News GROC, Genesee Regional Off-Road Cyclists, Find Maps and information about local mountain biking in the Genesee Region, Rochester Mountain Biking,Mountain Biking Parks in Upstate NY Wed, 24 May 2017 02:13:06 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb GROC & IMBA: What IMBA's Restructuring Could Mean for Our Organization Dear Members,

IMBA has determined that the current Chapter Program is not economically viable and must be restructured. The reason for this is the loss of Subaru as a sponsor and the very poor chapter retention rate of 51%. Though not all the details are known, the retention rate is most likely due to the 60/40 revenue sharing split in which IMBA receives 60% of membership dues and the chapters receive 40%. For the 60%, IMBA provides numerous services to chapters that help them operate, provide advocacy support at a local level, and representation at the state and federal levels.

For GROC this has been a good partnership, and sharing memberships with IMBA has been a win-win. However, the recent revisions to the Chapter Program needed to make it sustainable may not be in our best interest. The GROC board have been discussing the pros and cons of this newly proposed setup and we want our members to be informed of the situation, to ask questions if you have them, and provide feedback before we make a decision to stick with the program or leave and go our own way.

GROC has relied on IMBA in several key ways. First, IMBA as a professional advocacy organization, has given GROC credibility with local land managers and County/Town officials. Second, they have provided us with membership services which handle all of our membership data, money transactions, communications revolving around membership, and the use of an online membership database which we use for online communications. Third, we have access to a Regional Director who is there to provide support in a wide variety of areas from advocacy to non-profit legalities. For our Chapter, this is what 60% of our membership dues pay for. This roughly equates to $4000 - $5000 per year. Of the 40% that we get, about half goes to paying for our insurance, and the other half pays for tools, materials for trail work, awards, communication expenses, legal expenses, and miscellaneous items associated with events and meetings.

Under the new chapter program IMBA will retain the 60/40 revenue sharing model, increase the base membership fee from $35 to $49, replace Regional Directors with Subject Matter Specialists, and will update membership services software.

Of concern to us is the increased membership fee and how much we are spending for membership services. After some initial research, we now know that these services can be found elsewhere for much cheaper. The catch is that GROC would have to find a “membership coordinator,” a position which may require a stipend in order to make it feasible.

All that said, if we do decide to leave the Chapter Program, GROC will still continue to support IMBA by becoming a supporting organization. This arrangement would cost $500 per year, keep us connected to IMBA to help support the advocacy work they do at the state and national levels, and keep the door open if we ever needed the occasional fee based service/expertise. Under this setup, we would also encourage our membership to join IMBA, separately.

It is also worth noting that GROC does not deem IMBA to be in opposition to our organizational mission or our goals at this time. The decision we are faced with is based on wise use of finances and what will be best for the local riding community.

Finally, for those members considering whether to renew their memberships, we would encourage you to do so if you wish to continue to support IMBA and their efforts. However, if you are only concerned with supporting GROC specifically, we would advise you to hold off on your renewal until further notice. We will be making a decision on this matter in approximately 2 weeks.

Please feel free to contact us with questions and feedback at


Jeff Wright
GROC President

]]> (James DeWitt) Member News Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:20:29 +0000
Dryer Road Park Fundraiser GROC is running a fundraiser to build a new bike park at Dryer Road! 

As the technology and culture of mountain biking evolves, GROC is committed to supporting great riding experiences -- across all off-road disciplines. This project will help those looking to progress their riding skills by providing a safe, well designed and well constructed facility. By offering a couple different jump lines for different ability levels, riders will be able to refine their technique on features that help inspire confidence and progression.

GROC is also committed to supporting the next generation by offering push bike riders features to develop their budding skills. The fun push bike track will help create enthusiasm and confidence in young rippers, and possibly inspire a lifelong passion for cycling.

 It's important to note that success with this project will not only inspire riders, but the land managers who offer us opportunities like this. As the GROC community steps up to support projects like these, there will be more and more access and progression!

Fore more information, or to donate, visit the GoFundMe page!

]]> (James DeWitt) Dryer Road News Thu, 02 Mar 2017 19:23:19 +0000
Volunteer Recognition: Paul Knerr  

GROC would like to thank Paul Knerr, a die-hard trail worker, for all the time and effort he has put into building and maintaining trail this year. Paul does a lot of work at OCP, but is also a regular in the other 3 parks GROC stewards. He has also been a consistent face on the Trails Committee, offering his support and perspective on all things trail related and acting as a right hand man for Peter Landre, Park Manager of Ontario County Park. Paul has received awards from GROC in the past for his great work, but he is truly a volunteer that is vital to our organization’s mission. So, next time you’re out riding, thank Paul, because whatever trail you’re enjoying, his hands have most likely worked on it in some way!

