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GROC Genesee Regional Off-Road Cyclists

GROC 2014

Some Things Have Changed

The GROC Board has recently changed. Jonathan Brown will remain as President supported by a dedicated group who have been involved with GROC since its inception in 2004. GROC has made a significant impact on the expansion of shared-use trails in our area and with your support we will continue that effort.


Great News - GROC's Efforts Pay Off

Monroe County Parks Pilot Program for shared-use trails has come to a successful end.
The pilot program that was run for over 18 months in Tryon and West Bay Park has been deemed a success by the County's consultant, EDR (Environmental Design & Research).  EDR evaluated the parks both prior to and after the pilot and submitted their report to the County.  GROC's members, volunteers and supporters are the reason for the program's success.

  • Volunteers: The amount of effort put into area parks by GROC volunteers has been stunning.  Several miles of new trail were created and existing trails were enhanced in both Tryon and West Bay Park.  
  • Business Support: Local bike shops and businesses like Stan's NOTUBES have also played a very major role in the efforts by supporting GROC.
  • Parks Departments: We must also recognize the Monroe County Parks Department leaders who supported the efforts in every way they could. They have been a pleasure to work with and have really done a great job in making the parks experience very positive for everyone. Please thank Larry Staub ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Dave Rinaldo ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Mark Quinn ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for the support and effort they have put into this program.
  • Other Local Land Managers: This program was also made possible through the continued support of the Town of Victor and Ontario County. Brian Emelson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Parks Director for the Town Of Victor has played a major role in GROC's success. Brian was the first land manager to support GROC by allowing us to work with him at Dryer Road Park. 

GROC & IMBA

GROC has officially become an International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) chapter club. This is a significant change in our relationship with IMBA. GROC is now one of only three chapters in our region. We are proud to be recognized by IMBA for our volunteers' advocacy efforts.

 A tough year for Mountain Bike Clubs  - Why Support GROC and IMBA
IMBA lost its ability to provide affordable insurance for clubs this year. This is a significant issue for mountain bike clubs. GROC and many other clubs almost went away.   In order to work on trails we need to carry insurance to protect our volunteers and board members. This may seem like an easy thing but very few insurance companies are able to provide such policies for mountain bike clubs.  Fortunately GROC was recently able to find a solution with one of the few insurance companies that can provide the coverage we need.

GROC memberships will be a joint membership with IMBA. When you join GROC you will also become an IMBA member. With your financial support GROC will be able to continue to provide insurance, tools and materials that are required to build and maintain the trails in our area. Please continue to support GROC and IMBA .

We need your memberships now more than ever! We will not be able to continue to build and maintain local trails without your support.

JOIN TODAY !

 

Kids Love Bikes

Last weekend Fullmoon Vista put on a UCI Cyclocross event in Ellison Park. GROC was there to support biking in all its forms in our parks. 

GROC was there to provide the kids with there own version of the event with a mini Cycloscross course. GROC also brought a fleet of Kazam push bikes that are specifically designed to teach the youngest riders how to ride a bike.

Needless to say the kids had allot of fun and the racing by the athletes was spectacular. Thanks Fullmoon Vista for putting on truly international event in our area and supporting ridding in our parks.

 

Singletrack Nature

GROC Singletrack Academy providing basic lessons on bike setup, equipment safety, mounting and dismounting, attack position, turning, and braking. The children participated in multiple skills drills before heading out to Kaleidoscope for their first trail ride. Throughout the day, participants also learned about road and trail safety, rules, and etiquette, as well as stewardship and advocacy. In Partnership with Community Place of Greater Rochester (and Greater Rochester Health Foundation) GROC along with many community members sponsored these young adults to participate in the Single Track Academy Program.

The Film done by Don Casper Follows kids from downtown Rochester as they travel to the woods to experience nature and learn how to mountain bike through an amazing volunteer program.

 

Directed and Edited by Don Casper

Produced by EPIC10
http://www.epic10.com

 

“Why should you stay off adjacent property?”

A volunteer posed this question to a group of city youth participating in the first GROC Singletrack Academy Bike Right Skills Clinic, held at Dryer Road Park on June 8. The children had gathered at the trailhead to review the Rules of the Trail sign. Ten-year-old Marquial Johnson answered quickly.

Because the owner might go into his house, get his gun, and shoot you.”

Marquial’s sober response underscores the importance of this event, which is one of the ways GROC is fulfilling its mission to mentor underprivileged children and promote health and fitness through mountain biking. In partnership with Singletrack Academy and The Community Place of Greater Rochester, GROC volunteers provided instruction, equipment, transportation, and meals to 20 inner city youth, ages 9 to 14.

GROC board member and Singletrack Academy founder Adam Reitz organized the activities, providing basic lessons on bike setup, equipment safety, mounting and dismounting, attack position, turning, and braking. The children participated in multiple skills drills before heading out to Kaleidoscope for their first trail ride. Throughout the day, participants also learned about road and trail safety, rules, and etiquette, as well as stewardship and advocacy.

Another GROC board member, Don Casper, recorded all of the excitement on video. His production company, EPIC10, is producing a mini-documentary which will premiere during Rochester’s 2013 Greentopia Festival. Don will continue filming throughout the summer – since many of the children were awarded scholarships to attend GROC’s annual Singletrack Academy summer program.

In addition to its partners, GROC received support for this event from the Town of Victor Parks & Recreation, the Victor Central School District, and Rochester General Hospital. Funding was provided by the GROC SA sponsors listed below, as well as the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. Additional sponsors and volunteers are always welcome! For more information, contact Adam Reitz at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

2013 GROC SA Sponsors and Supporters

  • Community Place of Greater Rochester (and Greater Rochester Health Foundation)
  • Victor Central Schools
  • Victor Parks and Recreation
  • Rochester General Hospital
  • Stan’s NoTubes
  • Bellwether
  • Bike Zone
  • Community Real Estate Group
  • Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport
  • Mac5Bikes
  • Park Ave Bikeshop
  • Rochester Fitness & Cycling
  • RV&E
  • Towpath Bike
  • Tryon Bike
  • Geneva Bicycle Center
 


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