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Sycamore Park woods is a brand new Fat Bike only trail system on Madison's far east side. CORP and the city of Madison Parks have taken rogue trails and turned them into a great urban fat bike trail system. Total mileage is approx 1.5 miles. Expect varying terrain with some technical sections and decent elevation change. The system is only human-powered packed so expect some variable conditions at any time. Enter from the sidewalk on N. Thompson drive. There is a trailhead sign located at the entrance. Please do not park in the Ridgewood apartment complex, park on Wayridge dr, or better yet ride your bike there - it's on a bike path.


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Sycamore Park Woods - Fat Bike Trails - Madison Parks

Annual Meeting Highlights

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augs
December 19, 2020, 08:37 PM

Our first, and hopefully last, virtual Annual Meeting is on the books.  If you couldn't be there, a few highlights:

Jon Augspurger was re-elected President for another two-year term.

Kurt Jacobsen was elected Treasurer for a two-year term (big thanks to Panos Kourliouros for his time in the position!)

John Hintze was appointed to the open At-Large Board position.

Keith Ritter was appointed chair of the Sponsorship Committee (now we need to find him some committee members; if you're interested, send a message to info@madcitydirt.com).

And John Sauer was named 2020 Volunteer of the Year!

We meant to record it for posterity, but forgot, so if you missed it, you missed it (sorry!).   But we've never recorded a live one in the past (thank goodness) so we're no worse off than before.  Looking forward to more riding and a couple awesome projects in  2021.  Huge thanks to all of our members and volunteers; if you aren't one or both, ask yourself why not, we'd love to have you!

Responded to survey. I'm concerned about e-bikes, and I have one (cargo). I think they are a bad mix on trails.

Can I ask why? I have no interest in ebikes myself, but I see them on the trail from time to time and their presence doesn’t register fundamentally differently to me than any other mtb.

Responded to survey. I'm concerned about e-bikes, and I have one (cargo). I think they are a bad mix on trails.

Volunteer of the Year Voting

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augs
December 15, 2020, 09:23 PM

Our whole operation is run by volunteers; every foot of trail in the area is the result of generous riders putting down the bike and picking up a shovel (sometimes a metaphorical shovel).  Every last one of you is vital to keeping things moving forward.  But every year we like to recognize an individual who has  really stepped up.  This year we have two nominations, Brian Barnes and John Sauer.

From Brian's nomination: "For his work at Blue Mound SP this past year.  He spent many hours improving the "beginner" loop by cutting out exposed roots and performing other trail improvements. He also made multiple passes of leaf blowing and other work, but where he really stood out was by communicating and coordinating his efforts with the trail stewards, which is critical to maintaining a good relationship with the land manager.  His contributions have paid huge dividends in overall enjoyability of the trail segments he worked on."  Editor's note:  That communication and coordination is a huge deal.  Trail work is usually fun and rewarding, but following up is easy to put off and forget; it makes trail stewards' lives much easier and ensures that the work you do is needed and permanent.

From John's nominations:  "Not only has he been the main force in getting the green light for building the Dam Trails in Sauk, but he has put in more work getting 3 miles of rideable dirt there than anyone (in one short year). He is also a NICA coach with the Sauk Eagles team,  as he has been since the Wisconsin league started. John is getting his community involved in the mountain bike scene in many, many ways including fundraising, local trail planning, coaching, and just plain being passionate about the sport with everyone he talks to."  Editor's note:  If you haven't tried to get a new trail built, it is difficult to imagine how much work it takes to get approval, and how unglamorous the work is.  And John was dealing with two land managers!

Tremendous thanks to both of you, and everyone who pitched in this year!  We'll announce the winner at the Annual Meeting on Friday.

Is anyone planning to groom PV tomorrow? Jeff Hoerning and Mike Dobrient did BH today.

It's mostly great riding but Slice climb and top of Ziggy climb need snowshoes.


Is anyone planning to groom PV tomorrow? Jeff Hoerning and Mike Dobrient did BH today.

It's time to groom. I will be at Blackhawk this morning doing facilities work and able to get volunteers going with the grooming machine. We always need snowshoe groomers.

Anyone who can head out with snowshoes please post your progress here.



Thanks for the heads up! These plans look pretty exciting. As someone new to CORP, I wanted to ask if anyone could suggest talking points to include in the public input form? Is just writing that we like MTB and want more trails enough?

Hi, thanks for your question and yes, we're very excited.  At this point, we are hoping for general support of the improvements  to the trail system as indicated in the draft Master Plan.  I trust our membership and users of the trail system to provide honest input.  If you feel strongly about aspects of the draft Master Plan, please feel free to weigh in accordingly.  If you go to the DNR planning page for the park, there is an interactive link which shows a layer-based map along with the survey, so you can see the existing vs. proposed trails.

Thanks for the heads up! These plans look pretty exciting. As someone new to CORP, I wanted to ask if anyone could suggest talking points to include in the public input form? Is just writing that we like MTB and want more trails enough?
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