Friday, August 8, 2014

This summer has been extremely busy on and off the trail. This year we have logged over 500 volunteer hours both building and maintaining the trails at Wyandotte County lake. This includes a wonderful joint effort between Trail Masons Association Volunteers and  The Trail Nerds Association Volunteers trimming every last inch of Wyco at least once this year, yes some sections need it again.  But when you do the math you have 11.5 miles of East Dam Singletrack + 3 miles of West Dam Singletrack + 10 miles of Bridal trail = 24.5 miles of trail x 2 sides to each trail and you end up with 49 miles of trimming  that was accomplished all with volunteer labor and equipment.

Our Wyco Wednesday night mountain bike group rides continue to attract new trail lovers. With most Wednesdays having 10+ cars in the lot and on one Wednesday, that was also a Preride for The Masons Midsummer Meltdown Fundraising cross country mountain bike race we had over 50 riders go out on the 6:00 group ride not bad for a trail system that didn't exist only a short few years ago. This summer has been though on the core Wyco mountain biking group as we have been slowly passing around the injured in action torch with injury's ranging from broken ribs, deep knee cuts, huge softball size bumps on the arm, and I even tried to rip my ear off.

Speaking of the The Masons Midsummer Meltdown Fundraising cross country mountain bike race we had 115 racers this year from 6 states and even a racer dropped down from Canada and our old friend Burnsey of Oddity Cycles in Colorado made a surprise appearance and had his race debut of his new race whip on our fine trails. Everyone seemed to have a good time and we look forward to hosting it again next year. On the Fundraising side of the race it went well and should keep our trail building efforts stable for a while.

As the kids start back to school on Monday we start looking at what the next build season at Wyco has in store for us. Our big push this build season will be on the shelter 14 side AKA West Dam Singletrack trails.
We will be starting with foundation trail which was marked and about 3/4 cleared late this spring. Foundation trail promises to be a fun meander through some very dense forest  with a nice old foundation to pass by and a little bridge to cross a gully. should be a fun trail.

Another goal we have for the upcoming build season is to convince the parks department to allow us to donate and build a nice kiosk at the main trail head of the East Dam Singletrack system. You wouldn't think this would be to hard but we will see what red tape we have in store.
Other happenings are that I have added downloadable trail maps on the blog sidebar so everyone always has access to the most up to date maps we have available.

Last and definitely not least I went to thank Ben Holmes and The Trail Nerds Association for their continued support of our efforts at Wyandotte county lake. Both with Trail Nerd volunteer time and with a additional monetary donation that they presented us recently. As I'm getting better at this blog thing you will now see them listed right at the top of the list in our links section to the right side of the screen.

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