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Tread Lightly – Help protect our trails

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!

10-12-10 Trail Update

October is a busy month for Winona Lake Trails.  Keep these dates in mind as you are riding.  All events are open to the public and for more information on each event please visit KCV Cycling’s website.

Trails will be closed and open to registered riders only on these dates.

10-16-10: KCV Cycling 12 Hours of Winona a Race Against Hunger
10-23-10: KCV MTB Poker Run and Short Track Time Trial
10-30-10: Metzger Outdoors Nocturnal Adventure Race 6pm

You can keep up to date on all events by clicking on the Event Calendar on the left side of the page.

Keep an eye out!

Please be on the lookout for anyone who may be doing no good on the trails.  In recent weeks we have seen the workings of people of are up to no good.  An example would be putting large rocks on the trail and then covering them with leaves.

Most of this occurs along the creek side up to the bridge.  If you spot anyone ask them to please stop, get their names and report it to KCV Cycling.

Also, if anyone is on their bikes with out helmets on you have the right to tell them to turn around a leave the trails.  Trailhouse will gladly provide them with loaner helmets.

Thanks for all the help everyone.  

Keep Ridin’

Trails Are in Great Shape!

The rain over the weekend helped out the trails greatly.  Weather conditions are perfect for riding, jogging, or walking the trails.

If you are walking or jogging the trails be sure you go in the opposite direction of bicyclists, and keep an eye out for them.  News is some of them are getting pretty fast with another summer of riding behind them.

Remember is you are riding your bike on the trails even if it is for just a short little trip PLEASE WEAR YOUR HELMET!  We have seen quite a bit of people on bikes without helmets.  Please wear them for your safety.  If you don’t have a helmet visit Trailhouse in the Village at Winona and they have some for rent.

Winona Lake Trail Maintenance Needed – This week and Saturday, August 14th, 10am.

As many of you know, the trails have taken a serious punch this year, so we’ll need as much help as possible to get them back into shape for our final summer and fall events like the Poverty Cycle Challenge, 12 Hours of Winona and the Poker Run. So, please join us throughout the week and weekend in giving the Winona Lake trails a much needed re-trim. Pitch in by getting some friends together and adopting a mile of trail to weedeat and trim low branches.

Here are a few tips to remember:

  • Cut back the weeds no more than 1 foot on either side of the trail. This allows room for passing without widening the trail more than it needs to be.
  • Do not cut out roots, remove rocks or open shortcuts. We want to protect from erosion and further trail changes if at all possible.
  • Clear low lying branches and sticks if possible.
  • Any trees that need to be removed or sections that look like they need more work, please pass that information back to the club, so we can schedule additional maintenance.

Let us know if you’re able to go out and take care of a specific mile. We’ll finish any mileage remaining this weekend. Once the trimming is done, we’ll then be able to assess the structural work that needs to be taken care of.

We appreciate your service and efforts in helping us keep the Winona Lake Trails one of the best trail systems in the midwest!

Winona Lake MTB Trails Update

The Old Chicago Boys Club / Winona Lake MTB Trails are open, but tread lightly. There still are some muddy spots and severe erosion is wreaking havoc on our trails. Pick the driest lines in corners, and also, please respect the obstacles and sections we have – DO NOT MAKE SHORTCUTS AND DO NOT WIDEN THE TRAIL. Please avoid DUKATTIE DROP and PATIENCE. These sections are still closed and marked off with signs and tape. Please respect the closure of these sections. As a heads up, depending on the weather situation over the next couple weeks, we will hold Trail Maintenance and Clean-Up days on August 13, 14, 15 and August 20, 21. Stay tuned for more details. Thanks for helping take care of our local trails!

Winona Lake MTB Night Ride – Saturday, August 7, 9pm

Meet up with your friends on Saturday, August 7 at 9m at the Winona Lake Trailhead for a Group night ride. Spread the word and get out on the trails for a fun, casual-paced night ride. On a side note, the 12 Hours of Winona are only 2 months away. Take this opportunity for some night riding practice to get ready for the race on October 16.

Trail Condition Update

Skyway and Wagner sections are open for riding but tred lightly.  We have some repairs to make to these sections so choose the best line and please don’t make the trail and wider than it already is.

Patience is still closed and clearly marked off with yellow tape and a sign.  If you see that the tape has been torn down please help us and put it back up.
If you are not sure where these sections are please refer to the trail map located here.

Trails Open … Some Sections are closed

The trails are open for riding.  We still have some slick areas, some areas that are getting wider, and some areas that are closed off completely.


  • Wagner Section
  • Patience Section
  • Skyway Section
The entrances to these sections are clearly taped off and have signs.  DO NOT GO THROUGH THEM!  if you see that the tape has been broken please stop and take a moment to put the tape back up.  The more we all give these sections a rest the faster we can all enjoy them.
  • In the sloppy sections find the best and driest line without making the trail wider.
  • Get off your bike and walk around if you need too.  
  • It is not cool to have mud all over you and your bike.
If you have any questions check back here, contact me barkeyc @ gmail . com (take out the spaces) or contact Trailhouse.