Gary S Board Member, co-Trail Steward Blue Mound SP May 27, 2021
The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has approved the new Master Plan for Blue Mound State Park. Thanks to everyone who submitted comments in favor of the mountain bike trail improvements. Now that the plan is approved, these changes can go forward. We are currently working on a more formal agreement with the DNR to build and maintain the trail network, so we're not quite there yet, but stay tuned.
There are a great many new riders on the trails in the past year who may have questions about trail use, navigation, etiquette, technique, or any number of things. And there are quite a few of us who could answer those questions. We're kicking off a new Trail Ambassador program to help connect those two groups. It's pretty simple: If you are someone who some familiarity with how we do things around here, are willing to represent the club, and have a tendency toward friendliness and an ability to keep conversation positive, we'd like to enlist you and give you one of these sharp t-shirts (they are pretty nice technical shirts, comfortable in all weather). Wear it when you're in a good mood (and aren't you always when you're on your bike?), and are willing to stop and chat. Then be the person you wish had come along when you were just getting started. Send a message to email@example.com if you are interested.
If you are someone who has questions or concerns while out on the trail, look for the yellow shirts. And, Ambassadors, keep in mind that reaching out to folks who may not have any social media contact with CORP will be an important part of the program, so don’t hesitate to use the shirt and position as a way to introduce yourself to beginners, families, or others who look like a friendly face and helpful advice might improve their experience.
Looking for a really easy way to give back to the trails this summer? Our good friends at Capital Brewery have brought back Trail Head Ale again this summer. It's a good beer, and a portion of the sales come back to CORP. Currently available in the beer garden; enjoy a pint or two there, or take home a growler.
Imagine your life without trails. Imagine the last year without access to quality local singletrack. The fresh air, the exercise, the adrenaline, the mental health benefits. We at Capital Off Road Pathfinders, in partnership with IMBA and all our land managers, are proud to have helped provide that to the Madison area, and we're working hard to maintain, improve , and expand those opportunities. And you can be a part of that effort, simply by joining. Join or renew during the Spring Membership Drive and you're not only helping to provide trails for yourself and thousands of other riders, but you'll be entered to win one of ten great prize packages, featuring gear from Yeti Bikes, Prevelo, Western Spirit, SRAM, Kuat, DT Swiss, Shimano, Feedback Sports, and more. Do it today!
There is an important re-route effective today (4/24) at Pleasant View. The new climb is open, and rides quite well, but is a bit too challenging to make it mandatory, so most of Fairway will remain two-way. However, we are able to make the long blind turn right after you enter the western woods one-way. If you are eastbound on Fairway having left the Slice/Mulligan/Fairway junction, look for the "Do Not Enter" sign and arrow to send you over to the mellower upper section of Chip Shot. If you are up for a bit of a technical and anaerobic challenge, treat yourself to another trip down the Slice downhill and use all of Chip Shot as your return; that should reduce the two-way traffic on Fairway. More information here.
If westbound on Fairway, continue to expect two-way traffic, it will be a while before everyone gets the message.