March Open Women’s Mountain Bike Ride

Very excited for this month’s women’s MTB ride!!! We had 28 women’s on last months ride!!! It was great to see so many women out riding their mountain bikes.

We will be riding out a Whypass again. All women of all skill levels are welcome to join. Pass along an invitation to all your female friends who want to ride.

Whypass is located south of Lorane Oregon and contains many miles of fun to ride trails. We will have lots of experienced women mountain bikers out to help on the ride. Lots of opportunity to gain new skills, meet new women, and get muddy!

When: March 30th

Meet: 9:45 AM at Albertson’s on the corner of 18th and Chambers in Eugene. From there we can carpool/caravan out. Or you can meet us at 10:30 at the gravel pile

For more info: email kellysandow-at-gmail.com-we can even help you find a bike to take out and ride for the day!

via March Open Women’s Mountain Bike Ride.

Windstorm Trail Work Tomorrow

The big winds caused some trail damage this past week and though most hikers and bikers think the Forest Service clears and maintains all the trails we all love to hike and ride it’s actually volunteer groups, such as the Disciples of Dirt Mountain Bike Club (DOD), who contribute many thousands of hours to trail work each year.  The various government agencies don’t have the manpower or budgets to do it all on their own anymore. After this weeks big winds DOD is gearing up to get some of those local trails cleared. The following information comes from Paul Timm, the Trailwork Coordinator for the DOD:

Lending a Hand via Flickr: North Cascades National Park

Each spring the DOD, and our sister club in Oakridge the Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards, or GOATS, organize multiple trailwork parties to tackle cutting out all the trees that blow down, repair the trail where erosion may have taken a toll, and cut back brush that encroaches.  Many of our members are certified by the National Forest Service to operate chainsaws, and many of us have had field training on the right way to build and maintain trail from both the NFS and IMBA, the International Mountain Bika Association.  IMBA is the recognized leader in trail design for safety and sustainability. See  www.imba.com for more info.

Last Sunday’s wind storm caused some serious damage that everyone is aware of.  Here it is 4 days after the storm as I am writing this, and some folks are still out of power.  What do you think happened in the woods?  Lots of trees fell and are blocking trails.  To that end, we are organizing an immediate effort to reopen the trails in our winter playground near Lorane.  If you think you might like to come out to lend a hand we could use you

we are organizing an immediate effort to reopen the trails in our winter playground near Lorane.  If you think you might like to come out to lend a hand we could use you.

 If you know where the gravel pile is…show up Saturday, March 19 at 9am.  If you need directions, email me directly paul.cheri.timm@gmail.com and  I will zap directions back to you. Continue reading “Windstorm Trail Work Tomorrow”

Ribbon Trail Closed to Bikes, Cyclist Community Disappointed

The "Multi-Use" Ribbon Trail

In what is being characterized as a severe blow to local mountain biking and the general advancement of cycling in Eugene, the newly constructed multi-use Ribbon Trail connecting Hendricks Park to 30th Ave was closed to cyclists as of 5pm Thursday. In a letter to stakeholders (see PDF at the bottom of this post) Neil Björklund, The Eugene Parks and Open Space Planning Manager explains:

“Based on our conversations with a variety of stakeholder groups, there are enough concerns about safety of allowing both hikers and bicycles on this trail that we cannot with confidence recommend both uses on this trail.”

The letter also states that maintenance concerns and the trail’s proximity to Hendricks Park also factored in to the decision, but local advocates retort that the trail was designed with bike use in mind, and that these concerns do not warrant the closing of one of Eugene’s only mountain biking trails.

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