For nearly ten years, one of Blue Mountain’s most legendary trails has laid dormant.
The reasons why are extensive, and anyone who was a regular around the Bike Park during those years will have their own version of what exactly happened. But those stories are best left for another time. We’re here to talk about how, for one, shining September weekend, Blue Mountain’s Trail Crew and Events Team breathed life back into a classic trail in the name of good times.
With the clock ticking down to Blue’s Annual Rider Appreciation Weekend featuring the Fall Edition of the Blue Cup, the mountain’s Trail Crew and the Events Team met to come up with a plan. Lots of ideas were tossed around. Autobahn was mentioned in passing, but the logistics behind getting it back up and running seemed like a lot to overcome. The meeting ended with a plan in place to race a different trail, but shortly afterwards a text came through.
“Autobahn might still be on the table.”
With less than a week until the event, Trail Crew got busy with shovels, rakes and string trimmers to bring Autobahn back to life. Time had taken its toll. Berms had slumped, weeds had grown in and lines had all but disappeared. The task was massive, but the thought of riding an old classic again was all they needed to make it happen. Without much time to spare, the work was done.
The weekend brought with it some of the fastest and loosest racing Blue Mountain has ever seen. With the exception of a few soft spots Autobahn was running as fast as anyone could remember, and the ski hill traverse and drop into Showcase was a true test of commitment.
A huge thanks to everyone who attended, and a special thanks to the Blue Mountain’s Trail Crew and Events Team for going above and beyond to make this year’s Rider Appreciation Weekend one for the books. Don’t forget there’s only one full week of riding left before Closing Day on Monday, October 8th!
Full Results – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1WWEMW894WralqXrwUqo0Olho1NI8Rsc5m3VdAiiLb2A/edit?usp=sharing