Free trail building class set to take place Saturday
EDWARDS — As a result of all the local effort that’s been going into trail building as of late, the International Mountain Bicycling Association will host a free trail building class and workshop this Saturday.
The tireless efforts of the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association caught the eye of the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Trail Care Crew, which hosts classes like these around the United States and beyond, and as a result the trail care crew has chosen Edwards for their mid-August site visit and class. The Saturday session will consist of three hours in the classroom learning about sustainable trail building practices followed by four hours on the trail doing hands-on work and field instruction.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our valley,” said Jamie Malin with the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association. “It will allow up to 60 locals to take their passion for trails to a new level as they learn to build and maintain trails that will enhance our outdoor recreation opportunities.”
The class will restore a section of the Berry Creek Trail in Edwards which has become deteriorated in recent months. Malin said Berry Creek was selected for its accessibility as well as the fact that its a well-liked trail by mountain bikers in the Vail Valley.
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“People love the trail but it’s in rough shape right now,” said Malin.
Longtime trail volunteer Lee Rimel says the class is also an opportunity to meet your neighbors.
This is an environment in which people get to contribute their talent, contribute their time, they get to give to the community, meet new people, make new friends and celebrate this incredible community we live in,” Rimel said. “ … On a continuing, ongoing basis, we’re going to need volunteers maintaining these trails … They’ll only exist for future generations if we who use them volunteer on annual maintenance projects.”
The classroom portion of the day will take place at the Westin Riverfront Resort in Avon from 9 a.m. to noon, and the trail work will begin at 1 p.m. at Berry Creek. You must attend the morning classroom session to participate in the field project. To get involved email Malin at email@example.com or click this link to register.
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