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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.


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.

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.

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.

Trail Updates

Today we cleaned and cleared the trails for the upcoming NIMBA race this Sunday 8-17-14.  The trails are in great shape and they will be fast come race day.

CAUTION:  We rebuilt the area around stadium jump before mile marker 1.  If you are not familiar with this this is the tiny table top as you ride beside the race filed.  Take caution the first time you ride it.  If you carry your speed you could end up on the ground,  this is a black section by definition and if you go slow the first couple of times you will have it nailed.

For more information on the NIMBA race this Sunday click here.  Proceeds will go to the trails, thanks.

Construction on Skyway Begins!

We know you have missed your favorite section of the trail all summer, Sweet Darlin’ Loop.  Well good news is we have started the re-construction and construction of the new Skyway.  As many of you know this section gets closed whenever we have heavy rain fall due to the fact that the area is so low.  This construction project will help alleviate some of that.


Tree Update

We believe we have gotten all of the trees off of the trails.  However there is one exception Sweet Darlin is closed due to Skyway being torn up and will be for a while.  The tree that fell is giving us a good opportunity to get that section done up right.  We’ve got big plans so check back later for pictures etc.

Happy 4th of July and remember ride Dirts Trails not Mud Trails!