“With the pandemic there were just a ton of people using the trails this year because it’s a great way to stay in shape outside,” said Cedar Rapids cyclist Rob McKillip. “I was going along really great until August 10 when all of our trails were completely covered with trees.”
The damage that August’s derecho did to the mountain biking and fat tire biking trails in Cedar Rapids was enormous and wide spread.
“The park was just so covered on the trails we had to get out the GPS maps to even find the trails because they were so buried under piles of trees.”
With their trails covered by giant trees, a group of local cyclists, that are members of the Linn Area Mountain Bike Association, rolled up their sleeves and went to work clearing the trails.