Friday, April 13, 2012

Got Trail Work?

On Saturday, April 7th, sixteen members of the St. Francis High School Mountain Bike Team joined 50 other high school mountain bikers for a hard day of trail work on a segment of trail in the Angeles National Forest that had been damaged during the Station Fire.

Under the guidance of local trail advocates Banner Moffatt and Stephen Messer of Concerned Off Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA), the students were broken up into groups to perform specific tasks such as brush clearing, trail widening, and relocation of parts of the trail system so that the trails would be safer for cyclists and hikers.

The work was performed on a common trail behind JPL called “Upper Brown”. The students used their mountain bikes to ride the 6 miles to the trail work area, with some students and coaches using trailers to tow up the hand tools that would be required for the work. Despite temperatures reaching 90 degrees, the students put in almost 8 hours of hard work.

The St. Francis High School Mountain Bike Team is in its fourth season of competition in the SoCal High School Mountain Bike League, and performs trail maintenance projects at least three times during its race season.

Even though these students will be racing hard against each other next weekend at the league’s upcoming race, they should true comarardierie and worked hard to help make a difference on a popular trail that had not been used in a couple of years.

Daniel, Austin, Sean and Matt work to clear a slide.

(L to R) Austin Hamilton, Scott Marshall, Nick Bedford, Philip Saulny, Nathaniel Blakely, Sean Bird, Matt Kubly, Chris Sercel, Coach Nick Gualtieri, Will Towne.

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