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GROC Genesee Regional Off-Road Cyclists

Survey Results

Hello GROC members & fellow riders,

We wanted to say thanks for taking our survey and for sharing your thoughts. We value your feedback and opinions! For those of you that are interested, I have enclosed the results of the survey which was completed by over 150 people (from the member meeting & online). A few things we learned and intend to work on are signage at Tryon Park, developing more advanced level trails and/or include more technical lines & features on existing trails. From comments that were included on the surveys we also learned that many people are looking for more riding destinations, want to see areas that contain jump lines and other bike park type features, as well as riding options for beginners, and additional places where fat bikes can be ridden in the winter (we have been hearing this on some surveys, but also on social media).

GROC intends to follow through on all of these suggestions, and for some of them, conversations / brainstorming is already underway. We are excited about taking on these projects, but as you know, everything we do is accomplished by volunteers. So, we need your help! Please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you're not currently a volunteer to find out how you can help.

VIEW COMPLETE SURVEY (PDF)

Sincerely,

Jeff Wright
President
Genesee Regional Off-Road Cyclists

 

Winter Riding & Trail Abuse

There are more winter riders than ever due to the popularity of Fat Bikes and warm El Niño winters in the Northeast, but we must be mindful of the harm that can be done to the trails that we’ve spent so much time to create during the summer.

Yeah it’s winter and that doesn't mean you have to stop riding. Actually once ground frost takes place and it stays cold it is less harmful to a trail than soggy fall or spring riding. Please help take care of our trails and spread the word!

Winter Riding Tips:

  • Ride when the trail is frozen - go early if it is going to warm up.
  • If it is cold and frozen the trail is "dry".
  • If it is wet at the trailhead it will most likely be wet on the trail, let it freeze and try it another day.
  • Stay off thawed trails it takes a toll on the surface.
  • Avoid wet areas, get off and carry you bike, ruts ruin trails.
  • Roots, leaves, ice, snow packed trails…be careful!
  • Dress appropriately, stay warm and layer.
  • Cycling speeds increase wind chill, i.e. frostbite on exposed skin
  • Exposed metal on skin can cause frostbite, watches, key chains, jewelry
  • Bring a cell phone
  • Your camelback and line might freeze. Try to keep it internal.
  • Keep your bike outside before you ride, warm bike = frozen parts.
  • After your ride if you bring the bike inside make sure it dries completely before you take it back outside.
  • Use winter lubricants and grease.
  • When the bike drifts sideways make small corrections rather than over steering.
  • Plastic parts freeze and become brittle, be kind to those parts

 

 

Corbett’s Glen Park Update

Following the email correspondence from the Town of Brighton Superintendent of Parks Tim Beeman on Jan 17th, GROC was informed that the Town would be officially closing its park to bicycles citing excessive trail damage due to bikes and pedestrian safety issues. After complying with the Towns request to inform our membership of the closure, GROC representatives requested a meeting with Town officials to address the concerns stated.

On Jan. 28th, GROC representatives Jeff Wright, Adam Reitz, and Mark Rosenzweig, met with the Town’s Commissioner of Public Works and the Superintendent of Parks. There were a variety of issues discussed, but the majority of the conversation focused on several key areas:

  1. The Town has a 1996 ordinance that states bikes are not allowed in any Brighton Town Parks, unless otherwise authorized.
  2. It was GROC’s understanding that Corbett’s Glen Park was open to cyclists due to certain language that was written in the Town’s 2004 Master Plan document that refers to the trails as “multi-use,” even though the plan does not specifically cite cycling as a permissible activity.
  3. The Town’s current administration does not interpret multi-use as inclusive of cycling.
  4. Any excessive trail damage was not caused solely by cyclists, but by all users as a result of poor trail design, water, and excessive trail use when conditions were delicate.
  5. In exchange for inclusive access, GROC would be willing to support Corbett’s Glen Park by offering to help educate users on proper trail use and contribute to trail work projects.
  6. GROC as an organization has contributed over ten thousand hours of volunteer trail work to the 4 parks it has created shared use trails in, equating to over three hundred thousand dollars of value added to those parks. As a respected organization in the community, representing a growing user group, we wish to be included in plans for future park development and when park master plans are up for review.

