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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fruita, usa trail report for March 2, 2011

The stuff up at the 18 Mile is mostly dry, but if you or your rig are too precious to ride THROUGH the muddy patches, do everyone a big favor and give it another week or so before you hit these trails. There are some really bad trail aneurysms developing on Prime Cut which is too bad- the trail is just getting enough rider groom to undo the cow damage and is now falling victim to careless/lazy rider damage. Honestly, for now the road is a much better option up to the Joe's Ridge, Frontside, Zippity Trailhead.

*** I will say it again for those who can't seem to grasp this concept: When you encounter snow/ mud/ standing water on a bicycle trail ride through it, not around it. If that doesn't feel right- get off, shoulder the bike and walk around. Consider the extra 45 seconds part of your annual trail maintenance time and feel pleased with yourself.

Took a looksee out at Rabbit Valley today and it looked spectacular! Rolled out of the trailhead a ways and then thought better of a Western Rim lap as I spied a band of wet badness making its dark way north. Even if the trail is dry when you start, Western Rim is not a place you want to slog back from in the rain.
I played it safe, went back to Loma and did the old Rustler's, Mary's, Steve's hotlap...beauticious!
The little picture on our Fruita home weather station is an angry cloud dumping black drops with the barometer arrow flashing down, down, down. Goes without saying, I suppose, we are in the midst of unsettled, early spring conditions and every day is a crapshoot on the trails. Lot's of folks sure are starting to roll into town though.
And the race season is off and running with the first Intermountain cup X-Country down in Hurricane this weekend. Look for LTR to have a strong presence- these guys have been training like stink and are itching for a race!

Bike Master and I are on a later season program this year, but we'll be putting on the spiffy new kit (which we understand includes tighty whities) and representing soon enough!

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