Mountain Bikers -
The snowline is creeping upward and we are headed toward trail season, and we would be remiss not to fill you in on how MTB Missoula is adapting to the constantly evolving Coronavirus pandemic. This issue is developing in real time, and we will do our best to update the actions we are taking in accordance with the advice of the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and State and Local health authorities. For now, here are some updates:
Our first stewardship project (on Mo-Z, scheduled for April 1) will be postponed. We are working on developing safe trail work guidelines that may provide the opportunity to get out and dig in the dirt, and it’s possible that later trail work days will happen.
Racing and Events
Outside of stewardship projects, we do not have racing or other events scheduled until June. As of right now those are not affected by this health crisis, but we are working closely with USA Cycling, the UCI, and public health experts to reconsider this on a daily basis. Keep the races on your calendar, and we will let you know ASAP if anything changes.
Community Care, Self Care
We are increasingly looking at widespread reductions in group gatherings and social mingling around the world. Even if you are not sick, keeping a safe distance is each of our responsibility, both for vulnerable populations and the healthcare professionals on the front lines of this crisis.
This is also a time to take self care seriously, both physical and mental. We will all be under a lot of stress over the next few months, and there isn’t much that’s better for that than a ride in the woods.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep the rubber side down.