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Friday Night “Ride and Tidy”

June 14th, 2018 by in Everything

We got a great day in today on the trails, we got most of the course marked, most of the trail-to-nowhere pruned back and all of the wheel hill trimmed and the W.H. and the trail-to-nowhere leaf blown.  Quite the day out there!

For anyone coming out to help tomorrow, it is looking like most of us can be there at 4:30-4:45 so if you want to come out and help aim for that time. If you make it after that, just call me and I’ll let you know where we are at. We could use all the help we can get if we hope to get everything pruned back as it’s growing in a lot this year. All you need is your bike and a set of pruners if you have them. Should be a great night to get out in the Forest.


Trail Clean up Volunteers needed

June 10th, 2018 by in Everything

Two trail work/marking scenarios in the upcoming week….

  1. I’ll be looking for some help Thursday mid afternoon/early evening & Friday evening doing some trail marking for this weekend’s Triple Crown Event. Basically a bike ride carrying flags and marking the course.  Depending on time and number of helpers I may wish to tackle the raspberry bushes growing in on the “wheel hill”. This will require using weed whippers & leaf blowers. If you can assist on either of those days let me know which day and what time you are available. (E-mail, text, call or “Contact Tab” me). If we get a good group out we can do some more fun stuff.  I will be supplying all required equipment and transport to the “wheel hill” by truck.
  2. Sue from OCTRA has contacted me and her main chainsaw/trail helper is currently out of commission! She is looking for some volunteers to help out this week (preferably early this week) to do some trail cleaning on some of the equestrian loops being used this upcoming weekend. She can supply equipment (or we have some as well) and ATV’s. If you are available at all during the week let me know (same contact procedure as above).

On behalf of everyone, Thanks!

Sat aft ride

June 8th, 2018 by in Everything

I’m heading out for a “longish” ride at 2pm Saturday if anyone is interested in joining.

Triple Crown Registration is Open

June 3rd, 2018 by in Everything

Registration is open for the Triple Crown. Click the link below to register!


Here is a description of the event…

TVG is co-hosting an event with OCTRA on Saturday June 16th at Dufferin Forest.  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 we will plan on arranging the day such that everyone can still get out and complete their discipline even if they don’t have a complete team. The idea is to just get out there together and enjoy the day and each other’s company.  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.

Entry fee is $75 per team or $25 per individual and covers everything for the day.

Sound like fun? Let’s all make this a great event.

Hope to see you there, Johnny


Team Van Go contributions

June 1st, 2018 by in Everything

Normally in the past I’ve been able to thank everyone personally for contributions made to Team Van Go. I must admit, the past year has been quite different in a number of ways. Myself, I have been a bit more involved personally in things to do with Dufferin Forest. There has as well been the seemingly continuous upkeep of the trails by so many others with spring clean up and wind storms. So many others have put forth quite an impressive and continuous effort out there that we should all be so appreciative of. In my opinion, as a result of everyone out there that have been working on the trails, they are in the best condition that they have ever been.

I apologize that I have not thanked everyone personally for your contributions. Please understand that they are all appreciated so much and go towards everything to do with trails…purchase of equipment, fuel & maintenance for equipment, IMBA memberships, insurance policies, media stuff…the list goes on. We have been borrowing some equipment in the past that with your contributions and equipment contributions from Caledon Cycling, we will now be able to have this covered by TVG.

There have been a lot of changes in the last year and more progress coming up. If I may speak for the collective of us all, thank you to all for what you do in anyway you do it. All the efforts and contributions from everyone make us who we are.

The Forest is awesome. We are so lucky & privileged to be able to be there.

Thank you to everyone, it wouldn’t happen with out you.


Saturday AM ride

June 1st, 2018 by in Everything

K&J are doing a loop in Dufferin on Sat morning starting at 10am. I was out this afternoon and after the rain Thursday the trails are great. See you!

Sunday Ride

May 26th, 2018 by in Everything

K & J are heading out at 11am for a scoot before the afternoon rain sets in. Trails should be great after Saturday’s rain!

Chesley Saddle Club Ride May 26th-28th

May 26th, 2018 by in Everything

Hi everyone! Just a note to let everyone know that there is an Chesley Saddle Club equestrian event happening this weekend (May 26th-28th).  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 rain coming up 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.

Kona Demo Afternoon/Evening

May 24th, 2018 by in Everything

Looking to try out a new bike? The Epic Ride is hosting a Demo Day in the Dufferin Mono Tract Friday starting at 4pm Friday the 25th. It will be at the end of the 1st Line E.H.S. off of the 25th Sideroad. They will have a hand full of new Kona’s to test ride with a great selection for comparison. If you require more info call Brent at 519-941-8611. Should be fun…check it out!


3 Crown update

May 23rd, 2018 by in Everything

Just a reminder about the Triple Crown event June 16th. We are hoping to get registration up next week so start sourcing out your teams! Remember that you can sign up as an individual looking for a team or as a partial or complete team. We will figure out the rest. Stay tuned!