Trail update

Trail inspections are done! Lots of dirt to be found 🙂 but also more snow than we would like :-).

If you are riding, ride with caution there are trees and brush still to be removed. Maintenance day is happening on Saturday May 11th. Come on out and support our trails. If you can’t make it on Saturday there are jobs that can be done on your own time, just contact me (Peter@SaultCyclingClub.ca).

Trail Update

Trail Maintenance Day – Saturday May 11, 2019

Bike loaded up for trail maintenance activities

The snow is still in the woods, but we’re already planning and looking forward to another fabulous riding season, with lots of exciting developments. To prepare the trails for the season we will be having a spring trail maintenance day on May 11th. 

Saturday May 11, 2019 from 9 until “the energy runs out, or the work is done!”.

No previous trail work experience is required to attend and you don’t even have to be a member of the Sault Cycling Club (but we encourage joining for all of the benefits you receive!).  We welcome all help!

Come out and learn the basics of trail maintenance and play a part in getting our trails ready for another season.

I’m looking for volunteers to help orchestrate this event.  Specifically, I’m looking for:

  1. 2-6 crew leaders to lead crews on the day of the event (each group will be provided with maps/directions for specific maintenance tasks)
  2. people with backpack leaf blowers
  3. 1 person willing to coordinate refreshments on the day of the event

Mark May 11 on your calendars and come on out for a fun spring day in the woods, on your favorite trails!

If you can’t make the 11th but are willing to help out, we can match you up with maintenance tasks that can be done on your own schedule. Contact Peter to arrange.

For more information shoot me an email at Peter@SaultCyclingClub.ca

Kids Shredding Singletrack (AKA Youth Mountain Bike Skills clinic)

Reminder: Please register by May 1st. We will be riding at Esposito Pump Track on Thursday May 2nd at 7pm. The pump track session will be for introductions, to make sure everyone has completed their paperwork and to provide an overview of our goals for KSS…and to ride our bikes after a long winter!

It’s almost time!! Kids Shredding Singletrack (KSS) is about to start our second season.
KSS is a weekly mountain bike skills clinic for 11 to 16 year old youth.

We will have 6 weekly sessions, starting Tuesday May 7, ending June 11.  The sessions start at 6:45 will last approximately 90 minutes.

A typical session will include a brief discussion and demonstration of a skill or technique, then the kids will be divided into groups to ride the Hiawatha 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.  One of our volunteers is a photographer so we will try to provide a complimentary digital photo of each rider shredding single track and learning a sport they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.

If you are interested in having your child participate, please complete the KSS Registration Form and the KSS Bike Check Form.   Send these to Peter@SaultCyclingClub.ca by May 1, 2019.

There will be a welcome session and bike check on Thursday May 2, starting at 7pm, at the Esposito Park Pump Track.  We will ride the pump track and warm up our riding muscles (and make sure we have all of our paper work completed!).

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

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

Categories MTB

Kids Shredding Singletrack (AKA Youth Mountain Bike Skills clinic)

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

Kids Shredding Singletrack is a weekly mountain bike skills clinic for 11 to 16 year old youth.  Sault Cycling Club ran their inaugural Kids Shredding Singletrack (KSS) sessions in June of last year.   The response was so positive that we’re at it again for a second season.

We will have 6 weekly sessions, starting Tuesday May 7, ending June 11.  The sessions start at 6:45 will last approximately 90 minutes.

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

The instructors/leaders include a mix of certified and non-certified riders.  All are experienced mountain bikers who love the trails and teaching others about them.

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.  One of our volunteers is a photographer so we will try to provide a complimentary digital photos of each rider shredding single track and learning a sport they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.

If you are interested in having your child participate, please complete the KSS Registration Form and the completed KSS Bike Check Form.   Send these to Peter@SaultCyclingClub.ca by May 1, 2019.

There will be a welcome session and bike check on Thursday May 2, starting at 7pm, at the Esposito Park Pump Track.  We will ride the pump track and warm up our riding muscles (and make sure we have all of our paper work completed!).

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

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

Categories MTB

Trail Inspection Workshop

Come out and learn what goes in to keeping our trails in top condition.

We will teach you our inspection process, including how to plan an inspection, what to look for, what to document, remediation recommendations, photography tips and how to complete an inspection report.  The inspection techniques and approaches are applicable to all natural surface trails (e.g., bike trails, hiking trails).

Even if you don’t plan to do a formal inspection, the techniques will help you recognize and report trail issues.  Good reporting helps us to ensure the sustainability of our trails.  Good reporting is also important to maintaining good relations with our landowners.

This workshop is free for Sault Cycling Club members and just $10 for non-members.   Members and Non-Members must register by April 13th (to give me time to print materials).

Register at the following links:

Members Registration                                      Non-Members Registration

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