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Sat Ride 2pm

May 17th, 2019 by in Everything

Heading out for a scoot Saturday afternoon 2pm

Trail Build Day-May 20th, 9am

May 16th, 2019 by in Everything

A whole bunch of us are working on a new trail (Ralph’s Trail) on Monday May 20th. It will start by the gate at the south entrance and go to the Hill Trail & Hill Trail Bypass. Feel free to pop in and say hi and see what we are up to! Please don’t ride it as it will be a work-in-progress all day. It’s going to be both a challenging trail to build and ride, something completely different.

For those of you coming to help, here is an e-mail that I sent out to the e-mail addresses I have. I just want to make sure I reach everyone….

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Hi everyone, first of all, thanks to everyone coming out. It’s going to make it an amazing day!  As you can see by the e-mail list we have quite the crowd coming out.
Just to cover a few things to make the day more efficient. If you have not officially joined the “Friends of Dufferin County Forests” (FDCF) you will be required to complete a waiver for the County. It is attached below. Please fill this out ahead of time and bring it with you. To keep everyone busy I have sectioned the trail build into 4 sections. The trail is roughly flagged with orange flags (definitely open to interpretation and modifications from the group) with a blue flag marking the ends of a section. We have 4 team leaders and they have already been out to view the trail build and know their section. I will have everyone assigned to a team before the day. This way everyone can find their leader and head straight out and start building!. Each team will have a certified chainsaw operator (you are required to have a chainsaw certification to operate a saw in the Forest…County rules) and people with various levels of trail building experience. Team leaders may wish to bring a bike (everyone can bring a bike if they wish…maybe we will get to ride it at the end, that would be awesome!). It will be helpful to have a bike at the build so that you can use it to gauge the trail and any switch-backs (there are quite a few!) and corners. Things are much different on a bike vs on foot. Team Van Go will be providing a pizza lunch on site at 12 pm and we will have plenty of water for everyone. If you have any dietary concerns or preferences please let me know (already got the veggie covered!). Please bring your own water bottle to take water with you. Please remember that Dufferin County Forest is a no alcohol area and this is important as we are working under the County’s guidance and insurance policy. Please respect the rules. 
Tools…bring what you have. You will be parked extremely close to the trail build area so going back to your car will be simple. A pair of work gloves would be a very good idea. If you have some ear protectors they may be helpful as we have some small equipment to operate. The little black flies have just started as well so insect repellent may come in handy. Clippers and anything to dig up small sapling root/stumps will be in need. 
Parking…we are parking in the open field past the “south gate”. When you enter from Airport Road take your immediate right and follow the gravel road past the gate to the field. 
I will be moving around through the groups to provide assistance in any way it is required and will have a chainsaw as well. I will have my cell phone with me. Please contact me in case you need something specific during the build. 
I’m confident that even though this trail build will be a bit of work, we will have it completed in the day. 
***********9am start**********
Any questions or suggestions? Feel free to contact me. Please pass this on to anyone that is not in the contact list as I do not have everyone’s e-mail that is coming.
Thanks!Johnny

Triple Crown 2019-Date update!—-June 15th

May 15th, 2019 by in Everything

The Triple Crown Event will be happening Sat June 15th this year. I had previously posted it was on the 22nd. Good news is that it now does not conflict with the 24 hour race at Albion.  More info will come down the road but I just wanted to get the date out there for everyone. Start looking for your team partners!

See below for event description. Please pass this along and post it where you like. Thanks!

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Here is a description of the event…
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 and you were a later registrant then you will have your entry fee reimbursed. 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.

Upcoming Ride Guide

May 13th, 2019 by in Everything

Good afternoon All,

Rides for the week are posted. Monday ride moved to Tuesday…

Cheers

Triple Crown 2019-Date update!—-June 15th

May 13th, 2019 by in Everything


The Triple Crown Event will be happening Sat June 15th this year. I had previously posted it was on the 22nd. Good news is that it now does not conflict with the 24 hour race at Albion.  More info will come down the road but I just wanted to get the date out there for everyone. Start looking for your team partners!

See below for event description. Please pass this along and post it where you like. Thanks!

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Here is a description of the event…
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 and you were a later registrant then you will have your entry fee reimbursed. 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.

July Talk August 9th-The Kee to Bala!

May 12th, 2019 by in Everything

For anyone interested….!!!!

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Upcoming Ride Guide

May 6th, 2019 by in Everything

Good morning all,

Rides for the week have been posted up.

There will be a Friday Pre-ride at Mansfield Outdoor Centre for the 8hr, but the time will be confirmed later this week.

Cheers

Ralph’s trail build day reminder…Pizza!!!

