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MORC News- July

 

Minnesota Spring
Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists

Open Streets East Lake + Minnehaha:
Sunday, July 22nd

More kids, more bikes, more kids on bikes! We’re still looking for a few volunteers for this Open Streets event- please join us for an hour or two and see what this Minneapolis Bike Parks initiative is all about.
Volunteer signup

Tour de Tonka
Saturday, August 4th

Find us out at the 13th Annual Tour de Tonka event. MORC and Minnetonka MTB Trail Advocates will have freshly designed tshirts, and hats available- stop on by and learn about the initative to bring trails to Minnetonka! 

TrailsFest
Sunday, August 19th

Join us at TrailsFest 2018! A celebration of Twin Cities’ singletrack hosted by Utepils Brewing, Sunday August 19th from 12-5pm. This family friendly event will feature bikes, delicious beer, Potter’s Pasties, and more from MORC friends and Partners. Utepils will also be donating $1/beer sold back to MORC!
 

 

Dig ’em All Challenge:

Our friends at Utepils Brewing will be joining us for trailwork at Theo on Wednesday, August 08th. Visit the site (linked above) to RSVP and earn points towards prizes!

 

Dirt Cup MTB Sprint Races

Hosted by Three Rivers Park District, the August Dirt Cup race proceeds will be donated to MORC! Get out and try racing in a lowkey, friendly format.
August 13th- Murphy
August 20th- Elm Creek
August 27th- Lake Rebecca

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Thanks to our Partners- Piragis NorthwoodsHollywood RacksFulton Brewing, and Rebecca Rusch for contributing excellent auction items which will be up for grabs! 

 

 

MORC News- June

 

Minnesota Spring
Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists

Dig ’em All Challenge

Get out and dig with us! We’re one month into the 2018 Dig em All Challenge and already seeing people well on their way towards completion. Check out the webpage and join us out on the trail:
www.morcmtb.org/dig-em-all

Member Packets shipping

New for 2018- the MORC Membership Packet: Exclusive, member only decals, and a MORC branded velcro strip that you can attach to your bike or gear- proudly displaying your support of Twin Cities singeltrack!
Membership accounts for roughly 30% of our annual operating budget, we simply couldn’t do what we do without YOU. Help us reach our member goals by joining/renewing today!

*please allow 4-6 weeks for packets to arrive
Visit: www.morcmtb.org/join

Welch Village Season Opener!

Lift service downhill only 45 minutes away! MORC Carbon Level Partner, Welch Village opens for the 2018 Dirt Season. From beginner to advanced, the trails at Welch have something for everyone. Be sure to visit and experience the trails for yourself!
www.welchvillage.com
 

 

Tonka Trails Update:

Minnetonka Park Board unanimously approved the recommendation to pursue the establishment of singletrack at Lone Lake Park! The plan will now be presented to City Council on July 09th- please attend if you’re able:

Minnetonka City Council meeting

 

 

Thanks to our friends at Eastlake Craft Brewery for hosting a MORC happy hour last week!

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE


 

 

 

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