MORC News: End-of-Year

2017 in Review

Now that we’re fully in the midst of Minnesota’s annual freeze/thaw, the time is perfect to reflect upon the past riding season, the successes of our trails, and the organization as a whole.

Each and every MORC volunteer should be deeply proud of what has been accomplished through their dedication, persistence, and direct action. This was a year for us to celebrate surpassing 100 miles of singletrack under the MORC umbrella- but a time for celebration does not mean we can rest on our laurels and stop to smell the roses. With great trails, comes great responsibility! The trails, from Battle Creek to Bertram Chain of Lakes, and everything in between saw first-rate support with professional grade maintainance. Many crews also implemented impressive improvements to existing trail: armoring, re-routing, and awesome-fying the ride experience!

With the support of our outstanding partners, MORC hosted several successful and exciting community events. Happy Hour events with our friends at Sociable Cider Werks, Surly Brewing Company, Angry Catfish Bicycle & Coffee Bar (at their new Northern Coffee Works location), and UnMapped Brewing were a great opportunity to connect with our community, while raising some funds for MORC.

Our ‘Ride em All’ Challenge, and the accompanying TrailsFest event saw fantastic engagement and participation- reaching 1,000’s of riders.

In October we proudly welcomed Rebecca Rusch to Minnesota, and helped to host the screening of Red Bull Media film Blood Road- raising money in support of the Mine Advisory Group (MAG) working in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, to decomission unexploded ordinances leftover from the war which ravaged those countries and continue to be a danger to the local communities.

The 4th annual MORC Gala once again proved our single highest fundraising event of the season, drawing outstanding support from contributors, donors, and attendees alike.

Combined, our events were truly a model of success. The outpouring of support from our community surpassed our expectations and continues to inspire and guide our commitment as we head into our annual recruitment and planning phase.

Director Recruitment

Now through the end of November, MORC is accepting applications from those interested in supporting our Committees, and/or joining the Board of Directors.
To apply, please visit: https://www.morcmtb.org/apply/
Questions? contact us via email at: President@morcmtb.org

2017 Q3 Accomplishments

MORC volunteers are constantly working on a variety of initiatives and projects to improve and expand our organization’s reach. Throughout the year our Board of Directors will release a quarterly summary of organizational accomplishments, so you’ll have a better idea of what we’re working on, and why being a member and supporter is so important.

Click here for a .pdf download of our Q3 Accomplishments!

MORC News- August Update

Minnesota Spring
Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists
August News
MORC Online Store
Open for Limited Time!
We often hear- “wow, sick design, I love that t-shirt, where can I get one?!” but unfortunately managing merchandise inventories, as well as order processing and fulfillment is simply something MORC does not have the capacity or resources to take on ourselves. Fortunately there are third party vendors to handle that for us! For a limited time only (through Wednesday August 16th) the MORC Swag Shop hosted by Teespring is open and offering a variety of our most popular shirt designs. Get yours by visiting:
www.teespring.com/stores/morc
TrailsFest and the
‘Ride em All’ Challenge
150 riders took on the challenge this Summer to visit all 13 MORC riding destinations- with just over 30 completionists proud to say #IamMORC
The Challenge ended with the inaugural TrailsFest event at Carver Lake Park. Thanks to our friends at Art Doyle’s Spokes and Pedals, the Bicycle Alliance of MN, and Surly Brewing for making the event extra awesome! Click here to see photos from this year’s event.

*Challenge participants: if you were unable to attend the TrailsFest event and collect your earnings in-person, please complete the survey at the following link:
https://goo.gl/forms/aJlkGE05fHtNIF2L2

Surly Gives A Damn at
Theodore Wirth
Surly Gives A Damn, the public-spirited side of Surly Brewing, joined us at Theodore Wirth park last week, bringing an army of volunteers in a huge coordinated effort to perform a couple sustainable trail reroutes, LOTS of rock armoring, and installing 100′ of split-rail fencing. Check out the photo album from the event, and please, ride carefully as our trail options have changed!

