September 19, 2019

Jeremy Witek and his team at Global Action Sports Solutions have just wrapped up another awesome project at Blackhawk Ski Club.  The Switchbacks, the thing of nightmares for many a rider (though a fun challenge for a select few), have been transformed into a grueling, but much more rideable climb.  It will remain a two-way trail, but the turns are still tight, so those going downhill will be going slow enough to yield to the climbers.  They had a little time left over, and buffed out the lower section of Howling Wolff; it should be quite a bit less sketchy, but as fun as ever.

Next they're moving on to CamRock to execute Phase 2 of the Mayor's Playground re-build.  Better flow, better progression, and bigger air are all on the way.  It will be great to see the last portion of 2019's SameTrailsBetter campaign come to fruition.  If you see them out there, thank them for the amazing work.  And if you like what you see and feel under your wheels, help make it keep happening; join, donate, or volunteer today!

Trail Steward - Northeast Park
August 04, 2019

Greetings off road friends!
Madison Parks, Capital Off Road Pathfinders, L5 and Neff Cycling are joining up to offer a huge calendar of free cyclocross practice opportunities this year.
You have 2 options to choose from at each practice: a beginners clinic and an intermediate/advanced practice. It’s your choice, or you could try both! All practices are free and open to the public. All ages and abilities are welcome (boys and girls); anyone old enough to ride a bike and take instruction fairly well.

In addition to the cycling skills you will learn, expect to make new friends, get in really good shape, have a ton of fun and perhaps get so stoked about cyclocross that you might want to race this fall as part of the Wisconsin CX Series.

The calendar (all dates are Wednesdays):
8/14, Aldo Leopold Park (Madison)
8/21, Badger Prairie Park (Verona)
8/28, Reindahl Park (Madison)
9/4, Badger Prairie Park (Verona)
9/11, Olin Park (Madison)
9/18, Badger Prairie Park (Verona)
9/25, Olbrich Park (Madison)
10/2, Badger Prairie Park (Verona)
10/9, Orchard Ridge Valley Park (Madison)
10/16, Badger Prairie Park (Verona)
10/23, Marshall Park (Madison)
Time: 5:30pm to 6:45pm. You may wish to arrive little earlier to warm up.
What you need: Definitely, you will need a bicycle in good working order (a mountain bike is fine but you’ll probably want to remove all of the water bottle cages), a snug fitting helmet and a full water bottle. In addition, for your own comfort (but not essential), you might want cycling shorts, sunglasses, and cycling gloves. All riders must wear a helmet. Knobby tires are highly recommended.
Some parks do not have bathrooms or water. Please plan accordingly.

Rain: if the weather looks questionable, or the ground is damp or wet, practice may be cancelled or relocated to Badger Prairie Park. The latest weather information will be posted on the relevant Facebook pages by noon the day of each practice.

Tell your friends and neighbors, share on social media.

Information and updates can be found on: click on the “events” tab, or visit the Forum and search “cyclocross”

See you there!
Rob Lewis
Capitol Off Road Pathfinders

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.
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 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. 

CORP is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization that depends on our community.  Ask us how you can help out, and know that your support is appreciated!