Growing My Skill On Some Amazing Trails

Bragg Creek trailsThis 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.

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West Bragg Creek Riding

West Bragg Creek

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).

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Wire Trap In West Bragg Creek

Wire West Bragg Creek

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!