You have all seen, and tried to hike or ride the lower sections of the Foothills Trail on east side of the Reservoir Ridge Natural Area: another asteroid belt, deeply eroded and not too much fun. So, the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department is re-routing about 3/4 of a mile of trail at Reservoir Ridge to create sustainable, flowing singletrack and add a couple of technical rocky sections.
Join us for an opportunity to build new trail on May 11, at 8:30am at the Foothills Trail Michaud Lane Trailhead. Try to carpool, if possible, as parking is limited. Lunch and tools will be provided by Overland Mountain Bike Club and the City Natural Areas.
Unfortunately, due to the wet conditions, continuing snowfall and cold temperatures, we have decided to cancel the Wednesday Social Ride at Spring Canyon Park. We will hope for better weather next week.
Lory State Park is the best kept secret in Northern Colorado... Do you love Lory? We love Lory. Maybe you do not yet know Lory as intimately as you might like. There are so many things to love, and Lory gives to us all so willingly her ribbons of single-track, challenges for riders of all abilities, and she’s so close! Always there for you. And she never ever complains. Now, more than ever, Lory needs our help. The Galena Fire caused a lot of damage, but Lory is on the mend and we can help speed that process along.
Sign up early and reserve your place now!
So, it’s time to give some love back... which really means just another day of fun with friends, food, and some wonderfully rewarding trail work. Let’s keep this love affair healthy.
On April 27th from 8:30am to 1:00pm we are having our best Friends of Lory Trail Day ever! Overland Mountain Bike Club is teaming up with Lory State Park to give some attention to these beautiful trails and to keep this relationship vibrant.
Here’s the agenda: work and eat. This is not brain surgery, so we expect to see you out there no matter what your trail knowledge.
Proposed projects: The work areas have yet to be determined, but be assured that we will be doing whatever we can to help bring Lory back to her pre-fire greatness.
Overland Mountain Bike Club will have the hand-made Biker’s Barb-b-que pit fired up serving delicious eats. There will be gifts and schwag from our partners.
Update: Due to the snow, this has been delayed until next Saturday, March 30th. Mitch Diede will contact those of you who signed up regarding that date and future opportunities to help out with the restoration of Lory State Park.
Lory State Park is looking for 50 volunteers for this Saturday, March 23 at 9:00am at the Lory State Park Visitor Center - weather permitting, of course. (The rain/reschedule date is set for the next Saturday, March 30.) You will be notified by 6:00pm Friday, March 22 if postponed.
The work will be dirty - removal of material damaged by the fire - meaning, we think, the 10 - yes, ten - damaged valley bridges. Wear boots, grubbies, PPE. Dust masks will be provided.
The first 50 hardy fools that personally respond to Mitch Diede, Park Ranger at email@example.com or via phone at (970) 493-1623 ASAP will be put on the list. See ya there!
Early March Club Kick-Off a Success!
Thanks to everyone who came out to our season kick-off meeting. We hope you had a good time. You all definitely kept the Membership folks busy that night. A "big ring" welcome to all new members and of course, welcome back to all of our returning folks!
If you joined the club, you have been or will soon be added to the email lists and will soon be receiving our weekly updates.
A big thanks to New Belgium for providing the meeting space and refreshments.
Don't fret if you didn't make it. You can join anytime and meetings and events are always open to everyone. (Did we mention you can join anytime?)
Patrol? What's that all about?
Would you stop on the trail and help someone if they needed it? If you answered YES, then you'll make a great addition to our mountain bike patrol.
For almost 20 years, Diamond Peaks Mountain Bike Patrol , a service of Overland Mountain Bike Club, has gathered in the spring, done a bit of training, and then headed out onto our trails to help trail users and give feedback to land agencies.
Well, it's springtime and you are invited to an informational meeting about all of the ins and outs of mountain biking. You'll probably find that it's not much different than going out and riding your bike. And, you'll probably find that it's quite a bit of fun and a great way to meet new riding partners.
When: March 26, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Old Town Library - Community Room Combo
What: A short discussion, some fun, some food and refreshments.
Other important patrol dates
April 1 and 3 - CPR and First Aid refreshers
April 11 - Good host Training with the Forest Service
April 15 - Good host Training with the City of Fort Collins
May 5 - Patrol Field Day Training at Lory State Park
May 19 - Community Classic Bike Ride - Patrol Support
Volunteer Work Day at the Fort Collins Bike Co-op - April 9
The Fort Collins Bike Co-op has partnered with Overland Mountain Bike Club.
