Our mild winter has led to early dirt. Last Friday the Salsa crew hit the trail system up at Cuyuna for some spring dirt.
Our day started with a a few hour drive up to the Cuyuna trail system outside of Ironton, MN. This is a new 25+ mile trail system that opened up last year. Our friends Hansi from IMBA, Nick the trail boss and Steve from the DNR were there to welcome us and ride with us. These fine folks were really involved in making this trail system a reality. Before our ride, they shared some info about the area and the trails. One of the facts that I thought stood out was that over a 2 month period, Cuyuna trails brought over 15,000 bikers into the community. These bikers camped, stayed in the hotels & resorts, ate in the resteraunts, bought fuel and spent who knows how much in the community. This project is proof that investing in mountain bike trails can be a really good thing. We are greatful for their hardwork and the trails are simply awesome. If you have not made a trip up, down or over to Cuyuna, you need to. It won't disappoint.
Right now the trails are so unbelievably perfect. Last year when we were up there the trails were new and felt new. After the MN winter snow pack and some early rain, the trails felt a bit more natural, firm and narrow. One other really great thing was that the brush had not grown in, so the site lines and views were spectacular. While I could have shot pictures all day up there, we were there to ride and experience the premium spring dirt.
Spring dirt. Go get some.
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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.