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Mountain biker maintains beauty of foothills

Gift of Giving
By: Todd Mordhorst
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Craig Wilson loves life on two wheels. He regularly makes the commute from his Newcastle home to his job in Sacramento on his road bike. On the weekends you can usually find him leading group mountain bike rides. The Newcastle resident is president of the Folsom-Auburn Trail Riders Action Coalition (FATRAC). Q: What does your organization do? A: We’re a mountain bike club that is responsible for maintaining the trails in the Auburn-Folsom area. We’ve built a number of the trails with the state parks and other groups. Once a month we go out and maintain them. We do bike rides, not racing, but just social rides. We do at least one each week. Q: Why do you volunteer? A: It’s a way to get out on the trails and enjoy the beauty of creation. It’s a way to do what I enjoy and stay fit and hang out with a bunch of people that enjoy doing the same things. Q: What are the highlights or challenges of volunteering? A: I think the highlight is hanging out with other people that have the same kind of values. In 2009 we volunteered over 1,000 hours and it’s a good group of people to be with. The challenges are the misperceptions of mountain bikers. We are one of the newer trail usera – within the last 20 years. There are people who aren’t used to having to share the trails with mountain bikes. Q: What do you do when you’re not volunteering? A: I’m a high school (social studies) teacher in Carmichael at Mira Loma. I ride my road bike two or three days a week on my commute and that gives me the base miles to come out on the weekends and enjoy my mountain bike. Q: How can people volunteer their time or money? The easiest way is through the Web site - FATRAC.org. If they go to any bike shop, they’ll find our newsletter with our calendar and all of our events, what we’re doing and what needs we have in the club. There’s an application for membership on the back of that. We also have a Facebook page and we’re on Twitter. -Todd Mordhorst