I've been curious about any plans for the skills park here- I've ridden it quite a bit and taken some new riders there and they've appreciated the smaller features that help them practice low-risk skinnies and ramps.  I think someone at the annual meeting said there wasn't room for more features there, but I noticed that the smaller, more beginner friendly ones had maybe reached the end of their lifespan and and been removed.   Are there any plans for more features that beginner to intermediate riders can use?  That jump at the entrance is a little much, even for me.   :) 
While things like the pulpit in CamRock itself look awesome, I wonder how folks can learn to transition from flat ground to beginner and intermediate features - is there room somewhere for some progressive features and inclusion of some less risky ones? Maybe this has already been planned and some spots picked out?  Thanks.

Board of Director Openings

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March 07, 2021, 09:17 AM

Two of our Board Members have recently had to step down, providing an excellent opportunity for others (maybe you!) to get more involved in CORP. 

Rob Lewis has been an At-Large member for several years, has been vital in our push to develop cyclocross facilities and programming and in developing our relationship with Madison Parks, and will continue to serve as the Cyclocross Guy and an important resource when dealing with the city.  Bethany Kois has been Vice President - Events for a little over a year, and while COVID hampered most of the ideas we had for improving events, or even having them, Bethany provided an important voice on the board and leaves some ideas that will contribute to the organization as our events return.  Thank both of them for their efforts if you see them!

Details about these positions can be found on our Volunteer Opportunities page.  Thoughts or questions can be sent to info@madcitydirt.com.

At-Large Board Member

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March 07, 2021, 09:02 AM

One of four At-Large Board Member positions is currently  open.  The work of the Board is generally is to oversee and expedite all of the work that CORP does, and all members take part in this work.  At-Large Members also serve as the link between Trail Stewards and the rest of the board, and more generally between the general membership and the board.  This is an appointed position, with an open-ended term.

Here's the position description from our Bylaws:  "At-Large Board Members (4): Serve on the board as representatives of the general membership as well as the assigned Trail Stewards.  Provide brief reports regarding each trail at board meetings.  Other duties from time to time as may be assigned by the President or the Board.  The four members will be designated East (CamRock County Park, CamRock Bike Park, Northeast and Sun Prairie), Central (Quarry Park, Quarry Ridge, Badger Prairie, and Seminole), Near West (Pleasant View, Blackhawk, Cross Plains), and West (Blue Mound, Brigham, The Farm, and Sauk Recreation Area).  The At-Large Board Members relationship to the trails he/she represents is both to make sure the needs of the trails are known to the Board, and to help insure that their respective Trail Stewards are fulfilling their duties."

If you, or someone you know, are able to work with others, are well-organized, are a good communicator, and are enthusiastic about building on the great local mountain biking scene, send your name and a brief description of why you'd like to serve to info@madcitydirt.com.   Any questions can be sent to the same address or asked in response to this post.

Thanks for considering!

The Vice President - Events position is currently open.  The work of the Board is generally is to oversee and expedite all of the work that CORP does, and all members take part in this work.  In addition, the VP - Events is tasked with heading up the Events Committee and overseeing club events.  This entails conceiving events, working with partners, hosts and sponsors, delegating specific tasks and anything else that might come along.  These can range from trail workdays and group rides, to having booths at larger events, to major fundraisers.  This is an elected position, and the individual who takes it on will serve until club elections are held at the 2021 Annual Meeting.

Here's the position description from our Bylaws:  "The Vice-President-Events is responsible for scheduling, coordinating, and expediting major club events and functions and coordinating with the Vice-President-Membership, and other duties from time to time as may be assigned by the President or the Board."

Obviously, the current situation concerning evens is a little different than normal, but we're expecting the return of some outdoor events during the summer of 2021.  Our events are an important part of club operations, both for building community and for raising funds, so a bit of creativity may be needed for the next few months.

If you or someone you know are able to work with others, are well-organized, enjoy a party, and are enthusiastic about building on the great local mountain biking scene, send your name and a brief description of why you'd like to serve to info@madcitydirt.com.   Any questions can be sent to the same address, or asked in response to this post.

Thanks for considering!

Dreaming of Dirt

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March 02, 2021, 09:30 PM

It's that time of year when all of our thoughts turn to getting back on dirt trails.  These warmer days mean melting snow and spring riding right around the corner.  Unfortunately, we've got a few weeks of mud in store before the trails will be rideable, so patience is key.  The clay soil in our area holds water, making the trails prone to damage when they are wet; your tires form ruts, pushing the mud to the sides and 'cupping' the trail, causing them to hold more water, resulting in longer dry times, and so on.  And on slopes, it turns the trail into a channel for rainwater, which accelerates erosion.  It all leads to less enjoyable riding and more work for those of us who would rather be building new trail than repairing easily avoidable damage.

Worse than riding simply wet trail is riding thawed trail; when the temperature is dipping below freezing at night and the trail surface refreezes, the water in the soil expands and de-compacts the packed soil.  When it thaws, it creates an especially soupy mix that is even more susceptible to damage by rutting.  It's great to ride in the morning when it is frozen solid, but it will thaw out quickly, especially on south facing slopes.  More information on this phenomenon here.

It's going to be tempting for all of us to head to the trails on that first sixty degree day, but you are almost guaranteed a sloppy, slippery, messy, trail damaging time.  Please have patience and respect for the folks who donate their time and talent to build our trails and wait until they are dry.  Check conditions at madcitydirt.com or on Facebook; all of our trail systems are different, and some will be open before others.  And, please,  head out on the road, multi-use paths, or back home if you find you are leaving a rut.

Good things do come to those who wait, and we're as anxious as you to get out there.


Aldo Leopold Park Pumptrack

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February 24, 2021, 06:35 PM

Plans are moving forward for the installation of a paved pumptrack at Madison's Aldo Leopold Park.  Funding is in place, and most of the bureaucratic red-tape is cut through, though there are a couple more steps there.  The plan is for construction in late summer this year, if those final pieces can fall into place and a builder is available.  One of those steps is a virtual Public Information Meeting on March 18 at 5:30 pm.  It would be very helpful to the cause if there are a number of people speaking in favor of the plan at that meeting, so if you are available, it would be great to see you there; details here.  If you can't make the meeting, you can submit email questions or comments to here.

This facility will be a tremendous asset for the immediate neighborhood, and a pretty cool thing for our larger community (how does 'rideable during mud season' sound?).  Even more important, it will be the first of its kind in the area, and will help people understand what we are talking about with MadBAT and really open peoples eyes to their value.  Let's help make this happen!

All trials follow guidelines set by their respective land managers, which is, I believe, the same everywhere, and is based on the state guidelines; pedal-assist is okay, throttle-assist is not.

Welcome! Once the trails are open, ping me if you're looking for a riding buddy!

Hey all,

Just moved to Madison from San Francisco. I have bad knees so I ride an electric MTB, while I didn't get much grief out in the mountains out west, I know some communities have strong feelings about them. I wanted to gauge how people felt about e-mtb's out here and if there's any trails exclusively off limits?

Thanks for any guidance in advance,

Welcome to the area!  We’ve had great snow conditions this year but that also means the snow pack will likely stick around for awhile.  Hard to say when we’ll be riding dirt, but all of the trails are great about updating conditions on this site.  Keep in mind we have to deal with freeze thaw for awhile here.  It may seem great outside in the spring and fall, but the trails are complete muck!  Just keep an eye on the site, we won’t steer you wrong!
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