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Save the Date, Ralph’s Trail build, May 20th

April 22nd, 2019 by in Everything

In the Summer/Fall of 2017 Ralph and I had an idea…build a trail that would connect the “south parking area” to the Hill Trail \ Hill Bypass Trail. This would then enable us to avoid riding through the field to get to HT & HBPT. The thought was let’s just drop down into the ravines a bit and follow the contours to HT & HBPT. The original name we came up with was “The Contour Trail”. It would be a tough trail to build.

The time has now come that we can build this trail. The Friends of Dufferin County Forest group (FDCF) has been formed which is the organization we will work under. The proposed trail is approximately 1.5 km’s and will have some challenging sections to build. Lots of bench cutting and tricky topography to work around. The trail build is open to everyone that wishes to participate in any capacity they wish. Whether you have tools and trail building experience or have never built trail before it does not matter. There will be work and a task for everyone. Start time will be 8am and we hope to complete the trail in a day.

Lunch will be provided by Team Van Go (likely Pizza!).

If you are interested in helping it is very important that you RSVP as I will need to know who will be coming out for the day. You can contact me however you like (e-mail is best) and also use the “Contact” tab above to e-mail me.

This will be “Ralph’s Trail” and he’d love for you to be a part of it.

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you know (other clubs, FB, other users) that would be interested in participating. I will be providing more detail as the date draws closer.

Trail Update

April 22nd, 2019 by in Everything

Well after the Substance Projects race on the weekend the trails are in great shape. I got out for a ride Sunday and the trails are cleared, dried up and in better shape than they where last week. All trails are good to go and tomorrows rain will just make them better. Have a great ride. Enjoy!

SSITT Saturday

April 19th, 2019 by in Everything

So tomorrow is the Sausage Suit race put on by Substance Projects. And it definitely looks like rain, drizzle if we are lucky. So what is one to do? I guess my thought is make the best of it, get set up to get wet, dress warmly and enjoy hitting the trails with good friends! There are actually a lot of plus points about tomorrow…It’s not snowing (like last year!) and I just finished a lot of winter riding in the cold, dark & wet. I’m not riding my Fat Bike (started to get a bit t tired of that!). I’m not sitting inside on a trainer (actually I never do that anyway, but that’s one for those who do). I’m going to be in a lovely forest surrounded by folks that love bikes. The trails are in awesome shape (still a few soft spots but nothing we are at all worried about with regards to trail damage). If you have ever ridden Dufferin before you may know that it can actually be better when wet. The forest is sand based and drains like crazy. Yup the roots and logs will be wet but I just consider that more of a challenge to our mountain biking skills.

Dan (from Substance Projects) and his crew (I saw Ryan leaf blowing on Weds night, thanks Ryan!) have done an incredible amount of work getting the course cleaned up for this event. They have taken what would of been a fairly leaf covered set of trails and turned them into sweet clear trails. The snow just left a couple weeks ago so the window to get ready was very short. He has pulled it off again. He had to create a few temporary “connector trails” to connect all the single track together (these will be energy sucking sections, don’t say you were not warned. They are a small price to pay to link together 23+km’s of pure single track!). So cheers to the Substance Projects crew. They have worked really hard so let’s go out and enjoy what they have created for us. Yes it would be better if it was sunny and 12 degrees. But it won’t be.

I’m looking forward to a great ride tomorrow with my buddies and enjoying my day in the Forest. See you there!

Also, if anyone wants to be the “Gorilla” (standing in the rain in a Gorilla Suit) let me know ASAP.

Trail Report

April 16th, 2019 by in Everything

We got out for a ride last night and stuck to Ridge Connector, Ridge, Lollipop, Trail-to-nowhere, trail-to-somewhere and Stick. We had a great ride. The frost is still coming out in a few places which has caused some tracks in the soft dirt for some short bits but it’s nothing that we can’t easily rectify so no problem.

There was still ice on Ken’s trail last weekend so if possible maybe avoid the Ken’s/Steve’s/Wheel hill section for a bit. The warm weather this week will likely help finish everything up.

Hope this helps!

Saturday Ride/Trail Report

April 11th, 2019 by in Everything

We got out for our Wednesday night ride last night to scout things out. We rode everything but Ken’s/Steve’s trail and happy to report that this Saturday will be “Skinny Saturday”! Time to put the Fat Bikes away….

There was still a bit of snow in places but nothing that wasn’t manageable and the trails are dry enough that there shouldn’t be any damage caused. Please be careful on Ken’s/Steve’s as I can’t comment on those trails.

Saturday’s ride will start at 11:30. It is suppose to be a beautiful day so come on out for a ride. If you wish, bring a snack (lunch?) for afterwards as we will likely hit the patio at TVG headquarters afterwards. We will likely do the Sausage Suit Course (which is next weekend!!!) which has been redesigned for 2019 to include even more sweet single track! See you there…yeah SPRING!!!!!

Don’t ask me why this is in a foreign language, the link will take you to an English website!?

Friends of the Dufferin County Forest Meeting

March 23rd, 2019 by in Everything

The County held it’s first FDCF meeting on Thursday night. What a great turn out! Our County Forest Manager estimated there were about 40 people in total that attended. It was a great “meet and greet” and the County supplied refreshments and snacks (and cool vests as well as lots of other goodies!). There was lots of good discussion and positivity during the evening. It was a great experience having all user groups gather together to show support for each other, the County, the Recreation Policy and most importantly, to display our love and appreciation for the Forest. There were members from several social cycling groups and from several equestrian groups represented. I’m sure that moving forward all these groups can provide support for each other when the need arises. Thanks to everyone that came out and to all others that have signed up but couldn’t make the evening and most importantly, to the County for allowing us the privilege of enjoying the County Forests.

“Many hands make light work”.

Trail Update

March 21st, 2019 by in Everything

Trails are now snow, ice, dirt, slush and everything in between. At this point you can’t really hurt anything and hopefully the Fat Bike season is almost over. So feel free to ride even if they are mushy.

Now we will need to pay attention to mud and soft dirt trails. Please follow common sense and don’t leave ruts in the dirt. They stay with us for a long time.

As the trails open up, if you notice anything that requires attention please contact us through the “contact” tab and let us know. Thanks!

Wednesday Ride

March 19th, 2019 by in Everything

Plus 10 tomorrow. Not sure how riding will be, likely pretty soft and/or ice. I may just go for a hike (my legs could use the break!), maybe walk and scout out new trail (Ralph’s Trail and Max Connector). See how the day goes…still 6pm start for what ever you choose to give a go.

Sunday Ride 2pm

March 15th, 2019 by in Everything

Planning a ride for 2pm on Sunday. Below zero for the weekend so we will find something to ride for sure!

Friends of DCF Waiver

March 13th, 2019 by in Everything

It’s come up a couple of times now so I’d thought I’d post up a clarification…If you have signed up with the County to be a FDCF and completed the original application form you would of hopefully received an e-mail several weeks later about signing an additional waiver. Some folks have thought that they already did that with the application but this is required as well as a supplement to the original paperwork. I’ll include an attachment here. Just double check that you have competed it and sent it in. The first meeting is next Thursday & spring is coming! Hope to see you at the meeting.