Saturday, June 11, 2016

The dream mountain bike trail

One day, perhaps, we might have single-track mountain bike trails that are nice and comfortable to ride on. They might still be steep in places, but they'd be free of rocks, gravel, stumps and other stuff that make the sport so hazardous and that lurk at the bottom of the trail to throw anyone out of their mount.

This would be nice, but from the ground up, the sport of mountain biking wasn't designed for meek riders. It was driven to be consumed by the adrenaline-charged 18 to 35 years old crowd. Who are we, riders that are North of that age group to be expecting “civilized” paths these days?

Cutting a single-track trail easily costs from $5 to $15 per linear foot, that is $25,000 to $80,000 per mile, depending on the terrain, its composition and the number of turns per mile. Quite an expensive proposition, that unless older and less adventurous folks fight for, will never happen.

So, dream on, smooth riders!

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