Interview with Aidan Weltner

How did you get into mountain biking? 

My dad got me into mountain biking. Our house was right next to an expansive trail system. I started riding a walmart bike on the easy trail right down the street when I was 10 and worked my way up from there.

What’s your favorite part about mountain biking?

I love the community that surrounds mountain biking. All of my best friends share the love of the sport. Plus, the challenge is fun and engaging. And of course, going fast is pretty fun too. 

What’s your favorite trail and why?

I love Wheeler. It’s one of the easier trails in the area and I just love how simple it is. You can make it as easy or as challenging as you want. 

Aidan’s Favorite Trail:

Wheeler Gulch, MT

Trailhead:
8-12 miles round trip
~2,000ft elevation gain
~2,000ft descent

Aidan’s Favorite Trail:

Wheeler Gulch, MT

Trailhead:
8-12 miles round trip
~2,000ft elevation gain
~2,000ft descent

Aidan’s Description of the trail:

The trail is an out an back that starts on South Cottonwod and spurs off a few miles up the trail. Wheeler itself is a nice balance of rooty, rocky, smooth and tacky. Ride to the first meadow for a perfect afternoon ride or take the time to go all the way to the top of the trail for a little more physical challenge. It’s whatever you want it to be! 

Details: Riding the trail takes only a few hours. Be prepared with at least 1 liter of water and consider snacks. Bring spare parts such as tubes (with a pump) and a spare quick link for your chain. The trail is moderately technical so be prepared with a proper protective riding gear that is not too heavy for the climb up. A helmet with good coverage is essential and it’s also important to consider knee pads, gloves and glasses. Wheeler can have muddy sections and that mud can find its way into your eyes and mouth. Before you leave, make sure your bike is in good working order and that your tires are properly inflated. Consider removing a little air pressure to your tires to get extra grip on the often soft dirt. Mud downhill tires are reccomended.

Make sure you tell someone else where you are going and when you expect to return.

The trail is not very popular. Regardless, please be courteous to other trail users, yield to uphill travel and control your speed.

Difficulty: difficult, recommended for intermediate riders with adequate cardiovascular fitness

Category: trail ride

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