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    Old Colorado City 1st Annual Fat Tire Festival

    My good buddy down in the Spring, Aaron Egge, is spearheading a day long mountain bike excursion through the beautiful mountain outside Colorado Springs. The proposed date at this time is June7th 08. The plan is to start in town and ride the Jones Downhill Loop coming back through captn jacks, chutes etc. with the day ending with a barbecue and beers. Most of logistics are still in planning mode but he has tentative sponsors from Colorado Cyclist among others. He is currently developing a brochure to post online with details and more details will develop as the logistics get solved.

    Plan for a full day of epic colorado springs backcountry riding ending in a fiesta.

    I am just trying to help out a little but Aaron is doing all the foot work. Would love to get a show of interest from you guys out there which will help decide what is required to make this a truly fun day.

    this could be the start of something really cool and I'm not aware of anything that currently exists like this. Its a great way to bring everyone together and enjoy our passion for riding all the while meeting new people who all share the same interest.

    Suggestions are welcome so please let us now what you think.

    Cheers and happy trails...

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    Quote Originally Posted by papawheelie
    The plan is to start in town and ride the Jones Downhill Loop coming back through captn jacks, chutes etc. with the day ending with a barbecue and beers.
    Suggestions are welcome so please let us now what you think.
    This is a shuttle ride right? You don't expect people to actually pedal their bikes all the way up to Frosty's do you? That there is crazy talk.

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    I think the plan is to start from Bott Park (not sure where that is) but it is a nice easy ride up to Frosty's on Old Stage/Gold Camp and the descend back to the park. Approximately 30-40 miles and is not has hard as you think. You could call it a Death March but with a good group size, there usually consists of lots of rest stops and it is really a nice ride. Shuttles are always an option for folks with trucks if you don't want to make the climb. But I say its really a moderate ride overall and its always nice to be done at the end of the ride and not have to go get shuttle vehicles. But again, shuttles are always an option.

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    Sounds fun to me

    Beer, Food and riding, what could be better.
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    I'm in - have an email list setup? Any way to keep up on the pending "Death March"?
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    sounds like a good time.

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    Could it be changed to the next weekend?

    I think it is a great idea and one of my favorite rides in the Springs. Alot of the local racers will be out of town that weekend. 6/14 or 6/15 would work better for any of the Mountain States Cup racers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papawheelie
    ...through the beautiful mountain outside Colorado Springs.
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    'bout time

    I'd love to see an event get started up here in Colorado Springs. We have such great in/near town riding that I think it's a shame we do not have any major bike festivals or races. It's not as though we don't have any high profile locals (USOTC, USAFA, Carmichael, SRAM, and RockShox all come to mind rather quickly). While we may not have the quaint status or lore of Fruita or Crested Butte, I would think that, with the combined populations of Denver/Colo Spgs/Pueblo, we should be able to easily support a major festival.

    I've only lived here 6 years, have there been prior failed attempts at establishing festivals or races here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by papawheelie
    I think the plan is to start from Bott Park (not sure where that is) but it is a nice easy ride up to Frosty's on Old Stage/Gold Camp and the descend back to the park. Approximately 30-40 miles and is not has hard as you think. You could call it a Death March but with a good group size, there usually consists of lots of rest stops and it is really a nice ride. Shuttles are always an option for folks with trucks if you don't want to make the climb. But I say its really a moderate ride overall and its always nice to be done at the end of the ride and not have to go get shuttle vehicles. But again, shuttles are always an option.
    I'm pretty familiar with that Jones park loop, at a moderate pace from downtown Colorado Springs it usually takes about 6 hours(not shuttled). This is a great loop, I look forward to hearing more about the event!! Bott park is near 26th and Cimarron, near the Fairview Cemetery.

    Thanks for the info!!

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    Good point, Sol Vista is on 6-8 so the 14th might be the day.

    Egge, you got that down????

    I think as many people as we can get to come out the better, the only thing to worry about is the forest service. They can get all up in your grill if your not careful. So, this will be grassroots and then see how she goes. If planned well, the city and forest service should welcome such an event as it helps with tourism and the like.

    Thanks for all the responses, lets get it done.

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    I'm shuttling....





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    It's a buttload of climbing and fireroad riding, and your not gonna finish at Bott park if you do CJ's and Stratton/chutes, maybe 666 to Palmer/Sec 16 and finish at Red rocks?

