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Trail update

November 19th, 2017 by in Everything

I just got back from a short walk in da woods and thought I’d report in. The trail is pretty much down to the dirt (or wet leaves)…there has been a number of riders already out and the forest looks amazing! Light snow everywhere except for the trail. So in my opinion skinny bikes would do just fine (I’m riding mine) but Fat Bikes would be fun as well. It’s actually going to be a beautiful day out there. Come out and ride! See ya!

Sunday Ride-update

November 19th, 2017 by in Everything

We are going to head to Creemore après ride for a beverage and dinner if you choose. Sooo, a reminder to bring a change of clothes for after the ride.We’ve got an inch of snow and temps are suppose to be right around zero. Fat bike vs skinny bike?? I think either will be fine today, it’s up to you what you feel like riding.

If you know ahead of time that you will be going to Creemore could you please let me know so I can make a reservation.

Thanks and see you at the ride. It is quite lovely out there right now with the sun out! Johnny

Sunday Birthday Ride

November 17th, 2017 by in Everything

As it was Karen’s birthday this week Sunday will be her birthday ride day! Afternoon ride with maybe a trip to Creemore for some after ride snacks or a trip to the clubhouse! Ride is at 2pm.

Sunday aft ride!

November 12th, 2017 by in Everything

Hey everyone…there will be a ride this aft at 2pm in Dufferin.  If you have a fat bike, I’d bring it. Skinny tires may still be ok as well as its above freezing. See you there!

Jay Kipps CD release in Orangeville

November 8th, 2017 by in Everything

Hey everyone, local talent “Jay Kipps Band” is playing in Orangeville Saturday night (Nov 11th). I’ve seen Jay play at the Jazz and Blues festival and was thoroughly impressed. So if you have the time on Saturday, why not come out an support some awesome local music! Have an amazing time!

Sat Ride

November 4th, 2017 by in Everything

Short notice ride…today at 2pm @ Duff.

Leaf peeper tour!

It’s Spin weather again

October 30th, 2017 by in Everything

Hey everyone, just a note for anyone interested…I’m starting back up teaching spin class this Thursday the 2nd at 6pm at Headwaters Racquet Club in Orangeville. www.headwatersracquetclub.com/  For those who don’t know it is a 90 minute class which will be every Thursday night at 6pm throughout the Fall/Winter. You don’t need to be a member of the gym and can pay-as-you-go or purchase a 10 pack of passes at a discounted rate.  Everyone is welcome to attend.
If you have any  questions you can reach me through the CONTACT tab.  See you there!  Johnny
Just an update….the 10 pack for spin class will be 10 for $120. They do not have an expiry date so they can be used into 2018 as well. You can purchase them at the gym on your first visit.

SSITT Saturday Important Information & County Forest Information

October 13th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi all, As there has been some controversy recently about activity in the County Forests we have to ask everyone to understand this change of plans for the weekend and rules to be COMPLETELY respected.

First and foremost….as many of you are aware there was some attention given to the issue of open alcohol in a public space.  If you are partaking in this then you are breaking the law, no excuses, and the County has a responsibility to act on this issue.  Therefore at this time and moving forward I must ask everyone to refrain from consuming alcohol while on County property and respect this Law. It is also applicable at tomorrow’s Substance Projects event. It is to be a completely dry event. Trying to sneak one in, even in a cup and getting caught will do nothing more than cause harm to everyone who enjoys Dufferin Forest. I’ve been informed that there will be OPP present as well as our County Forest Manager for the day. So again, no alcohol and utmost respect for authorities and County Staff.

Second item: We have talked about it and due to the rain forecasted Saturday night, we are not hosting the Campout following the event. For a few different reasons, it’s best not to have it this year. We will instead be hosting a get together at the team van go club house, 8km away. It’s dry and warm. If you wish to head to the club house it’s bring-your-own-snacks and beverages. Maybe we can organize a BBQ (I only have a bus size one)? If you wish to camp out, no problem, that’s available as well. Just so we know numbers, if you want to stay the night, please contact me through the CONTACT tab or directly.

Thank you for your understanding and respect for the issues. It is very important to support the requirements of the law, Council and Staff as we can never lose sight of the fact that it is an absolute privilege and not a right to be able to enjoy such an amazing forest.

See you out there, Johnny

Triple Crown event recap, guest post by Janet!

October 13th, 2017 by in Everything

Triple Crown Race @ OCTRA Summer Solstice

Saturday was a blast — our bike group participated in the first-ever Triple Crown Race with our friends at the Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association (OCTRA). Teams of a mountain biker, runner, equestrian and equine competed head-to-head … and honestly, illustrated how horses, mountain bikers and other trail users can get along famously in the same forest/trail system!

