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Buying your $25 OHV permit isn’t enough!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27, 2017 by rockymountainsingletrack

The $25 OHV permit you purchase to use public lands in Colorado is the least you can do to help keep these trails and routes open. Especially if you come from out of state. Does this sound like it is going to turn into a rant? Damn right it is!

An email was distributed amongst friends a few weeks ago. The email was from an ex ISDE competitor and longtime Colorado trail user who is from Illinois. The letter had some great points to it and was meant to be an outsiders view on what he sees is happening in Colorado. It hit home with many of us.

I have a unique view from the window of my house. I can look out most days as off-road motorcyclists pass by, heading up towards Sargents Mesa, using some of the best trails in the state to get there. Guys and gals from all over world. Most are absolutely oblivious to what is going on behind the scenes to keep Colorado Singletrack trails and routes open to OHV use. Most just know that they have purchased a permit and that gives them the right to ride. It isn’t their fault, they just want to ride epic trail.

They need to know that every single day, organizations and clubs are working to keep these trails open. It’s a gun fight. And we usually only bring a knife to that fight. The $25 they have paid absolutely helps keep  the trails open, but it doesn’t pay the lawyers and attorneys to battle the scores of groups that want us locked out of the national forests. We need all trail users to dig deep and fund the war chest to battle closures.

I don’t agree that as individual enthusiasts we should be the only ones to bear the burden of this continued battle? Where are the Manufacturers, Aftermarket companies and dealerships?  They also stand to lose a lot if we have no place to ride. They are also the ones with the deepest pockets, attorneys and resources. They should be writing a huge check!

But beyond the monetary needs, we need people who are willing to have constant communication with the Forest Service and BLM employees who manage our public lands. They need to see that the trails are being used. They need to hear from users across the country who travel hundreds and thousands of miles to recreate in Colorado.

We also need educated influential individuals to represent us as a user group. Attorneys to do pro-bono work when we can’t fund fighting lawsuits. Well spoken people to attend meetings. Writers, website developers and marketing experts to give us a bigger voice and help us be seen! It doesn’t always have to be cash.

Get involved in a club. Clubs are making a comeback across our state based on a need maintain relationships with local Forest Service Districts. The clubs are working hard at helping clear trees from trails after snow melt, as well as coordinating trail work days to maintain trails. Join a club even if you are not a local.

Trail closure has been a topic of discussion for years. I hope to see a day when it isn’t a threat. Until then, we need to keep it in our conversations and continually come up with new ideas and ways to stop it.

Think about what you can do to help. Reach out, donate and join a club.

See the website below for updates on trail legislation and advocacy.

WWW.COLORADOTPA.ORG

 

 

 

 

 

 

Should trails be publicized?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2017 by rockymountainsingletrack

There are a few people in the Colorado singletrack motorcycle scene who get really mad over public trails being shared on social media.
I see how popular MTB riding has become in the state, and I also see how many trails moto riders have lost to peddlers.
It's not the peddlers fault. They want trail just like we do.
I also see the number of MTB trail sharing sites as well.
Is there a correlation between public openness about routes and keeping trail open?

Education

What I can say for sure is there is a lack of education when it comes to out-of-state moto users.
Loud exhaust, no USFS-approved spark arrestors, riding off trail and no OHV stickers are common among riders I have encountered recently.
COHVCO and Stay the Trail have done a great job of educating, but they can only do so much and they are only in the state. By the time someone drives in from Texas to ride, they won't go buy a $400 exhaust to make themselves legal.
Trail education needs to start at the manufacturers level and go on to the M/C dealers.
If we continue to lose trail, the public won't be purchasing off road motorcycles.

So what is the answer?

Get out there, ride some trail, educate your friends and enjoy our public lands.

Getting into the high country 

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2017 by rockymountainsingletrack

Life as we know it

Posted in Uncategorized on April 1, 2016 by rockymountainsingletrack

The eminent threat of trail closures loom above us like the plume of exhaust from a poorly jetted 2-stroke. We love to ride the high country with our best friends and expose them to the best skinny trail on the planet, but should we really be showing everyone our favorite stash of legal trail?