    Plus you have to climb up 26th and then lower Gold camp if you start from Bott park, might be tough logisticly with a big group. I would say the ride will take longer than 6 hrs as well riding up from town, I've done it and I wouldn't call it a mod ride, 5k+ of climbing, more if you do palmer/sec 16 at the end. My 2 cents

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    Sounds interesting as I don't know all the ins and outs of the CS trails but have riden some of them. I wouldn't want to see huge groups as that isn't my style so breaking them up might be nice.

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    I'm in, but I'm riding with kchri.
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    From the "Organizer"

    Please spread the word on this ride. The more feedback I get the better. This will be the first event of this type I've put together and I need to gauge concerns and options.

    In response to earlier posts:

    The ride will go through Statton Open Space and proceed down 21st St. back to Old Colo. City. I will make contact with some local watering holes to secure a post-ride party locale (hopefully with some discounts for the riders).

    Shuttling...always an option, but at this point, I would prefer to make that a person-by-person decision and leave support (vehicles) for that decision up to the individuals.

    At this point, I need to get my hands around the scope of what we may be able to put together and work the logistics-including permits, sponsors and volunteers-as needed. I need to ensure that the first year of this event doesn't turn into the last year due to poor planning and execution.

    Thanks again for the feedback. I will start on sponsorship "pimp duty" ASAP and hope to hear from more in coming days/weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scblur71
    I will make contact with some local watering holes to secure a post-ride party locale (hopefully with some discounts for the riders).
    Mmmm... watering holes.

    Here's my advice... if you even want it. If not, disregard everything I say. ;-)
    You may want to look into Jack Quinns since they seem to be very receptive to giving discounts and space to group athletic events. And they're definitely cool with sweaty, smelly people in spandex. Look what they do every Tuesday night: Jack Quinn's running club. Not only do they give all attendants discounts on drinks, free spaghetti and salad, but they pretty much donate the entire upstairs.

    If I could pick any watering hole for a post ride re-dehydration session it would be the Bristol Brewery. Small, but cool atmosphere... and ever better beer. However, I don't know if they'd be too keen on idea of a bunch of smelly dudes (and chicks) in spandex taking over their space for a few hours. The advantage to the location would be that it's a downhill coast from Stratton to South Tejon. Us shuttlers will be exhausted and looking forward to the coasting.
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    I'd like to reserve a seat on the kchri bus.


    For post ride, ya can't beat outdoors: tailgates, ice chests and bbq. Any spots at/near Red Rocks?
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Waterng holes:
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    bristol used to have a group ride leaving from there for a year or so. they were very bike friendly from what i recall but that coming from someone who does not drink.

    i think that loop would be a great ride. i would be stoked to do. i don't think its too far at all. that ride is so much more rewarding when you earn it not shuttle it but thats just my opinion. if you need a volunteer i am more than willing to help out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rroeder
    It's a buttload of climbing and fireroad riding, and your not gonna finish at Bott park if you do CJ's and Stratton/chutes, maybe 666 to Palmer/Sec 16 and finish at Red rocks?

    Plus you have to climb up 26th and then lower Gold camp if you start from Bott park, might be tough logisticly with a big group. I would say the ride will take longer than 6 hrs as well riding up from town, I've done it and I wouldn't call it a mod ride, 5k+ of climbing, more if you do palmer/sec 16 at the end. My 2 cents

    i agree it is best finished in red rocks or the section. its easy to take the 666 trail down to high drive.

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    For the record? The MSC would be stoked about coming to the Springs in 2009. I've been having an ongoing conversation with Steve Johnson from USAC about a suitable venue. If there's anyone on this thread that's got their fingers into the civic and open space mix feel free to give me a shout. We'd be interested in a 2-day XC/endurance event as a 'Hi, how are ya" to the powers that be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge29er
    I'm pretty familiar with that Jones park loop
    I'm not as much as I should be.

    I look forward to hearing more about the event!!
    Me too.

    Thanks you guys for organizing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MavSports
    For the record? The MSC would be stoked about coming to the Springs in 2009. I've been having an ongoing conversation with Steve Johnson from USAC about a suitable venue. If there's anyone on this thread that's got their fingers into the civic and open space mix feel free to give me a shout. We'd be interested in a 2-day XC/endurance event as a 'Hi, how are ya" to the powers that be.

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    Not sure about an endurance venue but the Air Force academy loop would make for an ideal XC race course, there was already a local race there.

