Mammoth mountain bikers mobilize

Mammoth’s mountain bikers, fresh on the heels of a long season, already are preparing for 2014.

On Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at Giovanni’s, Fat Bike Mammoth will conduct a meeting to discuss mountain biking opportunities in Mono and Inyo Counties.

Specifically, according to Fat Bike leader Alan Jacoby, the group will discuss “becoming a more formal group” and working with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management “to increase and improve our opportunities. 

“Michael Kelley, our local International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) representative, will be coming down from the Bay Area, and he eagerly wants to meet and chat with any and all local mountain bikers,” Jacoby wrote in a heads-up to the local mountain bike community.

The next day, on Saturday, Sept. 28, beginning at 8:30, the group will do some maintenance work on Lower Rock Creek trail—among the best and favorite bike trails in the area.

 “As mountain bikers, it’s extremely important that we show up and demonstrate to the USFS, BLM, etc. that mountain bikers are a legitimate user group, we care about our trails, and want a say in how our mountain biking trails are dealt with,” Jacoby wrote.

“Both the BLM and USFS have expressed interest in working with mountain bikers, so this is a great chance to meet cool peeps, and give back to a trail we all love. 

“We’ll be mainly on Section 3 (the lowest, most technical portion of the trail), staging down at Paradise—cutting back brush, repairing the wooden bridges, and overall maintenance and trash removal.”

Jacoby said bagels and coffee will be provided for breakfast, and Fat Bike Mammoth will be serving sandwiches and beverages (beer, soda, water) for lunch. 

On Sunday, Sept. 29 at 7 a.m., mountain bike riders will depart on a 50-mile loop ride.