HLMP trails are in good shape for riding.
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Before a mountain bike militia is organized to storm the Back40 headquarters, I, as the Back40 race director, will take full responsibility and sincerely apologize for any trail skullduggery that occurred last weekend. Though I wasn't actually doing the trail work, it was a Back40 trail worker who was. He came clean and was fully repentant. His description to me was that he was simply blunting some of the sharp, side-wall tearing rocks...not doing wholesale rock feature removal. He thought it would only improve the flow and safety of the trail. Regardless, if we can't do it with a rake, pruner and trimmer, it shouldn't be done and he has been reminded of that.
I too have been riding trail 15 lately and have noticed some subtle changes, but not on the order of rock features being removed. I've noticed (and sincerely appreciated) rocks and pine needles raked off of the trail. I assumed that these changes were from the sweat of the BHMBA members who are preparing the same area for their race in two weeks.
I'll verify that the Back40 trail crew has been encouraged to help the BHMBA with their monumental task, but, to be honest, with our own race 2.5 months away, we've done very little to that trail yet. So be careful not to blame (or credit) the Back40 trail workers for every change that you've noticed in the past couple of months based on an isolated lapse of trail maintenance judgment by one of our crew.
Thanks for listening and enjoy your rides,
Race Director - Black Hills Back40