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    News imported from the Swope Trails Blog - http://swopetrails.com/

 

Kansas City Cup...almost here.

Is just around the the corner....September 18th and September 19th.

It's time to show off the place we call home to the rest of the region.

CX race on Saturday, Sept 18th
XC race on Sunday, Sept 19th (UFD Federation Championship)

All the details are here, including course maps---->
www.heartlandrace.com
and
www.unitedindirt.com

And lastly...we have updated the Swope Trail map. Check out the link on the right.

Get Dirt!

SWOPE 101


Details here:
http://forums.earthriders.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12183

We'll going to lead a little ride for those who want to join. It'll be a nice easy, no drop pace.

We'll be going throught the alternate line opportunities, riding connections between to loops to become oriented to the system (figure out where you are!), discussing "best ways" and/or which direction to ride different areas, and I'll try to answer your questions about the trails the best as I can. Time permitting, we can do a hike on the newest section in progress (the finale of rancho deluxe!)

Sunday September 12.
2 pm
Main Trailhead

Anyone is welcome...newbies to people who ride there 4x a week.

Dirty Thursdays at Swope Park!!!

MTB-KC Presents:
Dirty Thursdays at Swope Park!!!

Who: Cyclocross and mountian bikers alike!
What: Dirt crits, short track MtB, cyclocross, call it what you will!
When: 6:00 pm, Thursday evenings, July 15—October 28
Where: Swope Park, Camp Lake of the Woods
Why: Why not?
Cost: $0

Format: Show and go, Format/course direction will change weekly

PLEASE MEET AT THE TOP OF THE HILL AT CAMP LAKE OF THE WOODS BY 6 PM THURSDAY EVENINGS IF WANTING TO RACE (near the Hogan)!!! YOU WILL STILL HAVE TO PARK AT THE MAIN TRAILHEAD AND RIDE THE HILL UP. ALL RACES ARE SUBJECT TO THE WEATHER/COURSE CONDITIONS.

Questions: Brett Shoffner, 785-nine79-too706, bscm8 (at) umkc.edu
mtbkc.blogspot.com for more.

Swope/ERTA...Front Page news

Our "little" project received some great publicity today, with a Front Page article in the Kansas City Star.

Go here to check it out:
http://bit.ly/9JTa54

Thank you VOLUNTEERS. Earn your dirt.

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IMBA Rules of the Trail


The way we ride today shapes

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trail access tomorrow.

Do your part to preserve and enhance our sport's access and image by observing the following rules of the trail, formulated by IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. These rules are recognized around the world as the standard code of conduct for mountain bikers. IMBA's mission is to promote mountain bicycling that is environmentally sound and socially responsible.

1. Ride On Open Trails Only.

Respect trail and road closures (ask if uncertain); avoid trespassing on private land; obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. Federal and state Wilderness areas are closed to cycling. The way you ride will influence trail management decisions and policies.

2. Leave No Trace.

Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage. When the trailbed is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

3. Control Your Bicycle!

Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations.

4. Always Yield Trail.

Let your fellow trail users know you're coming. A friendly greeting or bell is considerate and works well; don't startle others. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or even stopping. Anticipate other trail users around corners or in blind spots. Yielding means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary and pass safely.

5. Never Scare Animals.

All animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement, or a loud noise. This can be dangerous for you, others, and the animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife is a serious offense. Leave gates as you found them, or as marked.

6. Plan Ahead.

Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding -- and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. A well-executed trip is a satisfaction to you and not a burden to others. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

 
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