Last Friday, a crew of 8 folks went north to experience the new Cuyuna Mountain Bike Trail System. We were lucky enough to get good weather and to get a personal tour of the trailsystem by trail boss Nick and volunteer Rory. The Cuyuna system has been a work in progress for a couple of years. It's part of the Cuyuna County State Rec Area. Through great efforts, the state and the community have come together to build 25+ miles of glorious single track through a beautiful and at times rugged part of Minnesota. As a cyclist, I want to thank IMBA, MORC, QBP and the volunteers for the thousands of hours of fundraising and trailbuilding. The trails are awesome and it is so good to see state, county, city and volunteer support all line up to achieve something great. I encourage cyclists to support these actions by riding the trails, supporting the local businesses and telling their friends about it. It's good and I can't wait to see how this area develops over the next few years. I'm already planning my next trip.
For the Salsa, it's not often that 8 of us can find time to ride together. While opportunities like this are often filled with testing prototypes, taking pictures and what not, this trip was a bit different. It was simply about riding for the pure love of riding. While we did try to capture some of Cuyuna with pics, we did spend most of our time riding and simply experiencing the unique and challenging terrain of the fresh dirt. I hope the few pics we have will push you to plan a trip for yourself. Here's to fresh dirt.
Bobby D with his game face on.
Koski and Rane ripping the red dirt ribbon.
Trail Boss Nick comes prepared.
Meiser playing on one of the many little side loops. Cuyuna has several alternate lines and techy sections.
Wear your helmet folks.
The crew winding through the woods.
One of the many pit lakes in the area.
One of my favorite spots of the day.
All in all, Cuyuna is an amazing place and well worth the trip north. There is nothing like fresh dirt, riding bikes and good friends. Thank you Cuyuna.
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Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.