The pump track at Aldo Leopold Park is nearing completion, the paving is nearly done and Madison Parks expects it to be open by the end of the month. There is still a fair bit of landscaping, drainage, and restoration work to be done once the paving is complete, so please be patient. That work is weather dependent, so there is no firm date. It will be open when the contractor has removed all of their equipment and paraphernalia, so you can use that as a guideline, and you can be sure we'll send out a message when that happens.
Once it is open, please stay off the freshly seeded areas, so that the grass is still viable in the spring.
The official grand opening won't be until the spring, when the permanent skills loop is installed, but we'll be having a mellow celebration of the opening of the areas first paved pump track on November 6, more details to come. Stop by and give it a go and see what it's all about.
Want to see more facilities like this? Whether it's miles of singletrack or compact urban goodness, CORP is working hard to improve Madison area mountain bike infrastructure, show your support and help make it happen by joining today. Join or renew during October and you're entered to win one of ten great prize packages!
I posted on the camrock facebook page but didn't get any response. I found an under saddle bag with some flat repair stuff in it at the CR3 shelter a few weeks ago. If you lost one pm me and we can figure out how to get it back to you.
Big thanks to everyone and came out and made the Pleasant View work day a big success. We made a lot of positive additions / rebuilds to almost the entirety of Slice and a portion of Mulligan. Both should be riding very well in a couple days. PLEASE give the work some time to harden before having a full go.
Are you going to be riding next year? The following year? The one after? Of course you will be! Your support now means that more and better trails will be there for you when you need them.
Did you know the majority of your membership dollars are distributed and applied directly to our local efforts? Whether it's building new trail in Cross Plains and Prairie su Sac, developing new systems like New Glarus Woods or DeForest, or maintaining and improving trails at Seminole, CamRock, Blue Mound, and more, CORP depends on your support to keep Madison area riding great.
The Fall Membership Drive runs through the month of October. Join or renew now to be entered to win one fo eight great prize packages, including shopping sprees from Jenson and Canyon, and feel great about supporting your local trails and being part of the largest trail stewardship community in the country.
We had a great time at Capital Brewery for our annual Movie Night! "A Biker's Ballad" was excellent, the weather was perfect, and it was good to see everyone. We raised over $1500 from ticket sales, and ended the seasons Trailhead Ale promotion by finishing off our eleventh keg, raising another $550. Thanks to Capital Brewery for hosting, Matchstick Productions for the movie, all the volunteers who helped out, and everyone who had a pint of Trailhead Ale all summer long!
While there is a great deal of glory in building trail, there is a ton of work that goes on outside the woods, and the BOD is where that starts. The primary requirement for all the positions is a love of mountain biking and a desire to keep improving local opportunities. If you are interested in giving back without getting any bug bites or blisters, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual elections to the CORP Board of Directors are coming up soon. Mike Evans is up for re-election after having been appointed last spring. He is happy to serve again, but others who are interested are welcome to run. Official position description:
The Vice-President-Events is responsible for scheduling, coordinating, and expediting major club events and functions and coordinating with other Board Members as needed, and other duties from time to time as may be assigned by the President or the Board.
In the real world, that means attending monthly board meetings (fourth Thursday of the Month, 7-9 pm), keeping in touch electronically, mostly via email, and overseeing club events via the Events Committee. It does not necessarily mean running the actual events; they often have individuals who are committed to making them happen, though if you have ideas for events and/or want to be a part of running existing events, that is great. Coordinating and assisting the folks running individual events is the focus of the job.
The principle requirements are a love of mountain biking and the time and commitment to follow through with tasks. A knowledge of social media, marketing, and what constitutes a good time is helpful, but not required; we have folks with those skills, and the ability to coordinate and communicate amongst those people will serve you, and the club, better than any technical knowledge.