2021 Waivers and other stuff

June 19th, 2021 by in Everything

Hello all, I realize it’s been awhile but now that things are opening up a bit I thought I should update and catch up on some “Admin” work.

I have totally lapsed on getting TVG insurance waivers done. Our insurance premium was paid a month ago and I just got distracted. If you are riding as part of a TVG group or doing work out in DCF please try to get a waiver signed. It’s handy to have it done regardless…

Here is the link…

https://imbacanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/imba_canada_insurance-program-generalliability.pdf

Exciting that our equipment trailer has been on order and should arrive in July…this is soooo exciting I can’t even begin to explain. So thank you again to all our awesome supporters. This could of never happened with out all your generosity.

As things begin to open up and comfort levels settle in we will start posting rides on the TVG site again always adhering to the current guidelines. Likely July.

As most of you have now heard, lots of neat things going on…MOC is going to reopen as a trail centre soon. These trails have been closed to the public, except for the odd event, for over 20 years. The TVG crew was asked to come in and has been discovering, clearing, and building a complete network of trails out there over the past few weeks. This is a whole other post so I’ll update as things progress and they announce the opening date. It’s been such a great experience rediscovering lost trails and building new ones in true TVG style. Stay tuned….

I hope everyone has been well and I look forward to seeing you out there!

 

Jersey post “glitches”

May 14th, 2021 by in Everything

Ok, the “glitch” was me! If you are interested in the Jersey post please refresh the TVG site for a more accurate post on the Jersey’s. Just a few changes in details….sorry about that.

Something Fun for Spring…New TVG Jersey design!!

May 14th, 2021 by in Everything

 

We have been working with our in-house artist (yeh Kathy!) and have come up with a new TVG Jersey design. It has been submitted to the company we have used in the past, Apogee, and is ready to go.

We are choosing Apogee again as they are a Canadian company (Montreal) and we have had all our other Jerseys from them. I cannot say enough about the quality of their jerseys. I still wear the original one that Tyler designed over 10 (?) years ago. No pulls or fading and most importantly, no funky smell! And I’ve worn this a lot! Yep, we could have them done cheaper, but we’re more interested in producing a Jersey of top quality that we will have for years to come.

The Jerseys will be $98 including tax and shipping. How to order? As we have done before use the DONATE tab. It will take you to PayPal. In the notes please include your name, sex, and size. The Jerseys are gender specific (M&F), have a front 1/4 zip, are a “relaxed fit” (not Sausage Suit fit) and do not have pockets on the back. For sizing examples…I am a L, Karen is an XS, Chris S. is a XL, Kathy is a M, and Ed is a XXL (mainly ’cause of his height),

And here’s what we have come up with….we wanted something bright and fun, but not too loud. We feel it incorporates what we love about riding and brings in both the day and night elements of our sport (and helps during Hunting seasons :0 ).We hope you think it’s cool. We will be taking orders up until May 28th and anyone at all can order from anywhere.

http://www.teamvango.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/TVG21Jersey-Final.pdf

Something fun on a cold, damp day….

April 30th, 2021 by in Everything

Hi all, I rarely do this (pass on youtube vids) but Karen and I saw this last night and it was great to keep you laughing and smiling!

Also gives you yet another reason to keep on enjoying the outdoor lifestyle….like we needed another one!

Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dhfipv8LXRg

 

DCF Hunting

April 27th, 2021 by in Everything
Attention Forest Users…Hunting.
It’s Turkey hunting season for the next month. What does that mean…it means that hunters will be present in the Main Tract Monday to Saturday (no firearm discharge permitted by Mulmur on Sundays, just Bow hunting). There are no boundaries to speak of so just keep your head up as they also can be in camo. And wear bright colours….and make noise so they have a chance of knowing you are in the area.
For more details head here….it may help clarify things a bit. I recommend when you see them, politely ask them if they are aware that there are recreational trails and users in the Forest as well. Stay safe….

Trailer Funding Drive Goal Achieved…and then some!

