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New trail to challenge mountain bikers

Josh McDaniel
Grand Junction correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION ” A new, technically challenging trail will soon put mountain bikers to the test in the Lunch Loop area in Grand Junction.

Designed by trail building professionals from the International Mountain Biking Association and Bicycle Colorado, as well as local expert riders, the new trail offers a significant increase in difficulty from the existing slate of trails in the Junction area ” a popular destination among Roaring Fork Valley mountain bikers. The Lunch Loop network is outside the east entrance the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction, in far western Colorado.

The new freeride/downhill trail will boast a mix of swooping singletrack, technical moves, and occasional jaw-dropping jumps and hits.

The Colorado Plateau Mountain Biking Association ” better known as COPMOBA ” is roundng up volunteers to work on the trail on Saturday, Sept. 29. Work crews have already been at work; the organization is hoping to draw 30 to 40 volunteers to finish a large portion of the trail this weekend.

Greg Mazu, a professional trail builder with Singletrack Trails and Bicycle Colorado, is overseeing the construction. Sections of the new route should excite riders, he said, decribing one jump section: “It is about a 6-foot drop that leads to a small jump and then a larger jump ” pretty intense stuff,” Mazu said.

Volunteers on Saturday will help with rock work and building alternate lines for jumps and drops.

James Flatten, a local freerider who has been working with the trail crews, agrees riders are going to be impressed.

“Overall, it is a beautifully designed and constructed trail ” lots of off-camber rock moves,” he said. “There is some really good technical stuff ” definite airs.”

Flatton is hoping that 30 or 40 riders will come out and “bust this thing out so we can start riding.”

Chris Herrman of COPMOBA put it more bluntly:

“Freeriders, this is the trail you’ve been asking for, so come out and build it.”

Volunteers are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at the parking lot on Little Park Road where the Tabeguache Trail connects with the road. Volunteers are asked to bring rain gear, work gloves and lunch. The event sponsor, Ruby Canyon Cycles, is providing food and beverages after the work is complete ” at about 3:30 p.m. Volunteers are also asked to sign up online at http://www.copmoba.org in advance so organizers can plan and pre-position tools and equipment.

For more information on any COPMOBA events or trail building opportunities take a look at the COPMOBA website: http://www.copmoba.org, or contact Noel Weddle at (970) 244-8877.


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