I think I may have driven away from Quarry Ridge with my Garmin still on top of my car yesterday... 😵💫 Came back this morning and looked around the parking lot with no luck. If you come across a Garmin 530 with the rubber case on it near Quarry Ridge please PM me!
The pumptrack will not be going in this year, but the Request for Proposals is going out imminently, with construction specified for late spring/early summer 2023. Why not this fall? Construction cannot start until the site grading is complete, and due to a variety of circumstances outside our control, that is not starting until October 1, and the parking lot expansion will be happening at the same time or shortly thereafter. There was some talk of trying to squeeze the pumptrack in after that work, or trying to do it concurrently, but the prospect of weather or some other complication delaying things and leaving us with something half-built didn't seem worth the risk. On the bright side, opening up the schedule will likely allow more companies to bid on it, and perhaps get us more for our money. Again, funding is fully in place, it's going to happen, it's just a part of a large, complicated project which isn't happening as quickly as anyone wants it to.
The once promising idea of fitting single-track into the CXC ski trail corridor easement has proven to be unrealistic; the ski trail itself will not take up the whole corridor, and we thought we could squeeze single-track into the remaining space, but, especially where the ski trail needs to be benched into the side of the hill, there won't be any room left over. Unfortunately, that means the two-way trail will remain for the foreseeable future. We are working on some alternative ideas, but they all have enough roadblocks at this point that they aren't worth sharing.
It's a slow road, but things are moving forward. Thanks for your patience and support!
CORP is thrilled to announce that we have signed an agreement with Rock Solid Trail Contracting to build Phase One at Blue Mound State Park this fall, and they are scheduled to start work on September 19. They will have two crews out, and if the weather cooperates, they plan to finish this year.
Blue Mound State Park is one of the most technically challenging, yet rewarding MTB trails in the state. Phase One will focus on a major re-work of the Gneiss trail. First it will be modified to drain water better and will therefore not be closed as often. Second, it will add much needed A/B options for riders wanting more or less technical awesomeness and dramatically improve the return trail, giving riders a shorter option.
Rock Solid is a nationally known trailbuilder, known for creative and sustainable building in some of the best known mountain biking destinations in the country. We're confident that their experience will allow them to make our desired improvements to Blue Mound while maintaining the character that makes it one of the best riding destinations in the midwest.
We recently received $80,000 from the Friends of Blue Mound State Park, which puts us very close to our fundraising goal of $163,000. To help us get there, the Friends have agreed to an additional matching grant of $20,000!! We don't want to leave that money on the table, help us close the gap, donate now!
Some nut job has been stringing up a wire on the bridge where the South West Commuter Path and the Badger State Trail meet. This bridge is very close to the Seminole MTB trail as well as the MRT that takes one to the Quarry Trails so if you go across this bridge to get to either one, or for commuting and other rides, do so with caution.
Spread the word among other cyclists if you can and if you are in the area be on the lookout for any suspicious characters and perhaps contact the police if you feel the need to.
Anyone interested in riding Blue Mound this coming Saturday morning (Sept 3). Thinking start around 9:00 am or so. There is a chance of rain in the forecast so we would need to see how things are looking come Friday.
CORP Fall Movie Night returns on Thursday, September 22, with the area big-screen premier of the new Freehub movie Biketown. A movie that looks at the partnerships needed to make off-road cycling thrive and the community that results. Come on out to the Capital Brewery Beer Garden, enjoy some Trailhead Ale (a portion of whose sales also benefit CORP), food from SoHo Food Truck, and the company of our local mountain bike community. Event runs from 6-9, movie will start when it gets dark, around 8:00. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, kids under 16 get in free. All proceeds benefit our local trails, we hope to see you there!