Monday, August 30, 2010

Unauthorized Trail Work

The Pulpit trail is one of the more difficult (black diamond) trails at Smithville lake. We do not have a lot of technical features at Smithville so the few we have are very important to maintain the "dignity" of the trails. Someone keeps modifying the rock stairs that you cross over on the Pulpit trail (removing the lower step, creating a ride around).
Yes, this is a bit of a challenge to ride over, but it is supposed to be! If you can not ride the step, keep practicing, you will get it. If you are too nervous to try, get off and walk, that's okay too. But please do NOT modify the trail and "dumb it down", we like to have a little challenge out there!

I am hopeful that I am just preaching to the choir here and it is actually not a person that frequents this blog. Unauthorized modifications to any trail can be considered vandalism so PLEASE don't do it. If you feel something is dangerous (yes, riding a mountain bike, on or off road, is an inherently dangerous activity!), PLEASE contact the local trail manager. We take great pride in our trails and have a VERY dedicated group of volunteers that put in hundreds of hours every year to offer you a quality riding, running or hiking experience! Please help us out by not modifying the trails.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Humpday Ride Continues to Grow!

If you've been out to the Smoke-n-Davey Trailhead on a Wednesday evening, you've encountered the local mountain bikers who wouldn't miss their humpday ride! As the weather has begun to cool from the blistering heat of summer the group has been growing. Last Wednesday the parking lot was overflowing and the best guess on a count was nearly 50 riders in attendance. This image was just one of the groups taking a breather at one of the paved trail intersections.

All skill levels are welcome and there is usually a fairly good sized group of ladies that ride as a group. So beginners or ladies, come on out and enjoy the trails next Wednesday at 6 pm (weather permitting)!

Humpday Ride Continues to Grow!

SpiderFest Success!

Thank you to all that came out to support ERTA at this year's SpiderFest. Despite the storms that dumped 3" of rain on the trails the day before our event, keeping us from riding and running singletrack, we still had a great turn out. The food was top notch and the raffle raised nearly $5000 for ERTA to use towards it's efforts in building and maintaining sustainable singletrack in the KC metro!
Click here for more images from SpiderFest 3

Thursday, August 12, 2010

SpiderFest 3 - August 21st 2010

The Smithville Trail Crew and ERTA are hosting the 3rd Annual Spider Fest 2010 Run, Walk, Ride and "Earn your Dirt" Raffle!

Saturday, August 21st at Smithville Lake, Sail Boat Cove Shelter

The ride, walk and run starts at 3:00 p.m. and food will be served up starting at 6:15 pm with the raffle to begin at 7:00 p.m. The festivities will end at 9:00 p.m.

The raffle tickets are priced at $5 each or 5 for $20. You need not be present to win one ( or more) of the awesome prizes available.

We are now over $4000 worth of prizes in the raffle including two mountain bike wheel sets, trail running shoes, Kuat bike rack and more.

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