Beach said next year’s likely return of the ATV and dirt bike races would be scheduled after the mountain bike races.
Holzhausen said one of his main concerns are France Park’s single-track mountain biking trails, what he calls the “staple of a mountain biker’s ride,” as they are just wide enough for one biker to cycle through and follow the contours of the surrounding woods with many twists and turns.
Beach said these trails were not used in the ATV and dirt bike races and that all trails would be ready for the upcoming mountain bike events.
Not only would they be ready for the races, but better, he continued, as the paths created and modified for the ATV and dirt bike races led to the removal of a substantial amount of invasive Asian Bush Honeysuckle and allowed for the paths themselves to be fine-tuned.
Holzhausen said if the park can restore the trails to DINO’s satisfaction and assure the scheduling of any future ATV and dirt bike races would not conflict with mountain biking events, that the organization would consider holding future events there.
Holzhausen added he plans to visit the park in the next few days to further assess the state of the trails.
Beach said he is committed to ensuring the restoration of the trails, adding that he runs or bikes on them just about every day.
Holzhausen said he appreciated Beach’s efforts.
“To his credit, he has put many back-breaking hours into building the trails. I don’t think he has any intent to harm what’s been done.”