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2017 Waivers and donation

April 26th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All,

Another year has come and gone, and it’s time to fill out those pesky waivers.  They are a requirement from our insurance company and only need to be done once a year.  Here is a link to the waiver:

Please be sure to fill them out completely as some have come to me incomplete in the past.

If you feel you would like to donate funds to help contribute to the costs of running the club here’s how you can do it!

On the website, you will see the below icon.  If you click it you will be re-directed to our Paypal Account.



As you are aware team van go is a non-profit bike club and donations keep the website going as well as pays for the insurance to have team van go as a club under IMBA.  This insurance is what allows us to enter Dufferin Forest and maintain the trails there. The donations also pay for lunch when we are doing  trail clean up days as well as the camping area for the Sausage Suit ITT.

The purchase of our club leaf blower in 2016 has aided immensely in our ability to maintain trails. We have another trail tool in mind that we have borrowed to try out…based on the rave reviews from everyone that has used it we are hoping to purchase one this year.  We have already received some generous donations for the 2017 year which will likely make this a possibility. Lots of other progress is being made as well which we will update in the near future.

Donations keep us going and growing.  There is no set amount to donate, or let alone do you have to donate.  Whatever you feel you want to contribute is perfect!

If you don’t trust the internet and PayPal, you can give cash to either Tyler or Johnny.

Sorry for putting this out in the front page and all, but it is that time of the year.

If you have any questions, or want clarification as to what the funds are used for, please click the contact us, and we will get back to you ASAP.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support.

Cheers & enjoy the ride!

Fun post on mtb project site

April 26th, 2017 by in Everything

It’s a good read…

Saturday & Sunday in the Forest

April 26th, 2017 by in Everything

Hey everyone, just a heads up if you are riding Dufferin Forest this weekend.  OCTRA is holding an equestrian event at Dufferin Forest all weekend.  They will be using the network of flagged equestrian trails throughout the forest.  The single track crosses these trails frequently so as you are approaching all equestrian trail crossings (all fire roads) please exercise extra caution, slow down and if you see an equestrian, make your presence known and be super polite.  The OCTRA members have always been wonderful to work with and we respect the work that they do and we would like to continue to have their respect.  Please pass this info on to any other groups that you know may be riding Dufferin this weekend.  Thanks, Johnny

Upcoming Ride Guide

April 24th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All,


Rides for the week have been posted up.



Sunday Ride

April 22nd, 2017 by in Everything

Sunday Ride added to Events calendar!

Weekend Ride – Saturday

April 21st, 2017 by in Everything

Good morning All,


Ride for tomorrow is posted up.

Group Ride time is 11am at Dufferin.

Note there will be a training ride happening at 8am at Dufferin, Riding the stick and lollipop on repeat.  If you want to join that ride earlier, we should be in the parking lot every 45-60 min.  It will be a slower paced ride (12km/hr avg), but it will be a constant no stopping ride, only until the parking lot to refill on water and go again.




Beer Review: Lost Craft Crimzen Premium Red Ale

April 20th, 2017 by in Beer Reviews, Everything

As we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel of winter, this turns us towards the warmer season of craft beer drinking.  With the new craft beers comes beer reviews, as they seem to go hand in hand.

This review is for Lost Craft Brewery Crimzen Premium Red Ale.



A short history on Lost Craft Brewery, based on their website.  Lost Craft is a Toronto Based craft beer company that focuses on brewing world class session style craft beer. We travel the globe to source beer styles from around the world to inspire our recipe development. We think global and drink local.


Now to the down and dirty of the review, the taste and all the other senses surrounding a beer that you may experience.

If you were so lucky to have a glass nearby and decided to have some class by pouring the beer into said glass, you would see a copper coloured beer infront of you.  The head on the beer was somewhat of a beige appearance.


As you drink the beer you will notice an array of flavours.  I had a mixture of grain, malt and a slight hit of bitterness, but overall very smooth.  There was a good amount of carbonation but no over powering flavours or hoppiness.  Overall a nice mouthful of beer for sure.


