augs
Vice-President - Membership and Events
February 19, 2019

Thanks to everyone who came out to the council meeting and who sent in supportive comments otherwise, and to the Sun Prairie City Council, the umbrella insurance requirement was removed, and the Memorandum of Understanding was approved unanimously, so maintenance  of the Sheehan Parks Trails can resume and continue into the future.  This kind of outpouring of support for homegrown, local trails is what makes the mountain bike community great to be a part of!
augs
Vice-President - Membership and Events
February 18, 2019

Bike-O-Rama (https://bikeorama.com) is coming up, March 8-10 at the Alliant Energy Center, and we could use your help.  CORP will have our information booth there, and if the weather cooperates, we'll have our mobile trail features set up for bike demos.  If you've got a couple hours and are in the market for a new bike, or are anxious to ride and want to take advantage of our set-up, or want to see Robbie Pfunder (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0IQ0XxXisk) perform, or just want to be around alot of bikes, you can do any of those and put in some volunteer time for CORP.  No special skills or knowledge needed, just enthusiasm about mountain biking and a willingness to share your stoke!

Sign up is here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0a45a4ab23a5fb6-bikeorama.  Hope to see you there as we get ready for spring!

augs
Vice-President - Membership and Events
January 22, 2019

Hey, we finally got some snow, and the riding is fantastic!  The folks up north put together this handy reminder about tire width and pressure.  In fresh snow, have at it, but once a tread is established, respect the work of the groomers and help the snow last as long as possible; if you're leaving a rut, your tires are too narrow and/or your pressure is too high.  Thanks, and see you out there!

ddacko11
Vice President - Membership | Trail Steward - Quarry Park
December 30, 2018

Capital Off Road Pathfinders is asking YOU the community to help create a new design for our volunteer T-shirts. It has been a while since a refresh has happened and we figured since you wear these items your creative input would be best. By the community for the community. This design will be used for T-shirts and other items for workdays, Battle of Cam Rock and other events where CORP volunteers have a presence.

Here are the details. Simple as possible

  • A $100 gift certificate (to any CORP bicycle retail sponsor) will be awarded to the winning design and a T-shirt.
  • Must be your own drawing, artwork or creation. You must own the rights.
  • The design must have Capital Off Road Pathfinders text and must be legible. Various fonts can be used, but are subject to board approval.
  • The word VOLUNTEER is to be used, best case it is apart of the design but it can be used on its own if needed. That is on Front or Back.
  • There are no criteria for the design itself, but elements of inclusion of the larger off-road community, trail work, mountain bikes, Dane and Sauk county culture help tell our story.
  • Best is to provide an AI or EPS file. Keep design within a 9" x 9" dimension, we might resize for printing but we don't want to have to cut elements out.
  • To keep things uniform for judging, designs need to be placed on a T-shirt template. See the attachment at Madcitydirt.com
  • To submit artwork for voting, email to dan.dacko@madcitydirt.com

All submissions must be submitted by March 1st, voting will end March 15th. We will be providing voting how to details later.
ddacko11
Vice President - Membership | Trail Steward - Quarry Park
October 07, 2018


Same Trails. Better. 
2019 Trail Improvement Campaign

The last few years have seen a tremendous expansion in the number and miles of trails that the Capital Off Road Pathfinders (CORP) manage.  This is undeniably great for area mountain bikers, as the trails host youth programs, several high school racing (NICA) teams, and a variety of group rides, while providing fitness and a connection to nature to innumerable individuals.  Unfortunately, CORP is at a point where maintaining all the trails we manage has become a real challenge.  While the storms of August 2018 and previous years have done some devastating localized damage and caused several years worth erosion in places, almost all area trails are showing their age and detracting from the riding experience.

To address this, CORP is kicking off our Same Trails Better campaign.  The objective is to restore and upgrade several of our current trail systems:  more sustainable, more accessible, and more fun!  Our goal is to raise $80,000 to bring in professional builders who can accomplish things in weeks that would take our volunteers years to achieve.

Why?
  • Repair damaged trails and features:  You may have noticed reroutes, reshaped tread, filled holes, capped jumps and berms, deberming, and rebuilt bridges, filters, rock and wood features. With the proper funding CORP can accelerate these results manyfold.
  • Improve sustainability:  Trail building techniques have evolved, and much has been learned about drainage and traffic at our trails.  This combination of knowledge will be used to make trails that last longer with less maintenance.
  • Get Green, Blue and Black trails back to their intended skill level.
  • Reduce the need for volunteers, and all that goes with it. CORP has a variety of opportunities for new trail systems, and expansions of existing systems.  We want our precious volunteer hours making these a reality.
How?
In October 2018 CORP contracted with Backyard Trails to rebuild storm damaged and eroded sections at Pleasant View. This system was hit the hardest by recent storms, and while volunteer repairs have made the trail rideable, they are mostly incomplete and unsustainable. Additionally, they will be working throughout the system to rework and repair eroded areas. Riding the trails in November will be an eye-opening experience, showing how much different top shape trail is to ride.

In 2019, we’ll continue to do similar work at our other trails systems.  Details are still being worked out and will depend on the success of this campaign, but likely work includes:
  • Blackhawk:  Redesigning and rebuilding the lower section of Howling Wolff.
  • Cam Rock:  Resurfacing and reshaping on Mayors playground, Rip and Ride and Beer Run, and general system wide erosion repair.
  • Quarry Ridge:  Major rock armoring work on Sandy Climb, capping and shaping of flow trails.
  • Seminole:  Re-routing and re-working of cupped fall-line trails, improving creek crossings.

The Ask
If you ride or appreciate the opportunity to ride off road in the Madison area, CORP needs your support.  How can you help?
  • Donate to the campaign:  Go to madcitydirt.com or the CORP Facebook page and click the donate now button.  Consider the value of quality trails close to home; what is that worth to you?
  • Become a member:  There is power in numbers when negotiating and pitching plans to land managers or larger donors.
  • Talk with your employer about donating:  Our trails are valuable community assets for more than hard-core riders; families, youth programs, scholastic racing and more.
  • Think about the trails:  If you have noticed a section of trail that has degraded, let us know. 



CORP is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization that depends on our community.  Ask us how you can help out, and know that your support is appreciated!