MORC News- July Edition

Membership Update
For the first time in the organization’s history, MORC has gained the support from over 1,000 members! As of March, the only way to become a MORC member is by registering through our website (morcmtb.org/join). Remember- 100% of your member dues now stay 100% local in support of 100+ miles of singletrack maintained by MORC!

Q2 Accomplishments Report
The second quarter of 2017 has come and gone, and we’ve a lot to celebrate! Here is a link to the complete list.

TrailsFest- this Saturday!
The ‘Ride em All’ Challenge wraps up this Saturday and everyone is invited to join us at Carver Lake Park from 10-4. This family friendly event will feature organized group rides, ice cold Surly beer, and a couple of MORC Partners will be in attendance as well. Additionally, participants of the ‘Ride em All’ Challenge can pick up their earnings at the event!
For more details, visit: www.morcmtb.org/trailsfest

2017 Q2 Accomplishments

MORC volunteers are constantly working on a variety of initiatives and projects to improve and expand our organization’s reach. Throughout the year our Board of Directors will release a quarterly summary of organizational accomplishments, so you’ll have a better idea of what we’re working on, and why being a member and supporter is so important.

Click here for a .pdf download of our Q2 Accomplishments!

MORC ‘Ride em All’ Challenge & TrailsFest Event

MORC Presents the
Ride em All‘ Challenge!
Now with just over 100 miles of singletrack throughout the Twin Cities metro area, we’re challenging area off-road cyclists to visit all 13 of our riding destinations. Beginning June 15th, riders can visit any of the parks within the ‘MORC Family of Trails’ and check-in to the trail utilizing the MTBProject app, or website (Group Code: MORC2017)
For more details, including our FAQ page, please visit www.morcmtb.org/trailsfest
MORC TrailsFest
The ‘Ride em All’ Challenge will culminate in a Trails Festival celebration event at Carver Lake Park in Woodbury on Saturday, July 29th. This family friendly event will feature food, beer, bike demos, and other area vendors.
Follow our TrailsFest Event page for updates

MORC Masquerade Ball
Tickets now available, please visit www.morcmtb.org/gala
Follow our event page for updates

2017 MORC Masquerade Ball

2017 MORC Masquerade Ball
Expect delicious offerings from Surly Brewing’s kitchen, gallons of beer, and live music from the aptly named Blazing Saddles! We’ll also have some great items for both live and silent auction, as well as a few other surprises in store.
This event is an opportunity to connect with the off-road cycling community and those that share the same passion for outdoor recreation in the Twin Cities. This is a celebration of our past, present, and future trail systems; for 2017 we’re celebrating the achievement of maintaining over 100 miles of singletrack throughout the Twin Cities metro- the MORC Masquerade Ball is the mountain biking social event of the season!

Once again brought to you by Surly Brewing Company
Join us Saturday, October 28th!
Tickets and more info can be found at www.morcmtb.org/gala

Membership Update:

For the first time in our organization’s history, MORC has nearly 1,000 members supporting our mission of ‘Gaining and Maintaining Trails’! This is a remarkable achievement and a testament to our communities passion and appreication for the Twin Cities trail systems.
Help us reach 1,000 members by joining or renewing your membership today

2017 Q1 Accomplishments

MORC volunteers are constantly working on a variety of initiatives and projects to improve and expand our organization’s reach. Throughout the year our Board of Directors will release a quarterly summary of organizational accomplishments, so you’ll have a better idea of what we’re working on, and why being a member and supporter is so important.

Click here for a .pdf download of our Q1 Accomplishments!

MORC Membership News (03.02.2017)

Now Processing Memberships!
Hello MORC community!
We’re excited to announce a new membership model where 100% of dues will remain local, and support the trails we all love to ride (previously 60% of member dues were retained by IMBA).

This does mean that your membership to MORC will no longer be a dual, shared membership with IMBA. If you wish to remain an IMBA member, please consider supporting one of the great Minnesota Chapters when you join or renew.

For MORC membership, please visit www.morcmtb.org/join. Whether you joined/renewed in March or November of last year, we’re asking for your support now by becoming a MORC member today!

For more information on the separation from the IMBA Chapter Program, please refer to our MORC/IMBA FAQ page.