Overall, I found Crimzen to be a great red ale, pretty much what you would expect from a Red.  It has a simplistic overall flavour tone, which works out really well and I can see myself buying this beer again for sure.


Rating:  4.13 out of 5

Was the Beer hoppy:  Not really hoppy, more bitterness, but really good overall.

Would you buy the beer again:  For sure I would.

Why do you ask yourself questions at the end of the review:  Ummmmm… Next question.




Homage to Ice Recap – Team Colin

April 19th, 2017 by in Everything

If you have not read one of Team Colin’s write ups with regards to races or just in general click the below link.


38. Homage to Ice 2017


Thanks again to Dan and all the volunteers that helped out in the wet conditions.

Special thank you to Johnny who was the random Gorilla in the forest.



Free Dog House to a Good Home!

April 17th, 2017 by in Everything

Karen and I have a dog house that we would like to give to someone who would use it. It was handmade by Karen’s Dad and is in great shape. It’s a good size, definitely enough room for a medium to large dog. If you are interested please contact us directly or through the “CONTACT” tab on the website.

And no, Max is not included!

Upcoming Ride Guide

April 17th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All,


Rides for the week are now posted on the calendar.




Monday afternoon ride

April 16th, 2017 by in Everything

There will be a ride happening Monday afternoon 2:30 in Dufferin.  A casual tour around the forest!

Another clean up thanks!

April 14th, 2017 by in Everything

Well from Weds to Friday things out there improved even more. If you see the “Honda Guys” say thanks to them as well.  They are always out there cleaning (like on Weds night!) and are a hugh help when it comes to maintaining the loops out there. Thanks to B & the crew!

Good news is that we should experience very little to no logging this summer….more time to ride vs clean!

Weds ride report-special mention

April 12th, 2017 by in Everything

Had a good gang out tonight, 18 folks in all.  Trails were in excellent shape everywhere we went.  I want to take a second to commend Dan from Substance Projects.  He is holding a race (the H2i, I highly recommend it!) at Dufferin on Saturday.

Last Friday we got a bunch of wet, heavy snow and some high winds.  Before Friday the trails were in perfect shape thanks to the efforts of everyone who uses the Forest quietly doing their part in an incredible community of “trail fairies”. You rarely saw anyone out there but the trails somehow continued to get better and better. Then Friday happened…lots of trees down, debris and tree limbs were plentiful everywhere.  Since then Dan has put in hours and hours by himself during the week to do an incredible job re-cleaning pretty much all the single track. He was coming out of the Forest in the dark tonight at 8:30.  There are still a few trees to go which based on his determination will be taken care of by Saturday. Please understand that I realize that all the “trail fairies” are also hard at work, they always are but I think all of us should commend Dan on his dedication as an event organizer. If you haven’t done one of his events you should try one out, they are unique and always a lot of fun.

So if you are questing the conditions for the weekend, there is no need to do so.  The trails are in great condition and waiting for you.

Wednesday Night Ride – New Format

April 11th, 2017 by in Everything

Well folks, over the years Team Van Go has grown to some fantastic numbers.  With the larger groups our rides have been getting bigger and bigger, and the thought is that we split the ride into a couple smaller groups.

With the smaller groups, it will keep the rides moving, and allow for more time to try different obstacles etc.

The rides will be social still, with the groups ending at the parking lot at the same time for the sociables afterwards.

This is a feeling out process to see what will work.

Ideally the plan is to have everyone continue to grow and become stronger riders.

Both groups would leave at 6pm from the parking lot and the ride would last 1.5 hours or so including stops.

There will always be a ride that is encompassing of everyone’s abilities and levels of riding.

The first group would be more likely to ride a bit more (16-20km)

The second group would be a little shorter.  (14-15km)

Let us know your thoughts as we are completely inclusive and a group for everyone, all levels of riders and abilities.




Substance Projects – XC Marathon – Homage to Ice

April 11th, 2017 by in Links

This coming Saturday is the first in Dan’s XC Marathon Series.

This weekend’s race is at Dufferin Forest.

All the race information is listed in the event calendar.