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GROC Genesee Regional Off-Road Cyclists

“So Sad…”

I was struck by a recent posting on the Trail Conditions section on the GROC home page "so sad how torn up is “, referring to the trail conditions at Dryer Road Park. First, we all appreciate that folks take the time to post trail conditions that help us decide where and when to ride. That said, only a small percentage of all riders actually do check this page before they do go riding. Also, there are many riders who really don't care what the conditions are or whether it is appropriate to ride when they want to go. This is unfortunate not only for the rest of us, but directly affects the integrity of the trails. We all know that riding in wet conditions is especially injurious to all trails (see below).

Why are the trails so “torn up?”

  1. Dryer Road Park is heavily used by bikers, hikers and trail runners.
  2. The composition of the trail tread is sand and pebbles, making it very vulnerable to erosion. 
  3. This has been an unusually rainy summer.
  4. Much of the damage has come from rain water washing away the surface and creating ruts. This has been worsened greatly by any hiking or riding when the trails are wet. Multiply this times over by folks who skid their turns and brake suddenly and improperly

We have reached a crisis. Why? What will happen?

 

  1. All single track trails in our local parks were designed, built and are maintained by volunteers. Although this should be common knowledge to at least all mtn bikers, it amazes me how so many folks I talk to on the trails have no clue of this simple fact. Many of them claim they never even heard of GROC (Genesee Regional Off Road Cyclists).!
  2. In spite of our efforts, the trails are rapidly eroding and many may get to the point of being too dangerous for riding. Some may get to the point that they cannot be repaired and must be permanently closed.
  3. We do not have enough volunteers to keep up with the demand for the work needed. Of the thousands of all folks who use the trails it basically comes down to the mtn biking community to be the trail stewards at Dryer and the other local mtn biking venues. And of the mtn biking community only a small number come to the work parties at Dryer. My wife, Mary Lee, and I are the project managers, in charge of the trails at Dryer. We, and the small pool of volunteers who attend all the work parties will soon reach burnout, unless we start seeing this pool of volunteers grow.

What must you do?

  1. Obviously, we must avoid riding single track trails when they are wet. It should go without saying, but isn't understood by some that the more it rains, the longer it takes to dry out. On those days, consider riding the rails to trails like the Auburn or Lehigh systems!
  2.  Don’t skid your turns. Adjust speed well before the turn and use the proper mix of front and rear braking
  3. Volunteer for work parties
  4. Get your friends to volunteer
  5. Sign up for Trail Crew Meetup to be informed of all upcoming work parties

Sincerely,

Mark Rosenzweig

Project Manager for GROC at Dryer Road Park

 

A test of pedal mettle at Fat Tire festival - By Messenger Post


Seth Binnix/Messenger Post Media Riders begin their cross country mountain bike race as part of the Fat Tire Festival, held Saturday and Sunday at Dryer Road Park in Victor. The festival was devoted to all things cycling: mountain bike rices for adults and youth; a bike skills radio, bike clinics and bike tours that benefited Serenity House in Victor, which provides specialty care for terminally ill people.Seth Binnix/Messenger Post Media Riders begin their cross country mountain bike race as part of the Fat Tire Festival, held Saturday and Sunday at Dryer Road Park in Victor. The festival was devoted to all things cycling: mountain bike rices for adults and youth; a bike skills radio, bike clinics and bike tours that benefited Serenity House in Victor, which provides specialty care for terminally ill people.

Seth Binnix/Messenger Post Media Riders begin their cross country mountain bike race as part of the Fat Tire Festival, held Saturday and Sunday at Dryer Road Park in Victor. The festival was devoted to all things cycling: mountain bike rices for adults and youth; a bike skills radio, bike clinics and bike tours that benefited Serenity House in Victor, which provides specialty care for terminally ill people.Seth Binnix/Messenger Post Media Michelle Weiler, of Honeoye Falls, makes her way through the cross country mountain bike race at the Fat Tire Festival held at Dryer Road Park in Victor.Seth Binnix/Messenger Post Media Craig Mattern, of Rochester, goes through the trail on his first pass for the cross country mountain bike race at the Fat Tire Festival held at Dryer Road Park.Seth Binnix/Messenger Post Media Buzz Weetman makes his way through the race on a unicycle.Seth Binnix/Messenger Post Media Ryan Parsons makes his first lap at the Fat Tire Festival.

 

By Messenger Post

Posted Jul. 21, 2014 @ 12:18 am
Canandaigua, N.Y.

VICTOR — Dryer Road Park in Victor was the host this past weekend to the Fat Tire Mountain Bike Festival. 

The festival kicked off Saturday with the Cycle for Serenity 15- and 50-mile road bike tours, to benefit the Serenity House in Victor. The day also featured bike clinics, a kids' bicycle skills rodeo, an adaptive cycling clinic with SportsNet, youth mountain bike races, a team time trial mountain bike race and Wheeler Station and Teagan and the Tweeds concerts.

Sunday featured cross country mountain bike races, along with a bike clinic.

