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GROC Genesee Regional Off-Road Cyclists

Volunteer Recognition: Paul Knerr

 

GROC would like to thank Paul Knerr, a die-hard trail worker, for all the time and effort he has put into building and maintaining trail this year. Paul does a lot of work at OCP, but is also a regular in the other 3 parks GROC stewards. He has also been a consistent face on the Trails Committee, offering his support and perspective on all things trail related and acting as a right hand man for Peter Landre, Park Manager of Ontario County Park. Paul has received awards from GROC in the past for his great work, but he is truly a volunteer that is vital to our organization’s mission. So, next time you’re out riding, thank Paul, because whatever trail you’re enjoying, his hands have most likely worked on it in some way!

 

December 2016 Volunteer Updates

GROC Advocacy at Work: Connector Trail Update

GROC recently met with a panel of County and Town officials to present the proposal for the Tryon / Bay Park West Connector Trail. The meeting was very productive, with many questions revolving around the placement of the trail in relation to private property, as well as other questions related to concerns residents have expressed to the County. GROC was able to answer all the panel’s questions, and also offered up possible solutions to most concerns. We left the meeting with an action plan that will move the approval process forward and should result in the proposal being brought to the Monroe County Parks Advisory Committee sometime this winter. We will continue to provide updates as more details develop.

2017 Board Position Openings

The 2016 Board of Directors did an awesome job last year carrying out GROC’s mission with new projects and events that helped meet the needs and wants of our membership. As GROC professionalized its operations, increased project capacity, created opportunities and celebrated achievements, support from the greater mtb community grew!

Moving into the 2017 season, we have a few board position openings. Specifically, GROC is in need of an Events Chairperson, and a few Members at Large. Below are position details. Please note that these are one-year terms and no experience is necessary. If you are interested in giving back to the mtb community and want to have a part in guiding and directing GROC, contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it !

Events Chairperson:

·         Attend monthly Board meetings from Oct. – May. (usually held late Sunday afternoons)
·         Provide feedback and direction on GROC issues at Board meetings
·         Oversee events (last year we had 7 events and most have been modeled in such a way as to make them easily repeatable in 2017)
·         Delegate volunteers and Board members to event jobs
·         Coordinate with the Communications Committee to provide info to publicize events 

Members at Large: 4 positions available

·         Attend monthly Board meetings from Oct. – May. (usually held late Sunday afternoons)
·         Provide feedback and direction on GROC issues at Board meetings
·         Provide assistance with events or special projects if available

 

Singletrack View: Feeling Groovy

It's an old 60s expression meaning, "It's all good, man," best said while wearing striped bell bottoms and a fringe vest like the one Roger Daltrey wore at Woodstock. And a headband. And it is indeed good to be 'in the groove' when you're killing it on a local trail. But sometimes being "groovy" isn't a good thing. So what's not groovy about being groovy? We've all seen grooves in trails resulting from bike tires have lost the plot on a turn and broken free. Or they can happen when you're coming in hot and you need to scrub speed off in a hurry, so you squeeze the brakes as if you're juicing a lemon. Hey, it happens sometimes. But almost all the time, skidding is avoidable.

Skidding can create grooves that can catch rainwater, accelerating erosion and causing damage. And only a rolling tire has traction. Too much groovy-ness can spoil line choices for other riders too. Sure, it was really fun on a Schwinn back in 1978 on your dead-end street, but on our trails these days, it's a reason for someone to point out damage that can be attributed to bikes as an excuse to ban their use. It's up to all of us to roll with some love and preserve our precious local resources, because if we lose access to these places, it'll likely be for good. So kiss those trails—don't rub them the wrong way.

So when you're killing it, sometimes you're killing it for others in the community, so go easy when you have to and strive for some technical prowess and control rather than sheer speed that can result in the dreaded skid. Because dude, that's so uncool. And definitely not groovy. What would Gregg Brady say? 

We need to show the community at large that we, as off-road bikers, care about preserving the trails for all users. Skids are for kids!

See you out there!

Johnny C
Volunteer for a crew. That means you!

 

GROC Annual Member Meeting & Party

It’s that time again for GROC to host it's annual Member Meeting. We would like to invite our members and all trail work volunteers to come out for some pizza and beer and hear about all the latest and greatest news from GROC. During the meeting we plan to…

· Vote on the new GROC board

· Provide information about committee opportunities within GROC

· Get updated info on our trail systems

· Hear about new projects for 2017

· Honor some very dedicated volunteers from the 2016 season!

Saturday, January 21st, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Ellison Park - Pavilion Lodge

***Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we plan for food and drink***

 Mark your calendars, we hope to see you there!

 

Volunteer Recognition

https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14448988_1001469919962475_9184555019316466027_n.jpg?oh=05fa864b6e67329d913d3a8a62731cea&oe=58887249GROC has had some great successes this season and they are all due to volunteers donating their time, talents, and sometimes finances to this organization. To show our appreciation we wanted to start highlighting the awesome work our volunteers have contributed over the season.

To kick things off we would like to highlight Rick Statt, a new volunteer to GROC this year. Ricky has been connected with the Rochester Downhillers group for some time, but he was instrumental in leading the charge in designing the new jump lines that will be coming to Dryer Rd. in the near future (stay tuned, more info on this soon!). We’re thankful that he was willing to put himself out there, not only to advocate for a project he was passionate about, but also to volunteer his time and knowledge into making it happen. Ricky also contributed a great deal to the construction of the new Yellow Trail in Bay Park West, and most recently has been working on a sweet reroute in the North section of Tryon Park.

In our endeavor to create more riding opportunities for advanced riders, Rick has been a valuable resource. BIG THANKS RICK!

 
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