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Some of my fellow Cannon River Offroad Cycling and Trails (#CROCT) board members met at my house this past week to phone, text, email, and message our 'contacts.' We're recruiting 75 volunteers to march banners in the upcoming @defeat.of.jesse.james.days parade which will net our chapter $1,000. It's not exactly glamorous work but that money will help to fund more construction of local mtb trails and bike park features. @murraygd13, @gar_brindo, Sarah Jansen, Aleasha Markley, Jeremy Bokman, & Carl Arnold (not pictured)
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I'm a Cannon River Offroad Cycling and Trails (#CROCT) board member, as is @martini_ss. On August 26, we signed contract (MOU) with the City of Northfield, Minnesota for our MTB trail in Sechler Park. It took a while but the right amount of persistence and civility paid off in the end. Props to City Engineer Dave Bennett, Streets & Parks Manager Jasper J Kruggel, the Northfield Parks & Rec Advisory Board (PRAB), and the Northfield City Council for their unanimous support. And a tip of the helmet to @man.drews at @imba_midwest @imba_us for his behind-the-scenes consulting.
I’m co-leading CROCT’s Monday night youth group ride again this summer. And now that I’ve got my MTB instructor certifications (IMBA ICP Level 2 and PMBI Level 1), I’m planning to add a little group instruction each week at the start of the ride.
At our first session, we did a quick braking assessment and I was surprised to see how much trouble the kids (approximate ages 6-13) had trying to come to a stop between a set of cones on a gentle slope.
For an assessment of their ability to select a gear for climbing, we had them pick their own ‘Goldilocks’ route up a grassy slope — not too easy, not too hard. Unsurprisingly, many of the kids were clueless about how to shift to an easier gear to get up the slope.
So in the coming weeks, we’ll add some instruction, drills and games that incorporate braking and gear choice. Some photos from week 1:
I occasionally put on my mountain bike advocacy hat (helmet?) and in the past few of weeks I’ve had it on quite a bit in my role as a board member of my local IMBA chapter, Cannon River Offroad Cycling & Trails (CROCT). One issue I’ve worked on has been addressing the concerns of some citizens who’ve had some objections about our mountain bike trail-building activities in Rice County’s Caron Park.
While we are reaching out to these citizens to meet face-to-face, I’ve used our CROCT blog to address the main issues and invite further comments and discussion from anyone who might be interested. The idea is not so much to communicate to our CROCT members about the issue but rather:
- to give elected/appointed officials and staff something they can see/read so that they can better understand what’s been done
- to provide a link to a blog post that those officials can send to others who contact them with concerns
- to help defuse the issue for some of the opponents who may feel that at least they’ve been listened to, even if we don’t agree with them.
See my post: Impact of CROCT’s mountain bike trails in Caron Park
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As a board member for Cannon River Offroad Cycling & Trails (CROCT), I’ve been taking the lead on our PR and social media, not just to inform local mountain bikers about what we’re doing but also the wider community of Rice County where our IMBA chapter operates.
This is my narration to the slide presentation that CROCT President Marty Larson and I did for BikeNorthfield’s 3rd Annual Soup & Cycles meeting back in January.
It’s an overview of CROCT-related activities, events, and accomplishments in the past year. Like most any online video, you can pause it, move the slider backwards and forwards, and watch it in full-screen mode. 23 minutes:
(Click here to view this presentation on the CROCT blog without the narration. Advantage: clickable titles to blog posts that provide more background on each topic.)