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Prepping the trails

The Wildhorse Cycling Club spent some time recently working on the Community Forest Trails. - Photo submitted
The Wildhorse Cycling Club spent some time recently working on the Community Forest Trails.
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On the weekend of  November 16th to November 18th, Wildhorse Cycling Club hosted the International Mountain Bike Associations Trail Crew.

The Trail Crew is a team of two instructors who travel across Canada teaching how to build sustainable multi-use trails. On Friday night they presented a workshop on how so run a successful club. The course information was very relevant and will help the club in the future.

Saturday there was a three hour classroom session on the theory of building natural surface trail. The club obtained a huge amount of information. Topics ranged from permission from property managers to trail flow and assessment. Identifying user groups and construction methods. The course information will be very useful to the club.

The afternoon was spent in the Community Forest working on a section of trail that benefited from techniques learned in the morning. On Sunday the club went for a group ride to test out the work on the section of trail that had been worked on. All the riders where thrilled with the previous days work. The club also took the trail crew for a tour of the Eager Hills section of the Community Forest. They where amazed at what a treasure we have here.

In total there was 19 people on Friday, 23 out for Saturday’s session and 13 people made it out for the ride on a gorgeous Sunday morning. The Club would like to give special thanks to the Community Forest Society for allowing the club a chance to do approved work on a trail in the Community Forest. The club would also like to thank the Recreation Sites and Trails BC for providing an archaeological assessment of the trail to make sure the club did not disturb any archaeological values in the area. The Club is looking forward to see were we will be able to use this knowledge in the future. Wildhorse Cycling Club’s mandate is to “Improve the collective cycling community in the Cranbrook area”.

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