July 7 2021
by Nathan Boddy
On a recent Tuesday evening, Jeff Kern, of Bitterroot Backcountry Cyclists (BBC), awaits a crew of volunteers to help shape and refine another section of mountain bike trail south of Lake Como. He gestures to a primary trail nearby, referring to it, offhandedly, as ‘Como Ridge Trail’ despite it being a labeled ‘Kern’s Turns’ on a popular Mountain biking app.
“I have a hard time calling it that,” he says with a grin. “I went on vacation for three weeks, and…”
Despite his discomfort with the trail’s name, Kern’s patience has certainly helped get things done. Kern is the Vice President of BBC, and his organization can be credited for years of patient work that is resulting in a wide variety of new mountain bike trails in the Lake Como area. Now in their third season of trail construction, the hard work of the BBC means that riders in the valley are starting to reap the benefit...