Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on May 17th, 2011 at 11:15 am
For many singletrack lovers in Portland, the lack of local riding opportunities is a constant bummer. (That's why we saw so much community support for more singletrack in Forest Park.) For really good trails, you've got to hop in a car and drive a minimum of about 45 minutes — or you can use the newly launched Portland Singletrack Shuttle.
With the tagline, "You want sweet, sweet singletrack. We make it happen," the folks behind the Singletrack Shuttle have made it their business to connect riders with trails.
This new service is brought to you by a familiar name in local biking circles; Good Sport Promotion. Good Sport puts on many of Portland's best organized bike events (like the Worst Day of the Year Ride, the Portland Century and others) and Good Sport employee (and well-known event promoter and Portland bike scene pioneer) Ayleen Crotty is handling promotion for the shuttle.
This isn't exactly new territory for Crotty or for Good Sport Promotions. For the past several years Crotty has been working the Mt. Bike Oregon even in Oakridge and it has become one of the most popular mountain bike events in the country.
To use the shuttle, all you do is buy a ticket online (tickets are $40 plus a $2.99 service fee), hop in the van, and hit the trail. Currently, seven trails are served including; Dog River/Surveyor's Ridge, Falls Creek, Sandy Ridge, and others. Shuttles leave every Saturday from NW Portland. (Learn more about how it works on their website.)
Once on the trails, two guides will accompany every ride and no one gets left behind. The lead guide is Brian Hinsley, whom Crotty says "has 10 years experience and killer MacGyver skills."
Check out SingletrackShuttle.com for more info.