Dufferin County Forest user survey reminder

August 31st, 2020 by in Everything

Hi everyone, just a reminder to please fill out this survey for DCF. It took me 5 minutes to do it. Completing this is very important as the information collected is compiled and then can have influence on the Forest Operation Plan. The County is asking for your feedback and there are some questions in the survey that are completely worth answering and you are able to include your comments as well on topics such as what you would like to see in the future to enhance your enjoyment. Take the time to add comments if you don’t see something there you would like.

This is a very easy way to have our voice as cyclists heard by Council. Pass it around (Facebook groups, friends, family..) to anyone you know who is a user and encourage them to fill it out.

Thanks everybody, this is how we can make a difference.

Here is a direct link to the Survey.

https://joinindufferin.com/county-forest-operating-plan/survey_tools/review-comments

https://joinindufferin.com/county-forest-operating-plan

 

 

Fun Fat Bike news!!!

September 14th, 2020 by in Everything

Hmmm, what’s this all about???

It’s been floating around out there…Mansfield Outdoor Centre will be opening this year for Fat Biking on weekends! We’ve been working with them on grooming techniques and MOC single track trails and they are set to go this winter.

The end result will be approx 5-7km of groomed MOC single track, 30 plus kms of groomed MOC 2 track and then you can still access the 18km’s of groomed single track in DCF. No more freezing in an unplowed parking lot as there will always be somewhere inside to change and grab a bite or refreshment.

Lots of details to come in the next few weeks.  Is it too early to get excited about Fat Biking???

Feel free to pass this on to anyone that you think may be interested.

 

Sunday Ride…Hardwood Hills

September 8th, 2020 by in Everything

As a bunch of us are doing the Epic 8 next week (2 TVG solos, two TVG teams of 4 and a guest solo….so far!) we are going to ride HWH on Sunday.

2 pm start. Anyone is welcome to join in. This will be weather permitting so if rain is in the forecast for Sat/Sunday check for any updates to make sure it’s still a go. No news is good news.

Airport Road Closure Notice

September 7th, 2020 by in Everything

Just a reminder to anyone travelling Airport Rd next week. Airport Rd will be completely closed from Sept 8th-Sept 11th inclusive from Dufferin Rd 17 (lights in Mansfield) to Dufferin Rd 21 (flashing light north of River Rd, old Foxy Burger Rd).

 

These directions are coming from the South.

The best way to get to DCF will be to turn left (west) at the lights in Mansfield and go to the 4th line. Turn right on the 4th (north) and go to the 20th Sideroad (River Rd). Then turn right (east) on the 20th to Airport Rd and turn right (south) on Airport Rd to DCF. It will add 10-15 minutes to your drive.

Sunday Ride 1pm

September 5th, 2020 by in Everything

Hi gang, we’re going to head out at 1pm tomorrow for a ride. Trails are in great shape after the recent rains…

Happy hour to follow at our place.

Sunday Ride DCF 2pm

August 27th, 2020 by in Everything

Lots of rain so the trails are going to be awesome! 2pm start for a ??km ride…maybe some “adventure ride” as well. Happy hour at the river after. Can’t ride but want to happy hour? No problem just let me know…

 

Friday night fun ride

August 14th, 2020 by in Everything

I’ve been talking about this for a while. Sorry for the short notice but it just got figured out now.

Tonight 7:30 start, fun ride, “flowier”  set of trails and lights!! We plan on starting in the daylight and finishing in the dark. Finally, a night ride that is not -10 degrees.

 

Saturday Ride DCF 2pm

August 14th, 2020 by in Everything

Ride time, 2pm, happy hour and river dip to fallow. As usual, bring river shoes and swimsuit!

Can’t make the ride? NP. Feel free to join the happy hour. Ride will likely be done by 4ish, HH at 4:30.

 

Dufferin Trails-guess who?

August 14th, 2020 by in Everything

Dufferin County has begun to compile their Tourism assets and DCF has been featured. Click on the IG link below and check out “for athletes” to see who’s smiling face is on the trails! Please take the time to “like” the post and “follow” Tourism InDufferin as it sends a message that we appreciate the trails and wish to support the County’s efforts. And share it around to see how many likes it can get. Thanks!

https://www.instagram.com/tourismindufferin/

 

Weekend at Monica’s correction…

August 14th, 2020 by in Everything

I got the dates incorrect….they are fixed up now.

It’s Friday August 21st for Kolapore and Saturday 22nd for 3 stages.

Thank CN!

Weekend at Monica’s

August 13th, 2020 by in Everything

For the past few years Monica has been kind enough to invite everyone up to her place for a ride and camp out. She is continuing the tradition….because she’s awesome!

Details for this year are:

Friday August 21st: Meet at Monica’s at 2pm for a ride at Kolapore followed by a happy hour and pot luck dinner and campfire. There is room to stay the night if you have a tent or camper. If you are joining in the dinner let me know and we’ll figure out grub.

Saturday August 22nd: Three stages ride (from the river…the bottom!) starting at 11am. Followed by a swim and maybe food and beverages on a patio in Collingwood.

Come for one or both. If you plan on attending e-mail me or through the “contact”tab and once we know who is coming I’ll update details directly (address, ride length, parking locations….)

