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TRAIL STATUS for Fat & Skinny Weekend

As the trail maintenance teams wrap up projects in prepping the trails and the racers begin to arrive in town, we wanted to provide an update on the trail status for Fat & Skinny Tire Fest weekend…

Thursday:

  • Trail Crews finishing work on the trails – use with caution and watch for others.
  • Additionally, the course direction has been determined (front half will run backwards for the DINO race). With that said, we have riders practicing, and others just using the trails, therefore for the next couple days, the front half of the trail runs both directions. Please be sure to look out for each other and be aware and courteous of all trail users.

Friday:

  • Course will begin to be marked for the race. The trails will still be open to all users, but please do not tear down course tape or signs. If you do on accident, please try to put it back up. If you do intentionally, and we catch you, we will prosecute as much as we can! Don’t be a jerk!

Saturday:

  • Trails are open ONLY for registered racers. Spectators may walk around the course, but be aware of racers coming at all times and do not impede their progress. Please NO strollers on the trails EVER! If you have a stroller, stick to watching along the Greenway.
  • Trails will open to the general public for normal riding, etc. at approximately 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

Earth Day: Trail Work Day

What better day than Earth Day (Saturday, April 22, 2017) to get outside, breathe some fresh air, and clean up our trails in preparation for heavier spring use, and of course, Fat & Skinny Tire Fest in 1 month…

We will hit the trails to open drainage, remove sticks and limbs from the trail, clean up trash, rebuild some berms, and more.

No experience necessary – just a volunteering heart, and a desire to keep our trails in great shape for our community and visitors. Please bring gloves, hand trimmers, rakes, shovels and buckets. We will split into groups and walk the entire trail fixing low corners and drainage, as well as picking up trash. Then, we’ll get some new signage put in place and rebuild a couple berms.

For those out using the trail, please watch for volunteers on the trail, maybe tell them “thank you” for sacrificing their time, and pass carefully – we want everyone to have an enjoyable and safe experience on the trails.

Wanting to volunteer, meet at the brown KCV maintenance barn, along the greenway, near the end of Boy’s City Drive at 10am. We’ll also provide snacks and drinks. Spread the word!

You can RSVP through our Facebook Event. Or email KCV with questions.

TRAIL UPDATE: VOLKSFEST TODAY

PLEASE NOTE: The Winona Lake Off road Trails will be hosting the annual Hash Ride & Run TODAY – Saturday, September 24, 2016. The trails will still remain open to the public, but we request that you not tear any tape down that has been set up for the course on the front half of the trails. The trails will be taped off, starting at 2pm, with riders and runners using the trails from 5-6pm.

Join us at the Cerulean Garden at 4:30pm (registration and opening comments) with the ride starting at 5pm. Runners and riders will have one hour to complete as many laps of the approximately 5k course as they’d like, returning to the Garden after each lap to receive a complementary beer. Both off-road and on-road loops available.

The evening concludes with great food and live music by DJ Chuck Fry, with Dos Hermanos at 7pm, Space Ships at 8pm, and James and the Drifters at 9pm.

All proceeds benefit the Winona Lake Trails and the community’s Ride+Walk Warsaw+Winona Lake initiatives.

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Crossfit Haymaker will be hosting “Trial in the Trails” – Saturday, September 17

crossfitthingPlease note that our friends at Crossfit Haymaker will be hosting “Trial in the Trails” on Saturday, September 17. Weather permitting, portions of the trails will be used in the morning from noon – 1:30pm. Sections near Robbie’s Ridge, the big bridge, and Black and Blue will be taped off for event purposes. The trails will remain open, however, please be careful when coming upon these taped sections, respecting volunteers and competitors. And be sure not to knock any tape down. Thanks for your courtesy!

Local Mountain Biker, Bike Stolen.

PLEASE NOTE – HELP NEEDED: Calling all local sleuth’s and friends… help us keep an eye out for our buddy Nate Shipley’s Trek Bicycle Marlin 5 29’er mountain bike, which was stolen off his back porch on East Market Street. Here’s a photo of the bike, and it has egg beater clipless pedals on it. Please contact the police and let Nate know if you have any insight. Let’s help him get his bike back!

Crossfit Haymaker will be hosting “Trial in the Trails” – Saturday, August 13

Please note that our friends at Crossfit Haymaker will be hosting “Trial in the Trails” on Saturday, August 13. Weather permitting, portions of the trails will be used in the morning from 10:30am – 11:30am. Sections near Robbie’s Ridge, the big bridge, and Black and Blue will be taped off for event purposes. The trails will remain open, however, please be careful when coming upon these taped sections, respecting volunteers and competitors. And be sure not to knock any tape down. Thanks for your courtesy!

TRAIL STATUS UPDATE: OPEN

Thanks to limited traffic, some sunshine, and a nice breeze on Thursday, the trails dried out well, and thus we’re opening them up. So get out and enjoy them. IMG_6730

The greenery is really coming in, so remember that hikers/walkers/runners travel in opposite direction of mountain bikers (whom follow the green and black arrows). Always use proper trail etiquette, be courteous and announce yourself, so the other trail users know you are there – especially in blind corners.

Please note that with the ever changing spring weather and conditions, remember that the off-road trails are closed no matter what the website posts and signs say when it is raining. If a storm rolls in while you are on the trails, please exit the trails as soon as possible, to prevent any dangerous situations for the trail user, and any damage to the trails.

Also note that in two weeks we will be hosting the Fat & Skinny Tire Fest and the DINO Series Mountain Bike Race. The off-road trails will begin to get marked on Friday, May 20 and will be closed to all users, except for those that have registered for the DINO Series races on Saturday until 4pm. The trails will then be open to the public.

