Spring Fundraiser

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March 22, 2019, 09:11 PM

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!

Blue Mound Needs You!

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Gary S
March 21, 2019, 04:01 PM

CORP Needs Your Support!

Public comments are being accepted thru March 26 for the Master Plan Revision that is underway for Blue Mound State Park.

We need YOU to take this short survey which the DNR is using to gather feedback for future planning efforts.  Please share this link with friends and family!

We've compiled a FAQ page to help you find out what is going on, general topics that we are supporting, and how to get engaged.

Thanks, and stay tuned for more updates!

Blue Mound SP Master Plan FAQs

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Gary S
March 21, 2019, 03:18 PM

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?

A:  There are many ways!  The WI DNR is currently requesting input from the general public.  Please fill out their online form, making sure to mention any topics that are important to you, and share with your friends and family!  Please also consider supporting the Friends of Blue Mound State Park who are excellent stewards and partners. Of course, being an active CORP member, and donating your time and money are direct ways to support us.

Q:  Where can I find more information?

A:  Details and the current status of the Master Plan Revision can be found on the DNR website, and we'll post updates on the CORP website and Facebook page.

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Spring Workday Schedule

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March 12, 2019, 10:35 PM

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.

Hope to see you there!

Volunteer T-shirt Design contest

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March 05, 2019, 10:38 AM

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.

Good thread. Improved / updated wayfinding will go along with any work completed by BYT... https://www.instagram.com/p/BqAXZA2lMoj/

✌️ Ken
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