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    Ummm, I think I can answer your question on whether or not Bristol might or might not be bike friendly: Josh Osterhoudt is a great guy, and is the GM at Bristol. Josh was a key force with Phil Yearsly to get the Medicine Wheel going around here, and is the Eastern Colorado IMBA rep. Josh is your contact for all things beer and IMBA for Eastern colorado, it gets no better than that! Josh's imba contact info is at:

    http://www.imba.com/contacts/near_you/colorado.html

    The AFA race course was awesome, with the exception of the mass start with 50 of your best lycra clad friends all jamming into the downhill singletrack - going clockwise starting behind the gas station by the community center. It also works well to allow for multiple laps in some classes (Expert at least).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnordby
    Ummm, I think I can answer your question on whether or not Bristol might or might not be bike friendly: Josh Osterhoudt is a great guy, and is the GM at Bristol. Josh was a key force with Phil Yearsly to get the Medicine Wheel going around here, and is the Eastern Colorado IMBA rep. Josh is your contact for all things beer and IMBA for Eastern colorado, it gets no better than that! Josh's imba contact info is at:

    http://www.imba.com/contacts/near_you/colorado.html

    The AFA race course was awesome, with the exception of the mass start with 50 of your best lycra clad friends all jamming into the downhill singletrack - going clockwise starting behind the gas station by the community center. It also works well to allow for multiple laps in some classes (Expert at least).

    jon.
    britstol seems like it would be a pretty straight shot to the canyon and the chutes/gold camp. i had no idea that bristol had such close ties with imba.

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    All this endurance XC talk is geeking me out...

    The only issue I see with after event, non-parking lot activities is keeping an eye on the gazillion dollars worth of bikes. Stopping at the local watering hole(s) wouldn't sit well with me if I had to leave my bike outside, unwatched and exposed to the five-finger-discount ruffians...

    Perhaps there can be at least two staged events: the XC geek, marathon, climb 5-6K, and spend all day in the saddle event; and the heavy bike, lazy ass, shuttle ride that leaves just in time to run over all the XC geeks on the way down event. All to end at the Red Rocks Parking lot where there will be free beer from Bristol brewing and enticing smells of barbaqueing furry critters on the grill...


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    kchri, that's the most I've ever seen you say.

    hey, I'm just saying...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rroeder
    Not sure about an endurance venue but the Air Force academy loop would make for an ideal XC race course, there was already a local race there.
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    I'm interested, if you give us XC geeks enough time to string up some wires across the trail

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    But kchri, if you ran us all over, we'd just fill in the ruts and smooth out the lines - perhaps try and elbow to knock us clear of the trail. Since you shuttled, you gotta go get your ride - the beer will be gone when you finally get back down...http://forums.mtbr.com/images/smilies/biggrin.gif

    Agreed - some outdoor spot, Red Rocks sounds perfect, with a bbq/beer garden would work very well.

    MavSports - Plenty of hillclimb opportunities around here as you can imagine, from 500' to 2000' vertical without much of a break. STXC I take it means short track, Red Rocks, AFA, Palmer Park, tons of those areas as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnordby
    ... - the beer will be gone when you finally get back down...

    Agreed - some outdoor spot, Red Rocks sounds perfect, with a bbq/beer garden would work very well.
    The beer in my truck will still be there...
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    bouncy-I was thinking upstairs @ Thunder and Buttons. Pretty decent, clean place.

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    MavSports-I'm pretty much a newbie at event organization. I would like to use this event as a test case on setting things up in The Springs. There hasn't been much more than weekend group/club rides, cyclo, and collegiate rides around here. I'd like to see it take the next step. For a medium-sized city, we have great XC riding and plenty of facilities to assist travellers. My goal is to pull this event off w/out issue and to provide a bunch of riders a great time and let them spread the word. If the locals recognize the potential for a cycling event-awesome. A trip to Hall Ranch this year made me appreciate what I have here-solitude.

    If you work for MavSports-help me out. I have raced the Firecracker with PapaWheelie ever since we were able. Great setup. Great race and one of the highlights of my year.

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    A little to dangerous. I'd prefer a place with walls for safety's sake (and to avoid possible prosecution!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleTrail
    and the thought of you guys running an outlaw event without USFS approval makes me wince.
    Call me the Jedi Master of mediation, but here's a few details from the organizer's post.

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    ........ The more feedback I get the better. This will be the first event of this type I've put together and I need to gauge concerns and options.

