October 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Mountain Bikers Help Trails

"So thank you, mountain bikers, for pitching in to maintain, restore and improve our trails!"

By Karen Denison

At Home Outdoors

Karen Denison is owner of Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing guide service, a former biologist, and a shameless admirer of the outdoors.

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Thank you, Mountain Bikers!

Full disclosure: I'm not an avid mountain biker.  I leave that to my stronger, braver/crazier husband as I prefer the passing scenery at a slower pace.  However, I know that Santa Fe has a robust mountain biking community with miles and miles of trails available.

So much so, in fact, that Santa Fe has played host this week to the International Mountain Bicycling Association's annual conference.  Hundreds of attendees are here for meetings and organized (and ad hoc) riding.  Preparations for the visit have been going on for some time.

Good mountain biking citizens exist as part of the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society, who, along with the City of Santa Fe, Trails Alliance of Santa Fe and others found extra motivation to prepare parking areas and trails for this week's summit.

Dale Ball and La Tierra trails, as well as some at Galisteo Basin Preserve and Santa Fe National Forest, have all been restored or improved by the work of mountain biking friends.  Has it been with a little selfish intent?  Yes, perhaps, but these folks have put their elbow grease into places that hikers and horseback riders also enjoy, as well as bikers.  Multiple-use areas deserve no less and should get help from ALL user groups—when did you last help?

So thank you, mountain bikers, for pitching in to maintain, restore and improve our trails!

A great little overview of mountain biking trails produced by the City of Santa Fe:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yWnOWW8XIg

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