April 24th, 2021 by in Everything

Wow!

We had a busy few days. Eric & Shawna, a group donation from Chris and the Staff at Mansfield Skiways, Karen, Ann, Michael, John, Dean, Mark, Rodrigo, Isabel, Donna, Michael, Richard, Wendy, Nicola & Sean, Andrew, Louis and  Steve all flooded in donations to more than get us to our target.

We are now actually over what we had set out to raise. The extra funds will be put to good use. We had not factored in $ for things like shelving, equipment hooks, cabinets, storage boxes & organizers, “trailer security” (locks and GPS locater) and we want to build a workstation in the V-nose for equipment service. We also want to professionally “sticker” the trailer which we can now afford to do and we can now also add in the 6″ extended height which will be greatly appreciated by everyone over 5’11” !  This trailer will be everything it needs to be and will most certainly make everything we do much more efficient.

If anyone is still interested in donating, there are always other options we can continue to add.

This was the collective effort of over 90 people, two Bike Shops, and members from other Clubs (thanks to the members of SCMBC, Caledon Cycle, CORC and others…). Thank you all so much for believing and supporting what we strive to do. We are very flattered to have this much support from our community and a heartfelt “Thank you” goes out to everyone of you.  The trailer is now on order and as it’s a custom build should be here by early summer.

This has been a dream of ours for years.

 

Day 16 Funding Update

April 21st, 2021 by in Everything

Janet & Rose, Wendy, Nicola & Sean, Andy & Margaret, Steve, Ben and Peter all combined pitched in another $550 over the last few days.

So, that puts us within $350 of our goal. I now know for sure this is going to happen.

I can’t tell you how much easier this is going to make everything trail related. Even the time alone of next year having to organize, fill out contracts, pay for and pick up and return the rental trailer for the Snow Dog will be no longer. Don’t get me wrong…I’m not complaining. We do all this because we love it and believe in what we do. And when we see this many people believing in it and supporting it as well it is astounding and motivates us even more to deliver based on the support.

Dufferin Tourism reminder April 20th 7pm

April 19th, 2021 by in Everything

Just a reminder about tomorrow night’s info session with DC’s Terrilyn from Tourism. It will be opened up for discussion so lots of opportunity to discuss what Cycling and other elements of Tourism assets mean to you. We can then see how this relates to the DC Tourism Plan. We can check in to what the future may hold for Cyclists and Trails. See you tomorrow night!

https://dufferincounty-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtcu2rpzkiEtVm6T0Xh1d8Enb2L1z4HokX

 

Weekend Funding Update…getting closer :)

April 18th, 2021 by in Everything

What a great weekend on the trails…the “Old Coot Reroute” (I can’t really just call it that as there were young backs out helping as well…thank goodness! But it has a cool ring to it!) is starting to pack in. The final couple of corners are still a bit loose but it’s coming along well. After the rain the trails were in great shape and at that perfect “tacky” point. So good…

Clyde, Brian, Glenn. John, Eric & Brian all showed their support and we are now within $900 of our goal. Wow…this is going to happen! Its really quite overwhelming. Thanks as always to everyone who has supported this so far. We are well ahead of schedule and expectations.

Trailer Funding Update & Trail Info Update

April 16th, 2021 by in Everything

In the last few days Zach, Jim and David have donated as well as Jeff from Cycling Elements and Kris from Kamikaze Bikes. We are now within $1800 of our goal. What a great accomplishment in under two weeks.

We are so lucky to have the support from our local shops. I can’t say enough about how lucky we are as Cyclists to have such excellent service available to us.  I have known both of them for some time and I encourage everyone to support them as they are awesome. And most of all, be patient with them. Jeff said it very well in his “interview with himself” that they are going to be facing all sorts of challenges and are doing the best they can.

Trail Update…I got out today and removed three trees that were a hazard so we are all good for the weekend. I also modified the go-around…the root section on Ken’s Trail between the two big pines. There now is a proper way around if you don’t enjoy the roots. Busy day!!!