As an advocate of trail conservation I am always caught in a conundrum. I have many friends from around the country who want to experience the best of what the Rocky Mountains have to offer, but should I be the one who welcomes them to experience it?

I often hear other Colorado native off-roaders say that everyone needs to stay out of Colorado or we will lose our precious trails. I never hear MTB users express that. It is always the opposite with the MTB crowd. In fact, the MTB guys come in droves, have extensive websites that point out good trail, and are kicking our asses when it comes to the amount of trails available to them.

So WTF? Have we been taking the wrong approach? Do we need to be more inclusive to help build numbers?

Everyone seems to have an opinion on what is happening and how these issues should be addressed. But rarely do we see unity in the off-road crowd. Clubs are dwindling. The clubs that are intact, have members that are pushing an age that should see them riding wheel chairs and not motos. Bottom line is that we are losing our trails and ultimately losing our way of life.

The Colorado Trails Preservation Alliance ( www.coloradotpa.org)  and the Colorado Off Highway Vehilce Coalition (www.cohvco.org) are two Colorado organizations that spend countless hours and even more money to keep our trails open.

I strongly suggest that you get your friends together to form a club and help keep our way of life. Donate time, money, or what ever you can to the organizations that are helping us.

Give the guys at the TPA and COHVCO a call, and ask how you can help.

 

 

 

 

See you in the Utah Desert

Posted in Uncategorized on April 21, 2014 by rockymountainsingletrack

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The Utah desert is the place to be this spring. Heavy snow will keep us from riding the high country of Colorado for a few more months. See you in the “Swell”!

Finke Desert Race Update Feb 19

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 19, 2012 by copperdsm

We just added singletracksyndicate.com to our team sponsorship. They are working on getting their site up and running but for now you can check out what they have to offer for the Enduro Riding and Racing community in the way of product reviews, tech tips, riding locations etc. Soon you will also be able to order apparel and parts! We are excited to partner up with them and bring them along for the journey! Thanks Singletrack Syndicate for your support.

Taylor Park Ride 9-1-10

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 10, 2010 by rockymountainsingletrack

Another fantastic week of riding in Taylor Park.
Started out by parking at the trading post and riding Timberline from the trailhead near Mirror Lake. The dry conditions made for some very technical riding through the rocks of this epic trail. All of our KTM’s answered the call and didn’t let us down. We are all using Kenda’s K270 dual sport tire. It has an excellent grip that doesn’t impact the trail as much as a full on knobby. The cost is very reasonable at about $60.
I was riding my 450 XCW while everyone else chose 300 XC’s. Slaven’s Racing in Colorado Springs has the jetting dialed in on the 300’s. It was a simple task to install his kit. No other adjustment was needed.

Gunnison National Forest Travel Management Plan

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 11, 2010 by rockymountainsingletrack

Unfortunately for off road motorcyclists we have lost several amazing trails. Mountain bike enthusiasts have gained the most from this by gaining hundreds of miles of trail that will be designated as hiking and bicycling only.
If you have a favorite trail that is on the chopping block, this summer may be your last chance to enjoy it. A few of my favorites are Eerie Basin, Doctor Park Trail, Strand and Strand Bonus. I am not certain the exact date the trail head signs or designation will change.

Winter Riding at the Red River

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 3, 2010 by rockymountainsingletrack

Where do you ride when the Rockies are covered in ten feet of snow? You head south to Texas for some of the best singletrack outside of Colorado.
This is the site of the infamous Red Bull Last Man Standing. I competed in the event and have ridden here for 15 years. The locals are very friendly. The riding is amazing and the food is even better.
This 4 day adventure didn’t disappoint as we ate our way south to Oklahoma City. Stopping for 30 laps of go cart racing at Pole Position Raceway. The carts are electric, very fast and handle like F1 cars. From there we ventured 2 hours south to our destination.

Colorado Off-Road Motorcycle Adventures

Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2010 by rockymountainsingletrack

This is a blog about riding dirt bikes on the singletrack trails in the beautiful backcountry of Colorado. You’ll see photos of amazing aspen forests, gnarly rock sections and sensational singletrack. I hope you enjoy the ride.