On Friday Jan 29th the Town of Brighton followed up on the meeting with an email stating that they decided to move forward with officially closing the park to bikes and asked that GROC continue to spread the word of it’s closure. Park personnel will be posting signs at some point in the near future informing park users.

We are disappointed that the Town of Brighton has chosen to exclude cyclists from Corbett’s Glen, but this advocacy effort has brought awareness to Park and Town officials, not only regarding our organization, but the off-road cycling community in general. If you are a Brighton resident and are unhappy with this decision, we would encourage you to contact Town officials to express your disappointment with their multi-use policy, and to advocate for a more inclusive shared-use policy.

GROC Board

 

 

GROC Member / Volunteer Party! Jan 8th

Thanks for all the support by our members and volunteers

We had a great night and had time to thank our members and recognize some of our outstanding volunteers.

GROC has a new board of directors and our 2016 trail planning has already started.

We are having an informational meeting on Feb. 20 @ 1pm in Hazelwood lodge of Ellison Park for anyone interested in learning more about volunteering with GROC. If you are unable to attend this meeting and would like more information about volunteering, please include your contact info below. Your email address will only be used for this specific purpose.

 

View the 2015 Year in Review  - Presentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW Trail Ontario County Park

Ontario County Park Black Trail

The past 2 years, Peter Landre, project manager for the trails at Ontario County Park (OCP) and a cadre of GROC volunteers were diligently planning and organizing the building of a 4.5 mile new trail. The trail was to be sited in a remote section of the park on the western edge of the property that was originally scoped out by Rick Williams for potential expansion and was included in the Park’s trail management plan. The challenges posed by this project included a large elevation change, steep slopes, rocky/dense soils and the amount of effort and time it would take to build a trail in a remote area of the park.

Peter started “desktop” scouting and planning for the BLACK Trail 2 years ago and broke the project into 3 phases based on using Ontario County’s excellent online GIS mapping resource, ONCOR (see map). Several scouting trips to mark and refine the trail corridor were performed in the fall of 2014 by Peter, Jon Brown, Matt Hanggi and Greg Radak. Peter also worked closely with the OCP Park Manager Anthony Robarge who was very supportive and helpful in all phases of the project including early “test rides”.

Phase 1, descending about a mile down from the top of the park, was worked on late last fall (’14) and was all done by hand, averaging about 10’-50’ per hour per person depending on the complexity of the benching and turns. Phase 2 is sited on a very interesting and mostly flat and open bench and measures about a mile. This section, opened this spring, was also worked on by hand and went more quickly due to less benching. Phase 3, measuring about 2.5 mile, was the largest and most difficult area to complete due to the length, remoteness and complexity of the benching. As a result, a mini-excavator was used to clear and bench the trail, followed by several people who raked, finished benched and “naturalized” the corridor. Using the machine and “hand-grooming”, the crew averaged 500’ per hour of completed trail and the entire Phase 3 area trail was completed in two weeks and about 200 volunteer hours.

GROC is very appreciative of Park Manager Anthony Robarge and Ontario County for agreeing to rent and run the equipment to build the Phase 3 trail. This is GROC’s first experience building a trail in the region with machine assistance and I cannot imagine having completed this project this season without using this approach. One of the volunteers, Greg Radak, even built a custom removable plate attachment for the excavator bucket to improve the speed and ease of clearing and benching.

I am sure that many decisions for how long and where the trails lines should go would have been dramatically different if we had to build the trail by hand. Using machine assistance allowed Peter and the volunteers to design an amazing new trail section that is nearly five miles long and a great trail addition to what is already a wonderful trail system. The Black Trail not only adds miles, it also incorporates about 700 feet of vertical climbing in elevation if you ride the trail as a full loop.

This has been a huge effort by Peter, Anthony, Greg, Matt, Jon and many others putting in a ton of hours. In the last 2 seasons Peter and volunteers have put in over 1000 hours at OCP. The Black Trail is officially open but needs to be burned in, so get out and ride. You are in for a treat and some serious leg burn!

 

 

 

 


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