Ride Dirt, Not Mud This Spring

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WMMBA MTB Trails Grand Rapids

Spring might just be here! West Michigan is rolling into a long-term warm-up, and what little snow we have left in the shadows will be gone before you know it.

Before we turn our attention to spring, we wanted to a second to thank all the groomers and trail organizers that put in hour after hour to give us trails to ride! As many of you know, these groomers sacrifice not only time with family and friends, but even coveted time in the saddle so that the rest of the community can get out and ride. Of the Grand Rapids area trails that were groomed, each one took a lot of hard work to keep clear.

A big part of that success is the cooperation and communication of trail users, too. Using platforms like Trailforks and Facebook to let others know trail conditions and when the best time to ride might be. Letting the trail set-up, warning groomers and volunteers of downed trees or ice hazards, and any other useful information all make this network more efficient.

As we roll into the freeze-thaw cycle this spring, we’re asking our regular riders to use these platforms to relay trail conditions to help us preserve the trails, address any issues, and have a better idea of what riders will see if they head out to the trailhead.

We’re asking all riders to help us integrate Trailforks into the process, and it’s really simple. You can check out our recent post about how to make an account, link your Strava profile, and help us gather tons of useful data. We’ll also be using Trailforks to direct work bees and volunteers, and the more information they have on hand, the easier the job will be!

In case you missed it, here’s a great piece from bicycling.com about how mountain bikes impact the trail during freeze-thaw cycles, plus some ways we can prevent damage as a community.