The news of a barbed wire booby trap on the popular Merlin View trail in Bragg Creek was met with shock and disgust when it was initially published.
The story the injured rider told was also met with a lot of skepticism. There were too many holes, strange coincidences and no proof to back up the statements.
This Saturday I was back in Bragg Creek. This trail center is very quickly becoming my favorite place to ride. This time I had a friend to ride with. I met Byron at 8 a.m. at the parking lot and we quickly hit the trails.
I had been looking at trail forks and had a plan mapped out. We would start on the north side and head up Demi-Tel for an easier start. I had initially planned on going down Long Descent for a quick warm-up loop, but Byron had different plans.
So I am off to Bragg Creek again tomorrow to ride some more singletrack trails with a friend. I figured this would be a good time to share what I pack and what I check on my bike before each ride.
On Sunday morning, despite my hesitations after hearing the news about the barbed wire booby traps I took the short 35 minute trip west to the West Bragg Creek trail center.
After my wonderful drive, where I came upon a mother deer and her very adorable fawn, I arrived at the temporary parking lot during construction of a brand new lot (which should be amazing when it is all done).
So someone decided to string up barbed wire right at neck length at a very popular local mountain bike trail system in Bragg Creek. As a new rider this is both very disturbing and extremely worrying.
Unfortunately one rider was injured. Luckily he was standing out of his seat, so it hit his shoulder instead of decapitating him. The local police and the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association will be doing their best to find the culprit.
I am planning to go riding there early Sunday morning. I will still be going. As a new rider, the last thing I need to be worrying about is booby traps meant to hurt me. There are more than enough obstacles on the trail that can do that.
If someone has a legitimate problem with mountain bikers (riding on bike specific trails by the way), there are much better ways of going about voicing your opinion. Maliciously and purposefully trying to hurt people is not the way to do it.
If anyone is looking for more information please visit the GBCTA website or read the Calgary Herald article. Please share this with as many people as you can!