Dirt Biker Damages Wee-Chi-Tah Off Road Bike Trail

- With the annual Hotter n Hell bike ride just four weeks away, volunteers are now busy each weekend getting a popular biking and running trail ready races.

A dirt biker has taken advantage of recent rains and created deep, muddy ruts in the Wee-Chi-Tah Off-Road trail. But trail officials say the ruts are not only an eyesore, they are a potential danger to anyone who runs or rides on the trail.

Larry Brown has mountain biked the Wee-Chit-Tah Off-Road trail for nearly a decade. He says trail damage recently caused by a dirt biker grinds his gears.

"When those ruts are in the middle of a trail you tend to focus on that and when your tire goes in it, what happens is, if you start to lose your balance you're gonna go one way or the other and you're gonna go down," Brown says.

The ruts are also a danger to runners who could hurt an ankle but trail coordinators say for the past two years this vandal has damaged this trail nearly half a dozen times.

"But he is on a motorbike and it's very hard to catch him.  By the time we see him out on our trail and get our phones out and call the police he is a mile down the trail," says Sandy Monson, coordinator of the dirt event for the Hotter 'N Hell Hundred.

A trail Monson says has signs banning motorized vehicles.

However, with the Hotter 'N Hell Hundred ride just four weeks away, Monson says volunteers are busy working to get this trail groomed for the races. And with more rain in the forecast this week that has some concerned.

"The person could come back and create more damage on the trail and that's just gonna create a whole heck of a lot more work for us," Brown says.

Volunteers will be working on the Wee-Chi-Tah trail each Saturday morning until the annual Hotter 'N Hell ride the weekend of August 22nd. And coordinators are working with law enforcement to catch the dirt biker, who is only described as a white male with long blond hair.

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