Our team was a bit unorthodox — we couldn’t find a runner, so Rosemary Hasner started the raceand did the 15km of singletrack (in 30C+ heat). I took the handoff and rode the same route while the runners did 10km (only seemed fair). And then our new friends, Tom and Carolyn, who came in from just outside Ottawa, rode Dolly and Thor on a 10 km trail ride!We used OCTRA rules, which meant our overall team time didn’t stop until our equine teammates’ heart rates were below 60 bpm! This meant we had to work to make that happen!

The non-equestrian teammates had to de-tack the horses and bathe them to cool them down. Pulse checks were conducted by vets and once we were rested enough, the non-equestrian teammates had to present the horses to the formal vet check. We had to keep the horses’ heart rates below 60 AND then we needed to trot the horses to make sure there was no sign of lameness or other issues. This event was a COMPLETE BLAST. Neither Rose nor I are race-inclined, but this event seemed perfect for us. And it was an outstanding way to show the world how bikes, horses and other trail users can happily co-exist in the same place. Win-win! Word of advice from our equestrian friends — start talking to the horses and the riders the moment they come into view. Don’t stay silent! Horses have no issues with mountain bikers, but they are caught off guard when something sneaks up quietly on them. They’re happy once they figure out there’s a person on that two-wheeled contraption! Take a stroll through the pics for a glimpse inside this AWESOME event!

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Mass start for mountain bikes was at 12:30 pm. Temp = 30 degrees C! At least there was no humidity.

 

Rose returns triumphant. First words out of her mouth? “That was tough!”

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Johnny from www.TeamVanGo.ca worked with Sue from OCTRA to set up the whole day and he was stationed in the forest at the half-way mark for bikes (and the cut-back for runners) to make sure we were OK. I used this moment to hang-out and chat for a good six minutes or so. I don’t race because I am too competitive and I hit this checkpoint way too quickly — it was too hot to be riding that fast, so I needed to collect myself (and talk myself into slowing it down a little). This was supposed to be fun!

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We had to carry a collective time card and hand it off to whomever was doing the nextleg of the relay.

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Not only were our times noted on it, but also the health of our equine partners — HR, leg condition, respiration rate and other general notes. We hung out in the crew area while our teammates were on their ride. They had to stop in the middle of the forest for a mid-point pulse and respiration check by one of the on-site vets — OCTRA folks REALLY look after their horses! We were waiting with pails of water, sponges and squeegee sticks to help get the horses cooled fast upon return.  Dolly gets a pulse check before we head out to final presentation.

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Informal pulse checks are conducted at the cool-down area, so you know where you stand before you go to the next stage. The last thing you want is to present a horse with and elevated heart rate (they send you back or dock you points).

Tom took Dolly, who is a bit high-strung, to official presentation just so we were all safe. Tom and Carolyn told us the horses stay calm when you talk gently to them, so there was a lot of face-to-face calming to help keep those heart rates down.

Rosemary Hasner, horse whisperer, with Thor during official presentation. It worked!  The official presentation! Rose has Thor, who is a purebred Polish Arabian and naturally chill. The vet is the fellow with the red flag attached to his belt. Thor passed!

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Now it was time to trot him. Rose clearly had a blast and Thor looked good, although we were all a bit concerned about a wee hoof nick on one of his back hocks. This boy will need boots next time!

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I got to fuel Thor back at the cool-down area.

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This handsome boy got a mix of carrots,apples, oats, molasses and electrolytes. And of course, some tasty clover that was nearby!

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Addition from Johnny…

Thank you Janet for the great review of the event!

I’d like to thank all the people who made this possible.  I have to give credit to Sue from OCTRA for coming up with this event idea, thanks Sue, it was a pleasure to be a part of this event with you.  A large thank you to all the volunteers that gave their time to come out and make this event happen. I hope everyone involved from every discipline gained some education from each other. We all are seeking the same thing, enjoyment from spending time in nature.  Thank you to all that helped and participated in this event. Johnny

Weds Ride

October 11th, 2017 by in Everything

Well it seems Mother Nature may win this one tonight! I’m still going to head up at 6pm for a short while with some trail tools and leaf blower (and raincoat and rubber boots!) to see if we can at least get the “outer loop” of the practice area open for the SSITT this weekend. Andy and I checked it out last night and it didn’t look too bad, the loggers did the best they could. So if you still want to get your “forest fix” and help with some trail maintenance, I’ll see you at 6!

If you have a rake &/or hoe bring it along….

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Second thing, logging has started in the Simcoe Forest at the south end. They are harvesting the hardwood there.  We have been invited by the County to flag the trail to indicate to the loggers where it is as unmarked it’s almost impossible for them to see it from their equipment.  If anyone can get out to mark it let me know. We are to use orange flagging tape (I have some) and mark trees along the trail. If anyone gets out there for this let me know so I can let them know and not have others head out when it is already been done. This has worked very well in Dufferin to reduce trail damage during harvesting. Thanks!