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We have been issued a permit for this event after much negotiation with the US Forest Service. We want to be able to continue to put this event on for consecutive years.It is extremely important that riders pre-riding the trails for this event treat other trail users and the trails with the utmost respect! Please be friendly and courteous to other folks you encounter. No one is keeping track of your times pre-riding, and there is no glory in having the fastest Strava time that got the event permit yanked because an angry hiker got his letter published in the local paper about “those damn mountain bikers”.Please abide by the IMBA Rules of the Trail, especially the ones highlighted in red below:
- Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures. Ask the appropriate land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.
- Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you and the environment around you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Don’t ride around standing water which results in widening the trail. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in. Consider improving the trail experience for those that follow by picking up and removing any litter.
- Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits. Social conflicts on trails often result when riders are going too fast.
- Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Mountain bikers should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to all users headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe, controlled and courteous one.
- Never Scare Animals: Animals such as horses are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, dismount from your bike, walk around them on the downhill side of the trail, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.
- Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
All pre-riding is at the sole discretion of the rider. There is no official pre-ride or training ride scheduled.
BY CLICKING HERE I AGREE TO HELP MAINTAIN THE STOKE BY BEING POLITE AND RESPECTFUL AS A PRE-RIDER AND PARTICIPANT IN THE FLAGSTAFF ENDURO.
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