“Mountain biking has become more extreme in the past two decades — with the trend fueled by better bikes, advanced protective gear, increasingly skilled cyclists and the growing popularity of downhill riding.

The growth of the sport also has increased the chance for trail conflicts among cyclists, hikers, runners, equestrians and others who use the maze of trails in the forested mountains above Ashland.

But behind the scenes, many mountain bikers are joining with other trail users to encourage courteous behavior and tackle on-the-ground projects to improve the trail system for everyone.”

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