Randy Stewart recently sold his property in Erin and the new owners are OK with bike trails existing on their property. That is a big relief.
Randy has also resigned as manager of the Erin trails and the club would like to thank him for all his hard work and vision. Everyone who’s helped build and maintain this property should be very proud of their contribution to the local MTB community.
The club will continue to work with the Erin property owners to reassure them of our responsible trail usage, on-going maintenance, and the insurance coverage we provide them with. We’ll be meeting with the land owners in the spring and hopefully our members can continue to enjoy the Erin trails for many years to come.
Wendy Retires as RCO
Wendy Wilson has retired as Ride Control Officer (RCO) for our Monday night rides. We’ll be sad not to have her organizing the rides, but she’ll still be doing clinics and other events. We’re looking for a new person to resume her duties. The new RCO should be a regular Monday rider with experience in leading rides. (Cowbell experience not required.) Contact us here if you’re interested in becoming RCO.
Albion Trail Signs
Last summer Mitch and Leigh met with four employees of the TRCA at the Albion chalet. They needed the club’s input while assigning difficulty levels to the trails. This year signage will be installed using ski-like symbols – double diamond, etc.
The TRCA used a ‘baby carriage’ to measure the trail difficulty. Inside the carriage is a gyroscope, GPS and inclinator. The various devices determine the trail length and grade. Obstacle locations and heights are recorded by the operator along with trail width and trail surface (sandy, gravel, rocks). Bridges, big features, and rocks are also considered when assigning difficulty. After the computer assigned numeric difficulty ratings, the trail riders used their experience to decide the final rating. The 'baby carriage' was amazingly good at its ability to rate the trail.
In other Albion news, the Tea Cup is being closed as it is not sustainable due to erosion. While the Tea Cup is a fun and technical ride, it can be a little uncomfortable and many riders tend to bypass it.
Albion will be building an amphitheatre and boardwalk where the pond used to be.
Last year the club donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters. We gave them $1,000 to buy new bikes for underprivileged kids in Brampton. Brampton Cycling Club and CHC were also donors. It was great to contribute to a local charity and to have a bicycle-related theme was a bonus. We look forward to doing more of this in 2017.
Club Jerseys - revised design coming
The clubs is ordering more jerseys and we're reverting to the original jersey design with a few minor changes. We’re using Louis Garneau as the supplier since they’ve always provided us with good quality and an excellent fit. Blue and pink versions will be available. View the jersey designs here. Blue. Pink.
The club is exhibiting at this year’s bike show in Toronto from March 3rd to 5th at the Better Living Building. If you’re at the show make sure to visit us in booth #554. Thanks to all the people helping at our booth - John Island, Ben VandeCamp, Wayne Noble, Susanne Biasutto, Andre Thibault, Julie Holmes, Dave Grosse, Mitch Hall, Dan and Nancy Rowland.
Joe and crew continue their work expanding and re-routing the Palgrave trails. The southern trails will have about 1 km added and they’ll be made into several distinct loops rather than one long ride. The loops will make it easier to get out of the forest if you’re tired or hurt. Directional arrows will be installed to make most of the trails one-way. This will make it safer and it will change the flow of the ride as some of the existing trail heads will be closed or moved. This map shows the proposed changes, but it can be difficult to interpret. The highlighted sections indicate new or existing trails. The unhighlighted sections in the southern part will be closed.
Our social committee includes Kathy Sutton, Shannon Tucker and Margaret Law. They have already planned the events for the 2017 season. Some highlights include a Buckwallow weekend in August, more pub hikes, a road ride lunch at the Cider Tree, and a pedal paddle with apple pie ….. whatever that is.
The club execs are working on several things this year. We are writing a constitution that describes the club’s philosophy, policies and procedures. This will make it easier when new execs are voted in to office. We’re also having club elections at the end of the 2017 season.
We’re creating a ride leader program to ensure our leaders are trained in ride rules and are prepared for emergencies.
Fun Facts - Palgrave
In the 1800’s Palgrave was called Buck’s Town. It was named after the local tavern keeper. When the post office opened in 1869, the name was changed to honour Sir Palgrave – an English poet. The name change was ‘imposed’ on the community.
Author Farley Mowat used to live in Palgrave during the 1950’s.
The original Disney version of “The Incredible Journey”, which follows the adventures of two dogs and a cat, was filmed in Palgrave during the sixties.
Look where you want to go, and not where you don’t want to go. If you stare down a rock or pothole you want to avoid, chances are you will run right into it. Stay focused on the trail 10 feet in front of you and keep your pedals level …… to avoid clipping that rock.
Toronto Bike Show – March 3-5. Visit the CCC booth #554.
Membership Drive at The Shop – Sign up in person at Caledon Hills Cycling in Inglewood. A club rep will be there every Saturday 11 am to 4 pm. March 11 to April 29.
Rail Trail Warm Up Ride – Inglewood to Caledon East with a stop for coffee and snacks. Sat Apr 22.
Spring BBQ - Sunday, April 30. You must RSVP to attend.
24 Hour Race at Albion – June 24/25.
Ontario Cups and other MTB events – mark your calendars.
April 23- O Cup
May 7- O Cup
May 13- 8 Hour Race
May 27- Single Track Challenge
June 11- O Cup
June 18- O Cup
June 24/25- 24 Hour Race
July 9- O Cup
July 15- 8 Hour Race
July 29- O Cup
August 27- O CupSeptember 23- 8 Hour Race
Fear not. Spring's coming.