Wet trails

It’s still a bit wet on the trails at the moment, but the sun will shine soon.

Here is a pic of my son in the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park we posted on FB earlier this week. Let’s talk a bit more about the photo.

Have a close look at where his leg sinks into the once smooth trail. It’s actually in a wheel rut. This rider would have come through before QPWS put up the ‘Trails Closed’ signs. However, it has clearly caused some serious damage to the trail. The rider’s tyre broke through the hard crust, leaving the soft under-belly of the trail exposed. If you have ever seen 4WD videos where the first person gets through fine and then the second 4WD sinks like no-tomorrow into the wheel ruts of the first car. Same problem- the stronger outer crust was removed, so down it goes!

I am not writing this to condemn the rider because the trail may not have been closed where the rider left the carpark, but it is likely the rider would have felt slop under their wheels. Instead, I would like to talk about trail stewardship. Look after your trails (don’t wait for a sign to be put up to tell you 😊).

The trail may not have been closed where the rider left the carpark, but the rider would have felt slop under their wheels. The trails needed time to dry. I would like to urge riders to consider the trails as you would your own backyard. If you rode around your backyard and you made grooves like a plough, you would probably want to stop.

It’s only a few riders that ride when it is too wet. But it is a mission to fix when the sun finally comes out. Often needing more foundations and surface dirt. Lets keep our trails in mint-condition for when the 2022 MTB season.

Leah Stevenson

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