Mountain biking season returns to Vermont, New Hampshire

The good weather we had leads well to outdoor activities. The mountain bike trails in our area are drying up and opening up to people going out into the woods. “This year and last year we were able to open the trails a little earlier than usual. We normally don’t get the chance to open the first week of May,” said Jason Ouelette, owner of Mason Racing and member of the Upper Valley Mountain Bike Association. “And the last two years we have been able to open from mid-April to the end of April.” Area trail groups are starting to open up the bike path network after some work to get them ready for the season. “At the beginning of this season, especially at this time of year, you have a lot of blowdown, you have a lot of branches that have fallen from the windstorms and snow and ice throughout the winter. “, Russell Hirschler, executive director of the Upper Valley Trails Alliance, mentioned. “All of these really need to be removed to keep these mountain bike trails safe and accessible for those who want to use them. moisture on the trails. “If you have a wet trail and you have mountains of bike tires that create a rut and you have more people riding on them, then you are going to have permanent damage to the trail,” Hirschler said. “So really, when we think about designing mountain bike trails, we think from the beginning about building for the long-term durability of those trails.” At the Boston Lot Trail System in Lebanon, the Upper Valley Mountain Bike Association maintains and monitors the trails. “What we’re always looking for are chronically damp places,” Ouelette said. “You know we’re going to watch them to see how they’re drying. And generally, there are a few trails that remain closed when the network opens. This year we have two trails that we closed because they are chronically wet. “Mountain bikers are delighted that this season has started and think it will be a good year.” been exponential,” Ouelette said. “Especially in the women’s community, we see that community growing rapidly. It’s really great to see. » To find a place to bike or hike, check out Trail Finder.

The good weather we had leads well to outdoor activities. The mountain bike trails in our area are drying up and opening up to people going out into the woods.

“This year and last year we were able to open the trails a little earlier than usual. We normally don’t get the chance to open the first week of May,” said Jason Ouelette, owner of Mason Racing and member of the Upper Valley Mountain Bike Association. “And for the past two years, we’ve been able to open from mid-April to the end of April.”

Area trail groups are starting to open up the bike path network after some work to get them ready for the season.

“At the beginning of this season, especially at this time of year, you have a lot of blowdown, you have a lot of branches that have fallen from windstorms and snow and ice during the winter,” Russell Hirschler , executive director of the Upper Valley Trails Alliance, said. “All of those really need to be removed to keep these mountain bike trails safe and accessible to those who want to use them.”

The groups monitor the humidity level on the trails.

“If you have a wet trail and you have mountain bike tires that create a rut and you have more people riding on it, then you’re going to have permanent damage to the trail,” Hirschler said. “So really, when we think about designing mountain bike trails, we think from the beginning about building for the long-term durability of those trails.”

On the Boston Lot trail system in Lebanon, the Upper Valley Mountain Bike Association maintains and monitors the trails.

“What we’re always looking for are chronically damp places,” Ouelette said. “You know we’re going to watch them to see how they’re drying. And generally, there are a few trails that remain closed when the network opens. This year we have two trails that we have kept closed because they are chronically wet.

The mountain bikers are delighted that this season has started and think that it will be a good year.

“But seeing the mountain bike community grow here locally has been exponential,” Ouelette said. “Especially in the women’s community, we see that community growing rapidly. It’s really great to see.

To find a place to bike or hike, check out Pathfinder.

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