Race Team wins the IMBA Trailwork
2009 Season Trail Work Winners
||Total trailwork hours for 2009 season by UMB team members:
The Intermountain Cup Mountain Bike Racing Series (ICup) sponsors
trailwork by its racers, overseen by the Utah chapter of the International
Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). Individual racers can earn 30
points toward the season standings by doing four hours of trailwork. Teams
can apply up to 100 points toward their season standing, one point per
hour worked by a team member. The team that puts in the most hours of
trail building or trail improvement gets to keep the IMBA Trailwork Trophy
(at left) for the next year. The "trailwork year" starts after
the last race of the previous season. UtahMountainBiking.com has won the
trailwork trophy every year since the team trophy program was started,
including for the 2009 season!
|Deer Creek South Fork Trail, American Fork Canyon
||August 23, 2008. Team members Steve Winters
and Bruce Argyle
Every year, a section of the Deer Creek South Fork trail in American
Fork Canyon is a rutted swamp until mid-summer. URMB (Utah Rocky Mountain
Bikers) has adopted this trail. This work day cleared a bypass section,
with a plan to bring in gravel to harden the trail after assessing the
trail wetness in the spring. This work day counts for 2009, because it
came after the 2008 season championship race.
The new trail is clear of trees and brush along the
|Draper Maple Hollow DH Trail
||October 18, 2008. Team member Bruce Argyle
The new Draper Maple Hollow Trail moved down the mountain during 2008.
This October work day counts for the 2009 season, as Bruce joined the
WAFTA work party to widen some problem spots on the trail and install a tabletop jump.
(Earlier in the year, the UMB race team helped dig out a long side-hill
section of the trail as part of our 2008 work hours.)
A test ride. Soaring across the table jump a few
minutes after installation.
|Eagle Mountain (Mountain Ranch) Bike Park
October 25 and November 1, 2009. Team members Mike
Engberson and Bruce Argyle
The Mountain Ranch Bike Park got some help from members of the UMB
team. Working with WAFTA, we cleared a long section of the DH trail, and made preparations for
installation of ramp jumps and other stunts. Then we went down to where
the Bobcat was moving dirt for the pump track. The pump track required a bit of engineering to get the
lines kind-of-right so the dirt in the bumps and berms could settle over
the winter. Each berm had a specific turning radius, with a line that
would spit you to the next line of bumps.
|Before the sun comes up,
the crew clears brush and berms
turns on the downhill course, prepping the base for jumps.
|Getting a briefing from the
pump-track construction boss. Mid
left is a rough quarter-circle turn; right middle are pump bumps.
|Lambert Park Trail Re-Routes
||Multiple dates November-December 2008. Team
member Bruce Argyle
The private property inholding in the center of Lambert Park was
suddenly fenced off in late November, cutting off the Ziggy, Poppy, and
upper Zag trails. Bruce headed out with shovel and Pulaski excavator to replace the cut-off section Poppy. Next he built a new Ziggy-Poppy-Connector,.
With help from other Alpine residents, he dug a new upper Ziggy from the top of Corkscrew down to the remaining
lower section of Corkscrew. The next project was to move a portion of
Wildcat that was messing up Black Dog and extend it
down to High Bench. (Wildcat was built by others along the south border of
the city property line.)
The routes in red were built in response to the trail
closures. That's a mile of trail.
|The trail re-routes were a major project, requiring a fair
amount of brush clearing (both oak and sage). Bruce followed a trail line on
upper Ziggy that was cut through the oak by other Alpine residents.
A look at a few spots along the replacement section
of the Poppy Trail on the day the trail opened. Bruce hauled gravel by
wheelbarrow to harden the softer dirt in the oak brush sections.
|Lambert Park Maintenance: Trail Markers, Service Jumps,
Stunts and Berms
||December 13-14, 2008. Team members Derek
Ransom and Bruce Argyle
Winter is the best time to move dirt, so it can settle and harden for
the spring riding season. Bruce and Derek bermed turns on several trails,
fixed a few trouble spots, and serviced the jumps on the Ruin Trail. The
new trails and trail re-routes needed marking. Bruce installed 2x4 posts
with trail names.
This is a rollover stunt on an alternate line on
lower Wildcat. The stumps rise up out of a sharp dip. Looks tough but it's
a piece of cake. Bruce and Derek made sure every jump and stunt had a
solid secure base, and added dirt where necessary to smooth and pack
surfaces on the jumps.
|With several new trails on
the south end of Lambert Park, things
were getting confusing. Names were carved into 2-foot 2x4 planks
and planted in the brush at trail intersections. Over 20 new signs
were created. This is where Wildcat crosses Indian.
|Where riders and ambitious
trailbuilders had created alternate routes
(such as the easier bypasses on Brown Dog) and trailside stunts
(as on the new upper Ziggy), the harder routes were marked with a
diamond and arrow. Means same trail, harder path.
|Rodeo Trail Bridge Washout Repair
||April 23, 2009. Team member Bruce Argyle
After the city installed a new water intake for pressurized irrigation
downstream, rocks began filling the channel of the creek, backing up to
the lower Rodeo Down bridge. The creek overflowed the bridge and buried it
in rocks and silt. The bridge was pulled out of the rubble, re-installed
18 inches higher, and the approaches were backfilled with about 30
wheelbarrow loads of dirt.
