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    Thank you to the rock stacking genius.

    I'd just like to take a moment to extend a large thank you to whomever decided to lay a string of large, squared edged rocks across the bottom of one of the short gravel slopes leading from the gravel parking lot on Canyon Rd down to the west end mouth of the Boulder bike path. It made for a beautiful end to my night ride as I hucked the slope and nicely cased one of these with my rear tire. I didn't know it was possible to get an extra 7 feet of air off a 6 foot slope until I discovered how to do this sweet superman move over my handlebars at 15mph. Kudos. Without your help I would have never pushed myself to try this. To ensure I'm able to savor the memory of my newly acquired talent I've made sure to take home a 3 inch leg gash, a nicely dented helmet and several bruised ribs.

    Being a bit selfish, I want to keep this cool new trick to myself so I've temporarily removed said rocks far from the trail, but please get back out there as soon as possible, because as soon as I can get my rear rotor straighted back out I'll want to give it another shot! Whoever you are, you should know you are truly a mentor and all around wonderful human being. I really hope we have an opportunity to meet some day.

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    Same thing happened to me at Hall. These fools did some rearanging of the trail making it a total farse of a trail up top and I plowed in to one of those poorly placed or should I say thrown boulders on the trail causing a bent rim and biffed knee. My rearranging will come. Total carelessness and it looks like $hit.

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    no pics?

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    it's an epidemic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure
    no pics?
    Sure, why not. 'Tis merely a flesh wound though.

    IMG_6393a.JPG

    The ribs on the other hand.. been a while since I've had the opportunity for those nice sharp pains on each inhale. A better wakeup than morning coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dash
    Same thing happened to me at Hall. These fools did some rearanging of the trail making it a total farse of a trail up top and I plowed in to one of those poorly placed or should I say thrown boulders on the trail causing a bent rim and biffed knee. My rearranging will come. Total carelessness and it looks like $hit.

    Are you speaking of the "trail narrowing" rocks?

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    This sucks. I only hope it was somebody NOT knowing what he/she did.

    May you heal fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaba Klaus
    May you heal fast.
    Thanks, Klaus.. combined with a handful of Tylenol it's nothing that will keep me off the bike this weekend. Probably a good excuse to tell the wife I need head out to Keystone so I can avoid too much of that deep breathing/pedaling stuff.

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    Wow, bummer. Hope you heal quickly! I have hit that section countless times after finishing a ride and couldn't imagine the surprise of finding said rocks whilst cruising though there.

    To all you rock-stackers out there, if you build something to play on - please undo it after! Especially if it is on a high use trail/area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bike21
    Wow, bummer. Hope you heal quickly! I have hit that section countless times after finishing a ride and couldn't imagine the surprise of finding said rocks whilst cruising though there.

    To all you rock-stackers out there, if you build something to play on - please undo it after! Especially if it is on a high use trail/area.
    I wish I could say these were well intentioned, but I can't see how. They were simply laid in a loose line from side to side about a foot past the bottom end of the rocky slope. Would have made nice endo targets if I had rolled the slope, but as long as I can see there aren't people at the bottom from the approach then I usually like to huck it, which unfortunately put said rocks directly in the landing zone for my rear tire. They weren't laid out in a way that would make sense for diverting drainage or another logical purpose, so my assumption is their intent was exactly what happened, albeit that I probably made a more spectacular example than they expected by jumping onto them.

    Btw, props to the guys at The Fix for building a strong wheelset.. When I got up I was sure I would find a thoroughly taco'd rim, but amazingly it's still running true.

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    I've seen that BS on trails, white ranch is the one that comes to my mind. If a hiker (I can only guess it was a hiker) wants to control how fast bikers are descending, come out to a work day and do sanctioned work. I don't mind the need to slow down trails, but tossing a bunch of grapefruit sized rocks on the trail is about as effective as not.

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    Did you have a good audience when you performed this amazing stunt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    Did you have a good audience when you performed this amazing stunt?
    Unfortunately, no. It was about 10pm on a night ride down from Ned so no one was around to witness my glory.

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    is the rock piling/trail narrowing recent addition on the upper part of hall "official" work or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastfroggy
    is the rock piling/trail narrowing recent addition on the upper part of hall "official" work or not?

