Those of you who raced the Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox last September, may have noticed the team on motorcycles supporting the event. Those riders were from the Colorado Motorcycle Trail Riders Association (CMTRA), a local off-road motorcycle club in Colorado Springs. The CMTRA was one of the volunteer organizations responsible for helping keep the race safe and everyone on the route.
You would have seen riders from CMTRA leading the field up Rampart Range Road on Friday. The organization provided safety motos up and down the gravel road to and from Rampart Reservoir. Since many U.S. Forest Service roads had to remain open during the race, CMTRA riders were present to help warn oncoming traffic of the racers on the road.
You may have also noticed the sign they installed at the Captain Jack’s trailhead, pictured right. CMTRA members were stationed at all entrances to the
Jones Park/Captain Jack’s trail system to make sure there weren’t motorcycles headed up while riders were racing down as well, keeping the trail safe during the racing on Saturday and Sunday.
If you enjoyed the Captain Jack’s downhill on Saturday’s stage, you can thank the CMTRA for the upkeep of that trail. They have been putting hundreds of
hours and thousands of dollars of work into these multi-use trails in the Jones Park area as well as trash cleanup at the trailhead.
The CMTRA was founded in 1972, and the organization has been working hard for motorcycle trail access since. If you see a motorcycle on the trail in the Cheyenne Canyon area, be sure to be polite, say hi, and thank them for their partnership in maintaining the trail system in the Pikes Peak region. If you want to know more about the CMTRA, check out their website at www.cmtrail.org. If you like to ride motorcycles off-road, you can also drop by one of their monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 PM at Thunder and Buttons in Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs.