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Gravel Armoring of Purple Trail - West Bay Park - Trail Crew - April 13th, 2014

This past weekend an industrious crew of Trail Crew members set out on the first major trail maintenance event of this riding season. Using crushed stone provided by Monroe County Parks, the purple trail entrance at the top of the hill on Orchard Park Blvd was reinforced.

Map of work area

 

This new cladding of the entrance trail completes the change to a more sustainable entrance that promotes proper drainage and prevents the erosion of the tread - something the original entrance trail did not succeed in doing.

 

 

Moving gravel down the trail with our train of wheelbarrows

Soft parts of the trail were covered in gravel

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Mud Season - What You're Doing to The Trails

Note from a dedicated Trail Crew Leader - who has put many hours of his time into the trails we all ride

Dryer (today, 4/10) see image to right

It's that time of year again. It's finally warm out, and and mountain biking is on your mind. You're ready, your bike's ready, but unfortunately the trails are not ready. 

Even though today has been the warmest day of the year so far, our trails in the Greater Rochester area are still muddy. In some places, they even still have snow cover. They need more warm days to dry out enough to handle traffic from eager mountain bikers after a long winter. Even Dryer Road Park, our fastest-drying and most resilient trail system, is muddy and fragile right now. With rain in the forecast for the coming week, expect conditions to get worse before they get better.

When riders use muddy trails, they leave ruts in the tread. When it rains, these ruts prevent drainage, collecting moisture and staying muddy. Muddy spots grow deeper and wider as they're excavated by knobby tires. Eventually, trail crew volunteers need to repair rutted and poorly-draining sections, and it takes several volunteer-hours to repair a singly rutted or muddy section. Every hour the trail crews spend repairing old trails is an hour not spend building exciting new trails to enjoy. 

The best thing you can do to help is avoid muddy trails. If you can see your own tire tracks, it's too wet to ride. Also, watch the Trail Crew Meetup for upcoming work days to help repair and maintain our trails. With your help, we can keep our local trails spectacularly fun for this upcoming season, and many more!

 

GROC 2014

Some Things Have Changed

The GROC Board has recently changed. Jonathan Brown will remain as President supported by a dedicated group who have been involved with GROC since its inception in 2004. GROC has made a significant impact on the expansion of shared-use trails in our area and with your support we will continue that effort.


Great News - GROC's Efforts Pay Off

Monroe County Parks Pilot Program for shared-use trails has come to a successful end.
The pilot program that was run for over 18 months in Tryon and West Bay Park has been deemed a success by the County's consultant, EDR (Environmental Design & Research).  EDR evaluated the parks both prior to and after the pilot and submitted their report to the County.  GROC's members, volunteers and supporters are the reason for the program's success.

  • Volunteers: The amount of effort put into area parks by GROC volunteers has been stunning.  Several miles of new trail were created and existing trails were enhanced in both Tryon and West Bay Park.  
  • Business Support: Local bike shops and businesses like Stan's NOTUBES have also played a very major role in the efforts by supporting GROC.
  • Parks Departments: We must also recognize the Monroe County Parks Department leaders who supported the efforts in every way they could. They have been a pleasure to work with and have really done a great job in making the parks experience very positive for everyone. Please thank Larry Staub ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Dave Rinaldo ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Mark Quinn ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for the support and effort they have put into this program.
  • Other Local Land Managers: This program was also made possible through the continued support of the Town of Victor and Ontario County. Brian Emelson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Parks Director for the Town Of Victor has played a major role in GROC's success. Brian was the first land manager to support GROC by allowing us to work with him at Dryer Road Park. 

GROC & IMBA

GROC has officially become an International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) chapter club. This is a significant change in our relationship with IMBA. GROC is now one of only three chapters in our region. We are proud to be recognized by IMBA for our volunteers' advocacy efforts.

 A tough year for Mountain Bike Clubs  - Why Support GROC and IMBA
IMBA lost its ability to provide affordable insurance for clubs this year. This is a significant issue for mountain bike clubs. GROC and many other clubs almost went away.   In order to work on trails we need to carry insurance to protect our volunteers and board members. This may seem like an easy thing but very few insurance companies are able to provide such policies for mountain bike clubs.  Fortunately GROC was recently able to find a solution with one of the few insurance companies that can provide the coverage we need.

GROC memberships will be a joint membership with IMBA. When you join GROC you will also become an IMBA member. With your financial support GROC will be able to continue to provide insurance, tools and materials that are required to build and maintain the trails in our area. Please continue to support GROC and IMBA .

We need your memberships now more than ever! We will not be able to continue to build and maintain local trails without your support.

JOIN TODAY !

 

Kids Love Bikes

Last weekend Fullmoon Vista put on a UCI Cyclocross event in Ellison Park. GROC was there to support biking in all its forms in our parks. 

GROC was there to provide the kids with there own version of the event with a mini Cycloscross course. GROC also brought a fleet of Kazam push bikes that are specifically designed to teach the youngest riders how to ride a bike.

Needless to say the kids had allot of fun and the racing by the athletes was spectacular. Thanks Fullmoon Vista for putting on truly international event in our area and supporting ridding in our parks.

 

Singletrack Nature

GROC Singletrack Academy providing basic lessons on bike setup, equipment safety, mounting and dismounting, attack position, turning, and braking. The children participated in multiple skills drills before heading out to Kaleidoscope for their first trail ride. Throughout the day, participants also learned about road and trail safety, rules, and etiquette, as well as stewardship and advocacy. In Partnership with Community Place of Greater Rochester (and Greater Rochester Health Foundation) GROC along with many community members sponsored these young adults to participate in the Single Track Academy Program.

The Film done by Don Casper Follows kids from downtown Rochester as they travel to the woods to experience nature and learn how to mountain bike through an amazing volunteer program.

 

Directed and Edited by Don Casper

Produced by EPIC10
http://www.epic10.com

 
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