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Friends of Dufferin County Forest

January 15th, 2019 by in Everything

Hello Everyone, Just a reminder as we start thinking about the future in trail maintenance.

Dufferin County is developing  the “Friends of the Dufferin County Forest” (FDCF) group to perform various duties in the County Forests.

If you wish to participate in trail maintenance/construction from this point on you will be required for insurance purposes to be a part of the “Friends” group. You will need to register yourself with the County (see link below) and after that you will be sent a waiver to fill out. You will then be included in any meetings and trail discussions held for the purpose of the FDCF. It’s really simple, there is no cost in joining and you can retract at any time. You also do not need to be a resident of Dufferin County to participate. Our first meeting is tentatively scheduled for Feb 12th at 7pm. You need to join the FDCF to attend…not just show up to the meeting. If you are interested please click the link below for more information from the County website. This is open to all user groups and it will be great to have a cohesive group of users working together as a team.

We think this is a fantastic idea and is very progressive in having all user groups work together for a common goal; safe enjoyable trail networks. So why not show your support for the trails and the County and join in? It’s a great way of demonstrating how important the trails are to us and how much we are willing to work for them.

From the County:

“The County has recently established the Friends of the Dufferin County Forest to assist in various aspects of the management of the County Forest.”

For more info click——>>>

https://mailchi.mp/64d3c66f5a81/annual-report-dufferin-county-forest-3330817?e=02b8797e09

Sunday ???

January 19th, 2019 by in Everything

K and I are heading out for an adventure hike on Sunday at 2:30. Happy Hour to follow at 4:30 at the club house. If you are riding or just around somewhere feel free to stop by after. Enjoy the day!

Penn State Video

January 19th, 2019 by in Everything

As we are looking outside at winter, here’s a short video of the Pennsylvania area that some of us are heading to in the spring. One stage of the Transylvania Epic uses this Forest.

https://www.facebook.com/dronediculous/videos/2268127166809558/UzpfSTEyNTk1ODEzNjI4NDoxMDE1NjY5NTE3MDYxMTI4NQ/


Trails Incentive Meeting

January 16th, 2019 by in Everything

Hi there, as everyone is likely aware, recreational trails have been something that has become increasingly important to many of us. The opportunities that are in Dufferin are extensive. Jeff and others are instigating a trails initiative in the area to bring together interested people. I think this is a great idea and completely support this effort. I’ve attached the e-mail from Jeff and if you can make it out that would be great. Thanks!

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Subject:Meeting at Mill Creek Pub to Talk about Off Road Riding

Hello Riders in the Orangeville Area, 

I am going to keep this email simple, and hopefully see many faces on the 31st to discuss further.    

What: A big meeting and conversation with off road riders in the Orangeville/Mono/Headwaters Area. 

Who: Bike riders from the surrounding area

Where: Mill Creek Pub, Orangeville – up stairs 

When: Thursday Janurary 31st @ 7:00pm

Why: To potentially organize a trail advocacy group in the area, talk about the local riding scene and how to imporve it, and because bikes are fun 

RSVP: jeff@cyclingelements.ca

If you are unable to make the meeting but interested please let me know and I will make sure you get a summary.  

Or if you have any comments or advice ahead of the discussion please pass them along too.  

Finally, please pass this email to any fellow riders who you think would be interested in joining us for the discussion. 

Look forward to seeing people out

Enjoy the week

Jeff 

RSVP: jeff@cyclingelements.ca Or if you have any comments or advice ahead of the discussion please pass them along too. 

Finally, please pass this email to any fellow riders who you think would be interested in joining us for the discussion.

Look forward to seeing people out

Enjoy the week

BT700 Bikepacking

January 15th, 2019 by in Everything

The Buttertart 700… Yup… Not sure what else to say to that.

If you are someone interested in events such as the tour divide, TransAmerican Bike Race, etc, than this would be up your ally for sure. Something new for 2019.

The BT700 is a 700km ride around Southwestern ontario, starting and finishing down in St. Jacobs. It goes as far north as Owen Sound, East to Lake Huron, West to Albion Hills.

Great way to give yourself a Challenge. Ride starts July 14th.

http://www.bt700.ca/

Cheers

Upcoming Ride Guide

January 14th, 2019 by in Everything

Good morning All,

Rides for the week are added to the calendar. Should be another awesome week.

Cheers

Sunday Ride 2pm

January 12th, 2019 by in Everything

This weekend’s ride will be at 2pm at DCF…hopefully the warmest part of the day. It’s going to chilly but super sunny so dress accordingly. We’ll see how long we can last out there at -9 degrees! Trails should be good for a fun loop.

See you!

