United Way Autumn Urban Trail Adventure

United Way Hub Trail Ride

Looking for hearty souls to brave the gales of November and join a guided ride around Sault Ste. Marie’s Hub Trail in support of the United Way. The Trail is a 22.5 kilometre, paved, non-motorized trail that circles the City. We will have groups to suit all speeds and enthusiasm levels.

Rides will depart from Outspoken Brewing (350 Queen St. East) at 2pm and should be finished between 4pm and 5pm. There will be a snack stop (included) approximately half-way around the trail. Following the ride enjoy a post-ride beverage (cash bar) and snacks (included) at Outspoken. The ride will proceed rain or shine (hopefully shine) though we’ll find some ways to keep you entertained at Outspoken if the weather is unbearable (not likely!!!).

Get your bike ready for one last ride as the season draws to a close…and of course, dress according to the weather. For more details, and to register, click the links below.

The ride fee covers snacks and a donation to support our local United Way (receipts will be provided for the donation portion).

Click the links below to register:

For more information: Peter@SaultCyclingClub.ca

Cyclocross Season is Here!

Once again the leaves are turning and things are getting a little cooler and a little muddier…sounds like cross season is here!

We have three races in our series this year…one on St. Josephs Island, one at Root River Golf Course and the final Halloween Cross at Crimson Ridge Golf Course.  Stay tuned for more details.

 

Hey! Where’d the trail go?

Despite our best efforts, trail conditions can change over time.  Changes can necessitate some maintenance actions like improving drainage, re-contouring the trail surface or removing fallen trees.  However, there are times when the best course of action might be to put the trail in a different place.  This was the situation for the southern end of Stickman Drive.

In the spring, the bottom end of Stickman descended into a seasonal pool of water and after about 10 meters, emerged out the other side.  This is fabulous habitat for spring peepers and salamanders, but less so for mountain bikes.

Pool on Stickman Drive
Seasonal pool on Stickman Drive

So the club scouted the area to determine if there was a drier, less sensitive route to connect to the ski trail at the end of Stickman.  A potential new alignment was flagged and mapped that avoided the areas prone to spring ponding.  A proposal was presented to the landowner for the realignment and permission was granted for the work.

Clearing of the new route happened in August.

New alignment of Stickman Drive.

After the new section was ride-able, the old alignment needed to be made unride-able.  Work happened over the weekend to naturalize the old trail.  Trees, ferns and logs appeared where there had been none before!

Step 1 – Dig hole in the trail.
A tree appears in the forest.
Step 2 – Fill hole with tree from surrounding forest.
Step 3 – Make it look like you were never there.

The old alignment has been reclaimed for the frogs and salamanders, and the new alignment will develop in to perfect mountain biking habitat.

Trail? What trail?

Kids Shredding Singletrack – Farm Team Edition

KSS is Expanding!  We’re creating a Farm Team to complement and grow the KSS group.

Have you got a trail rider looking for riding opportunities, but they are not quite old enough for Kids Shredding Singletrack?  Well we’re going to try something new this fall to meet that need.

KSS is expanding to provide trail riding opportunities for 7 to 10 year old’s.  (This is in addition to the 11-16 year old group that rides on Wednesdays.)  Farm Team riders will need to be comfortable riding the trails and able to ride at least 2 km on trails (e.g., 2 laps of the Kinsmen Adventure Trail).

  • When:Tuesday September 17 –  October 8th (4 weeks), 6:00-7:00pm
  • Where:Kinsmen Park/Hiawatha (behind the ice cream shop)

A typical session will include a brief discussion and demonstration of a skill or technique, then we will divide into groups to ride the trails.  We will stop at features where they can practice and develop their skills.  The focus will be on fun, but there will also be some learning going on!

Parents are welcome to ride along and, depending on the number of participants, 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 ($15 for youths, $70 for a family membership), register here: Join our Club
  • have access to a mountain bike in good repair
  • wear a helmet
  • be comfortable riding trails using a two-wheeled bicycle (no training wheels or balance bikes)
  • Kids will need to be fit and motivated enough to ride between 2 and 5 km of single track trail in an outing

The focus will be on introducing the kids to fun and safe mountain biking.

If you are interested in having your child participate, please complete the KSS Registration Form and the KSS Bike Check Form (yes we need both forms, even if you have participated in a previous SCC program).   Send these to Peter@SaultCyclingClub.ca by September 15, 2019.

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

 

Kids Shredding Singletrack (AKA Youth Mountain Bike Skills clinic)

Update: Hello everyone, due to personal schedules for coaches, we need to change the KSS night from Tuesday to Wednesday.  I hope that everyone who has expressed interest can still make it on Wednesdays.  I’m sorry about changing this so late, but we need our volunteers to run a fun and safe clinic for the riders.  

 

Kids Shredding Singletrack (KSS) is about to start our fall season. 
KSS is a weekly mountain bike skills clinic for 11 to 16 year old youth.

When: Wednesday September 11 –  October 16th (6 weeks), 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Kinsmen Park/Hiawatha (behind the ice cream shop)

A typical session will include a brief discussion and demonstration of a skill or technique, then we will divide into groups to ride the trails.  We will stop at features where they can practice and develop their skills.  The focus will be on fun, but there will also be some learning going on!

Parents are welcome to ride along and, depending on the number of participants, 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 ($15 for youths, $70 for a family membership), register here: Join our Club
  • have access to a mountain bike in good repair and
  • wear a helmet.

Kids will need to be fit and motivated enough to ride between 6 and 10 km of single track 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.  

If you are interested in having your child participate, please complete the KSS Registration Form and the KSS Bike Check Form (yes we need both forms, even if you are a returning KSSer).   Send these to Peter@SaultCyclingClub.ca by September 4, 2019.

Sean, Andre and I can hardly wait for our weekly rides!

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

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