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    Interesting article about Sedona in Bike Magazine

    Chemtrails and mountain bike trails

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    Very recently some ‘must-do’ trails have been closed down, permanently. Trails such as ‘Tomahawk’ were closed because they passed through environmentally or culturally-significant areas. In other cases it was because they were unsustainable trails that negatively impacted the existing network or the sensitive ecology of the area. In the big picture, however, the loss of a few trails is better than losing them all. There are still over 300 miles of singletrack in the region that are now legal to mountain bikers. Jason firmly believes these few loses mean little when focus is kept on the bigger picture:

    “Some people are sensationalizing the closure,” explains Romig. “Some people are paranoid and say that the situation is way worse than it is. Yes, some trails have been closed but it is a case of give and take. Some trails are closed but others are adopted and legitimate now; secured for mountain bikers. However, there is still a small minority of riders who are distributing propaganda that is just scare mongering. They think that this is a token gesture by government and that they [the government] really want to shut down mountain biking in the area and this is their way of doing so.”


    I couldn't help but think about some of the postings on this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCTJ View Post
    Chemtrails and mountain bike trails

    A few excerpts:

    Very recently some ‘must-do’ trails have been closed down, permanently. Trails such as ‘Tomahawk’ were closed because they passed through environmentally or culturally-significant areas. In other cases it was because they were unsustainable trails that negatively impacted the existing network or the sensitive ecology of the area. In the big picture, however, the loss of a few trails is better than losing them all. There are still over 300 miles of singletrack in the region that are now legal to mountain bikers. Jason firmly believes these few loses mean little when focus is kept on the bigger picture:

    “Some people are sensationalizing the closure,” explains Romig. “Some people are paranoid and say that the situation is way worse than it is. Yes, some trails have been closed but it is a case of give and take. Some trails are closed but others are adopted and legitimate now; secured for mountain bikers. However, there is still a small minority of riders who are distributing propaganda that is just scare mongering. They think that this is a token gesture by government and that they [the government] really want to shut down mountain biking in the area and this is their way of doing so.”


    I couldn't help but think about some of the postings on this forum.
    thanks for sharing. good read.

    It is a good article to get the 'let's look forward, not back' view. And, it is good to get a dose of that view and celebrate all the awesomeness there now. But, I dont think you can honestly tell this story without telling how it got to this point. The rogue building and the pressure all these new visitors put on the FS is very much a factor in this new nirvana. Without it, we'd still be 10 years ago. There is also a lot of distrust of the FS, IMBA, new transplant homeowners etc that will not easily go away. Guess that makes me a conspiracy theorist. So as much as Sedona now is a case study in what is possible with collaboration, its also a case study in what is possible out of conflict.

    I think reading this in conjunction with last year's article (forget the mag, but i think MTBR's Leel wrote it) is kinda required reading if you want a richer perspective.

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    That article is lame. It smacks of a writer who dropped in on Sedona, had 4 or 5 hours to gather information, talked to 2 or 3 individuals and made his/her deadline. It begins with the title and goes downhill from there. The newest bike shop, the owners of which had nothing to do with creation of the trail network are the main ones quoted and their shop is portrayed as the community cornerstone. The other bike advocacy group isn't even mentioned by name, only by inference as the anti-establishment types and fear-mongerers. Nobody is running around spouting off that the sky is falling and the FS is going to shut down mtn biking in the area. Blah blah. Piss poor journalism at it's finest.

    A far more well-rounded and unbiased article can be found here: Sedrama - Growing Pains in Sedona - Pinkbike
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    However, there is still a small minority of riders who are distributing propaganda that is just scare mongering. They think that this is a token gesture by government and that they [the government] really want to shut down mountain biking in the area and this is their way of doing so.

    So what I hear you saying is we have a few "FOX NEWS" representatives working the form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2wheelsarefun View Post
    However, there is still a small minority of riders who are distributing propaganda that is just scare mongering. They think that this is a token gesture by government and that they [the government] really want to shut down mountain biking in the area and this is their way of doing so.

    So what I hear you saying is we have a few "FOX NEWS" representatives working the form.
    What's with the "distributing propaganda" crap? Are they dropping leaflets from helicopters? Tokyo Rose on the public radio or what?
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    NAMASTE. Even if they're new and out of state (cough cough 99 percent of sedona...) The dudes at OTE "get it" The best shop in town.

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    LOL.... Chemtrails and [the government] all in one article.... people are strange.

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