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Forgotten Trails

Hopefully by now, you know we’re putting together the most badass Monstercross ride/race of all time.  This sort of thing takes a lot of time to coordinate, and a whole lot more elbow grease to make sure the course is ready on raceday. In addition to gravel roads and National Forest land, The Cedar Cross will traverse several miles of what I have come to call “forgotten” singletrack. This trail system, for whatever reason, seems to have been completely forgotten, which is both sad and exciting. Sad because so few people know these trails exist, and exciting because SO FEW PEOPLE know these trails exist!!

Today, Pepper and I set out to clear one small section of the race course. Here’s what went down.

On South Mill site road, there’s a trailhead just to the side of the road right before it becomes someone’s driveway. I suspect this piece of trail is forgotten because it’s fairly remote and just a bit hidden. This photo was taken while standing on the trail looking out at the road.

Trailhead, my ass. Keep a watchful eye for the grey diamond on the tree.

From here, it’s a short downhill to yet another hidden trailhead. I’m not kidding, it took me 30 minutes to find it the first time I was out here. The trail goes almost straight down into a semi-dry creekbed.

Where I'm standing, it's dry.

This is where the work started. Can you find the trail in this picture? 

It's frickin' shameful, isn't it?

A  bit of heavy lifting and one broken rake later:

  

Pepper is such a camera whore

This is what I came up with for the water crossing. The water should pass under these rocks and roll off the trail. I’m still a beginner at this type of thing, so if anyone has a few pointers, I’m ready to learn a better way.

All flat-rock, water would be coming right-to-left

 I bet it took over an hour to clear a piece of trail that people  will ride in about 30 seconds, but it’ll be worth it on raceday.

After clearing “Pepper Hill”, I turned my attention Northward. Check out this Before/After shot:

The dog doesn't even know where the trail is..

 ***Leaf-blowing sounds***

Well how about that 🙂

Obviously there’s still a lot of work to be done, but this course is  going to be worth it. There will be no admission fees, but there WILL be prizes for top finishers, manned SAG stops, bbq at the finish and a special SHAT trophy for the one racer who truly earns it. I’m still trying to nail down the race-date, but it I’m hoping to make it happen on March 25th

This race will be awesome.

Two tired, hairy animals.

 
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About Bob Jenkins

Crusher of beers.

Posted on December 14, 2011, in Cedar Cross, Contests/Giveaways, Endurance Cross racing, Free bicycle racing, gravel grinder, Non-Races, Nonsense and Tomfoolery, Upcoming Races. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. This is so cool. Sounds like it’s going to be awesome. You know the 25th is adventure camp weekend, right? Not, sadly, that it creates a conflict for me. If you’re looking for trail-building tips, my exclusionary bike group will be working at two GORC workdays in January…bit of a drive for you, but you might learn something. I’m hoping to, plus just to give back a little since almost all my rides are on GORC trails. You could even stay with us (my family, not the EBG) if you wanted.

    • Dammit, I can’t believe I got that date messed up. It’s really hard to pick a date that isn’t already taken. I’m pretty sure we’re gonna do LBL instead of camp this year, then do Thunder Rolls later in the season, but it’s still frustrating.

      • We’re talking about Monstercross and you guys are concerned about missing Adventure Camp? You can make necklaces out of macaroni and tell each other ghost stories anytime.

        As long as its not the same weekend as DK, I’ll be there. Are you still gonna have your mom make cookies?

  2. It’s awesome that you’re clearing those trails. Let us know when you nail down a date, I’m sure some of the Hoosier Daddies will be up for it so long as it doesn’t conflict with the LBL.

  3. I’m going to start applying chamois butter now in preparation.

  4. I can confirm how neglected these trails are. And anyone that did The Deuce Non-Race can confirm how terribly these trails are marked (although this is a different area of the same trail system).

    Nice work, Bob! I need to get out there with you to finish this up. Anyone have a backpack-style leaf blower we could borrow?

  5. Hey Luke, I have a blower you can use. I would also like to help build some trails, as I am planning some on my property but have no clue how to get started.

  6. I’m so freakin’ fired up for this race. I can’t wait to see the rest of this route.

  7. Hope I can make it out to help and/or race. either way it looks like a blast. Good job on the trails. I am sure it’s hard work but very rewarding and it helps the sport.

  8. Dude…I totally want to rock your race (and by rock I mean finish close to last and probably with an injury), but we won’t be able to make it on March 25th. We absolutely have to have a do-over on the Lightning Strikes race on that day since we sucked it up so bad last year.

    It’s great that you’re doing this for everyone. It will be like Christmas in March for all of the Friends of Virtus.

  9. Awesome job Bob and Co. Trail work is so rewarding too. I will mark my calendar. I wil not miss this

  10. I would say this probably seals the deal for me, I wanted to do adventure camp, but this will be much closer and getting to hang out with Team Virtus is what it is all about. I can’t wait, I am so excited, like a little kid at Christmas.

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