Help the Co-op sort, clean, work, etc. It's a fun shop with a plethora of tools/parts/etc to explore and organize. Plus, there is a lot of knowledge to be gained by spending some time helping out for an evening.
Overland members who volunteer to work April 9th 7-10PM will get the opportunity to work on your personal bike for one hour under the guidance of skilled volunteer mechanics on April 16th. Note that bleeding brakes will not be available and one-on-one expertise on disc brakes is limited. Signup Here
Singletrack Socials Coming Soon
For the past several years, Overland has sponsored a Wednesday post-work ride. These rides are open to everyone and broken into levels based on skill. New riders are welcome!
These rides will pick up again beginning in April (not May). For the month of April, we will meet at Spring Canyon Park at 5:45 p.m. so we can hit the trail by 6. The rides last 60-90 minutes. There will be a social gathering afterwards. You will need to attend the ride to find out where.
Beginning in May, we will start our rides on the other side of the pond at the Blue Sky Trailhead. This will give us the opportunity to have more variety with our rides. We hope you'll join us.
So, what do you do if you have a question or wish to communicate? What do you do if you have a bike to sell? What do you do if you want to know what the best trails in Moab are? What do you do if you want to know trail conditions? Head over to our Facebook page and post your question there. Let's work on interacting there and building our community. And of course, our website is always a good source of info too.
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.
The race benefits Overland Mountain Bike Club, the premier mountain bike advocacy organization for Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming.
Registration for the race is now open:
Individual Race Registration
Just for Fun Team Registration
For final 2012 Race Results, please see the 2012 race page:
Because it is one of the premier mountain bike endurance races in the country, the Laramie Enduro (to be held on Saturday, July 27th, 2013) is very popular and uses to a lottery system to determine entrants. If you have been dreaming of getting out on your mountain bike and suffering through a 70+ mile ride, then it is time to get off the couch, run to your computer and sign up for the Laramie Enduro race lottery. Registration for the lottery begins on February 1, 2013 and ends on March 7, 2013. You can sign up here:
The cost to enter the lottery is $5.00, with $4.85 of that going to support the Colorado HS Cycling League, the Laramie HS MTB Team, and the Stone Temple MTB Camp/WY HS League development fund. It's a great race and lottery registration supports some great causes, so keep the dream alive and sign up today!
Several years ago, a small group of people imagined a park in Fort Collins where children could learn to ride, families could ride together, people of all ages could work on their cycling skills, individuals could exercise and train, and world-class athletes would come to race. We are getting closer to that dream.
The goal is to develop a world-class VeloPark to support all types of cycling for education, recreation, fitness, competition, tourism, and events. The VeloPark will benefit not only cyclists of all ages but also businesses, youth organizations, schools, bike clubs, and the community at large.
The VeloPark could include:
*Kids’ Safety Town
*1 KM criterium course
*BMX, Mountain bike and cyclocross courses
*"Pedal-Power" Play ground
*Access to bike paths
Building this park will require collaboration, partnerships and involvement on your part. Now is your chance to help determine which features are most important for this park. Collecting your information is a key to getting started on a formal park proposal.
Your input is needed by Friday, Feb. 15th, 2012, to move forward to create this proposal in partnership with the City of Fort Collins. The VeloPark Committee also plans to develop private-sector partnerships to accelerate development of this park.
Please take a few minutes to complete the VeloPark Survey:
It isn't mountain biking, but it is still pretty cool and it is coming to Northern Colorado! The USA Pro Cycling Challenge, arguably the premier road cycling race in the US (sorry Tour of California) will be holding a stage of the 2013 race in our area (likely starting in Loveland and finishing in Fort Collins). You can read more about it on Your Group Ride.
You can help save the Fort Collins Bike Library. The Bike Library funding ends on December 31, 2012 and they are currently looking to our community to help them keep their doors open and their bikes available.
To that end, our esteemed sponsor, New Belgium Brewery, will be holding a "Save the Bike Library" fundraiser party on Saturday, December 15th, from 7-9pm in Brewhouse 2 at the brewery. Please help keep this great institution going by attending.
You can learn more about the event on Facebook (you must be logged in to see the event page) or register to attend directly at Community Funded for $15 prior to the event. Just scroll through the project Giftbacks to the "New Belgium Holiday Ugly Party" (about the fifth row down), add it to your cart and checkout. You will also be able to register at the door for $20.
If you cannot attend or just want to help out more, please consider donating directly to the Save the Bike Library fund on Community Funded or by purchasing one of the Giftback items.
It's a great cause, so please do what you can to help and let all of your friends and family know.