The Plateau

When I first joined the mountain bike team we practiced every day at a piece of land owned by the local water district. We had permission to make a single track trail to practice skills. Chad, our coach, devised a half mile technical circuit that we had to complete twice without putting a foot down. Once we accomplished that we earned the right to go on longer and better rides.

Since completing the two laps I haven’t been out at our original trail very often, until recently.  My friends and I have been looking for an out-of-the-way place to build trails that is secluded but still very accessible.  We decided to go back to our original stomping grounds and begin there. We found a nice flat area surrounded by a grove of oaks and pines. We started with a simple pump track which is a short, circuit course designed to improve speed, cornering, and overall control of the bike. So far it has been a dream. I am very appreciative of the opportunity to have a blank canvas to build whatever we please.  I would tell you where it is but that information is classified.

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Here we are dragging some logs to create the preliminary outline for one of the berms.

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We ran into a couple of challenges. Mostly it was transplanting saplings from the middle of the trail to the surrounding areas.

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We take pride in perfectly straight edges.

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It became official when we got our handmade sign out there. Everyone who worked on it more than 10 hours signed it.

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We only have one rule at The Plateau…No Dig No Ride!

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