Friday, April 17, 2009

Bone Bender 3/6 Race is a GO for Saturday, April 18

I want to confirm that the scheduled mountain bike race, that is also a benefit race for Earth Riders Trail Association, is a GO for Saturday April 18. The single track trails will be full of bike racers from 12pm until about 7 pm. Please be watchful at the asphalt crossings where the dirt trails enter and exit. There will be cones marking them and a few crossing guards and critical crossings. The trails will not be officially shut down like they are when the deer hunting is conducted, but please be watchful for the excess traffic if you are planning on heading out to the trails. It is highly encouraged that people stay off the single track dirt trail system during the event.

The race will be starting from the south side of the trail system at Sailboat Cove.


Anonymous said...

how do the trails look now? seems like canceling a race wouldn't have been the end of the world.

Harter, Faster said...

Dear Anonymous,

You are correct, canceling the race would not have been the end of the world. This was a very difficult call since the trails were in perfect condition on Saturday morning four hours before the start. The weathermen were calling for less than a quarter inch of rain. It should have been good. We got MUCH more rain than they expected!

Now the good news, the trails will be fine. We have already began the repair work. I think you will be quite surprised at how good the trails look after the race. We have a VERY dedicated group of volunteers that are going to have the trails back to their pristine condition very quickly.

I do appreciate your concern. We are working on policies for promoters in the future so we can hopefully avoid this situation.

Please continue to enjoy the trails.

John Harter
ERTA Trail Manager
Smithville Lake Project