One of our local representatives of the Georgia Forestry Commission arranged for the Trail Care Crew of the International Mountain Biking Association to come to our town, Milledgeville, to present a workshop on building better mountain bike trails. They met with my club Friday night to share tips on how to make our club more effective. Saturday morning they gave a presentation on trail design and building attended by several local MTB riders and some from Macon and other nearby towns. That afternoon we moved the workshop to Selma Irwin Nature Trails, one of the local MTB venues, to put our new knowledge to work by rerouting a section of the trail which had started to erode badly.
Today a few club members and I joined our guests for a MTB ride on the trails where we had worked yesterday. It was a good finish to a good weekend of meeting some great people and learning a lot of very useful information and techniques for building and maintaining fun and sustainable mountain biking trails.
The ride was my first time on singletrack since breaking my leg when the car hit me in August. My skills were a bit rusty and my fitness for the intense climbing on these trails was somewhat lacking, so I took a detour while the others rode the most advanced sections of the trails. Still, it was fun to get back to playing in the dirt. I did ride through a few technical sections and was glad to see I still had the chops to clean a tricky rock garden and a short climb over an exposed root that looks impossible to ride but is fairly easy if you do it just right. I made it three out of three times.
I did choose to stop and walk halfway down a steep and tight set of downhill switchbacks that I didn't feel good about. I can ride them when I'm in good form, but I wasn't quite ready today and I didn't feel like risking a broken bone so soon after healing my leg.
Here are some photos and videos I took from the ride today:
Some of them near the end of the ride on the section we rerouted:
Slideshow of all my pics: