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Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew visit -- recap

(updated: Nov 2, 2009)

This past weekend's event was a huge success. Special thanks goes out to everyone that participated. I hope that you got as much out of it as I did. And I can't thank Kelly and Collins enough for coming here and sharing their vast wealth of knowledge with us. You guys do have a pretty awesome job.

Here's a few photos from the weekend.

Thursday evening's Club Care Workshop at UNCW.

Saturday's Trailbuilding school. Collins illustrating a point with one of his many good stories.

We had 30 people show up for the training. What an amazing turnout.

The second half of the trailbuilding school out at Blue Clay.

Our project: Get rid of the standing water (i.e., small lake) in the pump track.

Getting to work cutting the drainage trench.

Removing the carpet, raking the leaves off. Note the mud in the middle.

Removing the berm holding in the water. This berm never worked anyway.

Another wet area that needed to be raised with a slight swale to sheet the water off.

With 30 people, we made short work of it.

After photos.

Fixed the muddy entrance, too.

Next steps are to get it smoothed out so that the water sheets off and doesn't form little pockets. After this and some more drying out it should be rideable again.

I'll put together a list of things that need to be done if you are interested in some shaping and tweaking. We'll get this track back in better shape than ever. Then we can look at adding some new lines. Lots of work, lots of reward.


Filed Under: Events > North Carolina > Wilmington

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1. It never ends said...

You guys cease to amaze me! No one ever rides that BMX track and that is where you guys spent your time?? What a waste.

Also I see another race at Blue Clay with no proceeds going back to the trail. Fantastic.

Nov 4, 2009 @ 8:00 AM

2. Barry said...

I would also like to thank the IMBA Trail Care Crew for a great learning experience! Their work here will go a long way to help the local mountain biking community. They provided a wealth of knowledge about everything involved with mountain biking…answering many questions from both mountain bikers and New Hanover County officials. BC is a new project for the NHC Parks Dept. and the details of operating the park with the help of the mountain biking community are still a work-in-progress but we are making positive strides. Kelly and Collins provided valuable information that is being added to the MOU between NHC and the CFC.

Collins and Kelly are great people...I wish they could have stayed longer.

BTW, the comment above speaks volumes about the person that wrote it...notice he/she wrote "you guys spent your time", how much time did he/she spend either learning or helping? And..."nobody ever rides the BMX (pump) track"...did he/she ever stop to wonder why?

Nov 4, 2009 @ 11:36 AM

3. SBA said...

The point of the class was to learn sustainable trail building techniques, not to just work on the trail as you imply, and the IMBA folks felt that the best way to demonstrate these techniques with 30 people was the pump track. It definitely needed TLC, and it taught us techniques in how to manage water and to think three dimensionally with trail design. This is especially hard when you are in low-lying areas. You definitely need to use an inclinometer, but you wouldn't know about that, would you? In fact, you apparently don't even know that it is a pump track and not a BMX track. Are you Dana Page? You sound like him.

Nov 4, 2009 @ 5:22 PM

4. peter said...

once again defense of the trail. why didn't you? what a waste of time...etc ad nauseum.

Kudos to Kelly, Collins and Imba for this.
Who really cares about a mtb trail in Wilmington , Nc, when withing a days drive are some stellar trail grids. I do.
BC has the potential to be an incredible trail, built in an area where it is a constant challenge. Imba gave us a start, its up to us to do the work. Imba gave us the knowledge and motivation. It is up to us to do the work.
Who knows, perhaps Imba will sponsor this unique situation, as they have a lot to gain too, ( i.e. wetland trail construction in micro topography, fine soils, high usage).
So volunteer a bit of your time. At every angle we need it, whether its building or maintaining the trail, or working with the county officials just help out. Doesn't cost anything. The reward, though, is the justification.

Nov 4, 2009 @ 5:48 PM

5. wait and see said...


Any more ungrateful whiners out there who just want to complain while not lifting a finger?

Nov 4, 2009 @ 9:21 PM

6. Shawn said...

I am grateful to all of you that put in the time and hardwork at Blue Clay. I was unable to attend the IMBA event; however due to the Jack*ss comments at the top i am going to make sure that i am able to participate on trial days when i am able. Thank you all for your efforts.