If you would like to try your hand at mountain bike racing, there has never been a better time…This year, DINO has made mountain bike racing more accessible to the first-timer and occasional racer. There is NO racing license or one day permit required. Racers who don’t have a USA Cycling license will save $5 at every DINO race compared to prior years. Registration and check in are also going to be simpler for everyone. If you’ve never raced, or only race on occasion, now is the time to jump into a DINO Mountain Bike Series race. First-time racers can race free, in DINO’s “Intro” division – designed specifically for rookie racers!

Either way, we hope to see all of you out and about enjoying one of the funnest and most beneficial, family-friendly events in our community – Fat & Skinny Tire Fest 13 – May 20-22, 2016.

Trail Clean-up and Work Day this Saturday

Saturday, April 16, 10am

With the spring weather finally arriving, let’s get outside to breathe some fresh air, scout upcoming repair projects, and clean up the trails in preparation for more spring use and of course, Fat & Skinny Tire Fest in 1 month.

We will hit the trails to open drainage, fix some ruts, clear out limbs and down trees, and clean up trash.

No experience necessary – just a volunteering heart, and a desire to keep our trails in great shape for our community and visitors. Please bring gloves, rakes, shovels and buckets. We could also use some chainsaws as well. We will split into groups and walk the entire trail fixing ruts, low corners and drainage, as well as picking up trash. Then, we’ll get out to some spots where down trees and limbs are preventing vegetation to grow. If we have time, we’ll also scout out spots to plant trees and bushes along the new greenway to prevent erosion and shortcuts.

Meet at the brown maintenance barn, along the greenway, near the end of Boy’s City Drive at 10:00am. Spread the word!

Weekend Vandalism Creates More Work for KCV & Threatens Winona Lake Trails

fountaindamageHey friends, we hope you enjoy being on the trails, and out in the woods as much as we do. Our trails are truly a blessing and a treasure to our community. Unfortunately, we have to write this article because a few bad apples decided to cause some damage on the trails over the weekend; turning over the portable bathroom, tearing apart the water fountain, moving and stealing cones, breaking into one of the storage sheds, and tearing up road markers along the event entrance road.
Hence, the reason we have a request for everyone that enjoys the trails like us. Please read these reminders, teach them to your kids, and share them with your friends…

  • The Winona Lake Off-road Trails are on private property, thus, the privilege to use them can be taken away at any time.
  • The trails should be used only when dry and in good condition – rely on the trail status bar at the top of the website (winonalaketrails.com)
  • The rules of the trail are managed and provided by KCV Cycling and their team of trained volunteers.
  • The responsibility for maintenance rests upon the public to keep them clean, and in proper order – volunteer opportunities are always available to work on one of the maintenance teams.
  • All maintenance volunteers/teams will be provided with appropriate training.
  • All users have basic rules and responsibilities to abide by:
    • Mountain bikers must wear helmets and follow green and black arrows.
    • Runners and walkers must go the opposite direction so users of differing speeds can see each other coming.
    • Runners and walkers should not use black sections due to the touchy nature of the trail conditions, and the dangerous position multiple users could find themselves in.
    • Due to sharp corners and blind corners, mountain bikers have the right of way – it is easier for walkers to step off the trails to allow riders by. Riders should politely announce their oncoming.
    • Absolutely no wheelchairs or strollers should be on the off-road trails.
    • People wanting to take personal family or wedding photos, senior pictures, etc. should contact KCV Cycling for guidelines and recommendations before stopping on the trails for photos. This puts other users in a dangerous situation.
    • Do not litter. Carry out your trash. (Leave no Trace)
    • No open fires allowed. No camping without prior approval.
    • All dogs should remain on a leash – and dog waste should be cleaned up.
    • Limit the use of headphones and earbuds – all trail users should retain the ability to hear others speaking to them.
    • Be aware of everyone around you at all times.
    • If you see people breaking the rules, or creating dangerous conditions, we all have the responsibility to say something, and report the situation.
    • Do what you can to help – clean up trash and pick up small sticks on the trails.
    • Report any trail damage you’re not able to fix through the website (including larger down trees, limbs, erosion, trail feature damage, vandalism, etc.)

For so many of you that abide by the rules, help out on the trails, and spread the word for us – we truly thank you and appreciate your assistance! Together we can help prevent vandalism, trail damage, and dangerous conditions – which all can lead to the trails being shut down. We’re sure no one that enjoys the trails wants to see that happen. Please help us keep the trails open, and in great shape, maintaining the great reputation our trail system has to this day.

Additionally, would you please consider making a tax-deductible donation at least once per year.  You can use the Donate button on the right side of this page.  All expenses to keep the trails maintained and open is reliant upon public donations and KCV fundraisers.

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.

Michiana Mountain Bike Race Series This Sunday – Be There!

 

The newly named Michiana Mountain Bike Race Series still contains all the goodness of the Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association (NIMBA) series… great races supporting local trails. NIMBA has done an amazing job building and maintaining mountain bike trails in the Michiana area, and their support of cycling is top notch. Come out to the next stop of this fundraising race series which help support each of the local, northern Indiana/Michiana mountain bike trails, including Winona Lake.

The August 16 race has categories for all skill levels, with laps approximately 7 miles in length and a mix of sections of the trail, all while benefitting our local Winona Lake trails. Great prizes and medals will be provided as well.

For more details, check out the KCV website: (http://www.kcvcycling.org/events/nimba-xc-mountain-bike-race/ )
or the MMBRS website: (http://mmbrs.org/sample-page/winona-august-16th-draft )

Remember the trails will be closed to recreational riders this Sunday until mid afternoon.

Mountain Bike Time Trail

We are bringing back the mountain bike time trial to the Winona Lake Trails.  Registration will start at 12:30 and the race will begin at 1 PM.  This is a free event but donations are welcome.