We are having discussions with the Department Of Forestry who is in charge of that property about this trail damage, and the fact that nobody from the motorcycle groups has gone in and repaired the damage to it's pre-race condition. Let me say upfront that personally I do not want to oust any user from enjoying their sport and having a place to do that. We do however take a firm stand against conflict of use. There is enough room for separate trails and I feel that should be the ultimate concession here. We enjoyed last year with no enduro and the trails were in the best shape that I can remember. One weekend in September and the trails that they commandeered were unrecognizable. If you have never ridden Croom you are missing out on the longest mountain bike trail system we have, with some fun features tossed in here and there. The dirt bikes may have been there first as that sport is older than mountain bikes. But if you want to take up that argument, then the hikers and equestrian were there first as they started before the combustible engine was invented, so who actually made the trails first? The thing is there is room to get mileage in and not use (read destroy) another user groups trails. Plain and simple that's all we ask.
Every year for as long as I can remember we HAVE done a massive SWAMP clean up after the enduro race. The people who DID the damage don't even bother to nod a thank you; let alone come out and help. The SWAMP volunteers are understandably fed up with months of trail repair, then waiting on the rains of Mother Nature for 5 months to heal the land, then more repair - only to ride it a short time before the next enduro. The damage lasts a real 5 to 8 months before it is in prime riding condition again. I know because we do this over and over year after year. Me thinks the s%#@ has hit the fan. Once again we will be calling for volunteers to come out and fix the destruction. With determination and a moving forward attitude lets hope this is the final time we will have to waste our precious days off to fix our trails from the uncaring attitude of another user group.
Croom is not neglected at all. We have a very active team of trail maintenance folks who trim, move fallen trees, address poor trail condition issues and conduct group workdays. They are very good at keeping this jewel of a trail system (60 miles) up and running for us.