Cyclist group builds the trails for all to use

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      If you hike or ride horseback on trails throughout St. Louis and St. Charles counties, you can thank mountain bikers for the trails’ good condition and, in some cases, their existence.

      Members of Gateway Off-Road Cyclists maintain about 150 miles of multi-use trails in parks in those counties and at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

      Among the group’s newest local trail-building projects are Rock Hollow Trail and Packwood Trail, which will connect for about nine miles of trail. The trails are being built in cooperation with Wildwood and St. Louis County.

      GORC is the St. Louis area’s only official International Mountain Bicycle Association affiliate club. It offers social activities such as group rides and trips.

      Greensfelder County Park in Wildwood is a perfect example of the group’s efforts that benefit all trail users, GORC President Bryan Adams said.

      "It’s primarily an equestrian park and, until recently, we mountain bikers were only allowed to ride on two of the six to eight trails in the park, so we had access to only about eight of the 30-plus miles of trail there," Adams said. "But a few years ago, due to our doing maintenance and constructing sustainable trails there, St. Louis County opened up the park to more mountain biking use."

      There’s a misconception about mountain bikers, he said.

      "Some people feel we cause conflict with other trail users and aren’t concerned with the environment, but we’ve backed up our words with action, building sustainable trails for use by all," said Adams, 44, a Wildwood resident.

      Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/suburban-journa … z1oWluHoP4

      Way to change the status quo through hardwork and volunteerism! It is work like this that makes local communities love mountain biking clubs. Another interesting fact from the article: Gorc builds an average of 8 miles of new trail per year. That’s pretty impressive!

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      Yeah,I like that story Greg,pretty inspiring.

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      Down here we refer to that as "sweat equity". Hoping the same type efforts payoff with new trails in the National Park run Chattahoochee National Recreation Area here in Atlanta. SORBA has partnered with the NPS and other volunteer services to maintain and police the Sope Creek trails in hopes that they will open mileage to bikers in the future. Already helped build and reroute a lot of new mileage. Just waiting for the park service to sign the bill making it OK for biker to ride some of it.

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      Super Story! Thanks for sharing.

      Hopefully this gets plenty of exposure outside the MTB community as well.

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