• Local Trail Conditions

    Sylvan Island

    Bridge Closed

    Sunderbruch

    Closed

    Scott County Park

    Closed

    Illiniwek

    Open

    Westbrook Park

    Open

    Stephens Park

    Closed

    Prairie Park

    Open

    Dorrance Park

    Closed

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  • Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

    FORC volunteers teaching bike skills during the 2012 TAKMBD.

    FORC volunteers teaching bike skills during the 2012 TAKMBD.

    FORC is once again participating in IMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Bike Day. The goal of this world wide event is to get kids outdoors and active by introducing them to mountain bikes and off-road trails.

    There will be two separate TAKMBD events happening in the QC area on Saturday October 1st.

    Illiniwek Forest Preserve - Hampton, IL [10:00 am to 12:00 pm]

    Participants will go over basic bike skills and maintenance items in a short MTB-101 type class and then hit the trails for a beginner paced group ride with emphasis on putting the previously learned skills to use.

    Meet in the upper South Loop parking lot by the county road maintenance shop and salt dome (directions here) not at the trailhead.

    Geneseo Prairie Park - Geneseo, IL [10:00 am to 12:00 pm]

    Participants will go over basic bike skills and maintenance items and then hit the trails for a beginner paced group ride with emphasis on putting the previously learned skills to use.

    Meet at the pavilion across the street from the Animal Shelter off of Roos Hill Rd (directions here).

    2014 TAKMBD flier..

    Download the event flier (0.6 MB pdf).

    Healthy snacks and drinks will be provided for participants after the ride.

    This event is free to all! Recommended for ages 6-16. Parents are welcome to participate!

    Helmets are required for participation.

    Click here if you would like to volunteer at this event.

  • Upcoming Events

    FORC Side Thrill Ride

    Sun. Jun. 25th 2017 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

    July Membership Meeting ***To Be Held at Sunderbruch***

    Mon. Jul. 10th 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

    August Membership Meeting

    Mon. Jul. 31st 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

    2017 FORC Fest [20 years of FORC]

    Fri. Aug. 4th 2017 to Sun. Aug. 6th 2017

  • MTB Trail Etiquette

    • Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.

    • Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

    • Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.

    • Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you're coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.

    • Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.

    • Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.