"Probably East Branch trails," Shep said when asked about his favorite trail. "That one bank that goes straight across the trail into the jump that you can really kick it off – that's really fun."
As we close in on the end of another incredible year, we’re excited to share the voices of local trailblazers and brothers, Wyatt and Shep Eaton. Their adventures highlight the joy of mountain biking but also underscore the importance of BETA's role in building and maintaining fun, sustainable trails for all skill levels and every age.
Wyatt shares his brothers' sentiments, "it's just smooth, the berms are big. It's high quality."
Both Shep and Wyatt are also active volunteers. Shep proudly shared, "I was helpful... built a bank." Wyatt added his own experience: "I built a berm with a few friends... that felt really big until I saw the finished ones on the downhill trail!”
Shep and Wyatt remind us that our trails are more than just recreational spaces; they are catalysts for growth, for building a more meaningful connection to the outdoors, and for character-building mis-adventures (like Shep's encounter with a tree!). They are where future generations will forge their own way.
Both brothers have sage advice for budding mountain bikers. "Start small and stand up," Shep advises, with Wyatt adding, "Don't go too small. Set your goals high. But don't go too big, either!"
REMINDER: A group of BETA board, staff, and committee members are collectively pledging to match every dollar of community donations, up to $11,600 made by December 31st, doubling the impact of your generosity. Your gift will support more improvements, new projects and continued maintenance of our beloved trails.
Your past support of BETA has been pivotal in making these dirt dreams a reality. In Wyatt's words, "Don't go too small. Set your goals high."
We’re halfway to meeting out goal! Help us send it into 2024.