Volunteers with the Golden Cycling Club put up a an aluminum bridge over Cedar Creek on the popular CBT Trail.

Volunteers with the Golden Cycling Club put up a an aluminum bridge over Cedar Creek on the popular CBT Trail.

Golden Cycling Club bridges the gap on the CBT trails

The Golden Cycling Club held its last volunteer day of the summer on Sunday, Sept. 15.

  • Sep. 25, 2013 12:00 p.m.

Golden Cycling Club

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The Golden Cycling Club held its last volunteer day of the summer on Sunday, Sept. 15. The project selected was the reroute of the popular CBT trail to the west of the beaver ponds. This reroute will add an additional 1.6 km of single track to CBT and eliminate the steep climb out of the drainage.

Approvals were granted by the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations prior to the volunteer day in order for mapping and flagging of the trail corridor. The Ministry’s fire protection crew from Revelstoke was in the Golden area at the time and was able to assist GCC by brushing the corridor. Tools were gathered and lunch was organized and the volunteer day was set to go.

The adage that the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray proved too true.

Ken Gibson from the Ministry offered the Club a 10m aluminium pedestrian bridge. The significance of that offer was not lost as the existing bridge over Cedar Creek is in the process of making its way to the Pacific Ocean and its loss would have had a major impact on the CBT trail. Pioneer Forest Consulting was contacted and they quickly provided an assessment on the impact of the new bridge installation upstream of the existing bridge. Ken confirmed that he would deliver the bridge to the site Sunday morning and along with materials needed to build the necessary abutments.

The volunteer group and the bridge showed up at the same time and it was apparent that the bridge’s weight exceeded original estimates. This would have put a halt on the project until Dave Zorn stepped up to save the day. Short discussions resulted in Dave leaving, only to return with his mini-excavator!

The crew was divided into two groups, most carrying on to work on the reroute while the remainder began clearing the bridge site and building the abutments. It is unclear how the bridge was moved into place without a disaster unfolding but by time lunch was served the reroute was not only started but a new crossing of Cedar Creek was established! As a bonus, the new bridge crossing will eventually serve as the trail head for the trail system planned for that area.

The Club will be hosting the final voly day of the year this Saturday, Sept 28. We will continue the reroute construction but will end the day somewhat differently and will meet at 1 p.m. at the new bridge site on the Tallis FSR.

 

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