people doing just that many times on that trail. Several times I've gotten in shouting matches with people. In each occurance they were slower riders, mostly people "out of the know" with the local MMBA chapter and the history of the trail.
Having known most of the "faster" riders in the area over the years, I think it's safe to say that they often take the more difficult lines (not those that widen the trail) because those harder lines are the faster lines (if you can ride them).
Scotty wrote:rode last night...
I assume the reroute/ride around of the first tree on the rooty climb (sect 2) was an unapproved bandit "fix". somebody had to drag all those logs and brush out of the way to create that 50ft span of future erosion, just to avoid 5 or 6 roots. Ground is so loose there it's not sustainable for much longer. thought several times about dragging all the logs back over it, but i've done that so often out there (only to find everything moved the next day) that I don't bother anymore.
as much as I enjoy riding up all the roots on that climb, the prospect of riding over a root or two seems to inspire trail widening by others. I'm wondering if it would make more sense to provide an easy ride around at the top of the long downhill so people without the skills or ballz to ride uphill for more than 30 seconds can just take a pass and not bother going to the bottom to begin with? that way the people that actually care can ride the rough stuff without it getting torn to pieces. I volunteer to help work on it.
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