If the weather allows (ie no or very little rain between now and Sat) we are heading up to 3 Stages in Collingwood for a ride. This will be a bring-your-lunch length ride as we hope to get in a bit of a tour. Thinking of starting by the swim spot on the Collingwood-Clearview town line, riding along the river, then up to the top. From there Monica is going to tour us around up top then finish by heading back down then to the river for a post ride swim. Epic day! So it will be a day ride definitely not at a “hammer pace” but nice and casual. Maybe end up somewhere after at a pub for a snack and refreshments! If there are not further updates then the ride is on. I’m looking forward to this one.
11am start. See Events calendar for location details.... in Everything
As always Colin did another amazing write-up of this past weekends Summer 8hr.
Was a great day out, and fun by all!
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Hi everyone, please be aware that there is an equestrian event happening this weekend in the Main Tract. OTRA will be there July 6th to 8th and will be conducting various rides throughout the weekend.
Please exercise caution while out there this weekend. Pay extra attention when crossing the equestrian trails as not to surprise an equestrian and their horse. If you come upon someone, please stop and speak up so the horse will become aware that you are present. If you ride with a bell, a quick ring as you are approaching the crossings would also be a good idea to alert riders.
As always be courteous and friendly.
Between everyone cooperating and paying attention I’m sure everyone will have an uneventful enjoyable weekend. It’s all about mutual understanding and respect for each other.
Enjoy your time in the Forest.... in Everything
Good morning all,
Shawna Eric and Vince are hitting Differim Forest tomorrow (Sunday) morning for a ride.
9am ride start time
Fun and fun!!
Cheers. in Everything
Hi everyone, OCTRA and TVG co-hosted the Triple Crown Event a couple weeks ago. Here’s a great report on it from the Creemore Echo. Trina did a great job reporting on it. We anticipate holding the event next year as well.
Just click on the link below to see the article…
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Good day all,
Taylor is going to be riding Mono tonight, parking at the top of the hill on the 2nd.
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Hey everyone, sorry about late notice….Wednesday ride is still on as usual, 6pm. Great night to come out, trails are in great shape and a lovely night ahead.. in Everything
We got a great day in today on the trails, we got most of the course marked, most of the trail-to-nowhere pruned back and all of the wheel hill trimmed and the W.H. and the trail-to-nowhere leaf blown. Quite the day out there!
For anyone coming out to help tomorrow, it is looking like most of us can be there at 4:30-4:45 so if you want to come out and help aim for that time. If you make it after that, just call me and I’ll let you know where we are at. We could use all the help we can get if we hope to get everything pruned back as it’s growing in a lot this year. All you need is your bike and a set of pruners if you have them. Should be a great night to get out in the Forest.
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For anyone interested in picking up a Road Bike, talk to Mr Awesome himself Craig.
If you need to get a hold of Craig, you can hit the contact us button and get his details, or see him at a Wednesday Night ride.
He has all the details on the bike, pricing etc.
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Two trail work/marking scenarios in the upcoming week….
- I’ll be looking for some help Thursday mid afternoon/early evening & Friday evening doing some trail marking for this weekend’s Triple Crown Event. Basically a bike ride carrying flags and marking the course. Depending on time and number of helpers I may wish to tackle the raspberry bushes growing in on the “wheel hill”. This will require using weed whippers & leaf blowers. If you can assist on either of those days let me know which day and what time you are available. (E-mail, text, call or “Contact Tab” me). If we get a good group out we can do some more fun stuff. I will be supplying all required equipment and transport to the “wheel hill” by truck.
- Sue from OCTRA has contacted me and her main chainsaw/trail helper is currently out of commission! She is looking for some volunteers to help out this week (preferably early this week) to do some trail cleaning on some of the equestrian loops being used this upcoming weekend. She can supply equipment (or we have some as well) and ATV’s. If you are available at all during the week let me know (same contact procedure as above).
On behalf of everyone, Thanks!. in Everything
I’m heading out for a “longish” ride at 2pm Saturday if anyone is interested in joining.... in Everything
Good morning all,
Rides for the week have been added to the calendar.
If you are planning a ride and want company hit the contact us button and let us know and it can be added up.
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Registration is open for the Triple Crown. Click the link below to register!
Here is a description of the event…
TVG is co-hosting an event with OCTRA on Saturday June 16th at Dufferin Forest. The premise of the race is that it’s going to be a three event relay. The events are going to be a 15km mountain bike loop which will then pass off to a runner to complete a 10 km trail run then passing off to an equestrian who will complete a 10km loop. The bike and running course will both be on single track and the equestrian loop will be on the marked equestrian trails. Now the fun part…in competitive equine events the clock doesn’t stop when you cross the finish line. Your horse’s heart rate is monitored and has to recover down to a set B.P.M., then the clock stops. So the biker and runner have to remain with the equestrian and assist in de-tacking and cooling down (forgive me if my terminology is not correct, but you get the idea!) the horse as a team. The “trot out” will then be attempted by either the runner or the biker! Rankings will be based on the teams combined time.
If you wish to form a team of people you know, include a team name and the other names of the people on your team (or partial team) and we will try and fill in the blanks the best we can.
Don’t know others to form a team but want to do one of the three events? No problem. Anyone needing team member(s) will be assigned teammates based on the reception of their entry fee and registration form. The sooner you sign up, the more likely you will get a teammate. If we run out of potential team combinations we will plan on arranging the day such that everyone can still get out and complete their discipline even if they don’t have a complete team. The idea is to just get out there together and enjoy the day and each other’s company. OCTRA has the campout field secured for the weekend so you can camp if you want or just stick around for a campfire for a bit.
Entry fee is $75 per team or $25 per individual and covers everything for the day.
Sound like fun? Let’s all make this a great event.
Hope to see you there, Johnny
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Normally in the past I’ve been able to thank everyone personally for contributions made to Team Van Go. I must admit, the past year has been quite different in a number of ways. Myself, I have been a bit more involved personally in things to do with Dufferin Forest. There has as well been the seemingly continuous upkeep of the trails by so many others with spring clean up and wind storms. So many others have put forth quite an impressive and continuous effort out there that we should all be so appreciative of. In my opinion, as a result of everyone out there that have been working on the trails, they are in the best condition that they have ever been.
I apologize that I have not thanked everyone personally for your contributions. Please understand that they are all appreciated so much and go towards everything to do with trails…purchase of equipment, fuel & maintenance for equipment, IMBA memberships, insurance policies, media stuff…the list goes on. We have been borrowing some equipment in the past that with your contributions and equipment contributions from Caledon Cycling, we will now be able to have this covered by TVG.
There have been a lot of changes in the last year and more progress coming up. If I may speak for the collective of us all, thank you to all for what you do in anyway you do it. All the efforts and contributions from everyone make us who we are.
The Forest is awesome. We are so lucky & privileged to be able to be there.
Thank you to everyone, it wouldn’t happen with out you.
Johnny. in Everything
K&J are doing a loop in Dufferin on Sat morning starting at 10am. I was out this afternoon and after the rain Thursday the trails are great. See you!