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GROC Genesee Regional Off-Road Cyclists

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!

 

Tryon Bike presents: Love Your Trails #4: Ontario County Park

Edition #4 of Love Your Trails will be at ONTARIO COUNTY PARK at 9am on Saturday, September 24th and is generously sponsored by our friends at TRYON BIKE. 


At this session of LYT, we'll mostly focus on digging a brand new trail! The design (noted in red below) links the campgrounds with the Green trail and will be an excellent addition to the network. The design is approved and materials are in place. We'll also be painting boardwalks and some other maintenance projects as turnout and weather allows.

After we finish a couple hours of trail work, we'll have a grill going with food and beverages back at the lot. We'll celebrate our work, hang out and there will be group rides going out. 

Please join your friends from TRYON BIKE and GROC to give back to the trails that give us so much...see you there!

 

What to Bring:

• Flat and Pointed Shovels

• Rogue Hoes

• Lambertons

• Tampers

• Hydration and Trail Food

 

What to Wear:

• Work Clothes and Gloves

• Eye Protection

• Sturdy Footwear

• Bug Spray (recommended)

 

RSVP: We greatly appreciate your RSVP, so that we can know how much food and drink to provide. Thanks!

And... SPREAD THE WORD! With YOUR support, the trail riding community will thrive and new riding opportunities will develop. Get involved!

 

Singletrack View: Trail Focus

It's all about focus when you're riding your favorite trail. You focus on what line to take, how to clear the rooted section up ahead, hopping a log feature, attacking a steep uphill—or avoiding a chipmunk. But you also need to focus on a very important aspect of off-road biking: Public Relations. 

Our trails are specified as "multiple use" trails, meaning, well, you can pretty much figure it out. Chances are good that you'll encounter other users who are not on bikes: hikers, dog walkers, bird watchers—dog watchers, etc. We all need to become ambassadors of our sport and welcome other users by slowing down, pulling over, saying hello, chatting for a minute or two, and generally just being friendly. In the past, off-road biking has sometimes gotten a bad rap due to "kids almost running people over," etc. We've all heard stories like that. If you walk the trails, you'll find that those stories are no longer true. Most bikers pull over, say hello, and let you pass. Off-road bikers are not disrespectful "kids" hell bent on running down anything in their path, but a responsible and socially-diverse cross section of who we are in Western New York. We just need to change a few perceptions that are stubbornly sticking to us. There's always Whiteface or Killington if you want to bomb down a trail and be in the zone without thinking of anything else. On our local trails though, it's inevitable that we'll encounter others who are moving slower than us, whether it's slower bikers or other users. We still have some ground to cover on the way to proving we care about our local trails more than anyone else.

So, on your next ride, keep in mind that you're also campaigning. You're the instigator for change and an ambassador of good will for all of us. We all represent each other when we're out there. So have good trail manners, pull over for another user, slow down, smile, say hello, shake some hands, pet a dog or two, and let people know we care about preserving trail use for everyone. A positive image in the mind of the non-biking community will help ensure off-road biking will have a place on our trails for years to come. 

But of course, don't forget to nail that gnarly, rocky, rooted downhill. 

See you out there!

Johnny C
Volunteer for a crew. That means you!

 


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