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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The Whole Enchilada – 2019

The Whole Enchilada is back for a return engagement! 

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 is a series of rides to get people out to see and ride (with maybe a little walking) the entire Hiawatha trail system.  

This is a mountain bike ride for beginners and intermediates.  The only qualification is the ability to ride about 10 km in an evening.  No one will be left behind.  You may not ride every section of trail, but you will see it all, so that you can aspire to riding it all!

The plan will be to do the Pinder on one night, the Crystal on one night and to spread the Red Pine over two nights.  My goal is to help as many people as possible complete the Whole Enchilada before the snow flies.  To that end there will be multiple opportunities to complete each portion of the ride.

Scheduling will be a bit fluid as I try to schedule around home and work activities, but my aim is to have at lease four ride nights in August and 4 in September.   Depending on the level of interest, we will have repeat nights (e.g., if you missed the Pinder night, we could do a make up night later) and can do some weekend rides.

We will track our progress using the official 2019 Hiawatha Trail Passport.

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 Trail Passport you will be awarded an official Sault Cycling Club 2019 Whole Enchilada adhesive medal (great for proudly displaying on your bike’s top tube).

Nightly Distance: 8-10 km

Bike Suggestions: Mountain bike or fat bike, helmets are mandatory

Supplies: hydration and snacks

Scheduling: approx. 1/week, first night Tuesday July 30, gather at 6:30 by the pump track in Kinsmen Park (look for the Sault Cycling Club banner).  

I will set up Facebook Events for the rides and would appreciate if you indicate your interest there, so I know how many to expect each night.

This ride is open to all, but if you are not a member of the Sault Cycling Club you will have to complete a waiver prior to riding.

Peter