Overland will be holding a beginner ride at the Pineridge Natural Area in conjunction with Performance Bicycles and will also have a beginner group at the Singletrack Social that starts at Blue Sky Trailhead.
The beginner Social Ride with Performance Bicycles will meet at the Cottonwood Park northern parking lot near the Pineridge trailhead. Take Drake west to Overland Trail, turn left (south) and drive until you reach the park. Park in one of the parking lots on the left as you enter the park. We will gather at the north end of the unpaved lot.
We will be riding the trails around the Pineridge Natural Area with a focus on becoming comfortable riding on dirt trails. We will have ride leaders and sweepers and wild do our best to make the ride enjoyable for all.
The beginner group at Blue Sky will meet at the Blue Sky trailhead and ride either Blue Sky Trail or trails in Lory State Park.
Both rides are open to all riders, but children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All riders must wear a helmet and have a serviceable bike that can be ridden on dirt trails. If you have questions about the Pineridge ride, please contact Performance Bicycles at PBS061 at Performancebike.com or Pete Skram (pete at peterskram.com). If you have questions about the beginner group ride at Blue Sky, please contact Thuan Nguyen at (thuantnguyen at netscape.net)
Over the past couple of years, Overland has put substantial resources into improving Sawmill Trail and that investment has paid off in a much more usable trail. Well, we will be at it again this Saturday, June 8th, making further improvements to the trail and we need more volunteers. Please come out to help us with this great project.
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We will be working with Larimer County to create an additional spur of the Sawmill trail in the valley that heads north and connects near the connection of Horsetooth Mountain Park and Lory State Park. In addition there may be some work on the Sawmill reroute that was completed last year.
We'll meet at the Soderberg Open Space trailhead parking lot at 8:30 am. Plan to work until 2pm or so. Lunch will be served at the completion of the day in the Soderberg parking lot. Please bring boots, gloves, snacks for when you are on the trail and plenty of water. Long pants and hats are highly encouraged.
Better than Gowdy?! Blasphemy you say? Well, you won't know unless you go and check it out. This is your chance to get in on the ground floor of a great new trail system. On Saturday, June 22nd, Wyoming State Parks will be holding the grand opening of the new trail system at Glendo State Park. From trail building in the morning to full moon rides and hikes in the evening, this will be a full day of fun activities:
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Trail Building
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Hiking and Biking activities for all skill levels
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Hike/walk to Hall’s Marina for Ice Cream
8 p.m. Campfire and Cowboy Poetry by Jerry Bell
10 p.m. Full Moon Rides and Hikes
This is a free event and Overland will likely get campgrounds for Friday and Saturday nights, but we need to know if you are planning to go. If you would like to join in the fun, please sign up here (requires Member Resources login) or email Pete Skram (pete at peterskram.com) as soon as possible so that we can reserve the appropriate number of campgrounds. Food will be the responsibility of the participants, but Saturday lunch (for trail builders) and dinner will be provided by Wyoming State Parks.
Those of you who have ridden or hiked the trails at Curt Gowdy know what a great trail system it is (Those of you who have not should make it a point to check it out). Well, it doesn't get that way by itself. It is maintained by a dedicated staff and volunteers. This is where you come in and this is your opportunity to give back.
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On Saturday, June 1st we're holding our Curt Gowdy Trail Day. Let's have a great turnout, knock out a bunch of work and then enjoy the trails that we just worked on. Bring plenty of water, sun protection, gloves, glasses, sturdy boots, long pants, and a good attitude. Plan to carpool up.
* - obscure reference to a children's TV show involving a slightly creepy puppet that ran from 1947-1960 (Yes, they did have TV back then)
On Saturday, June 8th, Overland Mountain Bike Club will be working with Larimer County to create an additional spur of the Sawmill trail in the valley that heads north and connects near the connection of Horsetooth Mountain Park and Lory State Park. In addition there may be some work on the Sawmill reroute that was completed last year.
Please join us for this fun trail day. We'll meet at the Soderberg Open Space trailhead parking lot at 8:30 am. Plan to work until 2 or so. Lunch will be served at the completion of the day in the Soderberg parking lot. Please bring boots, gloves, snacks for when you are on the trail and plenty of water. Long pants and hats are highly encouraged.
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The City of Fort Collins Trail Day at Reservoir Ridge that was originally set to take place May 11th has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 15, 2013. We had over 35 volunteers sign up for the original event and would like to get at least that many again. If you registered previously, please re-register, as we were not able to reuse the original signup:
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We received notification from Kristy Wumkes at the Forest Service that the Hewlett Gulch trail will be closed for approximately 1 week beginning May 9th for heli-mulching.
What the heck is heli-mulching, you ask? Well, it is the practice of dropping mulch from the air using, you guessed it, a helicopter. It is often used to help with erosion control after a fire.
Probably want to avoid that trail unless you want to get a pile of mulch on your head and have Kristy and the Forest Service be very angry with you (not good). Seriously, though, please avoid the area so the Forest Service can do their work and we can have a better Hewlett Gulch Trail to ride for the rest of the Summer.
Please check with the Forest Service to see when the trail will be open again or as soon as we know, we will post it here.
Unfortunately, the Reservoir Ridge Reroute Trail Project scheduled for Saturday, May 11 has been cancelled due to rainy weather and muddy trail conditions.
At this time, Reservoir Ridge Natural Area is closed and staff are predicting that it will still be closed on Saturday because it is supposed to rain the rest of the week. Rain and lightning has also greatly interfered with the Public Improvement Staff's ability to prep the site and prepare for the project.
The project will be rescheduled to a yet to be determined date. Once a date has been set, we will put up an announcement.
Once again, thanks for volunteering and we hope that you will consider coming out and help us with this project when we have a new date set.
The third annual "40 in the Fort" Endurance Mountain Bike Race will be held on June 29, 2013 at Lory State Park in Fort Collins. Come experience on of the Front Range's toughest mountain bike races. 40 miles, nearly 9000 vertical feet of lung-busting, leg-searing climbs and grin inducing descents. Once again we will be holding the regular two lap 40 mile individual race and the Just for Fun team race where a team of two riders ride one 20 mile lap each simultaneously. Either race is a great test of your physical endurance, mental toughness and mountain bike skills.
Looks like the Mother Nature doesn't like our Social Rides anymore. The word this week is that the "official" ride is cancelled, but Bill H will be at the Blue Sky trailhead should anyone want to brave the conditions. As always, please be careful to not damage the trails.