(cross post from NEMBA forums)
This is getting ridiculous. Over the past two years, there has been a barrage of trail sissification at Batchelor Street. The riders who are doing the following things need to stop immediately. The offenses include, but are not limited to:
-Cutting corners you aren't skilled enough to climb or descend (there, I said it. Why else would you be cutting the corner?).
-Clearing the branches and rocks I and other riders put over your cut corners and go-around lines.
-Making trails easier by taking out logs or moving rocks.
-Moving rocks from one part of a rock garden to make another part more do-able.
-Straying from the the trail, thus widening trails.
The Batchelor street trails are expert level. I guess this needs to be said for the f**king bajillionth time - if you can't make a section, try it again, then try it again, then again and again and again and again. DON'T CHANGE THE TRAIL TO SUIT YOUR RIDING ABILITY! There's no shame in not being able to clean something, but there is deep shame in sissifying a trail (little known fact - people who do it meet this guy ). One of the most exciting parts of mountain biking is being able to clean a section you once had to walk. That can't happen when people are making trails easier.
I'm sick and tired of fixing trail braids made by hack riders. I've so much other stuff I'd like to do with my day and with my bike ride. I'm going to call it as I see it and say maybe some folks aren't ready to ride these trails. It's a great place, even for novice riders who are interested in improving their abilities, but RIDERS NEED TO RESPECT THE TRAIL SYSTEM AND ORIGINAL TRAIL BUILDER'S INTENT.
If you or someone you know are committing these offenses, please stop. To those folks who are taking time from their ride to fix these issues, you know who you are, and your efforts are much appreciated. To everyone, feel free to contact me if you are interested in performing trail maintenance. Our efforts to preserve these trails will be maximized by working together and coordinating efforts. Rant off.
EDIT: I know this is happening everywhere. It'd be fantastic if it stopped everywhere. I have no way of knowing if perpetrators reading this, but it's something that bears repeating.
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