News

Resignation Announcement

Hello friends and Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists,

It is with bittersweet feelings that I announce to you my resignation from my position as Executive Director for MORC. On January 7th I will begin my new role working for the City of Duluth as Trails Coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department. I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead and very excited to continue my passion for supporting recreational access to the outdoors.

I’m proud of how significantly the organization has developed in my 5-years serving as MORC’s ED, and though writing this message is indeed tinged with mixed emotion, I do feel this transition will ultimately prove a positive next step in the evolution of MORC. The organizational structure, policies, procedures, and systems we’ve implemented allow MORC to operate unlike most any other trails nonprofit. Our trail volunteers get to focus on the trails themselves, while our Directors and Committee volunteers take care of the day-to-day business operations, events, marketing, branding, communication, finance, fundraising, membership, and technology needs. 

For the time being MORC will revert to once again operating as a 100% volunteer nonprofit organization. Today MORC is comprised of 90+ trail volunteers, supported by a board of 15 Directors serving on 7 standing committees. I leave the organization stronger than it’s ever been, and it’s thanks to our outstanding community of riders, members, supporters, as well as our incredible, selfless, and devoted volunteers.

There is much gratitude and appreciation to give but I’d like to give my sincere thanks to each and every one of you. If you’re reading this message then YOU are MORC! By simply enjoying the trails, you are a “roll” model and an advocate. By being a member you are staying connected to what’s happening in Twin Cities area off-road cycling (sometimes behind the scenes) and strengthening our voice. Your support is what makes it all possible, without you we’re nothing. Thank you. It’s been a great ride and I’m glad to have been part of it.

Ride on,
-Matt Andrews

2018 MORC Board of Directors

Give the Gift of Grooming!

The Gift of Groomed Trails!

As the days become shorter we’d like to take the time to reflect upon the year so far, and look ahead to the season to come.

What have you done for me lately?’ This is the question every membership based non-profit should be ready to answer in a single breath. Beyond the established 100-miles of singletrack providing outdoor recreation access for thousands of park users- this year MORC has added 8 NEW miles of trail, implemented a membership packet for all new/renewing members, and continues to advocate for and support numerous initiatives to provide greater outdoor access right in Minneapolis and Twin Cities Metro.

Including direct investment and volunteer hours, more than $1,000,000 has been invested in oyur local trails since 2016. Half of MORC’s annual revenue comes from individuals via membership, donations, and from our annual fundraising events.

MORC’s mission of ‘Gaining and Maintaining Trails’ simply can’t happen without the support of our community- you fuel our mission, as well as our machines/equipment. Speaking of which, this season MORC will deploy 3 brand new SnowDog Groomers to Lebanon Hills, Carver Lake, and Murphy Hanrehan.

These machines will be outfitted with custom snow grooming implements, and slightly modified by local welders to provide improved stability and control for use in off-camber sections, power through grade reversals, and bank the berms and inslope turns.

This year, we’ve a goal of raising $12,000 in additional support to cover the cost of these new machines.


Please consider making a tax-deductible end of year donation in support of your local trails.

Help us reach our $12,000 goal and take advantage of this generous matching offer by giving today at: https://mightycause.com/0rganization/Morc
Or avoid processing fees by sending a check to: PO Box 19520, MPLS MN 55419


New to Winter trail riding, or just want a reminder of what’s soon to come?! Check out the fatbiking segment from our friends at Prairie Sportsman Outdoors: https://www.pbs.org/v ideo/fat-tire-fun-gezcaz/

MORCtober News!

2018 Q3 Accomplishments Report

The MORC organization is comprised of a large network of volunteers (roughly 100 regular/recurrent individuals). Besides providing great trails and awesome experiences, the organization focuses on several initiatives in support of our mission. In order to better communicate the work we do, the following report is produced and published each quarter.

  • Hosted REI National Trails Day
  • Attended City of Minnetonka Open House
  • $125,000 Recreational Trails Program grant accepted for Carver Lake Park
  • …click here to read more

Monti the Moose!

Did you hear about “Monti” the moose? A young bull moose recently made headlines here in central Minnesota after he was spotted visiting several area parks in and around Monticello- including the mountain bike trails at Bertram Chain of Lakes! Our guess is he heard of the 4-miles of new trail and recently installed features, and just needed to see it for himself

Though it’s quite likely he’s now left the area, there’s a Facebook group dedicated to tracking his movements.

Battle Creek Awesomeness

The Battle Creek crew have aggressively ramped up efforts to build, improve, and maintain trails! There are still 3 trailwork sessions scheduled yet this Fall, check out the Facebook page to learn more about supporting our efforts in St Paul, and to see images of all the awesome work our volunteers are doing out there. Trail Steward, Scott Thayer, has also established an email distribution list, email to join.

MORC News- September

Minnesota Spring
MORC in September

Winter is coming…

It may seem a little early to be talking about powdery ribbons of groomed singletrack, but Pumpking Spice Lattes are already here! Before we know it the snow will be falling and MORC volunteers will (still) be out in the woods working hard to provide you with a great riding experience. We’ll soon be announcing membership and fundraising goals to finish out the year, and ensure our volunteers have the equipment and support they need. You can help! Please become a member or donate today.

Upcoming Events:

Bikes, Bands, & Brews!
Saturday, Sept 15th
@Welch Village

REI MTB Skills- Level 2
Sunday, Sept 16th
@Carver Lake Park

Wild Ride Mountain Bike Festival
Saturday, Sept 22nd
@Lebanon Hills

Oktobershred
Saturday, Sept 29th
@Cottage Grove Bike Park

MORC News- August

Minnesota Spring
MORC Summer Events!

AUGUST:

Seven Spokes Strider Race!
Saturday, August 25th
@Cottage Grove Bike Park         

XC Eliminator part Deux
Wednesday, August 29th
@Cottage Grove Bike Park          

Otso Cycles Bike Demo
Wednesday, August 29th
@Murphy Hanrehan

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 20th- Elm Creek
August 27th- Lake Rebecca

SEPTEMBER:

Bikes, Bands, & Brews!
Saturday, September 15th
@Welch Village

Wild Ride Mountain Bike Festival
Saturday, September 22nd
@Lebanon Hills

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!