Saturday, April 5, 2014

It's Nice Go Ride Your Bike!

That's right we have opened the trails for today and tomorrow.  We have a couple slick spots but other than that the trails are in fantastic shape.

Remember if you leave ruts in the trails it is too wet.  Wear a helmet, enjoy the ride and be safe.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Trail Update

We know it's getting warmer out.  Today at lunch it was 55 degrees out!  We know you are looking to get out and shake off the winter cobwebs from the legs, breath some warmer fresh air and hit the trails.

PLEASE bear with us this spring as we continue to keep the trails closed until the water has drained.  When we do open them you can be sure we will post it here and on our Twitter account.  When we do open the trails we anticipate that some of our trouble sections are going to be closed.  You can find that status in the upper right hand side of the site under the header CLOSED TRAIL SECTIONS.  If we have this marked off with caution tape please don't ride that section.

Our Friends over at HMBA have a nice piece about why we need to let the trails dry out this spring.  You can read more about it here.
Be on the look out too for our first spring maintenance day.  We have a few trees to clear and other miscellaneous items to take care of in preparation for Fat and Skinny Tire Fest 11.  If you have any questions at all please let us know by email.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

We Are All Anxious!

Come on Spring, you can do it, we know you can!

Greetings fellow mountain bikers, hikers, walkers and general users of the Winona Lake Trails.  We know it has been a long winter.  At this point of spring many of us already have a couple hundred miles in already.  We also know that you are longing to get back to the trails and enjoy the outdoors.  However, it is very important we let the trails do their thing this spring.

What is their thing you may ask?  Here is a post from 2011 that helps explain what is going on.

With the spring coming soon (we promise, it really is) as the ground begins to thaw, please remember to tread lightly on the trails... Ride only when the trail is still frozen, watch for increased traffic due to excitement and please don’t widen the trail by riding around mud spots or ruts. If you’re rutting the trail, it’s not ready to be ridden. Here is a great explanation about winter freezing and spring thaws, from our friends at IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) and HMBA (Hoosier Mountain Bike Association)...

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 becomes 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 and then early spring.  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.

Thanks for abiding by these guidelines and helping us protect our trails. We’ll be able to get out there soon enough!

We all know the trails are in decent shape to the average user, pretty paths, tall trees and wild life are abundant.  However, riding the trails when they are not yet suitable can cause long term and expensive damage.  Please heed our warning and pay attention to the status at the top of the page.

It is all our responsibility to make sure the trail gets used correctly.  If you see someone riding when conditions are not right please nicely ask them to leave and explain why.  Likewise if they are not wearing a helmet again ask them to get one and to leave nicely.

Thank you for your continued support.

KCV Cycling Club

Sunday, December 1, 2013

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.

Friday, October 11, 2013

A couple cool things going on this weekend!

On Saturday the First Annual RAMROD (Rob & Mikes Race On Dirt) "Dude" event will be taking place at random locations in the trails.  Join us for our end of the year "thank you" party. Festivities include a series of fun, short track time trials on favorite sections of the Winona Lake Trails. Beginner through expert riders are welcome, with multiple categories and prizes awarded, including an Overall King and Queen of the Trail. An after-party with plenty of good food and cold brew will also be taking place.

Registration begins at 11am at the Winona Lake Trails - near the bonfire area, next to the Caretaker's House - with the first start at 12pm.

Please bring a small monetary donation or a side dish to share for the after party.

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The fun does not stop there.  On Sunday Metzger Outdoors is hosting what might be the most fun you can
have running. This is NOT your traditional 5K run. It is much more interesting. The exact distance is unknown but it will be 3 - 4 miles with some fun challenges/obstacles along the way.  You can register here.  There will also be onsite registration.

Monday, October 7, 2013

October Rain

We have had quite a bit of rain the last few days.  Trails are closed so they can dry out.  Hit the road bike, gravel roads or the trainer.  Ok maybe not the trainer yet.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Fourth Annual Oktoberfest @ Cerulean Garden October 5th (TODAY!)

Looking for something fun to do today?  Well, our friends at Cerulean are hosting the 4th annual 10k Hash Fat and Flat.  All proceeds go to the trails, not to mention you get to hear some awesome live music, eat some fantastic grub and drink your favorite beverage of choice.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Trails Closed

We have closed the trails due to the amount of rain we have received today.  We want to preserve them as best we can for this weekends events.  If you have not registered for the run or the mountain bike race you can do so here.



Thanks and see you this weekend!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Poverty Cycle Challenge 6/12/24 a Race Against Hunger!

Join us September 21-22, 2013 for 1 fun weekend raising funds to alleviate poverty by helping 2 great organizations (Fellowship Missions Homeless Shelter and 2nd Mile Missions Dominican Republic Education Center and Safe House) through 3 fun events. Actually 2 fun events - a 5/10K Trail Run and a 6/12/24 Hour Solo or Team Mountain Bike Race with one additional twist... a Costume Contest.

To register for this super fun event go here!  Want to stay up to date with Poverty Cycle Challenge on Facebook?  Go here!

It is time for a TRAIL MAINTENANCE day!

This Saturday 9/14/2013 we are going to to meet at the trails to work on the trails.  Start at 10am and go until 4pm.  Come on out and help stay as long or as short as you can.  If you have any questions hit us up on our Facebook Page.

Help us get the trails prepped and ready for the final time trial of the year, Poverty Cycle Challenge and remaining fall events. Hopefully we'll get some rain before then, but if not, we'll fix some sandy spots, make sure the trails are trimmed properly and verify as many sticks and pebbles are clear of the trail.x