Free bike offered as incentive to Roaring Fork Valley trail volunteers
2019 TRAIL PROJECTS
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will hold volunteer workdays throughout the valley in 2019. The lineup of projects is:
• Mitchel Creek, Glenwood Springs, May 18. Volunteers will clear dense brush and stabilize stepping-stones at creek crossings.
• Mountain View Connector, Snowmass Village, June 1. Final phase will be built to connect the Mountain View and South Rim Trails.
• Skyline Ridge Trail reroute, Sky Mountain Park, Tuesday evenings, June 11, 18 & 25. Ongoing reroute of the Skyline Ridge Trail.
• Lake Christine Fire restoration, Basalt, June 15. Project will be part of the first steps to stabilize soils to prevent soil erosion and spread of invasive weeds.
• Basalt Trail project, Basalt, Tuesday evenings throughout July. A designated route will be established along the Roaring Fork River.
• Marble Basecamp, Marble, July 12-15, car-camping optional. Volunteers will build short access trails, level camping surfaces and removed deadfall.
• Hay Park to Buzzard Basin, lower slopes of Mount Sopris, Aug. 16-18. A one-half mile trail will be rerouted out of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.
• Cathedral Lake, off Castle Creek Valley, Sept. 7. Heavily traveled and eroded one-half mile section of the trail past trailhead will be rehabbed.
• Hanging Lake, Glenwood Canyon, Sept. 21. General maintenance on the heavily visited route.
• Highlands Trail, Rifle, Oct. 5. A new singletrack hiking and biking trail will be added to the trail system in Rifle.
For more information or to volunteer, go to http://www.rfov.org/2019-projects/
Just as 2019 summer trail projects for the Roaring Fork Valley were announced Thursday, there was a good reminder about how volunteer work can pay.
The Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers announced that Charlynn Maxwell Porter was the big winner in the 2018 Volunteer Incentive Program. She won a custom-built CIMA Cycles mountain bike from Ute City Cycles.
Volunteers automatically become eligible for a bike giveaway when they sign a waiver to participate in one of the summer trail projects. The more hours a person volunteers, the more chances they get in a lottery for the bicycle.
“People do talk about it and get psyched to win,” said mountain bike association director Mike Pritchard. They must work a full day project or two evening gatherings on projects to be eligible for the lottery.
Maxwell Porter said she was unaware of the bike giveaway when she signed up for trail work. She couldn’t attend an Aspen Cycling Club trail day last summer so she volunteered for a Roaring Fork Volunteers project instead. Individual racer’s points in the cycling club don’t count for their team unless they marshal for a race and do the trail work.
Maxwell Porter and a friend signed up to help on a trail project below Thomas Lakes, on the lower slopes of Mount Sopris.
“The hike up was stunning and the work itself was rewarding,” she said. “It’s not easy work — trail re-vegetation and moving large rocks.
“I learned a lot, and I am eager to volunteer again. It was one of the best days ever,” she added.
Her new CIMI full-suspension bike came at a good time. Her prior ride was a 2011 Trek race bike. The new bike was valued at $4,500. The winner can choose a similarly priced road bicycle.
Maxwell Porter said she had no idea volunteer effort was so important to keeping the trail system in good shape.
There were 1,146 unique volunteers on RFMBA and RFOV projects in 2018, Pritchard said. They accounted for 6,297 volunteer hours.
Of those volunteers, 336 volunteers worked enough to qualify for the giveaway.
The bike giveaway will be offered to volunteers for a fifth season this year. RFOV held a party Thursday in Aspen to unveil its 2019 project list. In addition to those projects, held in collaboration with RFMBA, the mountain bike club will host a handful of other projects. There will be three Thursday work evenings on a new trail called Undie on the Crown, a cleaning of the South Canyon area on May 7 and a cleaning of the Prince Creek area on a date to be determined. Go to http://www.rfnba.org for more information on the organization.
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