Nov 5, 2009 @ 8:09 AM

7. zack said...

i was also unable to attend due to car issues but i would really like to meet up for a trail work day and help out at bc and learn a bit from those that were able to attend

Nov 5, 2009 @ 8:22 AM

8. SBA said...

Thanks. We're seeking approval from the county and army corps to do work on the trail (approval is on a project by project basis). We are purchasing equipment and materials right now. So hopefully soon we'll be announcing trail work days. Btw, the county has been super supportive lately.

Nov 5, 2009 @ 11:30 AM

9. Sir Peanuts said...

Thats fantastic to hear SBA, if you guys can announce a trail work day something like 4 weeks in advance and its going to be a BIG one then we can try and utilize the new IMBA/SORBA chapter status and get us a bunch of Cliff Bars for the crew.

Just a thought! Keep us informed!!

Nov 5, 2009 @ 2:21 PM

10. Got to agree..... said...

Not pissing in cheerios....but agree with the first comment. I have helped out many times at BC, and donated money/materials, and this seemed to be a waste. I did not attend because I still think it is BS what the groups did in destroying the voluteered-made structures in Blue Clay. Call it a temporary protest.

The bridge-overs should have been first. We are destroying those areas with the re-routes, because some decided that it was better to close them, with little plans to address them quickly. Those areas have to see 200x riders per every rider that goes on the pump track.

Good thing that the Can-Do race did not happen or those areas would be really bad.

No one runs the pump track, because hardly any of have BMX bikes to bring to Blue Clay, and it is too far for the 12 year olds to ride too.

Nov 5, 2009 @ 7:07 PM

11. Bike Rider said...

The pump track is a great feature at Blue Clay and was definitely in need of work. The track will allow all types of riders to enjoy the park its not just for the BMX riders and the 12 year old kids. Did you ever think that people don't use the track because it was mostly under water? I'm sorry that there are some people who cant understand that the changes in progress at Blue Clay are to benefit the entire riding community. So if you choose not to help or feel you are too good to work with the rest of us please keep your negative opinions to yourself. And to the poster above me I have many BMX bikes and would be more than happy to let you use one and no I'm not 12.

Nov 5, 2009 @ 7:42 PM

12. I'll stand by my comment said...

Just my opinion, on the International Mountaing Bike Association workday on a BMX Pump Track, with plenty more areas needing to be addressed that are used by FAR more riders.

I do have a little room to talk as lefted a finger or two, plus my wallet for Blue Clay. Just in a self impossed time-out.

Don't take the 12 year old reference wrong....that is an issue with the lack of use of the pump track. Go to any really nice skate park in a major city, and they are by populated areas that are accessable to kids. The kids pay a few bucks (or have significant town backing) and all that money goes back in to paying for the upkeep of the park. The kids and a few adults keep it nice.

Nov 5, 2009 @ 9:32 PM

13. SBA said...

You missed the entire point of the IMBA visit. It was not to "work on the trail". It was a trailbuilding class. And that was only one aspect of it. But since you didn't attend, and can't seem to read, you don't know that. Yet you have no problems commenting on something you have no idea about.

So because the county took down the structures (this is their property remember) you decide to not attend the class in some sort of misguided protest. This is a class put on by IMBA and funded by Subaru which has nothing to do with the county. A class designed to teach trailbuilding techniques - you know, where you learn stuff. And you deliberately chose not to learn. How old are you? It's good you're anonymous here because people are going to think you're not too bright.

Your logic makes no sense. If the pump track had issues with drainage and couldn't be ridden, then nobody can ride it. Hence the nobody riding it part. So what better than to get it rideable again. How is that a waste?

Skate parks were built by professional contractors paid for by the city (taxpayers). Our pump track was built by relatively inexperienced volunteers and grant money. The county gave us nothing. And they are a relatively new thing. So this can serve as a model for future pump tracks, maybe even one in the city. Leland might build one.

Pump tracks are awesome. They are great for kids, and teach you bike handling skills. But they constantly need work. We also need a water source nearby. These things take time. And you have to have vision.

As I mentioned above, stay tuned for upcoming trailwork days where we actually get to "work on the trail" using techniques that we learned in class.

I think I'll close the comments now lest this dumbass marathon continue. People from all over that read this blog are going to think we're a bunch of ungrateful backwoods rednecks.

Nov 6, 2009 @ 5:50 AM


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