Thanks for the response - yes, I've been checking the weather and agree it doesn't look promising.  I'll probably bring my road bike as well as a backup.

Sincerely,

Paul

More Improved Trail

in News
augs
September 19, 2019, 10:26 PM

Jeremy Witek and his team at Global Action Sports Solutions have just wrapped up another awesome project at Blackhawk Ski Club.  The Switchbacks, the thing of nightmares for many a rider (though a fun challenge for a select few), have been transformed into a grueling, but much more rideable climb.  It will remain a two-way trail, but the turns are still tight, so those going downhill will be going slow enough to yield to the climbers.  They had a little time left over, and buffed out the lower section of Howling Wolff; it should be quite a bit less sketchy, but as fun as ever.

Next they're moving on to CamRock to execute Phase 2 of the Mayor's Playground re-build.  Better flow, better progression, and bigger air are all on the way.  It will be great to see the last portion of 2019's SameTrailsBetter campaign come to fruition.  If you see them out there, thank them for the amazing work.  And if you like what you see and feel under your wheels, help make it keep happening; join, donate, or volunteer today!


I moved this thread; no big deal, but it's a better fit here.

Those trails are what's known as the Burdocks.  They are 'hobo trails,' not authorized or officially maintained by anyone, but used and maintained enough to be usable.   This is the biggest network of them in town, but they are all over if you know where to look.  This time of year is hard; the weeds are at their tallest, starting to fall, and the burrs are, as you noticed, out in force.  They rely on folks like yourself getting out there and getting it done.  Looking for help here is worthwhile.  The crew at Revolution Cycles has some folks who put in some time there; it might worth it to stop in and talk to them if you want to organize something.

We can't loan out power tools for this kind of work.  In general, power tools are maybe not a great idea on this kind of trail.  Landowners who are willing to look the other way about bikers and hikers often aren't as mellow about strangers using chainsaws.  Axes, handsaws, weed whips, hedge trimmers, and scythes are slower, but they are cheap, quiet, and have no exhaust.

There is a movement beginning to try to bring these trails above board.  Perhaps this thread can get a few people together who are willing to make that happen.  It will take some work, and maybe not be as immediately satisfying as clearing the trail, but in the long run will be a great service to our community.


Welcome!

Actually, Pleasant View might be your best choice for fast and flowy. Pairing this with a Blackhawk membership would get you the most flow in all of Madison. Cross Plains is small but mighty and well worth checking out.

Blue Mound is mostly old school rugged singletrack with improving flow. Quarry ridge has great flow and the biggest vert/milage ratio. CamRock is plenty flowy and fun too.

These trails are all great choices. Be sure to check here for the latest conditions, things don't look good so far for this weekend :( and check our event calendar for what's going on when you will be visiting.

There is a beginner trail system near the Starkweather Bike Path that is located between Bridges Golf course and the MATC baseball field back in the woods.
It consists of four interconnecting trails of different and mostly easy skill levels.
The easiest one could use the most attention with a downed tree that now blocks the path and another one that protrudes into the path that could cause serious injury.
Plus there are the weeds with the burs that are starting to overtake.
So I could use someone who has a chainsaw and the skills to go with it as well as a weed trimmer.
I figure that including myself this project could be done with just 2-4 of us and under three hours.
Let me know if anyone could be available the weekend of Sept 21-22, a day/time you can be there and what tools you can bring for the job.
If no one is willing or able to do it are there power tools I could borrow for it?

I hope this was OK for me to ask about this since it is a non-CORP trail.
I don't know who else to ask... 

I will be in the Wi Dells area this weekend (9/21-9/23) and would like to hit some of the area single track.  From twin cities, MN - "home" trails are Lebanon Hills, Murphy, Carver, Elm Creek - true single track, some technical okay but prefer fast, flowy tracks.

Looks like (in no particular order) Quarry Ridge, CamRock, Blue Mound and Cross Plains might fit the bill.  Any recommendations would be appreciated - any group events even more appreciated as this will be my first time riding these trails.

Thanks for the assist!!

Paul

Camel Races

in Group Rides, Bike Trips, and Events
augs
September 18, 2019, 06:13 AM

Tonight is the third in a series of casual weeknight races:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2149180035374606/: registration at starts at 4:30, racing at 5:30 at Blackhawk Ski Club.    Miss the old Wednesday Night Time Trials?  Want to see how fast you are in relation to others?  Just want to have a good time and hang out with a bunch of other riders and support CORP?  Classes for all abilities, it looks to be a beautiful evening, all proceeds support local trails.  Hope to see you there!

Re: Volunteering 2019

in Cross Plains
nor
September 09, 2019, 08:34 AM

Hey Riders!

We have made a lot of progress on the new west loop.  Join us tonight 09-Sep at 530 at the trailhead to try and finish the loop.  If you come late that is fine.  Just take the west loop towards the end. We have a short section to hand finish.  We have tools, all we need is YOU!

https://www.facebook.com/events/503617280213486/

Sponsorship

in CORP Stuff
Renegade Rick
September 03, 2019, 06:21 PM


Interested in helping CORP and gaining exposure for your organization? Consider becoming involved with the Capital Off Road Pathfinders Sponsorship Program. Mountain bike trails are awesome. They provide substantial benefits to your community and positive associations for your organization.


Reach out to our Vice-President of Membership, Dan Dacko to get involved.



Capital Off Road Pathfinders Sponsorship Program

Diamond - $10,000+
  • Logo Placement and link to company site on Madcitydirt website
  • Social media tagging, linking and shout outs, boosted posts
  • Mentions at CORP events
  • Year-end activity summary and invitation to celebration
  • Logo Placement on CORP jerseys
  • Clickable Logo on CORP email Newsletter
  • Company Banner at CORP events (Supplied by Company)
  • Logo Placement on CORP brochures
  • Additional promotions considered per sponsors direction

Platinum - $5,000+
  • Logo Placement and link to company site on Madcitydirt website
  • Social media tagging, linking and shout outs, boosted posts
  • Mentions at CORP events
  • Year-end activity summary and invitation to celebration
  • Logo Placement on CORP jerseys
  • Clickable Logo on CORP email Newsletter
  • Company Banner at CORP events (Supplied by Company)
  • Logo Placement on CORP brochures

Gold - $2,500+
  • Logo Placement and link to company site on Madcitydirt website
  • Social media tagging, linking and shout outs, boosted posts
  • Mentions at CORP events
  • Year-end activity summary and invitation to celebration
  • Logo Placement on CORP jerseys
  • Clickable Logo on CORP email Newsletter
  • Company Banner at CORP events (Supplied by Company)
  • Logo Placement on CORP brochures

Silver - $1,000+
  • Logo Placement and link to company site on Madcitydirt website
  • Social media tagging and shout outs
  • Mentions at CORP events
  • Year-end activity summary and invitation to celebration
  • Logo Placement on CORP jerseys
  • Logo Placement on CORP brochures

Bronze - $500+
  • Logo Placement Madcitydirt website
  • Social media tagging and shout outs
  • Mentions at CORP events
  • Year-end activity summary and invitation to celebration

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