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Monday, March 22, 2010

Fruita, usa trail report for March 22, 2010

there have been 2 on the ground reports from the 18 road today, both quite good:

Jen went out after work tonight and rode Prime Cut and Kessel Run. also open and rideable today is Joe's Ridge. conditions are reported to be most excellent.
the camping area is open and the multitudes of pilgrims are arriving daily and posting up.
riding season has arrived.

here's *a local trail building organization* trail boss Kevin giving me an early morning consult on rock placement during the sunday worksession on Moore fun. the objective here is to protect the juniper tree from riders who may be experiencing navigational difficulties on this technical section. to the right of the trail, behind Kevin, and in front of the tree are several naturally positioned (we didn't put 'em there) "dragon's teeth". some additional, careful placement of a few large rocks now allows for an obvious "up and over" line to the left of the tree, thus providing the desired result.
the gradient slopes rather severely down to the right, not entirely obvious in this photo. also notice the sinuous ribbon of freshly-built prime single track meandering in the background. building trails like this one- doing it right, requires a lot of pick-n-shovel work as well as a lot of hand work such as what is being done here.
the trails in Fruita usa are superior to so many other areas because of the hard work of *a local trail building organization* and an army of dedicated volunteers. most of 'em were built just like this one- entirely by hand and not as an afterthought on what used to be a jeep road or motorbike trail. built by bikers for bikers... what could be better?

here's a couple of trail building tree-huggers preservng what's there as best they can while still providing a safe, challenging, legal desert experience of minimal human impact. trail boss Kevin demonstrates how to properly chink the large rocks to ensure secure placement. it's a given that the big, 40-pound huckin' bikes will be raging on this trail. that means all the work done has to be solid enough to withstand the punishment without moving for a lengthy period of geologic time. no wobble when you roll over 'em or put your foot down. this view is looking up the trail, at the same location as the photo above.

nice squeeze-through, eh?

in case you have wondered just how all of the Fruita singletrack came to be, here's the answer. the nameless, faceless, all-volunteer *a local trail building organization* trail crew. remember them when you are enjoying the finest singletrack experience in the world... and more importantly, remember them when you get home and be sure to make a generous, tax deductible donation as soon as possible so that their good deeds may continue for many years to come.


  1. You guys are so lucky. I wish I had some of those beautiful trails. But soon enough, I guess.

  2. you can ride this one when you get here.
    btw, Jen and i were wondering if you have let your parents know about your planned trip to the old southwest this summer?

  3. You know, I have before and I have recently. I swear I talked to them weeks ago, but I guess we seemed to forget. Anyway, as long as I save enough for a plane ticket, it looks like my visit is a go.