A Red Big trail workday is planned for this Saturday 2/2/2013 meeting at around 8:30am adjacent to the baseball fields at the trail head. Look for Ed with Trail Dynamics when you get there.
What’s happening to the Redbug Trail?
By: Chuck Goodheart
Photo Credit: John Kalin (aka Trail Gnome)
The Redbug Trail rehabilitation and enhancement project is set to begin this January. It is clear that many riders wish to increase the mileage and maintain much of the existing character of Redbug, it is the focus of this project to make the trail more sustainable yet challenging.
The goals are to increase the distance to at least 5 miles and retain the challenging character of the trail as Tallahassee’s established technical trail. The intention is to add technical difficulty by constructing advanced trail features using natural materials and design where possible. The signature “fall-line” and rooty sections will be preserved when possible by sustainable practices along with intermediate ride-a-round options where advanced level sections are added.
The rehabilitation and expansion project is set to begin during the week of January 14th. Once an exact time is scheduled it will be advertised. The project will take place over a two week period. The Trail Dynamics crew will manage the work on the Redbug. Some of the additional 2 miles of trail will be bench cut into sloped areas and some flat sections will be “rake and ride”. The bench cut will be constructed primarily by the TD team and volunteers. Flat sections will not be undertaken by the TD crew and will be the responsibility of city staff and volunteers to complete.
Many of the signature challenging features on Redbug will remain in place. Almost all of these sections have become much wider over time as a result of riders cutting corners to avoid technical lines, this in combination with environmental factors has caused significant erosion. These sections are scheduled for some treatment to add sustainability but retain or increase the challenge. The TD team has just finished some very technical trail construction in Harrisonburg, VA and the Rocky Knob Trail, in Boone NC, techniques used on these trails will be employed to maintain difficulty and character.
Now it is up to the local community to help by attending workdays and contributing time and labor. This trail belongs to the community and with everyone’s help the Redbug will remain the go to trail for challenging singletrack far into the future.