MOUNTAIN LIFE - Blue Mountains | Summer 2019

69 Things were moving fast at the Resort during those years. The summer attraction offering was set to expand, and Autobahn was sitting on a prime piece of real estate. With the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster on the way in 2010, and the majority of future downhill trails planned for the Resort’s south end, Autobahn’s fate was sealed. “I was saddened when I knew we had to close it, but I understood why,” concedes Sutcliffe. Unfortunately, not everyone was so understanding. Although no one showed up to chain themselves to the trail before the bulldozer showed up, Former Blue Mountain Trail Crew Supervisor Sam Measures remembers a tense atmosphere. “The cycling community in Ontario was livid, and that might be an understatement,” he recalls. The idea of resurrecting the trail came up during planning for the 2018 Fall Blue Cup and Rider Appreciation Weekend. Measures remembers being lukewarm to the idea initially. “I basically just blew it off,” he says. A quick trip to scout the location changed his mind. “I was driving by and I could see the old bench cuts,” he recalls. After a quick look around he sent out a text: “Autobahn might not be off the table.” There were a few issues. In addition to the massive amount of overgrowth in the area, Trail Crew was short-staffed and had only a week until race day. Not to mention that none of them, aside from Measures, had ridden the trail in either of its original forms. A giant game of connect the dots ensued. The Crew pieced together the old berms and straightaways as they went along, spending three or four days alone just stripping back the vegetation to get it rolling fast enough for the race. It wasn’t until the Crew started stripping the moss and vines off Autobahn’s legendary cinder block berm that Measures got nostalgic. “Instantly, I was like a 15-year-old kid again riding my clapped-out [Specialized] Demo,” he says. “There’s a whole generation of riders who fell into those cinder blocks, but have moved on to other sports or hobbies. There weren’t too many people left that knew about these things.” After 25 years of operations, there’s a generation gap forming in the Bike Park. Countless trails, people and events have come and gone, but what really matters is the opportunity for a new generation of riders to keep the spirit and stories of these trails alive in the lift-line and over post-ride pints. This year’s Blue Cup and Rider Appreciation Day, Fall Edition, is scheduled for Saturday, September 28. Countless trails, people and events have come and gone, but what really matters is the opportunity for a new generation of riders to keep the spirit and stories of these trails alive… NOSE GRIP STREAM / 360° ADJUSTABLE TEMPLES GRIP, VENTING AND STYLE julbo-canada.ca SEE BETTER, GO FASTER Stream provides superb protection from the sun and splashing water, whatever the conditions and wherever you’re exploring. With 360° temples, Stream fits perfectly under a helmet and guarantees total grip, even in the most intense situations. A wraparound shape, perfectly vented and available with REACTIV® Photochromic lenses, Stream guarantees accurate vision and streamlined styling, even after the run!

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