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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!

Weds ride 6pm!

May 24th, 2017 by in Everything

Sorry about the delay…there will be the usual ride at Dufferin at 6pm tonight, see you there!

Saturday ride posted

May 19th, 2017 by in Everything

Saturdays ride is posted. Looks like a great day!

Beer Review: Trailer Park Boys Freedom 35 Lager

May 19th, 2017 by in Beer Reviews

Yup, you read that right, Trailer Park Boys released a Beer!  In addition to the Liquormen’s ol dirty Canadian Whiskey, they have pushed into the craft beer market.  Now they are not actually brewing the beer themselves, so don’t worry about that.  Double Trouble Brewing is the folks behind Freedom 35 Lager.  You may also know them with respect to Hops and Robbers or Prison Break Breakout Pilsner.  So based on that you know Freedom 35 should be pretty good.

I was tempted to start using some of the Rickism’s from the show, like Water under the Fridge, and Denial and Error, but we will try and keep this review on the same high grade humor as reviews in the past.


I ended up finding this beer at the Orangeville LCBO, which was pretty sweet, a fantastic selection and at a great price.  You can only purchase Freedom 35 by the can, which again, not a bad thing, 473ml Can’s.  Freedom 35 Lager, well is a Lager first and foremost, with an ABV of 5%, so a nice refreshing summer beer.

Now to the meat and potatoes of the beer, taste etc.

For the taste, this falls right in line with typical Lagers, I personally would say better than most.  There are slight grainy notes, with a very tiny note of hops.  Nothing overpowering at all, just a crisp taste start to finish.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to fully expect, based on the can having Trailer Park Boys on it, but I was pleasantly surprised.


I didn’t pour the beer into a glass, or really do a full on sniff test, so sorry I can’t help you there.


Overall, I was happy with the purchase.  If you are in the mood for a lager, then check out Freedom 35 for sure.  That is, if you can find it.


Rating:  3.82 out of 5

Was the Beer Hoppy:  Not really hop orientated no.

Would you buy the beer again:  Yes for sure, without a doubt.

What is your favorite Rickism:  Where there’s smoke there’s wires






Waiver reminder

May 15th, 2017 by in Everything

Hey everyone, please be reminded that our insurance fees, land use agreements & IMBA membership are all paid and up to date for the 2017 season so if you haven’t brought your waiver along please try to remember to do so. I’ll be at the Weds ride this week to collect any outstanding ones.  If it’s easier for you can e-mail a copy to  Thanks for getting these done!  See you later, Johnny

Upcoming Ride Guid

May 15th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All,


Rides for the week have been added to the calendar.

Check them out and ride in the beautiful sun!!!



Recreation Plan Update-Council Approval

May 12th, 2017 by in Everything

I’m pleased to let everyone know that Dufferin Council approved the Recreation Draft Proposal at last nights Council meeting.  This means that the Proposal is now Policy.

I definitely have to say a huge thanks to everyone that supported this project.  If you were one of the ones that filled out a survey, went to an open house or commented on the Draft Plan then this happened because of you and you deserve credit in making this succeed. It demonstrates that if a group becomes organized and motivated they can evoke change.

I also want to note that the other members of the Forest Operation Review Committee and the County Staff involved where amazing at everything they do.

This is the starting point to lots of things that will hopefully enhance the experience of riding at the Dufferin Main Tract.

If you wish to review the Plan here is the link to it. Please educate yourself with Trail Etiquette for all user groups.

See you on the trails! Johnny

Summer Solstice – Albion

May 11th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All,


Derek is putting a team into the Chico Racing Summer Solstice this year, and has a couple spots left on the 6-10 person Corporate team.


The campsite is perfect, right on the side of the course.


If Interested please contact Derek.





Friday Pre-Ride

May 11th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All,


This Friday you can pre-ride the 8hr course between 4-8pm.


We are going to do a semi group ride at 5pm at the Outdoor Centre, as well as set up the tents etc.




Upcoming Ride Guide

May 8th, 2017 by in Everything

Good morning All,


Rides for the week have been added to the Calendar.


Check them out!



Another Video

May 5th, 2017 by in Everything

Found this video while going through some old photos etc.



Mumford and Sons – Dustbowl Dance

Rainy Day Videos

May 5th, 2017 by in Links

Well on a rainy Friday, a couple videos you can watch that will make you smile.


July Talk second show Kee to Bala

May 2nd, 2017 by in Everything

Hey fellow July Talk groupies! They have just announced a show at the Kee to Bala on Saturday July 22nd…the day after the Friday show. So, double the July Talk, double the fun.  Got my tickets already. Sounds like a great weekend in Cottage Country!


Upcoming Ride Guide

May 1st, 2017 by in Everything

Hi all,


Wednesday ride is posted up.  There may be more rides over the week depending on the weather.




Dufferin County Trail Summit

April 28th, 2017 by in Everything

Hey everyone I just thought I’d share something with you that I’ve become involved with.  There is a volunteer group called HCIA (headwaters community in action) that is a group of volunteers that creates ideas to approach Dufferin County with regards to recreation, active transportation…etc.

At the moment there is some funding from Dufferin County available for projects.

There is a “Trail Summit” being held at Monora Park on May 11th.  There will be presentations and discussion groups to aid in the direction of the funds available. The idea of even a very small amount of funding going towards off-road recreation is something maybe worth creating support for. This can be aided by trying to get members of the public out to the Summit to show support for the MTB community.
The cost is $25 and includes a light breakfast and lunch and is an all day event. You do need to pre-register.
If you are interested here is where is go to register and get more info.
Thanks for your interest and please pass this along to anyone else that may be interested. The more show of support the more chance for funding! Let me know if you can make it out.
Sorry, don’t know why this is messed up font and spacing wise??

Saturday Ride and a save the Date for May 5th!

April 28th, 2017 by in Everything

Saturday ride posted…looks like a bunch of rain on Sunday.

Also keep next Saturday open for Lisa’s Birthday Ride!!  Location and time will be determined during the week.