Our annual Spring Fundraiser is returning to Machinery Row Bicycles on March 30. There will be complementary food from Madison Sourdough, beverages from Door County Brewing, Delta Beer Lab, NessAlla Kombucha, and WiscoPop. Slide Food Cart will be there selling their awesome sandwiches and chips, with 15% of the proceeds coming back to CORP. Tons of great door prizes, including a Giant Fathom 2 bike. All your friends will be there talking about how good 2019 will be when we get through the March thaw. $20 gets you in the door, and all proceeds go directly to improving the local trails. What more could you ask for? Saturday, March 30, from 6:00-9:00a. See you there!
Note: if you want to skip the details and just support mountain biking, jump directly to the DNR Public Input Form. The deadline is Tuesday, March 26.
Q: I've heard that a "Master Plan Revision" process has begun for Blue Mound State Park (BMSP). What does this mean for the mountain bike trails there? Wasn't there just a Master Plan amendment a few years ago?
A: This is a rare opportunity for the trail system, which has been enjoyed by countless individuals since 2000. Capital Off Road Pathfinders has an ambitious but realistic goal of revitalizing much of the system to enable a wider range of riders to enjoy the trails, including the creation of a beginner-friendly (green) trail, while keeping enough of the "legacy"experience intact. In the same effort, the trails will be built with a strong bias towards reducing the effects of heavy rainfall and spring melt, which will also allow them to dry out and be usable sooner after rain events. Maintenance needs will also be greatly reduced.
Regarding the Master Plan Amendment from 2015, the amendment was invalidated in court. The current process allows the DNR to update the Master Plan in its entirety.
Q: When you say "Beginner trail" or "Beginner-friendly trail", does this mean the trail will be "dumbed down"?
A: The difficulty level of the singletrack at Blue Mound currently ranges from Intermediate to Advanced. There is very little for the novice riders just starting out. One of our primary goals is to create a level of progression that allows riders of various abilities access to the trails, with room to grow their skills and find new ways of enjoying the trails. Since this will be a more modern design, the trail can be made to suit riders of many levels simultaneously by making it speed-insensitive and providing optional features. There will still be plenty of advanced technical riding for those who enjoy that.
Q: What end result are you expecting?
A: We hope the WI DNR, Natural Resources Board, and general public agree that access to active outdoor recreation is one of the best uses of State Parks. Not only does it contribute to the overall physical and mental health and well-being of the community, it also can be a great driver economically, especially for rural areas. If you have any ideas or thoughts how a great system of mountain bike trails might benefit you, please share them; we need your help!
Q: This sounds great! What can I do to support these efforts?
The snow is melting, and we're thinking about getting the trails in shape for the season. Spring workdays are a great way to meet other riders, learn a bit about trail maintenance, and give back to the trails that give you so much joy over the summer. This schedule is tentative, it will likely change due to weather or other factors; be sure to check the events section of this website or Facebook before heading out. Hope to see you out there!
April 13 CamRock April 13 Seminole April 20 Blackhawk April 27 Cross Plains May 4 Quarry Ridge May 4 Pleasant View May 11 The Farm May 11 Quarry Park May 11 Sheehan Park May 18 Blue Mound May 25 BoCR Course Prep
Last year, the DNR initiated the process of creating a new Master Plan for Blue Mound State Park. The first public involvement opportunity is Tuesday, March 12 from 5pm - 7:30pm at the Mount Horeb Middle School cafeteria. That means we need YOU, our valued supporters, to show up if you are able, talk with us and DNR staff, and show your love for mountain biking!
There is also a public input form available. Please fill it out and share with your friends and family. The deadline is March 26.
We need your help as you will be wearing these. You need to login to vote as its part of the forum. Vote on design only as colors of design and shirt may change. Color of shirt will likely be a higher vis color. Voting will end March 20th. We want to have ready for our first workdays which are coming up fast! Share with others to vote.
The groomer is working well. I bought gas for it, and it disappeared. So I went to buy more, filled the groomer, but when I went there today, all 5 gallons was gone. I think that the snowmobile users are using it. We may need to have our own supply, or bring in the large tank so everyone can have gas.
There are 2 parts of PV that are nearly impossible to groom with the SnowDog. The steep section of the uphill flow trail, and the section of the downhill flow trail that goes into the rocky ravine. I did the latter today, but it was sketchy, and I came close to a disaster. There's a cutoff before you get to the ravine that could be used. We'll have to revisit these sections in the summer, and either design alternate routes, or make them wider, and less pitched.
I've been really careful to avoid rocks--and so far, so good. If you do groom, make sure that the chain (front left) does not hit a rock. I've also been careful not to let the machine tip. Jeff Hoerning did some research, and this engine has a "blow by" tube that can bring the oil into the fuel intake, if it's tipped.