]]> (James DeWitt) Member News Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:40:28 +0000
December 2016 Volunteer Updates

GROC Advocacy at Work: Connector Trail Update

GROC recently met with a panel of County and Town officials to present the proposal for the Tryon / Bay Park West Connector Trail. The meeting was very productive, with many questions revolving around the placement of the trail in relation to private property, as well as other questions related to concerns residents have expressed to the County. GROC was able to answer all the panel’s questions, and also offered up possible solutions to most concerns. We left the meeting with an action plan that will move the approval process forward and should result in the proposal being brought to the Monroe County Parks Advisory Committee sometime this winter. We will continue to provide updates as more details develop.

2017 Board Position Openings

The 2016 Board of Directors did an awesome job last year carrying out GROC’s mission with new projects and events that helped meet the needs and wants of our membership. As GROC professionalized its operations, increased project capacity, created opportunities and celebrated achievements, support from the greater mtb community grew!

Moving into the 2017 season, we have a few board position openings. Specifically, GROC is in need of an Events Chairperson, and a few Members at Large. Below are position details. Please note that these are one-year terms and no experience is necessary. If you are interested in giving back to the mtb community and want to have a part in guiding and directing GROC, contact us at!

Events Chairperson:

·         Attend monthly Board meetings from Oct. – May. (usually held late Sunday afternoons)
·         Provide feedback and direction on GROC issues at Board meetings
·         Oversee events (last year we had 7 events and most have been modeled in such a way as to make them easily repeatable in 2017)
·         Delegate volunteers and Board members to event jobs
·         Coordinate with the Communications Committee to provide info to publicize events 

Members at Large: 4 positions available

·         Attend monthly Board meetings from Oct. – May. (usually held late Sunday afternoons)
·         Provide feedback and direction on GROC issues at Board meetings
·         Provide assistance with events or special projects if available

]]> (James DeWitt) Member News Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:32:08 +0000
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!

]]> (James DeWitt) Advocacy Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000
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!

]]> (James DeWitt) Member News Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:30:05 +0000
Volunteer Recognition 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!

]]> (James DeWitt) Local News Thu, 03 Nov 2016 20:04:26 +0000
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!

]]> (James DeWitt) Local News Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:41:50 +0000
Volunteers Needed! Dear Members,

As you know, the primary mission of GROC is to provide and maintain your access to off-road cycling trails.  By doing so, GROC also has created a large community of mountain bikers.  This has led to the opportunity to have many different types of events both on and off the trails.  

All of our events have been put on by the same small core group of volunteers, mostly members of the GROC Board of Directors.  This dedicated group is also heavily involved in the vital tasks of running the organization, interfacing with land managers and running trail work parties, to the tune of thousands of volunteer hours over the years since GROC has been in existence.  To continue to create and put on successful events, we really need others to step up.

The purpose of this letter is to ask each of you about your interest in having events, what types of events you would like to see, and whether you would be willing to help plan and run events.  Please follow the link below and take a very brief questionnaire.  We appreciate your input!



Jeff Wright
President GROC

]]> (James DeWitt) Local News Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:36:28 +0000
Huge Success at Dryer Road Park Love Your Trails, a Community Work Party, sponsored by Full Moon Vista, on Sunday, on June 26, at Dryer Road Park, was an absolute blow up in terms of attendance, results and fun.  Thanks to all who made it happen, the sponsors, project leaders and coordinators, and most of all, the volunteer workers.  Special thanks always and forever to Brian Emelson, Town of Victor Parks Director for his support—yes, that was him pushing wheelbarrows full of crushed stone—and Jeff Rader, his crew chief, who had brought us the many materials we needed to do our projects.

In spite of stifling heat, 96 degrees, 53 trail lovers did so much to make the trails better for all of us.  We sent out a large crew to do pruning to clear the overgrowth along the trails.  Included in that group were 7 members of Pittsford Mountain Biking Club, proudly wearing their jerseys—looking great, guys!  We had 4 crews working on vital trail projects: building 2 new, super-smooth grade reversals on VHT trail, adding 6 pavers to solve a tricky problem spot on Tree Beard, creating rock gardens in place of cut throughs on Ziggy’s, major de-berming and sand removal on multiple trails including Owl’s Maze, and building up grade reversals on Kasha.

Then, they all came back to the parking lot, where GROC and Full Moon Vista had set up their tents, rocked out sweet tunes on Scott’s sound system and served a well-earned picnic lunch.  They devoured grilled hot dogs, pop, chips, cookies, orange slices and even a homemade Quinoa salad.

Lots of folks still had enough in the tank—energized by lunch apparently— to ride the trails.  Did I mention the heat?  Who knows the humidity and heat index?  Mountain bikers are amazing critters.

This was the first shop-sponsored work party.  We look forward to having 3 more this season – see below for details!


Mark Rosenzweig,

GROC Project Manager at DRP


Love Your Trails Community Work Party Series:

  • July 30th @ Tryon Park - Sponsored by Park Ave Bike


  • August 28th @ Bay Park West - Sponsored by Rochester Fitness & Cycling

  • September 24th @ Ontario County Park – Sponsored by Tryon Bike

]]> (James DeWitt) Local News Thu, 07 Jul 2016 20:26:33 +0000