Every week CORP hosts no-drop group rides for riders of all ability levels. Rides are held at CamRock and at Capital Brewery. View the event schedule and let us know if you can make it on Facebook. Get the latest information about the ride on the event thread.
Please Note: These are loosely organized rides intended to build community. Our ride leaders are volunteers; we will try to have a leader for all the rides, weather permitting. Sometimes things just don't work out. Please understand that we may not be able to provide last-minute updates on cancellations or replies to your messages.
Keep an eye on the trail conditions and the weather forecast, then use your best judgement to decide if it's a good day to ride, just like always.
In a collaboration with Capital Brewery and The Pheasant Branch Conservancy, we are proud to introduce Trailhead Ale, the perfect post-ride beer. Perfect because it tastes good, is refreshing, and a portion of the sales go toward trail improvements, both our own and the flood damaged Pheasant Branch Conservancy trails. Available in the beer garden at Capital Brewery, starting June 1 (National Trails Day) through CORP Movie Night on September 12.
ddacko11 Vice President - Membership | Trail Steward - Quarry Park October 07, 2018
Same Trails. Better. 2019 Trail Improvement Campaign
The last few years have seen a tremendous expansion in the number and miles of trails that the Capital Off Road Pathfinders (CORP) manage. This is undeniably great for area mountain bikers, as the trails host youth programs, several high school racing (NICA) teams, and a variety of group rides, while providing fitness and a connection to nature to innumerable individuals. Unfortunately, CORP is at a point where maintaining all the trails we manage has become a real challenge. While the storms of August 2018 and previous years have done some devastating localized damage and caused several years worth erosion in places, almost all area trails are showing their age and detracting from the riding experience.
To address this, CORP is kicking off our Same Trails Better campaign. The objective is to restore and upgrade several of our current trail systems: more sustainable, more accessible, and more fun! Our goal is to raise $80,000 to bring in professional builders who can accomplish things in weeks that would take our volunteers years to achieve.
Repair damaged trails and features: You may have noticed reroutes, reshaped tread, filled holes, capped jumps and berms, deberming, and rebuilt bridges, filters, rock and wood features. With the proper funding CORP can accelerate these results manyfold.
Improve sustainability: Trail building techniques have evolved, and much has been learned about drainage and traffic at our trails. This combination of knowledge will be used to make trails that last longer with less maintenance.
Get Green, Blue and Black trails back to their intended skill level.
Reduce the need for volunteers, and all that goes with it. CORP has a variety of opportunities for new trail systems, and expansions of existing systems. We want our precious volunteer hours making these a reality.
How? In October 2018 CORP contracted with Backyard Trails to rebuild storm damaged and eroded sections at Pleasant View. This system was hit the hardest by recent storms, and while volunteer repairs have made the trail rideable, they are mostly incomplete and unsustainable. Additionally, they will be working throughout the system to rework and repair eroded areas. Riding the trails in November will be an eye-opening experience, showing how much different top shape trail is to ride.
In 2019, we’ll continue to do similar work at our other trails systems. Details are still being worked out and will depend on the success of this campaign, but likely work includes:
Blackhawk: Redesigning and rebuilding the lower section of Howling Wolff.
Cam Rock: Resurfacing and reshaping on Mayors playground, Rip and Ride and Beer Run, and general system wide erosion repair.
Quarry Ridge: Major rock armoring work on Sandy Climb, capping and shaping of flow trails.
Seminole: Re-routing and re-working of cupped fall-line trails, improving creek crossings.
The Ask If you ride or appreciate the opportunity to ride off road in the Madison area, CORP needs your support. How can you help?
Donate to the campaign: Go to madcitydirt.com or the CORP Facebook page and click the donate now button. Consider the value of quality trails close to home; what is that worth to you?
Become a member: There is power in numbers when negotiating and pitching plans to land managers or larger donors.
Talk with your employer about donating: Our trails are valuable community assets for more than hard-core riders; families, youth programs, scholastic racing and more.
Think about the trails: If you have noticed a section of trail that has degraded, let us know.
It's that time of year again; The weeds are tall, growing fast, and taking some of the fun out of our excellent trails. Almost all of our trail maintenance is done by volunteers, and that could be you! Trimming is relatively easy, can be done with one or two people, and can be done whenever you have time. We have the equipment, you just need to hook up with a trail steward for a brief training (10 minutes or so), and then you are off. Check the links at the bottom of this message to get involved at your favorite trail.
One thing to remember is that weed trimming is not a detail operation; you need to cut back much more than it seems like you might at first glance; if you leave the trails nice and rideable, between the fast growth and what falls back over the trail, in a couple days it will seem like you were never there.
When trimming grass, prairie plants, and any non-woody growth, you need to trim as far back from the trail as the growth is high. In other words, if the weeds are 3' tall, you will be cutting a swath about 7' wide (3' on each side plus 1' of trail). Otherwise, the uncut growth will grow and fall into your corridor and quickly crowd the trail again. You can do this by cutting low for the full width, or by tapering up at 45 degree angle, so that the plants that tip over toward the trail still don't reach it. This will seem like a lot, and will look butchered when you are done, but come back in a week and it will look great instead of needing to be trimmed again. If you can talk a friend into following you with a blower, that's great, but traffic will clear most of the trimmings off the tread in short order. And don't forget to look up; there are many grassy/prairie sections that have a few trees around, and you want to get the face-scratchers while you are there. Usually you can whack these off with the string trimmer, but it doesn't hurt to carry a small pruning shear for the occasional woody branch.
If you are trimming woody growth, again, trim much further back than you feel like you need to. You don't want to leave the cut ends of small branches anywhere near eye-level on the trail. Mostly what we are cutting around here is buckthorn and honeysuckle; you're not going to do them any harm by trimming deeply.
If done right, trimming only needs to happen 2 or 3 times a year, and shouldn't take up too much time, especially if we can spread the work around. So instead of complaining about the weeds, grab a string-trimmer and make them pay for slowing you down on your last ride!