Read more: http://www.mpnnow.com/article/20140721/News/140729961#ixzz38DBTmU1x

 

 

Extension of Tree Beard and VHT - Dryer Rd Park - Trail Crew - May 17th, 2014

GROC Trail Crew has been busy at Dryer Rd Park! A big crew worked early morning May 17th 2014 to build new extensions on Tree Beard and Victor Hiking Trail up at the top of the hill.

 

Trail Work Area Map

The new trails extend Victor Hiking Trail and Tree Beard to meet near the trailhead at the field. The new trail features a log crossing and some nice sweeping turns.

 

 

Extension of Treebeard looking towards field.

Extension of Victor Hiking Trail

The Crew at work - Photo Credit: Scott Makai

Photo Credit: Scott Makai

 

 

Small changes to trails like this are how the Trail Crew continuously improves the trails in our region. Keep an eye out for new trail work events focusing on fixing up the Pump Track, CMP, Humpty Dumpty, and other trails!


Volunteers:

Hours:

Total:

17 8:30a-10:30a 51 Person-Hours

Thanks to all the volunteers that came out and helped!

 


Posted by EBB 2014-06-16

 

VPR Singletrack Academy



VPR Singletrack Academy is an educational summer program for young riders. Over the course of eight weeks, the comprehensive program teaches participants to become better riders, but also seeks to instill in young riders positive attitudes about themselves, their community, and the environment. We also go on lots of fun group rides!

Through presentations, clinics, and projects, VPR SA covers:

  • Beginner through advanced bike handling skills
  • Responsible riding technique and trail etiquette
  • Intro to National Mountain Bike Patrol
  • Awareness of advocacy and stewardship issues
  • Trail maintenance projects
  • Healthy living and nutrition (both on and off bike)
  • Introduction to racing
  • Essential bike repair/maintenance
  • Preparedness
  • Basic trailside First Aid

VPR SA is hosted by Victor Parks and Recreation and is a community program generously supported by sponsors and hosted by volunteers. Our efforts help educate and inspire the next generation of trail riders and stewards. If you’d like to join in the fun, as a presenter or ride leader, please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


SUMMER 2014


Entering our SIXTH season, Victor Parks and Recreation is hosting this summer Singletrack Academy program for young trails riders! Applicants should have some off-road riding experience, a helmet, a fully-functional mountain bike, and a positive attitude for learning and having fun!

Who: For young riders (boys and girls), ages 9 to 15
When: Monday evenings, June 23th - August 11th. 5:30 to 8:30pm
Where: Dryer Road Park
Price: $90 (Victor residents) / $100 (non-residents)
 

Space is limited to 50 riders, so don't miss out. To register, visit the Victor Parks and Recreation website...

» CLICK HERE to sign up today!!! (search for “academy”)


  Check out Singletrack Academy on Facebook



About Singletrack Academy
Singletrack Academy is a company committed to helping riders of any ability level achieve their riding potential and have more fun on the trail. Private lessons, public clinics, youth programming and curriculum sales.



For more information: www.SingletrackAcademy.com
 

VPR Singletrack Academy 2014
Sponsors & Supporters:


Victor Parks & Recreation

Genesee Regional Off-road Cyclists


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Dryer Road Park Update

We are well into a new and great season for the shared use trails at Dryer Road Park in Victor. The trails are riding very well in general and we have been out with multiple work parties, building new trails and fixing others.

Breaking it down:

  • KIOSK- Brian Emelson and the crew at Parks and Rec have built a beautiful new kiosk with multiple windowed sections backed with cork board and hung wipe boards, allowing us to keep visitors informed about Random Postings, Upcoming Events and Work Parties, Trail Conditions, etc.
  • SIGNAGE- Mary Lee keeps creating hand made trail signs
  • WINTER DAMAGE REPAIR- some folks couldn't avoid riding when the trails were still wet and soft. Most of the damage has been repaired. We had to bring in a front loader with dirt and acres of volunteers to fill in the low spots on the path in the lower field near the parking lot, and we made some new grade reversals, too.
  • NEW TRAILS- with 37 volunteers on one work party, including an Eagle Scout candidate and his troop, as well as many GROC members, we made 2 new, short trails, one extending Tree Beard to Victor Hiking Trail (VHT) and the other bringing VHT itself into the woods and merging with the newTree Beard extension.
  • VHT REFURB- we are well into a multistage, multi-day project fixing a badly eroded trail. We have used various construction techniques to create grade reversals to improve drainage. This is the Rte 490 of Dryer Road which gets the most wear and its substance has been that of a large sandbox
  • TRAIL CLOSURES- for the time being, and until these trails can be made safer and sustainable, both Humpty Dumpty and CMP were taken off line.

FUTURE PLANS- Soon, we will have our annual Prune in June work party, to keep the trails passable. We have flagged one possible new trail and at least one reroute. We will try to get something worked out in the Humpty/CMP area that will be fun, safe and sustainable. Not sure how soon.

Please, join GROC Trail Crew and watch for future work parties that you can join.

Mark Rosenzweig

 
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