Taking Care Of The Important Places

by Zander Nosler October 18, 2016

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As we move into the colder months, the Kitsbow crew has been reflecting on the good times we’ve had this riding season. The joy, the camaraderie, the outstanding dirt, the desert, the mountains, the beer. With that, we remember what makes it all possible. The trails we ride take us through these extraordinary journeys. Without access to them, we stick to the road.

Kitsbow Ambassador, Pete Thomas, recently shared some photos of riding along northwest Montana’s Whitefish Divide. The ridge ride, connecting Werner Peak to Red Meadow via the Ralph Thayer Memorial Trail, is a serene piece of singletrack dotted with scat piles of the local carnivores…but nary a human. Areas like this are true touchstones to enjoy and connect to our natural environment – places and experiences worth protecting. As Pete puts it, “Maintaining access to these trails is a big deal to cyclists here. The super wild, technical terrain offers amazing views of Glacier National Park and the surrounding ranges. It’s certainly no cakewalk – every foot is earned, but way worth it.”

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As this season slows and you find yourself indoors wishing you were out, take a moment to remember your favorite trails and perhaps give them a little love back.

For more information on rides in and around Montana’s Flathead Valley or to donate towards conservation efforts, go to www.flatheadfattires.com OR contact your local trail groups for support opportunities.

Photo cred: Marc O’Brien (@marc_obrien), Reid Sabin and Pete Thomas (@ptor)

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