Written by event leader & NW Trail Sister Nancy Stone
In the spirit of the NW Trail Sister’s motto, We Dig Where We Ride, 23 women emerged through a foggy morning to get their hands dirty, side by side to do just that. Dig. Rake. Prune. Build. They were inspired, as they climbed to the work site, riding next to four strong women pulling all of the tools up by trailer bob.
Without pause, everyone went to work, whipping four nearly forgotten trails into pristine shape and putting them back into play for all who ride at Growlers. For many, this was their very first trail work party. Trail sisters learned the basics as well as many helpful tricks and tips from their experienced crew chiefs. A handful of trail workers got to try their hand at building and repairing log-overs. A great connection, considering the next two skills clinics (Beginner & Intermediate) will be for tackling log-overs.
In under four hours of work, just about all of the trails had been cleared with the exception of a small section, where it had become apparent that we had simply ran out of time. Two of the crews met, and after a quick discussion, they agreed to hammer it out together. Albeit weary, they chose to work together, power through and finish the job. Hats off to their determination!
Everyone’s hard work was honored as we hosted a BBQ at Proper Cycle Werks in Longview. No effort was spared as the Trail Sisters were greeted by a spread of food, beverages and a place to enjoy each other’s company. All Trail Sisters went home with sweet SWAG giveaways, new friends and smiles that are likely to last a few days.
With such success, we are already brainstorming the next Women’s Trail Maintenance Day.
We would be amiss to not mention that this great effort wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our event sponsors Proper Cycle Werks, The Gravity Cartel and Lagunitas. And specifically our planners, crew chiefs and bbq crew. The mountain bike community is strong and that was apparent in every aspect of this event.