How now Brown Cow?
It’s that wonderful time of year, and our annual cows friends are here pooping, foraging, and getting a little love.
The general rule is you smell them before you see them, so stumbling upon a big HUGE beast can become startling as your cruisin’ on the trails.
We rode Hardscrabble, Wolverton, Pipeline and 3rd Gulch and Bailey this week, and spent a decent amount of time diverting these creatures.
Most of the time they stay put and watch as you ride pass them, or just move on. Other times it takes a little communication.
Yes that means you need to talk to the animals. . .
The best way to get cows moving is to yell HUP HUP HUP HUP HUP rapidly. We got this tip from a long time rancher, and personally it works for us about 90% of the time.
Don’t throw things at them, just talk and walk slowly. We herded about 20 of them up the two climbs at the end of Wolverton, and while it took some time to get their fat asses up the hill and off the trail, no one was hurt.
If you find yourself not being able to continue your ride, you can always turn around and exit where you entered.
June 27, 2017
Cow CRAP, and lots of it! Looks like the pack has made it’s way down to Wolverton, Pipeline and…
If you dig it, you ride it
Mountain bike trails don’t just appear by magic, and some serious work has gone into crafting them, often by dedicated volunteers. Over time, they do suffer wear and tear and need constant maintenance to keep them in good shape and riding well. So if you ride them, you should seriously consider joining a volunteer dig day to help out. These days are also a great way to meet your local mountain biking community, are fun social events, and usually involve cake. What more could you want?
June 9, 2017
Updated: 6/13/17 @ 8:30AM Powder Kegs, Cow Phooey, and lots of LOVE! This is the time of year that...
Seriously. We have no inalienable right to ride on trails. Recognize the privilege and work to preserve it. A quick hello and friendly wave goes a long way to disarming those who don’t like cyclists and building relationships that will keep trails open.
Encountering slower riders
Chances are you’re going to catch up with riders that are slower than you at some point, and how you deal with this says a lot about you as a person. They might be less experienced than you, and it can be nerve-wracking when you hear someone faster ride up behind you. Don’t get too close. Just call out in a friendly way that you’d like to pass, allow them time to pull over to the side safely, then say thank you when they let you go by.
June 6, 2017
It’s all happening! Here’s the poop!