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MORC in May

Dig em All Challenge!

Throughout the 2018 Dirt Season, MORC challenges our community to get out and DIG with us!

Last year we introduced the ‘Ride em All’ Challenge, encouraging our community to get out and ride all 13 MORC destinations. This year we’ll award points for attending regularly scheduled, weekly trailwork days and offer 3 tiers of prize packages for participants.

Simply click the image to the right to visit the campaign page and learn more!

  • Register for a weekly trailwork session at any of the trails
  • Go dig, have fun, meet the volunteers responsible for providing such awesome trails
  • Log your Hours in order to accumulate points- 1 point per session, up to 2 points per trail, a total of 24 points possible
The upcoming REI National Trails Day (Saturday, June 2nd at Betram) will also be a points qualifying work session! Register with REI online, then log your hours via the Dig em All Challenge webpage.

Thank You for making our Spring Member kickoff a smashing success! Membership contributions account for up to 30% of our annual operating budget. Suffice to say that we simply could not accomplish our goals without the support of our community- thank you for being a part of it!

MORC News- April

 

Minnetonka Open House

Advocacy efforts continue thanks to the Minnetonka MTB Trail Advocates! The City has identified Lone Lake Park as a potential site to host sustainable, family-friendly, multi-use singletrack trails. However, a small but vocal opposition group continues to express concern. In effort to help mitigate these concerns, and provide education on what exactly singletrack is, MORC will be present at the upcoming Minnetonka Open House. We encourage you join us, especially if you’re a Minnetonka resident!

Thursday, May 17
7:30–9 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5–7 p.m.
Minnetonka Community Center
Council Chambers

4 New Miles coming to Bertram!

Thanks to our partnership with Wright County, and the award of a Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant, Bertram Chain of Lakes in Monticello will undergo some exciting development and expansion in 2018. The North section of the park will see a total trail rebuild, multiple bridges, boardwalks, and various technical features will also be constructed throughout the park. All told, 4 new miles of singletrack will be established! Bertram remains one of MORC’s best kept secrets- if you’re looking for a new riding destination with a rugged, backcountry feel and advanced level features be sure to venture up to Bertram this upcoming dirt season!

Get your bike in NOW for service

Don’t wait until Memorial Day! That is, unless you want to wait a week, or longer, for your annual Spring maintenance to be complete. Our bike shop supporting partners are ready to receive your bike and provide you with great, professional service!

 

Other News:

2018 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 2018 Q1 Accomplishments!

MORC News- March

 
Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists Newsletter

Where’s the Beef…um, we mean Dirt

All area trails are closed for the bi-annual freeze/thaw period as we await the underlying frost to dissipate, but never fear- Dirt Season will soon be upon us (historically trails open early-mid April). With the Spring thaw will come some much needed maintenance and tender loving care from our community of volunteers- people just like you! Each trail hosts a weekly trailwork session April – October, stay tuned to your favorite trail’s Facebook page, or visit the community forums, for details on when/where you can get involved.

“Fat and Happy”

The crew at Prairie Sportsman recently spent a couple days with MORC filming a segment on fat bikes and Winter riding! Catch the recent episode at prairiesportsman.org

Won’t you be my neighbor?

MORC is thrilled to partner with local Minneapolis advocates working to engage and inform our neighbors, unite the bike community, rally advocates, and partner with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board in an effort to see bike parks (bicycle playgrounds, pump tracks, skills courses, and single track) added to our neighborhood and regional parks.
Check out the MPLS Bike Parks initiative, and be sure to join the conversation on Facebook. Together, we can bring more off-road riding opportunities to Minneapolis!
 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

     Ridership Survey

As an organization, we often speak in terms of “ridership” rather than membership. Though membership provides up to 30% of our annual fundraising, we know the trails support a much broader range of users than is reflected by our membership. So, to help represent the interests of all, we’ve put together the following survey to gain a better understanding of our community, and how to improve upon creating equitable access to trails for all. Please take the time to help us do better by completing this survey. Link to Survey

MORC- February News

 Minnesota Spring
February 2018 News

More Trails? Yes Please!

Last month we shared news of the development being incorporated into the Battle Creek Master Plan. Today we’re very excited to share with you that approximately 5.4 miles of fresh singletrack has been approved for construction within Edina’s largest park- Braemar Park!

Congratulations to the City of Edina for completing the arduous process of developing the Braemar Master Plan, we look forward to a new riding opportunity coming to the West Metro!

Suds. Studs. and Singletrack

A heartfelt THANKS to our friends at Able Seedhouse & Brewery for hosting a MTB film night back in January to benefit MORC. Longtime supporters Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop + Coffee Bar, and Salsa Cycles provided complimentary bike demos, and many area industry friends contributed schwag to ensure a well attended event.

We’ll be coordinating more community events with area brewery partners throughout the year. Stay tuned to our Facebook events calendar to learn more!

Annual Trail Steward & Dirt Boss Meeting

Each year, MORC trail leadership gathers to connect, discuss, and collaborate on larger organizational initiatives, as well as review the maintenance and development plans for each trail. In addition to our annual budgeting and trail planning processes, this session provides opportunity for trail leaders to guide our initiatives. The MORC volunteer network is comprised of over 100 individuals, half of which have received training and hands-on instruction for sustainable trail design, building principles, and maintenance techniques. These individuals literally make your ride a reality- be sure to say thanks when seeing them out on the trails!
 

 

 

Events

 

 

Trail Update

The dreaded and sensitive Freeze/Thaw period is upon us as we welcome the sunshine and embrace feelings of Spring. Please be aware of the upcoming, system-wide, extended trail closures:
Trail Conditions Page.

MORC members and volunteers are our best trail advocates and ambassadors. We ask that you please continue to educate newer trail users in a friendly and positive way!

Love Thy Trail- Join or Renew Your MORC Membership
to Help Maintain the Trails
Even though the “holiday” has come and gone, February is a great time to show your trail some LOVE. Please consider joining or renewing your membership today!

https://www.morcmtb.org/join

MORC in the New Year

Minnesota Spring
January 2018 News

New Year, New Initiatives

We’re excited to welcome 5 new Directors to the MORC organization this year! Alongside our Committee volunteers, MORC Directors remain focused on the many essential functions necessary to operate a non-profit business, granting our awesome network of trail volunteers the freedom to focus on providing quality trail experiences for all users.

For 2018 we’ll continue to hone our membership program, and will additionally be introducing new trail builder & trail user education services. If you’ve interest in serving any of MORC’s standing committees, simply reply to this email for more details!

 

Battle Creek Master Plan

Have you heard the news? Ramsey County, in partnership with MORC, is proposing an addition of 21+ miles of new singletrack! Public comment period is open now through February 3rd- review the plan, conceptual design maps, and add your voice by visiting the below website:
Battle Creek Master Plan

 

 

Events

  • Carver Lake Cold Catfish Cup- Sunday January 21st
  • Get Phat w/ Pat- Saturday January 20th & January 27th
 

Trails Update

Trail use during the sensitive Freeze/Thaw period caused excessive damages to multiple area trail systems. MORC members and volunteers are our best trail advocates and ambassadors, please continue to educate newer riders in a friendly and positive way!