    Yes. Youth Corps project. There is a thread somewhere on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thump
    I wish I could say these were well intentioned, but I can't see how.
    So random rock stacking huh? Even worse! I sure hope it wasn't intentional to bring riders down. Might have to keep an eye on the area and report it if it keeps happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    Yes. Youth Corps project. There is a thread somewhere on it.
    Damn you, I was fully expecting an alien conspiracy. Crop circles, cattle mutilation, rock piling.

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    I wouldn't consider the Boulder bike path "mountain biking" so I don't think this really applies in that situation. However part of mountain biking is being able to handle whatever the terrain throws at you including unexpected changes, and knowing what your limits are.
    If you crash because of a rock in the trail that wasn't there last week you only have yourself to blame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moustache rider
    I wouldn't consider the Boulder bike path "mountain biking" so I don't think this really applies in that situation. However part of mountain biking is being able to handle whatever the terrain throws at you including unexpected changes, and knowing what your limits are.
    If you crash because of a rock in the trail that wasn't there last week you only have yourself to blame.

    (Flame suit on)

    I'll put my suit on as well cause I thought the same damn thing. Same as people complaining about horse sh!t, treat it as another obstacle and avoid it. Pretty simple. Sorry about your injury though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thump
    I'd just like to take a moment to extend a large thank you to whomever decided to lay a string of large, squared edged rocks across the bottom of one of the short gravel slopes leading from the gravel parking lot on Canyon Rd down to the west end mouth of the Boulder bike path. It made for a beautiful end to my night ride as I hucked the slope and nicely cased one of these with my rear tire. I didn't know it was possible to get an extra 7 feet of air off a 6 foot slope until I discovered how to do this sweet superman move over my handlebars at 15mph. Kudos. Without your help I would have never pushed myself to try this. To ensure I'm able to savor the memory of my newly acquired talent I've made sure to take home a 3 inch leg gash, a nicely dented helmet and several bruised ribs.

    Being a bit selfish, I want to keep this cool new trick to myself so I've temporarily removed said rocks far from the trail, but please get back out there as soon as possible, because as soon as I can get my rear rotor straighted back out I'll want to give it another shot! Whoever you are, you should know you are truly a mentor and all around wonderful human being. I really hope we have an opportunity to meet some day.

    Sincere Regards,
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    Quote Originally Posted by jugdish
    I'll put my suit on as well cause I thought the same damn thing. Same as people complaining about horse sh!t, treat it as another obstacle and avoid it. Pretty simple. Sorry about your injury though.
    I'll third the sentiment. If you're going to catch some air, you oughta know what you're going to land on first. And doing it at night doesn't seem all that brilliant, either.

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    Jugdish and moustache - I think you guys are missing the point. Thump wasn't 'mountain biking' on the path, he was coming back from a ride...and a NIGHT ride at that. This is a spot that many of us come back through from riding up in the hills. That is, those of us who go under our own power to get to said hills. Big a$$ rocks in the middle of the path that you are not expecting nor can see at night - would catch any of us by surprise.

    Edit to add: what about the casual bike path cruiser coming down from a ride? They are certainly not prepared to encounter something like this at night. My point? Sometimes we crash and it usually our fault...however, folks should not be putting large rocks on a highly traveled public path.

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    I'll give that I certainly added to my own problem by hucking, but this is a fairly steep and rocky little slope and the way these rocks were placed there's a good chance I would have took it over the handlebars even if I had rolled it. As bike21 was nice enough to point out, this wasn't a mtb trail, it's a slope leading from a parking lot to an 8 foot wide, graded bike path. If I had been more focused I probably could have spotted them soon enough to come to a screeching halt or rode around off the side, but after just finishing 15 miles of actual night trail I was autopiloting back into Boulder on a path that I've cruised down literally hundreds of times. It's kind of like walking out your bedroom door and tripping on a toy the kiddos left out. The difference being that I expect the toys because I have kids, I didn't expect a Joe Moron construction project on the Boulder bike path.

    But in the mean time, I'll work on developing those lightning fast, Bruce Lee reflexes like you guys so I'll never get caught off guard again.

