The straight goods on Kicking Horse Bike Park, straight from the trail crew's fingertips.
In the typical Hollywood action film, a force of good arrives on the scene at the last minute to vanquish the forces of evil. In the summer blockbuster that is Kicking Horse Bike Park, the relentless sun was the nogoodnick attacking our innocent dirt trails, and last week's rain was the handsome hero arriving on a golden-winged horse to save the day.Full report inside
,The mid-summer drought ended last week to everyone's relief. Even the bugs are happy, as the fresh water seems to have intensified their insane buzzing glee. The moisture has allowed us to mess around in the dirt again and make some repairs to heavily abused areas. With sunshine in the forecast again, we'll get done what we can get done. Here's what we've gotten done:Magic Carpet Ride
With the belated but blessed buy of a big blue bar, we have been attacking razorbacks and shark fins without mercy lately. First to succumb to our wrath was the wretched beast lower MCR
. Built on impossibly steep terrain with some serious design flaws, lower MCR provides us with no paucity of headaches. I forgot to take an after photo, but believe you me, it ain't worse now.
Guess what we found under these rocks...rocks!
Interestingly, I noticed that Gaia has embraced the carpet we laid here years ago, and made it part of herself. From the earth, to the earth, of the earth.
This gives the metaphor 'a carpet of moss' new meaning
The bottom half was reworked and patched. Now, if only everyone would just stay off their brakes. Yes, I'm joking about that; what I meant was everyone, but me.
Say, nice staircase. Too bad about the bike trail on it.
We've been working double time with the hammers trying to get this open. Looks promising to at least get a good section of it open to a scratched-in dirt exit. That will take the lid off this pressure cooker and we can resume breathing while completing the lower bit in the future. Keep an eye on this page for the grand announcement when I'll also explain what the hell LYM means anyway (here's a hint: it's not named for a disease ticks give deer).
Crowe demonstrating to Cote the expected work ethic
Cote demonstrating to Crowe what he thinks of his stupid lesson
With the Western Open coming up quickly at the end of August, we have been tinkering with improvements to Pioneer, Claim Jumper and Wild Rose, hopefully without dulling their raw edge. A badly blown berm was repaired last week, and we'll be continuing such efforts right up to race day. Sounds like a good party is shaping up around that whole weekend. See www.kickinghorseresort.com/resort/events/western-open-downhill.aspx
for more info. Volunteer first aiders and marshals who like free passes, shwag and beer are still needed. Contact me if you are interested. Did I mention beer
? And I don't mean the kind the pregnant girls drink.10 Road
A couple of improvements were made on this major artery, the first for safety, the second for fun. Launching off the top of the gondola onto the 10 Road has always been a bit of a dubious endeavor due to the space shared with hikers, who are typically much slower, softer and prone to exploding upon impact than bikers and bikes. So to avoid high speed collisions and heart attacks, the bike crew created a lovely little hiking path along the ridge.
Brinoceros scraping rocks with his helmet
Much further down, above Upper Kranky Pants, a new hip jump was raked in. If you like pitching rocks, you should have been here!
New Black Jump Trail
Nigel shows us a dance step to avoid when someone is taking photos for public consumption
Tucked way down here at the bottom so as not to get too much attention and cause too much early anticipation, is the official trail crew announcement that construction of a new high-speed black jump trail has commenced. We are only going to get the surface scratched this season and have no idea how long it will take to build, but won't it be fun! Remember this day, for this is how it began – with squashed grass.Featured Trail
As the general theme of this blog seems to have been dirt, it only makes sense to have Stickrock as our Featured Trail. And by “makes sense” I mean “doesn't make sense”. So here it is with Roadrunner in front (just like a typical Wiley Coyote chase scene).
Here comes the sun. The trails have some tackiness back and there are only about 3 weeks left before KHBP switches to weekends only for September. So get up here before they start taking attendance at school so you have the coolest stories for show and tell.