Trail sabotage, or just rocks and logs?

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  • #258537

    Trail sabotage is a serious thing, and as mountain bikers we should report it whenever it happens. There have been plenty of cases, all around the world, of folks deliberately placing obstacles with the intent to injure cyclists, and it’s not cool. At all.

    Today I came across a headline out of Australia that made me do a bit of a double-take: ‘Sabotage’: Mountain bikers say logs, rocks put on Blackbutt Reserve trails

    Rocks and logs are generally to be expected on a trail, though to be fair the trail in question is one used by beginners. The photos in the story don’t show anything that looks particularly dangerous either, but again, it sounds like the land managers/trail stewards want to keep the trail clear and they didn’t intend for those rocks and logs to be on the trail.

    Is it possible mountain bikers are “sabotaging” their own trails to make them more technical? Are there degrees of sabotage, and if so, is there a risk of “crying wolf” every time someone moves a rock or a log?

  • #258538

    It’s most likely a walker/hiker that don’t like the trails being dual-use and assume the only group that should be allowed to use them is, of course, theirs.

    The sabotage looks to be annoying more than dangerous and mountain biking involves the risk of new obstacles being introduced onto the trails without warning so I can’t imagine I’d be doing much more than clearing them at this stage. Everyone should learn to ride in a manner that allows them time to stop if they see something they can’t get past.

    If I saw someone placing them in the trail, I’d snap a pic of them to pass on to the authorities and wouldn’t think too much more about it.

    • #258541

      Everyone should learn to ride in a manner that allows them time to stop if they see something they can’t get past.

      This. In my experience, wind is the biggest trail saboteur in the forest. 🙂

  • #258546

    @jeff +1 Wind won’t stop sabotaging the trails. I am amazed there are any trees left. And why do they always land on the trail.

  • #258549

    And why do they always land on the trail.

    Yeaahhh, why is that? Someone really should get an NSF grant to study this wind trail-sabotage effect!

  • #258553

    If it involves riding as many trails as possible and counting the trees that fell on the trail vs away from the trail; then I am in. I think $200/hr ought to cover my salary and expenses.

  • #258558

    If it involves riding as many trails as possible and counting the trees that fell on the trail vs away from the trail; then I am in. I think $200/hr ought to cover my salary and expenses

    Oh, you have to think much bigger than that, this is the NSF after all.
    ~You’ll need a research group – I humbly offer my services as a research assistant.
    ~You’ll need hardware. May I suggest high-end Full suspension bikes, hardtails, downhill and fatbikes for each member of the research team.
    ~You’ll need a title for the project. How about “Atmospheric, Geostatic and Human Influences on Trail Traversal in Bio-diverse Systems?”

    ….sorry Jeff, having way too much fun with this.;-)

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