Barrel Roll Trail Day

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It’s that time again. We will be doing some maintenance on the Barrel Roll Trail Sunday the 15th.

If you’ve been out to the Santa Clara River Reserve recently, then you know that it did not fair the TrueGrit epic well and is in dire need of a little love. We plan on spending a couple of hours raking out the loose rocks and eliminating the braiding that has occurred.

Wanna help?

  • Meet at the Cove Wash Trailhead (where Barrel Roll starts) at 9 AM.
  • If you have a rake, bring it.
  • Plan on being out there for about 2-3 hours.
  • Water and light refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact lukas@dmbta.org.

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DMBTA Washington County Wrap Up 2015

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Photo by John Scarafiotti

This has been a fantastic year for mountain biking in our area, and as the DMBTA Board it’s been very rewarding coordinating this great work.  Remember, YOU are DMBTA.  Give yourself a high five.  This year started with a bang by the completion of two new trails in the Hurricane Cliffs Trail Network.  Dead Ringer and More Cowbell are a huge success thanks to the help of many people including the BLM, ACE, Team Z, OTE, and a lot of volunteers.  Dead Ringer is an intermediate flow trail with purpose built bike jumps, and More Cowbell is a much needed beginner trail with amazing vistas and easy climbs.
One my favorite memories from the past year involves finishing Dead Ringer.  The trail was built from both ends, and as chance would have it, they came together at a very difficult rock outcropping.  The ACE crew ran out of time and was not able to connect the trail segments leaving Dead ringer mostly finished except for the last few hundred feet.  The local bikers were not going to let that stand and answered the call by organizing a crew connecting the segments.  It was very hard work requiring a hammer drill and building a rock retaining wall.  Nice work guys.
All of the new trails including Goosebumps and Cryptobionic were celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony with food from Sole Foods, and prizes from OTE.  It was a great time.  The local NICA kids the Flying Monkeys were also there representing the future of mountain biking.
While we were celebrating the newly completed trails, Bill Bergeron was busy laying out the next big project.  We hope to get Wire Mesa done early this year, and it’s going to be a great trail.  It will be a fast and flowing intermediate mesa trail.  Sound Interesting?  We also partnered with the City of St. George to design a new trail on Webb Hill. The trail will be an intermediate loop that will open up the ability to easily pedal to the top. Construction started a few months ago.  Web Hill will be all volunteer built so come out and help make this trail a success.
In addition to the new construction, we hosted several maintenance days. Many of you showed up to help keep our amazing trails in tip top shape. As our trails get more recognition and use, they will also need more maintenance. 2016 will see many more trail maintenance days to keep everyone rolling with a smile.
We also organized a Trail Love trail maintenance work shop and had over forty people show up on a Friday night, and over 25 made it for the trail work Saturday.  It just shows the love and commitment all of you have to mountain biking in our area.  Lets keep this going and make 2016 an even better year.
Remember it’s all about trails. Join us!

November News

It’s November and I’m sunburned. I have to admit that is not a complaint as much as it is me bragging about how much time I’ve been “forced” to spend outside the last few weeks. Apparently spending 2-4 hours in the sun, even in November can make you glow, even if it is just a little bit.

If you follow us on Facebook (and if you don’t you should), you’ve seen pictures of pink ribbons strung throughout the desert.

morganThe BLM asked the DMBTA for help designing the newest addition to the Hurricane Cliffs trail network. We were ecstatic to be involved. The project consists of a connector trail allowing for more loop possibilities on single track. Specifically, there will be a section that goes from the JEM, just past the Virgin River Dam road crossing, down to the bathrooms. Across Sheep Bridge Road, there is another section that heads toward the mesa. Once at the fence, it will split. The trail to the right will take you back to the JEM. Head left and it will drop you onto the unnamed single track by the water tanks.

As this project has evolved, we’ve become more and more excited about it. We were able to get local trail building legend Morgan Harris to lend his time on a section and parts have been described by the BLM’s Dave Kiel as “instant classic.” We are confident everyone will enjoy the new trails.

This trail will have a few sections where there are A and B lines. This means there will be sections that are more difficult and have some possibility for a whoa factor, but no one will be forced to walk as there will be a B or flat liner around every one of these features. The trail is designed with all level of riders in mind.

I think we can all agree new single track is what it’s all about. Construction is scheduled to start this week.

The DMBTA also has some trail maintenance scheduled for this weekend. We will be trimming the corridor on Gooseberry Mesa. This will take place this coming Sunday. Meet at the Little Creek gas station in Apple Valley at 10 am. We will carpool as needed from there.

Further details can be found on the Facebook event page.

This is just the tip of the ice berg. The DMBTA board is busy working on several upcoming projects that will keep your tires on sweet trail. If you haven’t, join our efforts here.

Build. Maintain. Ride.

 

DMBTA First Saturday Group Rides

Great news!!! Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association (DMBTA) announces “First Saturday Group Rides”.
 
Beginning in September and on the first Saturday of each month DMBTA will be hosting a group ride. Our goal is to break the group into an “A” and “B” group. The A group will be faster and more accomplished riders who want to enjoy a more spirited pace and some more challenging features. The B group will be a “no-drop” ride for riders who a seeking to improve their skills and who are more comfortable at a more relaxed pace. “B” group rides will place an emphasis on skills and confidence building as well as fun times….after all that’s why we all ride….right?
 
We will announce the location and meeting place for each ride at least a full week in advance so you can make plans. Our intention is to select trails in Washington County. However, if we get enough interest we would like to do an occasional ride out of our area such as Thunder Mountain, Navajo Lake/VRRT or the Rainbow Rim of the Grand Canyon. These are all day trips to epic ride locations which become much more manageable and economical if we can all ride-share.
 
We suggest the following:
 
Arrive on time!!!!! We believe in punctuality. If you’re late, odds are we’ll be gone.
 
BIKE:
 A bike in good working order. Prepare your bike BEFORE the day of the ride.  You don’t need a brand new or $10,000 bike to have fun but you do need a bike in good working order. If in doubt, have one of our local shops preform a tune-up.
 
GEAR:
Helmet: A good helmet can save your life. We respect your right to choose not to wear a helmet, you just wont be riding with us if you do. No exceptions.
Hydration Pack: A hydration pack with at 50 oz of capacity, where we live 70oz – 100oz are even better.
Basic tools such as tire levers, a pump, patch kit, spare tube.
First aid: A kit should include basic items such as a variety of band aids, antiseptic wipes, wound pads, ace-type bandage wrap, pain relievers.
 
Food: This is up to you but part of enjoying a ride is not “bonking”. Select easy to eat items. A PB&J sandwich is a favorite.