Local club gets training from bike trail experts

Wildhorse Cycling Club benefits from new knowledge and techiques from trail maintenance experts.

Volunteers go to work on a trail in the Community Forest last weekend.

The Wildhorse Cycling Club hosted the International Mountain Bike Associations Trail Crew last weekend, which is travelling across the country teaching riders how to build sustainable, multi-use trails.

The Trail Crew, consisting of two instructors, gave a presentation on Friday that focused on how to run a successful club. A three-hour classroom session on the theory of building natural surface trail followed on Saturday morning, with topics ranging from permission by property managers to trail flow and assessment, to identifying user groups and construction methods.

Saturday afternoon featured some field work, as the club went into the Community Forest and worked on a section using their newfound knowledge and techniques from the morning session.

The club tested it out on Sunday, with a group ride on the section of trail that they worked on the previous day, and also took the Trail Crew on a tour of the Eager Hills section of the Community Forest.

The club would like to give special thanks to the Community Forest Society for allowing the club a chance to do approved work on a trail in the Community Forest. The club would also like to thank the Recreation Sites and Trails BC for providing an archaeological assessment of the trail to make sure the club did not disturb any archaeological values in the area.

Wildhorse Cycling Club’s mandate is to improve the collective cycling community in the Cranbrook area.