Updates

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TRAILS CLOSED

With the steady rains and increasing winds, the trails are closed and will remain so on Tuesday, November 29 to allow for proper drying, and evaluation of wind damage. We will reassess on Wednesday in hopes the trails are dry and we can get them cleared as well. As always, thanks for your patience and helping us spread the word.

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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Beautiful Sunday – Trails Are Open

Trails are open today so get out there and enjoy some single track goodness.  However, the trails will be closed for the 4th and final KCV Mountain Bike Time Trial.  This race against yourself is free to ride.  Come on out and see how your summer training stacks up against the best in the county.

The time trail starts at 1pm and goes through 3pm.

TRAIL STATUS UPDATE: CLOSED

Due to the steady rain yesterday, last night, through this morning, and still taking place, the trails are officially CLOSED for today, Saturday, September 17. The Crossfit Haymaker event will still take place, however not on the off-road trails, but only on the Greenway. As always, please spread the word, and thanks for your patience.

Our hope is that conditions will improve and dryer weather will roll in later this afternoon. With that said, the goal is still to host the final KCV Mountain Bike Time Trial on Sunday, September 18 at 1pm and also the Giant Bicycles Demo Day on Tuesday, September 20, 2-7pm.

Stay tuned for updates. Thanks for your patience and respect for the trails.

Trails are Closed

The good news is we have not had to close down the mountain bike trails most of the summer.  The bad news is we are closing them due to yesterday’s rain and the high percentage chance of rain today.

We’ll keep an eye on the conditions and let you know when they are good to ride again.  Remember ride dirt trails not mud trails.

 

 

Fat and Skinny Tire Fest 13 This Weekend!

This weekend Warsaw and Winona Lake will be hosting the 13th annual Fat and Skinny Tire Fest.

First, the Winona Lake Trails will be closed for the DINO Series mountain bike race on Saturday May, 21st until 4pm.  This exciting event brings in the state’s best competition to our home trails.  If you feel like you are up to the challenge there are all kinds of levels for you to participate in. Registration can be found here.  If you want to pre-ride the course on Friday please do not tear down any tape or markers.  The front side will run its normal direction and the back side will run backwards.

We are bringing back the popular Mountain Bike 4X race at Hire Park this year.  Compete against your “frenemies” on the fun BMX track.  Details can be found here.

For more information please visit our websites, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds and don’t forget to use the hashtag #FSTF13

If you missed the action from 2015 check out our video.  Mason Geiger will unveil this years video at our kick-off party May 20th in downtown Warsaw.

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!

TRAIL STATUS UPDATE: CLOSED

Due to the steady rains, we are closing the trails for today to give them time to dry. We want to keep them protected. If the rain stays minimal today and temperatures remain above freezing tonight, we hope to be able to open again for Friday. Stay tuned, but for now, the Winona Lake Trails are closed for Thursday, March 10 and until further notice.

And on behalf of KCV Cycling Club and the trail volunteers that maintain them, thank you to so many of you that have respected the closings and helped spread the word. Our due diligence and patience has payed off. Some of the volunteer team went out yesterday to check overall trail conditions before the trail work day this weekend, and outside of a few spots that were rutted and disheveled from use when it was wet, the trails were in some of the best early season shape we have seen in many years. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you – much love to all of you!

TRAILS OPEN

TRAIL UPDATE: With colder temperatures and the ground frozen, the trails are OPEN to walkers, runners, and riders. With the rain, then snow, watch for slick spots. Stay warm and be careful out there.

PLEASE NOTE: With warmer temperatures forecast above freezing in a couple days, along with some rain, please remember to stay off the trails when the ground begins to thaw and the top layer of soil becomes wet. Especially during and right after any long periods of direct sunshine and above freezing temperatures or during and right after rain. This is when the ground is most susceptible to erosion causing damage. Remember to ride and run dirt trails, not mud trails.

Wind and Trees

IMG_3561It is very windy today and there will likely be trees down on the trail.  Winona Lake Police informed us that at least one large tree is down off the greenway near Roy st. and looks to be unstable.

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Please be cautious of this area and any other areas on the trails.  We’ll be making our way through the trails this weekend to ensure the trails are safe for use and report back.

End of Year Party – Poker Run Returns

Riding friends, KCV is closing out the year with a big ol’ THANKYOU.  That’s right we are bringing back the popular Poker Run event tomorrow afternoon.  Festivities start at 2 pm in the open section near the small barn on the greenway.  We will have a special course laid out, something special and a surprise to everyone except the “evil” trail master NC1.  Don’t worry it won’t be difficult and all abilities will be able to ride.

The front section of the trails will be closed from 2pm through the evening hours.  If you plan to attend, please bring a dish to share or a donation to the trails.  The back half of the trails will be open as normal.

Further updates will be posted on Facebook.