Kids Shredding Singletrack is back!

Kids Shredding Singletrack Fall Registration

Registration is now full. Please email us if you’d like to get on a waiting list.

Hi everyone!  Kids Shredding Singletrack (KSS) is back!  Registration will open on Wednesday, September 8 at 6pm, right here on our website.

Please ensure you read all requirements below before registering. 

Are your kids hounding you to ride the trails? Are they surpassing your ability to keep up? Are they keen to explore new trails and improve their skills?

Kids Shredding Singletrack (KSS) is returning to meet their needs.  KSS is for 10 to 15 year old riders.

The sessions will run Tuesday evenings starting at 6:00pm from September 14, 2021 and ending October 12, 2021.  The first night will be at the pump track in Esposito Park (120 Central Park Ave.).

The rides will be approximately 90 minutes, depending on conditions (muddy trails make you ride slower, clouds of mosquitos make you ride faster!) and skill level of participants.

Each night will start with a brief discussion and demonstration of a skill or technique, then the group will ride the Hiawatha single track trails and other areas of the city (e.g., pump track), stopping at features where they can practice and develop the featured skill. The focus will be on fun, but there will also be some learning going on!

We will be strictly adhering to public health guidance with respect to COVID-19.  This will require riders to complete COVID assessments prior to each nights ride.

We welcome parent volunteers who are familiar with the trails.  You might be asked to perform a “sweeper” role, trailing one of the groups and assisting the instructor/leader as needed.

To participate, your child will need to:

  • be a member of the Sault Cycling Club (your membership or order number will be required to complete your registration),
  • have access to a mountain bike in reasonable repair (a bike check form will need to be completed and signed by the parent or a bicycle mechanic),
  • wear a helmet,
  • have a bike light suitable for trail riding (it will be getting dark early by the end of the sessions), and
  • be fit and motivated to ride between 6 and 10km’s of singletrack trail in an outing.

The focus will be on introducing the kids to fun and safe mountain biking. The environment will be non-competitive and kids won’t be pressured to try any skill outside their comfort zone.

Registration will be on a first come, first served basis and limited by the number of leaders.  Initially we will have 40 spots, but additional volunteers may create additional spots. Registration will be via the Sault Cycling Club store (www.SaultCyclingClub.ca).

Notes about COVID protocols:

  1. all riders must be pre-registered (via the Sault Cycling Club website)
  2. all riders will have to complete a COVID-19 self-assessment prior to attending each night
  3. while on the trail, riders will practice physical distancing
  4. all riders must have a face mask with them for circumstances where physical distancing is not possible

If you have questions send Peter an email:  Peter@SaultCyclingClub.ca

Trail Work Night

We’re having a trail work night on Wednesday August 18.

If you are interested in volunteering to help our trails, there will be a work night this Wednesday. The details:

‪DATE: Wednesday August 18 ‬
‪TIME: ‬6:30 pm until dark (or the work is done)
WHERE: Work area is on the Red Pine – Magic Forest/Giro

Peter will be riding to the work site from the Soo Finnish building (departing at 6:15pm). He should be easy to spot with the Viscus Trail Maintenance trailer in tow. You can also park across from the Conservation Authority Office and walk in. If you’re unsure of where this is and want to help out, send us a message!

Our Trail Director (Peter Henry), will be on site coordinating things! We’ll be decommissioning an old connector, sprucing up the new line and refining the log roll overs. We will have tools but If you have a spade handy and/or a 5 gallon bucket, bring it with you to help transplant some trees!

Trail Maintenance Morning!

Thanks to many eager volunteers, a lot of great things have been going on this year!!! If you are interested in volunteering to help out this weekend, here are the details:

‪DATE: Sunday, November 1 ‬
‪TIME: ‬9 AM to 12 PM
WHERE: Work area is on the Crystal – Guillotine/Root’n,  we will walk in from the Connor Road parking lot. If you’re unsure of where this is and want to help out, send us a message!

Our Trail Director (Peter Henry), will be on site coordinating things! We’ll be completing the new alignment and digging up/revegetating the old alignment. If you have a spade handy, bring one with you to help transplant some trees!

Social distancing rules will be followed during the work!

The Whole Enchilada – 2020

2020 Whole Enchilada Passport Cover

The Whole Enchilada is back for a third year with a new format!  The format may have changed (see below) but the objective is the same… get out and ride the entire Hiawatha trail system. 

Do you find yourself always riding the same trails at Hiawatha?  Do you know where Swoop, Stickman Drive and Drop Ahead are?  The Whole Enchilada challenges you to get out to see and ride (with maybe a little walking) the entire Hiawatha trail system. Ride/walk the segments and then check them off in your downloadable 2020 Whole Enchilada Passport.

This is a mountain bike ride to challenge beginners and intermediates.  Don’t worry if you don’t have the skills to ride all of the trails, just walk the tricky bits.  We want you to see the full breadth of the trails we have.  The only rule is you have to complete all of the segments in 2020. You can break the journey up in to as many, or few, rides as you like.

Success will be measured by how many riders can say “I rode the Whole Enchilada!” at the end of the season.  Upon completion of your Whole Enchilada Trail Passport, Sault Cycling Club members will be awarded an official Sault Cycling Club 2020 Whole Enchilada adhesive medal (great for proudly displaying on your bike’s top tube).  To claim your prize, send a picture of your completed passport to Peter@SaultCyclingClub.ca

Peter

2020/05/03 Trail Update

New bridge on Tricky Bit

Spring has sprung in Sault Ste. Marie and the snow is almost gone from the trails!

Lots of people have been busy getting the trails in shape for the season.  Trees have been cleared from most trails but ride with caution.  The trails are in typical early season condition which is to say that they need to raked/blown when the snow melt is complete and there are a few sticks lying in wait for your derailleur.

Pinder – all trees cleared, normal leaves and small branches on trail surface, snow patches persisting mainly at the beginning of the trail (persevere past #2 for better conditions)

Red Pine – trees cleared from Wolf Tree, Jakalmon, Cliff Hanger, Meadow, Daisy Dude, Giro, Big Bird, Sesame Street, Foxtrot, Tricky Bit.  There is a tree down across Penny Lane and the west end of Magic Forest.  Rabbit Run, Holiday and Umaface all have significant numbers of trees to be be cleared.  The cleared sections have the normal leaves and small branches on trail surface, Very few snow patches.

Crystal – trees cleared from Large Marge, Flow, Switch, Wave and Ridge Run.  Tree clearing work was happening on the beginning of the Crystal today and I will be able to update on the status later this week.