    At this point, I need to get my hands around the scope of what we may be able to put together and work the logistics-including permits, sponsors and volunteers-as needed. I need to ensure that the first year of this event doesn't turn into the last year due to poor planning and execution.
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    Hey SCBlur - yeah, that's where "Mavsports" comes from. Jeff and I were partners in Maverick Sports for years and The Firecracker was a big part of that. With any new potential venue we here at the MSC want to walk into the water slowly, cross our T's and dot our I's. That includes taking the high road with area land managers

    Uncle Trail - I believe that you were talking to me awhile back. Why am I talking to the head of USAC instead of you? For the simple reason that he and I began our dialogue well before you and I did. He's a good guy with some pretty amazing insight into our sport and into your community. I've long ago stopped believing that I was the smartest guy in the room and I come away from my conversations with him feeling like my perspective has been enhanced. As far as investigating new venues goes, nobody has an exclusive as far as our attention of communication is concerned.

    I don't mean to rub anyone the wrong way, but before assumptions are made about the relative profitability or motive of any MSC event those making the assumptions should reconsider doing so. We bring a lot of labor and spend more than most on production, marketing and purse. If you're thinking about using the MSC as a fundraiser you may want to think again - most of our events are lucky to break even. I know, I know...boo-hoo-hoo. That's not why I'm revealing that kernel of knowledge, it just seems like if that's one outspoken person's perspective it's probably better that it be addressed right up front.

    You see, we wouldn't come to The Springs because we NEED to. Simply put, we don't. Personally, I wouldn't mind spending a few more weekends at home during the summer with my wife and my son. Our mission is to enhance the riding community here in the Rockies and to create an inclusive atmosphere that puts more people on bikes, identifies talent and creates an atmoshpere where it can develop and flourish and strengthen our riding community as a whole. We also want to eat burritos and drink beer along the way.

    We'd come to the Springs because there's a great scene there and we think that we could contribute to it - it's as simple as that. The infrastructure that would support an event of the MSC's size needs to dovetail with our existing business model, part of which is me and the key members of my staff working 100-hour weeks from April to September. Truth be told, you're not going to get a lot of volunteer hours from us - we're just not available.

    With that statement made, we'll continue to investigate a handful of venues along the I-25 corridor between Denver and the Springs. The series is trying to "Coloradify" its endurance offerings a bit. You can see that with the addition of Fruita and The Fall Classic this year. Maybe there's something that fits the bill down your way. If there is, send me the info and we can get the dialogue going with the right folks from there.

    Good luck with your event and let us know if we can help in any way. I mean that.

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    Out-thunk by gravity riders again. I wouldn't steal that beer krchi, that'd be bad form (understatement of the year). How about if I gaurd it when I get there, you'll be along shortly anyway since by the time I rode that far you'll have finished and are about to lap me. Just one beer is all I ask....

    MavSports - thanks for the Firecracker, best organized/supported event I have ridden, at least the first lap. The second lap the food didn't sit so well (my own, so I cannot blame anyone but myself!)! One thing I'd like to see is some kind of coordinated effort to not only clean up trails after a race, but get the racers to be work crews and fix damage not necessarily caused by the race. I know you guys stress no trash at the race meetings, maybe take the next step and stress volunteering.

    UncleTrail - I'm with ya on the volunteering. If you use the trails, regardless of how, show up with tools on trail days. Please, just make it a habit. Do it before you ride - sneak the ride in after a couple hours of putting in a perfect, permanent, rocked in water bar with your friends - go test out your work. In defense of bikers and members on this board - my crews in Monument generally consist of 90-95% bikers, whereas the use on our local trails has an inordinate amount of horse traffic, and a ton of foot traffic, all with dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnordby
    Out-thunk by gravity riders again. I wouldn't steal that beer krchi, that'd be bad form (understatement of the year). How about if I gaurd it when I get there, you'll be along shortly anyway since by the time I rode that far you'll have finished and are about to lap me. Just one beer is all I ask....
    I'll save two beers at least for ya, and I'm not really a gravity rider. I've done my share of climbing. Just not interested in climbing Mary's or Old Stage Road. I have climbed up Seven Bridges before - won't do that again either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleTrail
    Mike you misread my post. I would never ask MSC to volunteer. I'm talking to the locals in CS who keep talking about putting on events. For 3 years now, I've heard locals talk about wanting to put on cycling events in Colorado Springs and how they need a venue.