Trail Update

January 11th, 2019 by in Everything

I got out for a snowshoe this afternoon to check things out. It was a beautiful day in the Forest…blue sky and fresh snow! There are about 3 inches of fresh powder snow on top of the frozen (read icy) trail underneath. A couple riders where out today and you could definitely tell it was very slippery in spots. I snowshoed the Max Trail and part of the Ridge Connector, then took the short cut double track to the last 1/4 of the Lollypop to the Stick. I picked up the groomer and groomed the Stick back to the parking lot. So that’s about 8-10 km packed down. I hope by packing it it may start to stick to the ice below…we’ll see. No one had been on the beginning of the Lolly yet, it’s still fresh powder.

So one groomer is back at the beginning and the other is at the end of the Trail to nowhere by the Trail to somewhere intersection points.

It should be good to ride, just be careful in the corners and downhills! With more riding the grip should continue to get better.

Have fun! J

Albion Fat Bike Festival

January 8th, 2019 by in Everything

Good morning Everyone,

This coming Saturday is the Albion Fat Bike Festival hosted by Substance Projects. There is a 10km Short Race, 20km Race, or the fun 10km Poker Run.

Registration Closes Wednesday

https://www.webscorer.com/registerlist?raceid=161774

If you haven’t done this event, it is just a fun day out. Latest check, the trails are looking pretty good, and the temps are suppose to drop and we are due for some more snow.

Also, Lego man and the Horse are coming out of retirement, so if you want a laugh… just follow Chris and Tyler….

Cheers

Upcoming Ride Guide

January 7th, 2019 by in Everything

Good morning everyone,

Rides and Spins for the week have been posted to the calendar.

Enjoy the week

Cheers

Sat Ride

January 4th, 2019 by in Everything

Hello all, trails are in amazing shape, we had what I think was our best Fat Bike ride so far this year on Wednesday Night. Lots of fresh powder snow on hard packed base.

We are going to hit the trails at 2pm on Sat for a lovely day in the woods. Not concerned about it being just above freezing as it will be good to pack the new snow into the existing base which still has some icy spots.

Should be a great day out in the Forest!

Wednesday Ride

January 1st, 2019 by in Everything

First off, Happy New Year to everyone! Hope everyone has enjoyed their holiday time with family and friends.

Wednesdays ride is back to normal, 6pm Wedsnesday night. Karen, Thane and myself got out for a short walk today to check out the trails after the rain (and thankfully a dusting of snow). The trails are very hard packed and likely icy in spots. The snow dusting helped to add “texture” to the ice below. The ride should be ok with or without studded tires, just as always be cautious. Worse case the double track is easily ridable so we can definitely get a ride in to suit everyone. See you there! J

Monday Ride

December 30th, 2018 by in Everything

So that leads into Monday’s ride…

Trails were better today than yesterday…the dusting of snow definitely helped out. I managed to ride all the trails today and while there are some sketchy spots they are all manageable.

Some of us are heading out at 10:30 for a bit of a “hammer ride” (or Rammstein Ride if you are Chris being subjected to my tunes!). We will be going non-stop at a decent pace and returning back to the parking lot for 11:45ish to join a more normal pace group ride at 12 pm. So pick what you like or do both! We should be out before 2pm as some rain is expected in the afternoon. The temps should be just above zero which will help stick the snow to the ice. Happy New Years Eve Day!

Sunday Ride

December 29th, 2018 by in Everything

Got out for a short scoot today. Definitely a mix, ice, dirt, and snow. When it’s icy you really need to pay attention…actually you always need to keep your head up as it can change fast. The ridge is pure dirt fun, trail to now where is pretty good as is Ken’s/Steve’s. Didn’t do the stick or lolly as I figured that would be the slickest.

Having said that, there is a ride planned for 2:30 on Sunday. Should be just above freezing, I figured that’s our best for grip. Should be a great time and we’ll still get some riding in and enjoy some time in the Forest.

Trail Conditions – Public Service Announcement

December 28th, 2018 by in Everything

Good morning everyone,

Last night we had perfect trail conditions, there was a nice layer of snow over the ice, which actually provided us enough traction to dive into the corners.

That being said, with the rain last night, and the warm temperatures today, this will make the trails soft.

We ask that people avoid riding Dufferin Main Tract today, to preserve the trail conditions for the weekend and future riding.

What’s one day not riding on the trails. Damage done by riding today, will take weeks if not months to disappear. Be mindful of your fellow rider, and don’t be selfish.

This doesn’t go solely for Dufferin, but also other trail networks. Volunteers put a lot of time and effort into the trails and maintaining them to allow people from all over to use them. If you are selfish for one day, and ride on soft trails and leave ruts, if that is the type of person you are, then good on you. You have done your job for the day, and wrecked it for others. If you are leaving a depression more than 1/2″ you should not be riding, period.

I know the warm temperatures are begging you to go out and hit the trails, but here is a better idea. Take that same bike ride that same bike to your local bike or coffee shop. Tell them how much you wanted to ride, but instead of riding on the trails you rode to their establishment, you will get much more praise, trust me.

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So that’s been your public service announcement for December 28th, 2018. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

Cheers, Tyler