Hatfield-McCoy Trails Expanding
Just in time for the summer, Hatfield-McCoy Trails have added 15 miles of new trails on two of its six systems. The Buffalo Mountain Trail System now has an additional 10 miles of new trail divided evenly for both motorcycle and ATV/UTV use. The trail system, which is located between Williamson, Delbarton and Matewan, is the most historic of the six trail systems and has three community connectors.
In addition to the 10 miles of additional trail on Buffalo Mountain, the Pinnacle Creek system also gained some new ground. The system has received a new five-mile stretch of "Extreme Difficult" trails. Pinnacle Creek is known for its awesome scenic views and is located less than an hour from a world-class whitewater rafting area.
"Folks shouldn't have any trouble negotiating these new trails," said John Fekete, Hatfield-McCoy's deputy executive director. "We have one of the best and easiest trail mapping and signage systems in the country." Additional trails are scheduled to be opened during the remainder of the year, including one connecting the Fountain Palace area near Logan.
NOHVCC Launches Web-Based Workshops
The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) has announced it will be conducting interactive web workshops or webinars for OHV riders or anyone interested in OHV land use. The two- to three-hour workshop sessions are designed to give riders the skills they'll need to keep trails open in their areas and are conducted by the same OHV management experts who do on-site NOHVCC workshops.
In addition to the interactive webinars, NOHVCC will be offering 14 video workshop sessions as podcasts. The videos will cover the same topics as the webinars only without the interactive elements. This allows riders or groups who can't participate in the webinars or workshops to access the knowledge they need to protect their riding opportunities. The videos can be watched as streaming videos at www.nohvcc.org, or the NOHVCC can mail you a DVD with all the sessions on one disk.
Russ Ehnes, executive director of the NOHVCC, said, "In these tight economic times we need to take advantage of technology to help riders get the information they need. Last year we began developing the webinar and video programs with financial support from the Motorcycle Industry Council and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America. This year the videos and webinars are available through funding from the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative. This will help us reach thousands of OHV activists who otherwise wouldn't have a chance to take part in an NOHVCC workshop."
For information on the NOHVCC and its webinar sessions, visit www.nohvcc.org or call 800/348-6487.
Pumped Up Tips And Tricks On Preventing Arm-Pump
We hooked up with Steve Bubel who owns and runs www.mxconditioning.com. Steve has counseled hundreds of athletes with varying skill levels that range from weekend warriors to world champions. In this issue he talked with us about the importance of cross training and how beneficial rowing is as an exercise.
"Riding ATVs stresses the muscles of the upper and lower body simultaneously. Your training should reflect this. While cycling is great exercise, it is an incomplete training method for aggressive ATV riding as it exclusively challenges the lower body. Rowing, on the other hand, utilizes 75 percent of the body's overall muscle mass making it the perfect exercise to include in your program. The performance benefits of rowing are an increase in oxygen uptake, accelerated lactate clearance and improved blood flow through your legs and arms, which can help you avoid ride-ending arm-pump."