I recently visited my hometown and was able to get out on my mountain bike for a short ride. I was excited because the local trail advocacy group has recently completed 30 miles of new trail and are advocating to the city council for investment in ecotourism. However, I feel like the group lacks an overall “strategic plan” on how to direct their efforts, and was curious on everyone’s thoughts on what makes an ideal cycling destination.
The town is situated in the mountains with high desert and forest riding at an elevation of approximately 7000 ft. There are two primary trail systems near town but separated geographically…one has a downhill trail that’s accessible via shuttle or trails. Additional trails are available but lesser known and not as well maintained. There’s a nearby ski resort that does lift ops to two downhill trails in the summer. There are are roads for road cycling with big climbs/descents and options for long rides, however most roads are chip sealed. There also isn’t any cycling infrastructure (bike lanes, dedicated bike trails, etc.) in town, and drivers aren’t always friendly to cyclists. I haven’t explored, but I’m guessing there’s some great gravel riding options waiting to be discovered. The town hosts a 12 hour race every year and previously hosted a century ride (although it didn’t take place last year).
In a lot of ways, I view the town as a blank canvass for creating a cycling destination. What drives you to travel and choose an ideal cycling get away? Events? Trails? Road riding?