Fun fun!!

 

DCF- Trail Update

August 8th, 2020 by in Everything

I was involved in an IMBA Canada, Ontario Chapter phone conversation the other week. This Council has representatives from Waterloo, North Bay, Ottawa to name a few destinations. One topic that came up that was universal, disappointing  and happening in all those locations plus many others, was trails getting “dumbed down” recently. This meant everything from corners being cut, bypasses being created (and not by the trail builders) around things that were “difficult” (IE a root or rock) all the way to rocks that had been there for ever being physically removed.

There have been reports of this happening in Three Stages & Halton Hills as well…it seems it’s happening everywhere. So I started paying attention here at home and there is a lot of this happening in Dufferin Forest. Lots of trails getting wider to avoid a one inch root, complete corners being cut out, simple short rock gardens being skirted around. I’ve noticed some riders putting debris on the “go arounds” to avoid trail widening which I think is awesome. Then the next ride someone has actually stopped and taken the time to remove it (?????) to reopen the go around. I don’t get it. These trails have existed for years (decades) the way they have always been. Trail builders have spent countless hours in meetings, submitting proposals and on the ground to build these trails the way they are and hundreds of hours have gone into building and maitaining them a certain way by countless individuals. This history goes back decades. Then someone decides they don’t like it and feels it’s ok to just change it to suit their needs?

We are blessed where we live to have such a variety of trail networks with all different types of trails to ride. If you don’t like what the builders in the area you choose to ride that day created, it doesn’t give you the right to change it to suit your needs. Pick a trail network that suits what you like to ride. Don’t think it’s ok (or appreicited) to modify where you ride to suit your needs unless you are part of the process of the trail development.

I know this “trail grooming” problem is an issue in many places. It’s all over the forums. I can see in DCF that others are getting frustrated as they attempt to keep the trails real as they block off all these newly created paths. These trails have existed for decades the way they have always been. There have been trails purpose built by hand by hard working people that support this trail network. Trails have been added and created to suit every level of riding. Please leave them the way you find them. Please stop making cheater paths around everything you don’t like. Practice the lines and trails that are there in front of you as it will make you a better rider everywhere you go. I’ve watched many riders get better and better because they attempt and perfect things they “don’t like”. It’s how we become better riders…by challenging ourselves, not by cutting corners and taking the easy way out. What’s the advantage of that? Do you feel really good after you have “cheated” a trail? Stop and think about it next time you are a part of “dumbing down” a trail. I cannot possibly see how the feeling of cheating a trail can compare with the feeling of accomplishing the trail. And how would you feel if you (and a group of volunteers) hand built trail and someone else randomly just came along and just changed it because they didn’t like it?

I’m in support and proud of all regular users of DCF and all other trail networks that continue to block off all cheater lines while you are out there riding. I have already seen that many of you are doing it already. If you see something new starting, block it off immediately. Keep it up and keep these trails true to what they have aways been. There have been many people in the past that had visions and created things over decades that we have all enjoyed. We need to stay true to those original visions from many, many years ago.

Epic 8

August 6th, 2020 by in Everything

So we already have a 4 person team and 2 solo riders planning on joining in the ride on Sept 18th. If anyone wants to join in and is looking to form a team, let me know (text, e-mail, contact tab) and we can let others know. Thinking of solo but find 8 hours a bit much? NP, just ride what you can, stop when you like, heckle everyone else and be proud you even stepped up to the start line for a solo! Set the # of laps mark for next year. And don’t kid yourself…a team isn’t easy either. Push hard for a lap, then off the bike, push again and off…repeat, repeat…Ugh, that’s almost harder than a solo!

It’s all about personal goals and achievement. Ride your bike and have fun. The end result is a good day on the trails with friends.

Saturday ride/river happy hour

August 6th, 2020 by in Everything

Heading into DCF at 2pm for a ride this Saturday and then if the weather is good, a happy hour at the river. What a great day! Feel free to to partake in one or the other or both. If you wish to join in the happy hour bring river shoes, your swimming suit and the always awesome bag ‘o chips to crush post ride. Yum.

See you then, J&K

 

And now for something a little different!

August 6th, 2020 by in Something Different

Hello Team Van Goers (Van Goees? How does one Van Go in plural?)!

I’m excited to launch a trail running virtual-hybrid race in partnership with Creemore Springs Brewery that takes place in our beloved Dufferin County Forest! How it works is that I’ll have a 6k (ish) and an 11k (ish) course set up and downloadable via Strava or RunKeeper, which you can complete any time between September 30th and November 30th! If you order by August 15th, after you’ve done your run, come on up to Creemore where you can pick up your race kit that includes a full colour run tech-shirt, medal, buff (for the 11k group) and TWO FREE CREEMORE BEER! If the patio is open, you’re welcome to enjoy whatever you like at the brewery, otherwise you can take it home to sip at your leisure! Below is a sample of what the swag looks like – if you order AFTER August 15th, I’ll ship you your race kit, and you can still pick up your free beer at the brewery!

If you know any runners who would enjoy something like this, please share!

It’s at N89.ca/fall2020
Thanks a million and see you on the trails!
Kathy