The next membership meeting will be held on Aug 28th @ 1pm at Scott County Park in the Drop Tine Shelter. We're having the meeting early this month because of the Labor Day holiday.
Following the meeting will be a member appreciation picnic. Please RSVP (to reserve food) and view the event specifics by clicking this link. RSVP Deadline: Aug. 24th.
The Taming of the Slough adventure race is just around the corner. Visit River Action's website for details and get signed up today! Also check out the Taming Facebook page for the latest updates.
FORC is looking for ~12 volunteers to help course marshal on Saturday to keep racers safe. Spend a couple of hours helping and get a free t-shirt, pizza, and beverages after the event! Volunteers must fill out this form on River Action's site to claim their t-shirt. (Write "IFP Course Marshal" in the preferred job field) Click here for FORC volunteer details.
Taming Tune Up Sessions are August 25th, Sept 1st, and Sept. 8th (all Thursdays) starting at 5:30pm. FORC will be at the Illiniwek trailhead to answer questions and offer advice for newer riders. The Taming course will be marked for these events. Other trail users should follow the Taming route instead of the normal Thursday Blue blaze direction (Taming will follow the Pink blaze direction). The Tune Up MTB sessions will be cancelled if the trails are closed.
Note: The Illiniwek trails will be closed to the public from 8am to 12pm on Sat. 9/17 for the Taming of the Slough event.
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Work on the new trail system at Dorrance Park continues. This week we will be working on Wed. 8/24 @ 5:30pm. Click the link for more details and updates from last week.
Meet in the inner parking lot near the bathrooms [map here]. Please RSVP if you can make it. Never built trail before? Check out these must know things before volunteering at a work day.
Also, check out the info below if you want to learn more and get involved with the Dorrance trails project!
Huge thanks to Geneseo Brewing Company for rolling out a new brew, the Prairie Park Pilsner, to benefit local trails! GBC will be donating $1 from each pint of Prairie Park Pilsner sold to benefit the Geneseo Prairie Park trails. You know what to do next. Also big thanks to everyone who came out the the tapping party and helped raise $547 for this project. And a final thanks and shout out to Healthy Habits for organizing the group ride to the event.
Check out the info below if you want to learn more and get involved with the GPP trails! We'll need plenty of help to make them a reality.
On the table for 2016 are two exciting new developments in QC trails.
FORC approached and was granted approval by the City of Geneseo to develop new trails at Geneseo Prairie Park late last year. 4 miles of trail is expected once the project is completed and work is slated to start soon.
FORC is also in talks with Rock Island County Forest Preserve District to develop 3 miles of new singletrack trail at Dorrance Forest Preserve in Port Byron, IL. Dirt moving is expected to commence Spring 2016.
Check out the info below if you want to learn more and get involved with these projects! We'll be needing plenty of help to make these trails a reality.
Update (10/7/14): Moline approves funding for phase 1 of bridge construction: environmental study. The study is estimated to take 6-9 months.
Update (4/12/14): Moline has secured $1.14M for construction of a new bridge at Sylvan Island. More details here.
Update (9/10/13): Missman Inc. Structural Assessment of Sylvan Island Bridge (PDF 5.1 MB)
UPDATE: A few articles with details about yesterdays Park Board Meeting concerning the Sylvan Island bridge.
The city of Moline has deemed the bridge providing access to the Sylvan Island natural area and trail network structurally unsound and unsafe for public use. Gates have been erected blocking access to the island via the bridge. The trails on the island and the island itself will remain open to the public but will only be accessible by boat.
Who are the Friends of Off Road Cycling (or FORC for short)? We are a group of dedicated volunteers on a mission to improve local mountain biking opportunities by building new trail, maintaining existing trail, hosting MTB related educational events, and building the mountain bike community right here in the QC. If you'd like to be a part of this, become a member and let's get to work. Click here to find out more about what we do.
The next group ride will be at Illiniwek on Thurs. 9/1 at 5:30. This is the same day as Taming Tune Up #2. If enough new riders show up we can do a beginner specific ride to get them up to speed.
Did you know that you can subscribe to the Let's Ride forum and receive email notifications when people post group rides?
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