 

Some FYI info from Dufferin County

April 13th, 2021 by in Everything

Hi everyone. He is some interesting information about the on-goings in the County. Please take a minute and  have a read and I encourage anyone to get involved. This is important to have your voice heard.

From the County…..

  • The new Join inDufferin Tourism page has officially launched, sharing resources and upcoming opportunities for the community to become involved in local tourism development. Click here to visit.
  • The County is hosting a public information session on April 20 at 7 p.m. Those interested in learning more about the vision and plan for Dufferin’s tourism development can register here to participate in the event.
  • Residents and business owners are now invited to apply to join the Tourism Advisory Group. More information is available here, and application forms are available here. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2021

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So, at the very least let’s all sign up for the public information session on April 20th.

https://dufferincounty-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtcu2rpzkiEtVm6T0Xh1d8Enb2L1z4HokX

The County Forests and Trails were noted in the Tourism Strategy and Action Plan as being a significant Tourism asset in DC and this is the place to show our support, add discussion to what we would like to see as a user group and introduce ourselves to our new, first ever Tourism Manager Terrilyn! This is really exciting and important so please sign up. The only way of moving forward to is participate. See you at the meeting…I’ve already signed up.

End of week one Funding update

April 12th, 2021 by in Everything

Well it’s been a week since we started this and I’m really excited about where we are at. Lots of people jumped on board really early and pushed this within reach quite quickly. I expected it to take the month to get where we are already. As we don’t hear back from Central Counties Tourism until mid-May, I will be leaving this open for awhile. As things naturally slow up a bit, I may start posting updates every few days vs daily.

Today Mike, Francois, Kathy and Jeffery moved us even closer…thanks so much…you are awesome!

 

Day 3 update…sorry this didn’t post up the other day…plus trail update

April 11th, 2021 by in Everything

Another great day…Ryan, Chris W, Doug N, Brent, Chris S, Derek, Jennifer & Jamie, Monica, Doug G, Grace, Stephanie & Andy all pitched in and added another $760 to our total of approx. $2400.00.

We are getting there….thanks!

Update…Don has been a leaf clearing machine! Now all the “passable” trails in Simcoe are cleared and leaf blown. There is the section that the loggers decimated that is still not clear but that’s a different day. We have opted not to leaf blow the entire DCF network this year like we did last year. The leaf coverage is minimal (gypsy moths ate it all) and leaving what is there will benefit the trails by getting ground into the sand and help stabilize the trails. Yup, sticks but that can be taken care of by picking a few up on a ride.

Weekend Funding…

April 11th, 2021 by in Everything

Please see the previous post for Day 3.

What a great Saturday on the trails. This rain will help things as it was almost getting too dry. It will really help pack in the re-route as it’s seen no rain since we finished it. Looks like lots of people testing. it out.

Over the weekend Ed & Kathy, Craig, Paul (from Africa!!), Dina, Jamie, Carol, Darryl, Keith and Chris added in another $800 towards our goal. Thanks!

It’s been really great to see a nice combination of long standing TVGers as well as new users believe in this cause and all help out. I constantly meet new people out there that are new to the trails and it’s also been great to see so many young riders out. Awesome.

Oops…forgot to post this! Day 3 on the trailer funding…plus trail update

April 11th, 2021 by in Everything

Another great day…Ryan, Chris W, Doug N, Brent, Chris S, Derek, Jennifer & Jamie, Monica, Doug G, Grace, Stephanie & Andy all pitched in and added another $760 to our total of approx. $2400.00.

We are getting there….thanks!

Update…Don has been a leaf clearing machine! Now all the “passable” trails in Simcoe are cleared and leaf blown. There is the section that the loggers decimated that is still not clear but that’s a different day. We have opted not to leaf blow the entire DCF network this year like we did last year. The leaf coverage is minimal (gypsy moths ate it all) and leaving what is there will benefit the trails by getting ground into the sand and help stabilize the trails. Yup, sticks but that can be taken care of by picking a few up on a ride.