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    Oh POOP

    [QUOTE]I wouldn't consider the Boulder bike path "mountain biking" so I don't think this really applies in that situation. However part of mountain biking is being able to handle whatever the terrain throws at you including unexpected changes, and knowing what your limits are. QUOTE]

    Kinna ambiguous, not Mountain biking, but is mountain biking....
    Anyway, Remember that roadie who nailed a rock on the S.Platte river trail this summer? Remember the media coverage, public outcry, police investigation? I do...

    http://www.9news.com/rss/article.aspx?storyid=67132

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR
    Anyway, Remember that roadie who nailed a rock on the S.Platte river trail this summer? Remember the media coverage, public outcry, police investigation? I do...

    http://www.9news.com/rss/article.aspx?storyid=67132
    Wow, overkill. Especially for kids. I'd just want a chance to have a nice "chat" assuming it was an adult. Kids I wouldn't even bother.

    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR
    PS, not to threadjack, but how do you come down from Ned at night?
    Umm, without trying to be an arse, it's not one I can post on the internets, and would be hell trying to explain even if I wanted to. I'm happy to take good and decent folks with me on a ride, but it involves some land permissions.

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    A little confused here, where said rocks placed on an officail trail, or in a place that riders have appropriated for hucking, etc? I ask because it's not uncommon for trail mangers to place slash, rocks, etc to discourage people from riding of trail. I'm not sure if this is the case or not but if it is, then I don't have much sympathy although I certainally don't want to see people get hurt. If someone placed rocks in a place in the middle of a designated trail for no reason, then that's a different thing.

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    I have also seen some stregically placed loose rocks in areas where they could cause a bit of distress. Thanks goodness I'm slow enough to see them before I hit them. Some are placed diagonally under drops or around blind corners. I moved them away, of course. The three areas I saw appeared to have been done intentionally but my paranoia may be catching up to me again

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm
    A little confused here, where said rocks placed on an officail trail, or in a place that riders have appropriated for hucking, etc?
    This was on one of the two main entrances from the west end parking lot onto the Boulder bike path. Given that it's steep, it's mainly used only to get on to the trail so I'd imagine had these been official that they would have put them up top on the entrance side, or put up a sign, or both. This is probably the busiest and most well funded path in Boulder and is covered in signage, metal side rails, paved walkways, etc.

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    rocks placed at top of drop/roll-over = sensible closure of feature. rocks placed at bottom of drop = stupid malicious intent. I've dropped that section, for like 9 years now, and I'd be royally pissed to find a bunch of boulders at the bottom whilst mid-air or just rolling it, night or day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rky_mtn_srfr
    unless ya know it, don't hate and ridicule
    Yeah, I know it as well. I'm not saying I'm glad that they're there and I'm not saying I'm glad Dude got hurt. My point was while biking, either road or trail don't assume. I'm out.
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    I hope for a speedy recovery...not a great thing to have appear on a night ride. I got a stick in my spokes last night on a climb and ate the stem pretty hard when the wheels locked up on the SS. Knocked the wind out of me and no, I was no expecting it, especially while climbing.

    Folks are calling this a drop..but its a two way hill too...I ride up it and down it when I head that direction (even though it is not the trail and the water erosion coming down there is getting much worse week by week)..maybe some one thought they were blocking people just simply walking up the hill versus taking the trail around to parked cars/folks boating/whatever..may have even been kids playing...so hard to predict--the best thing is that thump will recover and he is okay--but what I will remember is that when I come down there at night...I will for sure be surveying it everytime before I drop in! Thanks for the heads up at the same time for future rides! Take care of those ribs.

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    I wouldn't consider the Boulder bike path "mountain biking" so I don't think this really applies in that situation. However part of mountain biking is being able to handle whatever the terrain throws at you including unexpected changes, and knowing what your limits are. QUOTE]

    http://www.9news.com/rss/article.aspx?storyid=67132[/URL]
    Wow, his helmet was scratched! I ran into a tree and took a chunk out of helmet at Keystone. Damn you national forest! I bet he might not have been hurt as much if he would have slowed down, as all those signs say, when you get near blind corners under bridges.
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