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Pole Canyon Joins the After Work Specials



Pole Canyon Cornice

With a small posse of friends, Pole Canyon was the destination ride for the evening. Not one of us had ever ridden up Pole Canyon. I had hiked to the top years before, but always considered it to be too steep and rough to ride.  Encouraged by reports of the “easy” new reroute sections, our little group headed out one evening after work. Right out of the gate, I was pleasantly surprised by the lovely buff single track. The trail climbed up the valley occasionally merging with the old track with its roots and rock. The grade was fairly sustained with very few sections to take a breather (or get out of granny gear!). The re-routed sections were mostly smooth with the newest reroute adding some big, fat sweeping turns.  The upper part of the climb was all on the old trail with its full complement of loose rock, big roots and smooth dirt. This is also where the trail broke out of the trees and through some really pretty meadows.  There were some small patches of snow and mud near the top. A nice, thick cornice marked the end of biking at the summit of the climb. We parked the bikes and hiked up the snow to take in the cool views and plan further rides into this awesome corner of the neighborhood. Layers were donned as we hiked back down to our bikes and joyfully descended back down to the trailhead. The big sweeping turns of the newest reroute were so fun, I just had holler with glee at the top of my lungs.  Our ride was less than two hours including plenty of chatting and photo taking. It’s a fun new addition to my ‘after work specials’! The next TVTAP trail day is at Pole Canyon July 12th. I look forward to joining in and continuing to make this trail even more rider-friendly.
-Erin

ACTION ALERT: SAVE $1.7M worth of pathway funding!



ACTION ALERT:  We need you to act THIS WEEK to save $1.7M pathway funding!

Here at Fitzgerald’s Bicycles nothing is more important to us than Building our Community and Growing Cycling.  Right now we have a wonderful opportunity to do both, or to have both disappear at a final hurdle.

How the funding is threatened: The City of Victor was awarded $1.7 million dollars through the Federal Lands Access Program to build a paved pathway from Moose Creek to the Idaho/Wyoming border on the north/east side of Hwy 33 east of Victor.  The award came with the condition that the City of Victor matches just over $120,000 in cash.  The City along with Teton County Idaho, private individuals and a grant from the Community Foundation of Teton Valley were able to raise all but $100,000.  To make up the remainder, the City of Victor was encouraged to apply for a $100,000 matching grant from the Local Highway Technical Assistance Commission (LHTAC).  They were encouraged to do so from LHTAC as they have a program that is geared specifically for matching federal grants.

That application is now in Jeopardy of not being funded.

The application is being presented to the LHTAC commissioners this week and a majority of the staff does not want to use the funds on a pathway project vs. a road project.  Needless to say, we are very concerned about losing this grant and the $1.7 Million Dollars for our community.

In addition, Teton County Wyoming is applying for a grant to build the following pathway section from State Line to Coal Creek.  However, they will not apply for the funding if the Idaho section is unfunded.

How you can ACT: There are several actions you can take to contact the commissioners before they meet this week, we have bulleted them below, please take a few minutes to act on whichever feels most comfortable to you.

  • Call      208-344-0565 Dan Shaeffer, Chairman, LHTAC

Please feel free to copy and paste this form letter into any emails you send, and add your own personal touches.

Thank you for your support on this issue and we look forward to seeing you on our new pathway.

‘Tis the Season to Keep It Local, Yokels!



Keep It Local

Is this a motley crew or what?!?  It’s an image of the Fitzgerald’s staff (minus Michael and me) taken by one of our customers, local photographer, Jonathan Selkowitz.  We are gearing up for Black Friday and the upcoming Holiday Buying Season. Teton County, ID and Teton County, WY are devoid of any Walmarts or Targets or Best Buys, but it is a given that there will be lots of sales starting Friday in both valleys.  What does this mean?  This means that we all have a great opportunity, right here and now, to spend our money locally.

What does “Keep It Local” really mean?  It means (more…)

Great Pathway news in Jackson!



Thanks to Friend’s of Pathways for this IMPRESSIVE updates on Game Creek, North Pathway 89, and Path22!

 

Game Creek Bridge Project Underway 

During the month of September, the trail crew has been hard at work replacing bridges and restoring trail in the Game Creek Drainage.  Many of the bridges in this area were showing signs of their age by rotting and flexing. Additionally, some of the portions of Middle Game Creek Trail were aligned too close to the creek, resulting in washout and flooding in the early spring.

Last year, Friends of Pathways was awarded a grant for this project from the Recreational Trails Program through the Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources. This summer, the trail crew set to work pre-cutting lumber and transporting tools and lumber to the site.  Once the boards were in Game Creek, the real fun could begin.  Each board, weighing over 20 lbs, was transported from the top of the Game Creek Road to the bridge site.  The crew had two fantastic volunteer groups to help with the project: Jackson Hole Community School students and the BTNF Fire Crew.  The amount of lumber they transported for each of the bridges was impressive!

During the second week, the crew had the help of mini-x to move fill dirt for turnpikes and to carve a new trail out of the hill adjacent to the road.  The higher placement of this new trail, will help to keep it dry and erosion free.

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Work Begins on Highway 22 Project



Highway 22 Bridge

We wanted to share with you an update on the Highway 22 Project. (more…)

Local Fat Bike Rides


Fat Biking in Teton Canyon

Fat Biking in Teton Canyon

Not sure where to go ride your fat bike?  Never fear – we’ve got the low down on all the fat biking in Teton Valley and Jackson Hole!  Before you go click here for some rules of the trails!

Teton Valley Favorites:

Grand Targhee Resort: Yup, you can ride on sweet groomed nordic track at a resort!  Just head up to Grand Targhee Resort.

  • 15 kilometers of perfectly groomed nordic trails over hills and swooping corners on multiple loop options
  • $10 per day for a ticket or $120 for nordic season pass
  • Facilities:  Restrooms, Restaurant & Bar, Outdoor Shop & Rentals
  • From Driggs take Ski Hill Road all the way to the end at Grand Targhee Resort (more…)

Guest Spot: Tim Young shares a ride with Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis


Senator Ellis and Tim Young on the Grand Teton Pathway

Senator Ellis and Tim Young on the Grand Teton Pathway

Tim Young, Executive Director of Wyoming Pathways, shared with us some photos of his recent ride with Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis on the new pathway in Grand Teton National Park.   Tim, thanks for stopping by the shop and sharing your story!

A friend and Executive Director of Bike Texas called and asked me to take visiting Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis on a bike ride.  It sounds like he has helped quite a bit with bicycle related legislation in Texas, and I thought it might be of interest to meet him. (more…)

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