By Amy Silverman
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This negative image is because of the efforts of boneheads like the Sedona 5. Although they choose not to fight for land access or any of the issues facing mountain biking as a sport, they will be affected when the landowners decide that enough is enough, and say "no more bikes." By then, of course, it will be too late. Hopefully, everyone will support shops that stand for the things that matter to mountain biking.
To the Sedona 5: What you did is a far cry from civil disobedience--what you did was take a juvenile romp through the national forest. You say that our laws are unfair, but you're too lazy to get off your butts and make an effort to change them. You deserved everything you got and more.
Though I don't agree that the Grand Canyon should be open to mountain bikers, I felt sympathetic toward the Sedona 5, as their ride occurred during a park closure and on a trail already damaged by mule trains. I also admired the sheer ballsiness of the act. For these reasons, I sent the Sedona 5 a check for a tee shirt to help defray the cost of new bikes.
To make a long story short, after several months and repeated promises from Mitch Obele (Wheeze), I never received a shirt or a refund. Civil disobedience, drug use/possession and irreverence toward authority can all be justified as "hurting no one," but possible fraud can't. The Sedona 5 aren't folk heroes--they're hoods--and they shouldn't presume to speak for the mountain-biking community.
I understand that some of the best rides are illegal, but to do it blatantly is a bit poor, knowing that the Grand Canyon was closed. The Sedona 5 could have asked permission. In New Zealand, where I come from, rangers are too busy looking for dope growers and opossum killers. The helicopter ride was extreme, as was the confiscation of the bikes.