    So, we plan a venue, raise money, build our portion, and where are the volunteers to build their portion? If you(locals) want a new trail, and a place to ride/race, you need to build it. I'm sorry, but we put a ton of work into getting this ST project OK'd by our Parks Board, held public meetings, did neighborhood surveys, wrote a grant and solicited donations. Now it's time for the local MTB community to get out there and finish building the trail. And that includes USAC since they were part of the trail team.

    MedWheel posted the workdays on this board. Did any of you show up?
    It's extremely disappointing to have 2 people show up workday after workday.

    Where I'm going with this? No one ever bothers to talk to the land managers, public safety, etc.... first, and I'm talking about road racing also, to find out if the venue is OK. It's just let down after let down. More so called "events" get cancelled than actually happen here in CS. This thread is a perfect example.

    As a land manager, when I hear "Fat Tire Festival", I think a couple hundred people? When when I hear Stratton Open Space, I'm thinking "hikers, weekend, perhaps a conservation easement" and probably not a good idea. The author might want to make a simple phone call to someone in City Parks to find out if this is even possible before setting a date and having everyone make plans?

    Just my opinion, but getting these rumors started is what kills all the events.
    If the OP wants to put on a Festival than there needs to be other options besides an epic XC ride, I got the feeling it was more of a group ride with party afterwards type deal.

    As far as the Bear Creek trails, I remember hearing about it and I choose not to help cause Bear Creek is not my style as far as riding goes, I have done some trail work at other locales but not as much as I could I guess, our riding group has other spots that we like to ride and tend to do trail work.

    Personally, I don't race and don't plan on racing so I don't really care about an XC type event here but I know how much I enjoy riding AFA(thank you Med Wheel!) and I just thought it would be an excellent venue for an XC race as there was already one there. Bear Creek sounds like an excellent spot for a cross race but MB racing? Is the new trail in the park actual ST or gravel paths like already exsist? I used to ride thru there on the way to the canyon but haven't in the last few years, all I think about is people w/dogs and equestrians on gravel paths when I think about Bear creek.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Inflexables
    Call me the Jedi Master of mediation, but here's a few details from the organizer's post.
    Inflexables are soooooo yesterday. Infucable is the new Inflexable.


    Besides, it is spelled inflexIble...
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    Couple of thoughts -

    First, thanks for the props on the Firecracker. It was the third year of the event that the litter really made our radar screen. I mean, we always personally swept the course and picked up the trash ourselves the day after the event, but once it got over 300 riders the event itself really seemed to draw a certain segment of folks with a strong (but misplaced) sense of entitlement regarding what to do with their trash. After that we started putting multiple trash stations on course and that seemed to work pretty well, especially since we and our volunteers still swept the course.

    As far as trail damage goes, the nature of the terrain here is that it's pretty mineral. The course always holds up pretty well, but we've always taken great pains to objectively assess the impact of the race in that regard. Trail building used to be a big part of the business and on top of that, we've got this huge kids MTB program, the emphasis of which is protecting the backcountry. My point? We're already doing what you suggest and have been for nearly a decade now. We wish that more promoters would get engaged like this...

    Uncle Trail - thanks for the clarification. If I spend any more time away from home my wife will kill me. What do you know about the open space up around Castle Rock?

    A good event can be a polarizing experience for any community. Hang in there all of you, sweat the little #&^! and wolk together to make it happen. Don't let ego or a misstep or two get in the way - there will ALWAYS be problems and diagreements, but at the end of the day, endurance rider, gravity guy or open space guru, we're all far more alike than different.

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    my two cents worth about racing at bear creek park.... a local week night stxc race would probably go over just fine, but trying to hold MSC race or other major xc race isn't going to happen, the course just isn't good enough, even with TWO more miles of trail. i live with in riding distance of the park and hardly ever ride there for free. so asking some one to drive 2-4 hours then pay 20-40$ to race is asking alot.great mtb races start with great race courses. and before you go off saying i should come out and do some trail work... i probably spend more time putting the shovel to the ground than anyone, all be it mostly at the BMX track. mostly because at the bmx track they actually listen to what i have to say, and we have got a track that is pretty fun to ride. when the local powers that be ask for the "riders" opinion about building new trail, we always end up with 3 foot wide hiking paths, instead of single track, or some lame stunts on flat ground...

    and now back to our scheduled programing... planning a "festival" with out getting the approval of the powers that be is a bad idea. get some of the locals on this board behind a "group" ride and re-post a week or two before hand. keep it low key and fun.

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