Saturday, January 17, 2015

Trail Report

Winona Lake Trails are in good shape right now for riding and hiking. The trails have a nice layer of about 2-3 inches of snow on them in 99% of the trail. The front side from Mile Marker 1 is decently packed from the Fat Bike crew. With temperatures well into the 40s and sunshine today, we will reevaluate trail conditions regularly this week, since we will be hovering around the freezing mark. If you come across wet open spots, please let us know, and report any down trees or trail damage. Enjoy!


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Trails Are Closed Until Further Notice

With temperatures well into the 50s today, it's time for a VERY, VERY, VERY important reminder... Please ride DIRT trails, NOT mud trails!

What may seem like a simple rut to you, becomes a big problem, and a lot of hours to fix for others. Don't be selfish, think of all the volunteers and trail users that want to ride their bikes too before you go out and destroy a trail...

With that said, unfortunately due to the rain, the coming rain, and the fact that temps will be above freezing until next Monday, the team in Winona Lake are closing the mountain bike trails the next few days to protect them. If you care about your local trails, SHARE this, comply by local trail rules, get educated on why these decisions are made, and consider volunteering to help out. Get outside, but enjoy a run or road ride in your neighborhood. Thanks for helping spread the word and taking care of our trails!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Winter Riding Guidelines

When soil freezes all the moisture turns to ice crystals between the particles of the soil  and in clay or loam soil they are tightly packed together. As the moisture freezes the crystals expand and tear the clay apart shattering it, then as it thaws the soil become more porous and allows more moisture in. This is repeated with every successive thaw.

In Indiana we can get as many as 100 freeze thaw cycles in a season.

So, please be very careful when trying to ride the trails in the winter.  The best time to ride is when the trail is frozen solid.  On days when the temperature goes below freezing at night, the worst thing we can do is wait for the sun to come out and warm up the trail before riding.  The trails can be very soft even if it hasn't rained recently. Even if the temperature stays below freezing South facing trails can defrost in sunlight and turn to mush.

If you are leaving ruts in the trail where you have ridden please leave the trail. The ruts will allow even more water to remain on the trail and make it even worse. If people see you riding they will want to ride too, so very soon the trail reaches a point of meltdown.

Here is a nice video from our friends up North at Merrell Trail.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Trails closed today from 12pm until 2pm

We are hosting a Live United Ti2 Adventure Run today on the trails.  More information can be found here.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

6/12 Hours of Winona TODAY

Wanted to ride Winona but can't because we have an event today?  No worries there is still time to register onsite.  Come on down and enjoy the fun day!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


We have put in many hours of work over the past month to maintain and add features we feel will be fun for all skill levels.  Not only have we worked on the additions we continue to work on trail conditions to make sure we have a great course throughout the year but especially for our guests coming for the 6/12 Hours of Winona this Saturday, September 13th.

With the rain we've had today and the potential for more rain on Wednesday please think before you head out to the trails for a "hot lap".  Not only does this apply for today and tomorrows weather but just a good general guideline to follow.  Ride Dirt Trails Not Mud Trails.

We hope to see you this weekend for another great event brought to you by KCV Cycling club and it's sponsors.

Riding Skyway & The New Burms in Field Trail

Thursday, September 4, 2014

6/12 Hours of Winona Lake | September 13th, 2014

Just a friendly reminder that on Saturday September 13 KCV Cycling will be hosting the 6/12 hours of Winona.  This year we are raising money for the Market Street Project and our own Winona Lake Trails.
The course is designed to be beginner friendly with a shorter loop and will not have any Black sections in it.  It is a fun day to come and compete among your friends or just to enjoy a nice day hanging out in the trails.  Festivities start at noon on the 13th.  If you happen to be prepping for Iceman, what a great way to get some miles in before November 8th.

We have 8 different categories to choose from,  do it solo or with a team.  Make sure you come up with a good team name as well.  More information can be found on the KCV Cycling website.  Or if you want to just register just go over to our registration site.  We hope to see you all out there enjoying the day and competing for this years bragging rights.

  • Solo Male 6Hr
  • Solo Female 6Hr
  • Open Duo Team 6Hr
  • Solo Male 12Hr
  • Solo Female 12Hr
  • Open Duo Team 12Hr
  • Female Team 12Hr (max 4 riders)
  • Open Team 12Hr (max 4 riders)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Trail Report 8-28-14

Trails are in pretty good shape there are a few soupy and sandy spots but overall pretty well.  With the pending rain this weekend we are going to keep the trail status at Orange.

Also the tiny bridge after Mile 5 is a bit loose from rain washout.

Remember RIDE DIRT TRAILS NOT MUD TRAILS.  If you are leaving ruts its time to get on the road bike.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sweet Darlin' Is Now Open (Skyway)

The Skyway project is now complete.  Ride to your hearts content and remember the top deck may be a little slick until we get some grip tape on it.  More pictures can be found here.

Thank you to the volunteers that helped out.  If you are interested in building cool stuff like this hit us up.

Check out this little film by our friend Mason Geiger featuring the new Skyway.  You can check him out here.