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You "thinks" wrong. I was around during the Circus and GMG days. There was a short period where I lived on The Island, but for the most part I've been riding the shore for 20 years. Severed Dick has never been a smoothed and buffed beginner's trail. So I see no reason to smooth it out now. I accept that you may feel differently, but ask that you not ruin the more challenging trails for those of us that like them.
I ride year round, rain or shine, but not in the snow. I too do not like deep mud pits and agree there is a place for the limited use of gold dirt. What I protest is the smoothing of rocky chundery sections. These sections are what keep the ride interesting and keep my mind busy as well as my lungs. The top of Severed Dick is just one of many examples. Another would be a very small section of Leopard about half way along. The fear I have with seeing gold dirt spread over a rocky section of Leopard is that it will spread to the rest of the trail. The section I'm referring absolutely did not need it.
You may think I'm being selfish here but I think the opposite is actually true. Excellent, fun and challenging trails are being dumbed down to what someone else likes, not what was originally intended with the style of the trail. If you like smooth simple trails then build new ones, do not destroy and rebuild existing ones to your suite your personal preference.
The Richard Juryn is classified as green multi-use, and I mentioned it partially because I knew it would invoke a strong reaction. I've ridden it since the official trail days and it is excellent for its intended purpose. I did however ride it in the last week and there was section of freshly spread gold which was not necessary. The point I'm trying to make here is why are we turning all the trails into green multi-use. Espresso is a good example; the spirit of that trail has always been knarl and chunder. I know people will say the old trail is there, but the main trail doesn't "flow" into it anymore. The new trail has nothing in common with the original trail. Why wasn't new Espresso called something else and Espresso left or maintained as it was? It has now become a green multi-use trail which is arguably a better climbing trail for some. Severed Dick, the top portion has had some unnecessary work done and been smoothed. I fear this will continue and the rest of the trail will be destroyed.
There is a place for gold to be used, however paving an entire trail with the stuff negates the whole point of going mountain biking in the first place.
There is a place for smooth buffed trails on the shore, however what has been going on as of late is out of hand. We have individual unsanctioned rouge trailbuilders heading into the forest on their on accord and spreading dirt (Gold as they call it) over otherwise superb trails and completely ruining them for anyone other than those that share their point of view. Gold dirt is being spread over sections of trail which absolutely do not need it and are in fact much worse off after the fact. Case in point, the Richard Juryn trail. I recently rode it and was appalled by a long section which had recently been covered in soil. This section did not need the "treatment" and was a lot better before. I applaud the person's effort, however misguided it may be. We call ourselves Mountain Bikers, so why are we allowing the shore to be paved with dirt?
Looks like it blocks the back window.
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