May 6th, 2019 by in Everything

Just a reminder that if you are joining in the trail build day on May 20th could you please e-mail me or send me a note through the “Contact” tab. I realize that you may have told me that you may be coming but it’s a whole lot easier for me to arrange work crews, lunch and refreshment when I have the whole team in a file to keep track of numbers. No RSVP, no pizza! Thanks for taking this extra step as it may not seem like much but is a huge help for me. Looking forward to the day! Thanks, Johnny

Sunday Ride 1:30

May 4th, 2019 by in Everything

It’s going to be a beautiful day tomorrow! Ride start at 1:30 followed by après “shed visit”. Should be an awesome day & please remember tomorrow is a big day for the Equestrian Event and they will be on all their trails throughout the Forest all day. Please be very cautious out there!

Equestrian Event Notice

May 3rd, 2019 by in Everything

Hi everyone! Just a note to let everyone know that there is an OCTRA equestrian event happening this weekend (May 3rd-5th).  They will be camped out in the field to the south.  They will be using the equestrian trails throughout the entire Forest during all times of the day for the weekend. The cycling trail crosses the equestrian trail at several places so please exercise extreme caution at these intersections. If you are the lead rider please make it your responsibility to ensure the safety of all users and yield at these crossings. If you have a bell (personally I believe everyone should in a multi-use forest environment) give it a quick ring when approaching intersections. If you do come upon an equestrian speak up so the horse can recognize you as a person.

I imagine with the rain today the trails will be busy for everyone over the weekend. Please remember as cyclists we are required to give way to equestrians. As always be friendly and I would anticipate that you will be received well.  Cooperation as always is the key to everyone experiencing a harmonious enjoyable day in the Forest!

Enjoy the trails, thanks to the efforts of many, they are in excellent condition! See you out there.

Team Colin SSITT report

May 1st, 2019 by in Everything

Colin’s recaps on races are always awesome! If you want to get an idea of what we experienced at this years SSITT give it a read. The event was awesome and us TVGer’s all had a great time out there enjoying the trails of DCF. Thanks again to Dan and his crew for all the work they put into this event and getting the trails ready. Great times!!!

Click below for the review…enjoy.

Weds Ride—->>??

May 1st, 2019 by in Everything

Well after riding two loops of the SSITT in the rain at 5 degrees, riding Sat AM with full snow cover in the forest and 1 degree and riding Monday night with awesome Chris with snow, rain & ice pellets at 0 degrees, I think my sense of humour for this and desire for riding tonight in the rain is fading. Tomorrow night seems like it should be above 10 degrees and not precipitating in some fashion so I’m going to sit by the fire tonight and ride Thursday night instead. I am going to make this a “Trans Epic training ride” (which means I’d like to do 30km or more at a steady pace) and anyone is free to join me for part or all of if it. No hammering, just riding and happy to do it as a group. I’ll likely ride all the trails out there so there will be opportunity to cut out if anyone wishes. See you all soon! J

VW Keys

April 29th, 2019 by in Everything

Anyone loose a set of VW keys??? They have been found! Contact me through the CONTACT tab and let me know if they may be yours. 🙂

Saturday Ride 11:30

April 26th, 2019 by in Everything

We are heading out at 11:30 for a loop. All the trails are open and in great condition. See you!

Save the Date, Ralph’s Trail build, May 20th

April 22nd, 2019 by in Everything

In the Summer/Fall of 2017 Ralph and I had an idea…build a trail that would connect the “south parking area” to the Hill Trail \ Hill Bypass Trail. This would then enable us to avoid riding through the field to get to HT & HBPT. The thought was let’s just drop down into the ravines a bit and follow the contours to HT & HBPT. The original name we came up with was “The Contour Trail”. It would be a tough trail to build.

The time has now come that we can build this trail. The Friends of Dufferin County Forest group (FDCF) has been formed which is the organization we will work under. The proposed trail is approximately 1.5 km’s and will have some challenging sections to build. Lots of bench cutting and tricky topography to work around. The trail build is open to everyone that wishes to participate in any capacity they wish. Whether you have tools and trail building experience or have never built trail before it does not matter. There will be work and a task for everyone. Start time will be 8am and we hope to complete the trail in a day.

Lunch will be provided by Team Van Go (likely Pizza!).

If you are interested in helping it is very important that you RSVP as I will need to know who will be coming out for the day. You can contact me however you like (e-mail is best) and also use the “Contact” tab above to e-mail me.

This will be “Ralph’s Trail” and he’d love for you to be a part of it.

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you know (other clubs, FB, other users) that would be interested in participating. I will be providing more detail as the date draws closer.