I went for a very short walk tonight at DCF. The trails survived the rain…sort of. Still snow in the Forest and the trails are very, very hard packed snow verging on ice. They are quite slippery and until we get more snow I would caution anyone riding unless you have studded tires. Without studs I doubt you would have fun and it’s likely a bit unsafe.
Brian reported in that this was consistent on the trail he rode and the Ridge is basically down to dirt.
I’ll update more tomorrow after the Weds night ride which will be with studded tires unless we get some more snow before tomorrow night.
Johnny in Everything
We got out again today with the groomer and everything we plan on keeping open for FB-ing is now fully groomed. My guess is 18-20km of groomed trail.
The trails seemed to survive the plus temps today but tomorrow is a definite no-go. Plus over night and all day tomorrow with rain…any traffic is likely to create a negative impact. Back to negatives on Tuesday so if the packed snow survives Monday we should be good to go.
Johnny in Everything
Well things went a bit sideways last night. The trail was awesome…until it snowed over 4 inches last night. Today was a bit of a slog.
Until the groomer got out! I spent 3 hours this afternoon grooming the fresh snow with the groomer. And it was awesome!! I likely groomed over 15km of trails. The Max trails, Ridge Connector, Ridge, 1/2 Lolli & Stick and some assorted 2 track are all machine groomed. Pure 20 ” wide packed trail single track goodness. All the same trails as the summer. I even had time and groomed the 2km “Interpretive Trail” for hikers. It should set up well overnight and be all set for riding tomorrow. So if the thought of freshly groomed single track with over 6″ of snow in the Forest making it look absolutely stunning doesn’t get you out…
The groomer worked like a charm. It was a lot of work but isn’t anything worth while? It navigated all the single track, climbed all the climbs, managed all the off camber uphill trails and could be worked around all the super tight corners and between the narrow trees. This is going to change everything. Now that it has a packed track to follow I imagine it will get easier as it should just sit in the track and follow it. Even after one grooming session I can say this was absolutely a worth-while investment. I know tomorrow after we ride what I groomed I will be thanking everyone who pitched in again in my head. Fat Biking isn’t going anywhere. More and more people are enjoying it as a past time. Anything that gets people outside enjoying nature is worth encouraging in my option. We’ve had some great groomed trails over the past few years but I’m so excited about getting out tomorrow! Enjoy Global Fat Bike Day tomorrow!!!!Johnny in Everything
Come on out on Saturday and join in on the GFBD ride. 11am start in the Main Tract. There are over 18km’s of well groomed single track and km’s of mixed 2 track to enjoy. It looks like a perfect day…-3 degrees with sun and cloud which means it will be beautiful out there. If you haven’t been out yet, this can be the day!
“Social” at TVG headquarters after the ride for anyone that want to join in. I’ll have the fire going.
🙂Johnny in Everything
It’s time we start updating the trail conditions as they change. I’ll try and keep on top of that.
We had an awesome ride tonight, a bunch of fresh snow to get rid of the ice pellets from the other day. We rode Max’s trails, Ridge Connector, Ridge, Lolli, Trail 2 Nowhere, 2 track & Stick out. 18km and it was in great shape. It’s even better now that 8 of us got out and packed it down. This is the loop that we are going to try and keep groomed all winter. Ken’s trail section has been ridden and should be good as well but we didn’t head that way tonight.
The coming days it will be incredible as it’s gong to stay below zero. Some plus temps and rain early next week so we’ll see how the trails stand up after that. Up to and including Saturday will be fast and super fun single track FBing!!
Johnny in Everything
Get out for a ride!
The GFBD LEGEND
Eight years, ago a couple of very clever Brits came up with an idea for a grass-roots – worldwide – fat-bike holiday, that would bring the fat-bike community together, like nothing we’ve ever seen before or since! December 7th is the date of this year’s – GLOBAL FAT-BIKE DAY! Some of you are probably wondering… why are we telling you about an event so far in advance? Well, it’s because you are all part of the planning process! It takes time to get all of your ducks in a row, and gather your regional fat-tribe for some world-wide group-fun. So consider this your early reminder, to mark your calendars and get that process started. This event is purely a grass-roots, community-based dealio. no sponsors, no entry fees, and no worries…..just, one of the best times, you have ever had on a fat-bike! GFBD isn’t owned or run by any commercial enterprise. GFBD belongs to everyone that has a fat-bike and wants to celebrate! Every year, someone reminds us that some people have to work on Saturday, so If that applies to you, feel free to hold your ride on Sunday, if that works better. GFBD is all about fun and freedom.Johnny in Everything
Hey everyone…The groomer is here! I spent the evening putting it together & making some modifications for trail grooming. It is a pretty neat unit and while it will be some hard work grooming still, it will be better than the tire pull (more upper body/core than legs). I still plan on setting up the two “tire groomers” as they can still be used between major grooms to keep things in great shape. They did an awesome job just keeping the track nice an tidy. With all of this and some awesome groomer volunteers we should be set for some great Fat Biking trails this year. We re being very ambitious and hope to keep 18-20km open.
Another huge thank you from everyone who will use these trails to everyone than donated the funds to make this happen. It was a huge goal and it’s still hard to believe that this all happened so quickly. This is a long term investment and will serve to bring us great winter trail riding for years to come. If anyone still wishes to help out with this feel free to donate any amount to keep the machine fuelled and our volunteers fed (it’s alway nice to buy them lunch and chips once in awhile) and a post groom/ride beverage at the TVG Headquarters never hurts as well.
Now we just need a bit more snow….Johnny in Everything
At the moment (10:00am) it is “ice pellet-ing”. Not rain, not snow. The forecast is that it should be changing to snow very soon. If it starts to snow by 11 it will be beautiful out there. If it doesn’t then it won’t be as beautiful! I’ll be heading over regardless for 11am as I’ll head out for a ride and hope it changes over to snow. At least you won’t get wet!
j 🙂Johnny in Everything
The trails are mostly snow free at the moment so if you wanted to sneak in a skinny bike ride before the snow on Sunday it’s all good!
Sunday at 11am is Mike’s birthday ride (and Paul-on-a-plane birthday ride & Ty-is-busy-this weekend Bday ride). It’s likely going to be snowing so it will be a Fat Bike day likely. Pop back to TVG headquarters for a celebratory beverage (and warn fire!) after. If you wish to just join back at HQ let me know and we can let you know what time we will be here.
Johnny in Everything
We’ll be playing this weds night by ear, lots of rain and more scary-high winds forecasted for tomorrow. Judge the day as it goes along and make a wise decision from there.
Chris and I rode last night…Ken’s, Wheel Hill, TTNW, Ridge and Max trails out. A combo of clear dry trail, damp, snow and ice! So everything everywhere. We had an awesome ride and was still thankful for having the Fat bike out. By the weekend we may be back to full skinny bikes for one more go! All trails are still open! (tree down on hill trail).
Bday ride…Tyler, Mike and Paul!! We may spread this out depending on weather and availability. Stay tuned!