Don’t you hate it when people ascribe beliefs and motives to you that don’t exist? They jump to conclusions based on presumptions, conjecture, and incomplete information?
With the internet available to everyone, it is surprising at the laziness of certain individuals who fail to do any research before criticizing me based on conjecture and their own biases, but people with an axe to grind aren’t interested in facts or data.
I was entertained by the comments on this Facebook group MTB trail reports: Calgary area mountain bikers. The moderator has taken down the posting so I have to go from memory. She told me “I actually deleted the post b/c it was completely off topic and people were getting ugly. My page is strictly for sharing condition info and I try to keep it on-topic.”
SkiHere reader, Henry Yau, posted the photo of the fat biker on Elk Pass on the MTB Facebook page and added the comment “Not Cool.” From Henry’s subsequent comments in response to others, he opined that it was a safety issue, and described the scenario of 250 racers coming down Elk pass during the Cookie Race at 45 KmH encountering a fat biker in the middle of the trail.
A few of the commenters suggested my motivation in posting the photo was “public shaming,” or an “unwillingness to share the trails” with other users. The fact is, I gave no opinions and proffered no judgements. I simply stated “Curious sighting on Elk Pass” which it was considering fat bikes are not allowed on the groomed ski trails in PLPP.
The evidence from my previous encounters with fat bikers on ski trails speaks for itself. K-Country provides a list of dozens of trails where fat biking is allowed.
For the MTB commenters who believe there should be no rules and it should be a free-for-all on all trails, your anarchistic utopia awaits…it’s known as Syria.