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2015 Spring Roll

The Corvallis Gazette Times wrote up a nice article on the Spring Roll event and our effort to get a pump track to town.  Here’s a sample:

The goal with a pump track is to ride your bike through it without pedaling, using only your initial momentum and shifts of your weight forward or back to carry you over the bumps and around the banked corners.

Of course, at the Corvallis Spring Roll, an annual bike event for kids held Sunday in Cloverland Park, most of the riders on the track peddled heavily throughout the short pump track set up at the event.

 

…“Bike safety and skill-building are things everyone needs to learn and practice, we just start early to teach and reinforce ideas and skills that contribute to kids’ confidence and positive experience on a bike,” [Kirstin Carroll, a member of Team Dirt] said.

You can read the entire article here or view a cached copy here.

By |June 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Rogue Rider Approves

The Rogue Rider (Forrest Roth) at the Mail Tribune (in Medford Oregon) wrote a nice review of the trails at Alsea Falls.  The best quote was

If I wanted to get a beginner excited about mountain biking, this is the trail I would take them to. It’s fun and easy to ride again and again. I ended the day muddy and wet, but grinning.

Read the entire article at the Mail Tribune.  (cached copy)

 

 

By |November 7th, 2014|Alsea Falls|0 Comments

Kat Sweet Skills Clinic

Team Dirt invited Kat Sweet to come to Alsea Falls and lead two skills clinics for all interested.  Kat offered two classes, an all-comer’s on Saturday (October 4) and a women’s only clinic on Sunday.  The larger, Saturday, class was assisted by Christy Ott.

The weather was perfect, and the trails were in great shape – having received some rain a few days before the weekend.

After some basic skills and drills in the campground area at the bottom (body position, bike separation, braking), we all shuttled up to the top for a couple more drills (cornering) and then attacked the trails.

On the way down, we stopped at several spots to focus on different aspects of riding.  At one early section of tight twisty turns with roots and a drop, we all got off the bike and looked at the line, then watched Kat and one of the guys experienced with the trail system go down.  Emboldened with the knowledge of the better line, we all tried it – with Kat giving advice as we rolled through it.  No spills at that point.

Shortly after, at a really big, bermed corner, Kat talked about options for this turn and then demonstrated it with Christy.  While you could rail the corner (lean with the bike), we were focusing on leaning the bike and not the body.  We all then took turns, regrouping at the bottom of Highballer.

While riding down the trail, Kat and Christy would alternate riding behind different people, and having different people follow them.  Getting on-the-trail and on-the-fly feedback really helped people make changes to their riding style.

This pattern continued down the rest of the trail on Springboard.

We then had lunch, practiced some drills lifting the front/rear/entire bike, and shuttled up for another run down the trails.  The big skill we worked on was jumping, taking a couple runs at a small jump – which was a bit intimidating for a number of us who didn’t regularly ride with flats.

Kat prefers people do her classes riding with flats, because it helps teach good habits (instead of relying on clipless pedals to hold you to the bike).  Using flats was definitely a new experience for a number of us (including yours truly), but nobody regretted it.

We finished up the class with a cookie circle – everyone sharing what they’d learned and their favorite part.  Many asked Kat when she’d be back to teach again.

From the photos, it looks as though the women’s class on Sunday had as much fun as the class on Saturday.

Kat Sweet Skills Clinic Kat Sweet Women's Skills Clinic

By |October 6th, 2014|Alsea Falls, Education/Advocacy|0 Comments

Corvallis Car Free Festival

The 5th annual Car Free Festival was held on Sept 21st in downtown Corvallis.  Team Dirt participated in this event last year for the first time and was invited back to this year’s festival after an overwhelmingly positive response from participants.

car_free_photo_1Kids of all ages and skills were challenged to ride a bicycling skills course which included several different obstacles and a much loved teeter-totter.  Push bikes, training wheels and two wheeled bikes all rode the course, each time with increased confidence and excitement. 

car_free_photo_3Many thanks to Scott and Kirstin Carroll, who organized and led the bicycling skills course!

car_free_photo_2The Corvallis Gazette Times wrote an article about the festival, and Scott Carroll was quoted in it!  Read the article here. (cached copy)

By |September 28th, 2014|Education/Advocacy|0 Comments

Gazette Times – Mountain bikers flock to Alsea Falls

The Corvallis GT has a nice article on the popularity of the Alsea Falls trail system.  Most notable facts: 4000 riders since the opening in July, and most riders appear to be coming from Eugene.

Read the entire article here. (cached copy)

By |September 26th, 2014|Alsea Falls|0 Comments

Alsea Falls on VisitCorvallis.com

Alsea Falls was the focus of today’s “My Favorite Places” – a reoccurring theme on visitcorvallis.com.  It is also one of their “7 wonders”.

Mike Ripley and his two daughters are featured on the short video, and Team Dirt gets a nice mention.

Check it out. (a cached copy can be found here)

By |August 13th, 2014|Alsea Falls|0 Comments

Corvallis Advocacy Report, August 2014

Martin Luther King Park

A grant proposal to improve the pavilion and children’s playground area was submitted by Parks and Rec staff.  This grant was not approved.  The grant application did not include a new pump track near the existing playground area, improvements to the existing trails, bike skills features within the park, and new purpose built trail extension within the park as we had hoped for. However these concepts were well liked by city staff if we could find another way to fund them.  We do have permission to move forward with a new trail reroute on the north end of the park following city protocol and trail standards.
Next steps for the north end trail improvements would be
• a site meeting with interested parties to go over conceptual ideas (TD) We could use a team leader on this one.
• another site meeting with city staff to go over the concept and approval process (TD and City Staff)
• a series of work parties to make it happen (TD)

 Village Green Park

The site is being examined for a new bike park and trail network.
Next steps are:
• the development of conceptual plans and cost information (TD)
• research existing master plan for park for possible update to include concept park (City Staff)
• presentation to parks board concept plan (TD)

Corvallis BMX Park

Improvements to the park to bring it back to its former state as a viable BMX track are being examined.
Next steps are:
• Further research and study on plans and permit issues involved with track improvements which would include mechanized equipment (City Staff)
• Continued work parties to improve the park (TD)

Chip Ross Park

Improvements to the existing trail network and possible new purpose built trails are being studied. The existing park does not currently have a master plan which may need to happen prior to any extensive trail development on the north side of the park which has a lot of potential for really interesting side hill type trails. However, we can go forward with some selective reroutes of the existing trails to improve them.

Next steps are:
• Establish a park master plan which would include more purpose built trails in the park including development of the north side of the park (City Staff)
• A site meeting with interested parties on possible reroutes of some of the existing trails to go over conceptual ideas (TD)
• Followed by a site meeting with city staff to go over proposed concept trail reroutes (TD and City Staff)
• A series of work parties to make it happen (TD)

By |August 12th, 2014|City of Corvallis|0 Comments

Concept Model of Pump Track at MLK Park

We are working with DEVCO Engineering, Inc., a local civil engineering firm, to put together some 3-D models for pump tracks at various sites.   DEVCO is generously donating their time to make these.  The models are the tremendous help in further plan development.

These mock-ups are for a concept pump track at MLK.  They are preliminary but do show we could have a rather large track at that site.  This particular track is designed to be beginner friendly with no rollers over 2 feet high and lots of small 1 foot rollers.

MLK Pump Track_1 MLK Pump Track_2 MLK Pump Track_3

If you are interested in helping, please contact info@teamdirt.org. We need people interested in the planning process, fund-raising, manual labor for building, donations of equipment and materials, and design work.

By |August 12th, 2014|City of Corvallis|0 Comments