The lower Rodeo Down bridge. Several cubic yards of
dirt fill were needed to raise this section high above the water line.
|High Bench Trail Bridge Washout Repair
||April 26, 2009. Team members Karl Parkinson
and Bruce Argyle
The upper High Bench Trail bridge was knocked off its footing and
became a dam, sending water washing down the trail. We built new rock
footers, and reset the bridge with better clearance above the water, then
filled in the washed-out trail and backfilled the approaches to the
A few weeks later, other trail washouts further down the trail were
filled in, along with other trail repair on High Bench.
The High Bench bridge. Where I'm standing, there was
an 12-inch deep water-eroded canyon in the trail.
|Sherwood Hills ICup race course prep
Jason Sparks helped get the Sherwood Hills course ready for the May
9 Intermountain Cup race.
|Lambert Park's Ongoing Thistle Removal Project
||Multiple dates, June and July 2009. Team members Bruce
Argyle, Derek Ransom, Jay Griffin, Justin Griffin, Joel Quinn, Ryan
Nielsen, Brayden Nielsen, Shawn Nielsen, Sydney Nielsen
The project to decrease thistle density is in its 3rd year. (The first
year, we hit only the northern 1/4 of the park.) The northern zone, the
western strip with High Bench and River, and the southern end now have
very few thistle, but the central area has a large zone of extremely dense
thistle (as much as one per foot), capable of re-seeding the entire park. Long and miserable work, pulling up every blooming
thistle, but it's what has to be done to keep Lambert Park an enjoyable
spot to ride.
|The thistle project is a request of Alpine City. The thistle
invasion began with thistle seed in horse feed and horse poop near the
rodeo grounds. There are 5 thistle species in the park:
Bull thistle -- big, fleshy, green, and bushy. Former locations
Rodeo Grounds, Bowery camp area (99% eliminated).
Musk thistle -- star-like blossoms on long stalks, green foliage.
Rodeo, Bowery, creek, west of Lambert Homestead. Ongoing battle.
Scottish thistle -- olive green, branching webbed stalks. Along
irrigation corridor. Hotspot along High Bench.
Canada thistle -- small perennial water-loving thistle. Limited
patch along upper part of Rodeo Down. Need to nip this one quick!
Utah thistle -- grayish foliage, dense large patch in middle of
Ryan, Joel, Brayden, Shawn, and Sydney take a
watermelon break served up by Joel's wife after attacking musk thistle and
scottish thistle late in the thistle season.
|Sundance Spin ICup Course Prep
Mike MacDonald worked to help ready the Sundance
course for the May 30 race.
|Perry Canyon Trail extension
|| June 2009. Team members Darren Harris, Jason
The Perry Canyon Trail is about 3/4 mile short of its
destination on Grizzly Peak. The going is slower now, because it's about
seven steep miles from the trailhead to the work area. Darren and Jason
rode up and dug the trail further up the slope.
the new trail northbound...
|Deer Valley PedalFest ICup Course Prep
Eric Ellis worked to help ready the Deer Valley course for the
June 13 race.
|Closure Illegal Four-Wheeler Route, Lambert Park
Jake uses pulaski and pry-bar to dig
Derek begins excavating a trench to
support his anti-truck wall.
June 20, 2009. Team members Jake Weber,
Derek Ransom, and Bruce Argyle, with support from Steve Winters.
After guys in trucks again dismantled the
barriers designed to keep them out of this closed-to-motorized-vehicles
route, we are making the truck-stoppers more substantial. We built a
trench-bump-trench barrier at the bottom and created a "naturalized
zone" to disguise the path. We added to the barriers at the top, and
created a "riding line" along the path, filling the non-riding
areas with dead branches and rock.
The trail. Now we need some adventurous
seeds to sprout in the non-trail sections.
|Beginning the dig on Jamie's Trail
June 27, 2009. Team members Shane Horton,
Bill Becker, Bruce Argyle
This new trail in Draper will be a
bicycle-preferred downhill-only trail of around 3.5 miles, extending from
the top of Clarks to the Silica Pit. (As a bicycle-preferred trail, horses
are banned. Hikers are welcome, but will be made aware that the trail is
designed for, and will be heavily used by bicycles -- so they can pick
another route or be prepared to dive for cover.) This was the first day of digging, as
we got a good start with about 90 yards through the most dense maple
thicket of the entire route. Lots of stumps and roots to dig out.
Shane digs out a stump while his son
|Deer Creek South Fork swamp bypass trail
June 27, 2009. Team members Steve Winters, Derek Ransom, Kris Nosack, Jake
Weber, Andrew Weber, Nathan Weber
July 10, 2009, Steve Winters and Jake Weber
As a continuation of work done last fall, a large crew armored the
bypass of the section that's always swampy in early summer. The work
included a two bridge/platforms for water to run under and gravel-filled
Aligning the lumber with the prepared
The initial dig was done last fall, organized by URMB.
The project takes shape. Roadbase
fabric underlies the gravel.
More gravel will be hauled to the trail in coming weeks.
|More work on Jamie's Trail
July 7, 2009. Team members Bruce Argyle (plus son Alex), Kay Hutchings,
Sally Hutchings, Josh Peterson, Zach Peterson, Harrison Woodard, James
Peterson, Jolene Nosack, Bill Becker (plus son Willie)
|Jolene digs in with the
Pulaski as we reach a particularly rooty
grove of oak and maple. Sally and Kay are around the corner.
|Zach, Josh, and Harrison
surround James Peterson as we
prepare to pack up the tools in the twilight.
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