Members of the Summit Mountain Biking group enjoy food and drinks after a trail workday. DILLON – Nearly two decades after a simple lunch conversation spawned the Summit Mountain Biking group, the 160-member cycling community continues to give back each summer.
Along with annual trail work projects, Summit Mountain Biking hopes to use the charitable capital and reliable reputation they’ve earned in 18-plus years out on the trails to help bring ambitious mountain biking improvements to Summit County.
“The production they deliver with projects can’t be replicated with staff work and all that,” said Doozie Martin, programs manager for the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. “These guys have developed their own skill when it comes to this thing. They’ve become self-sufficient. Really, what they can produce on a project-to-project and season-to-season basis is extraordinary.”
Technically, Summit Mountain Biking is an unofficial group of 160 members — 60 of whom are active — connected in a Google Group email list. Wayne Haley, one of the group’s co-founders, said the group has deliberately remained with a loose structure without officers, dues or nonprofit status because he and other leaders felt it would result in less burn out as well as more group members feeling they can step up to lead rides or trips.
Back in the group’s formative stages in 2002, Haley and others started by simply organizing group rides and trips for summer Thursdays. As the years progressed, more rides took place on more days of the week while the group expanded its […]