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Mansfield Outdoor Centre Fat Bike Invitational Day …January 4th, 2020

December 11th, 2019 by in Everything

Remember the late 90’s when the Mansfield Outdoor Centre was open for Mountain Biking?? Would you be interested it visiting again? Do you own a Fat Bike (or know where you can borrow/rent one)?

Well the MOC is opening for an “invitational” day for Fat Biking! Saturday January 4th, 2020 from 10am-4pm.

And here is your invitation.

How it’s going to work:

You need a Fat Bike (minimum 3.8″ tires).

Parking will be by the old Mountain Bike building by the entrance.

Passes will be given out at the Field Centre at the cafeteria counter. This building is on your left on the way to the Main Lodge. There will be signs. There are washrooms/change rooms there.

$15 taxes included (cash only please).

This will include your day pass for as much riding as you can possibly do, Chilli (both veggie and non-veggie) and bread lunch and if we are lucky, brownies.

Happy hour by the fire in the Field Centre at 3pm (supplied by yourself).

As this is an invitational event it is capped at 50 people max (fire regulations in the Field Centre). Don’t delay, first come-first served.

All for $15!

Trails:

That will completely depend on the weather. There may be 20 plus km’s of ski trail groomed for Fat Biking plus 18km’s of groomed FB single track mixed in. Or it could be ice, or dirt, or slush??? The way winter is who knows. No matter what it will be fun.

Seriously, ideally there will be over to 35km’s of groomed trails to get out on and explore. You can do a little or a lot, get lost, get found, come back to the Field Centre anytime & relax by the fire, warm up,  grab a snack or lunch and head back out for more. You will have all day!

 

Payment-Registration:

You must RSVP through the TVG “Contact” Tab. Registration is capped at 50 people.  

Just send a quick note with your Name, number of people and your e-mail address. Please only RSVP if you are positive you are coming as it will be necessary to close the invite at 50 and if you no-show someone else may of been able to come. No funds are being collected until the day so we are acting on the honour system that if you RSVP you will be attending. Again, $15 (cash) gets you lots of riding, lunch a warm fireplace and you get to hang out with a great crowd of Fat Bikers.

Sound fun? I think so and a great way of starting off the New Year!

Cheers!

 

Dec. 10th, 2019 trail report

December 10th, 2019 by in Everything

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.

 

Dec 8th-Trail Report

December 8th, 2019 by 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.

Enjoy!

 

Friday Dec 6th trail report-groomer report

December 6th, 2019 by 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!!!!

Saturday Global Fat Bike Day Ride, DCF-11am

December 5th, 2019 by 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.

🙂

Dec 4th Trail Report

December 4th, 2019 by 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!!

Enjoy!!

 

Dec 7th is Global Fat Bike Day

December 3rd, 2019 by 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.

Groomer has arrived!!

December 2nd, 2019 by 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….

Sunday ride…the very local weather report

December 1st, 2019 by 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 🙂

Sunday birthday ride! Trail report…

November 29th, 2019 by 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.

🙂

 

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