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    Westbrook Park

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    Stephens Park

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    Prairie Park

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  • FORC'n Duro

    The DURO has been postponed until Sat. Oct. 15th due to trail closures. All times/locations to remain the same.

    2015 FORC'n Duro crew

    2015 FORC'n Duro riders at Westbrook.

    2016 FORC'n Duro

    Saturday September 24th
    Saturday October 15th
    Meet at Westbrook Park @ 7:00am

    Now with 30% less Gravel!!!™

    Can you Duro it? RIDE-TO and RIDE 5 FORC trail systems in one day?
    Not a race. Ride your own pace. Get to know your fellow FORCers.

    Overview

    The FORC'n Duro is the ride of all MTB rides in the QC and most likely one of the hardest you will ever do. Riders will be tested mentally and physically as they make their way from Westbrook Park in DeWitt, IA to Illiniwek Forest Preserve in Hampton, IL while hitting all singletrack trails in between; 85 miles in total. Not in for the long haul? Join us anyway and ride what you want/can. See approx. timetable below.

    Ride Details

    Meet at Westbrook Park in the trailhead parking lot at 7:00am. Overnight vehicle parking will be available at Westbrook Park.

    A riders meeting will be held in the shelter at 7:30am where we will go over route cue sheets and other last minute information.

    This ride is semi-supported. Bring tools, tubes, a pump, and any other gear you need to fix minor mechanical issues. SAG vehicles will be available for bailing out if you have serious mechanical or other problems.

    We'll stop for lunch somewhere in Eldridge (TBD) around noon. BRING CASH!

    SAG stops will be available at the parks and one on Wisconsin Ave right before the I-80 crossing. SAG stops will be stocked with water/Gatorade and snacks. Persons may ride only part of the course, but must coordinate their own exit pickup. The SAG wagon must be available for rider safety & support and cannot be used as a shuttle/taxi over an 80 mile course.
    SCP SAG stop.


    The Duro finishes at the Illiniwek Campground (look for the FORC encampment). Food and beer potluck after the ride.

    When riding on the roads, follow the rules and be predictable: ride single file, stop at stop signs, signal your turns, etc.

    Riders must be FORC members to participate. Click here to renew your membership or join.

    Route Info

    • 30 miles singletrack; 55 miles pavement; 85 miles total
    • 2500 feet of climbing
    • Expect 7-8 hours of saddle time
    • 9-10 hours total completion time

    Route Map

    Timetable [approx]

    Riding Type: ST = Singletrack, RD = Road, BP = Bikepath
    Travel Times Assume 14mph avg. road/bikepath speed, 9 mph avg. singletrack speed, 15 min SAG stops, & 1 hr lunch stop.


    Route Segment Type Seg. Dist. (mi) Total Dist. (mi) Seg. Time (hh:mm) Elapsed Time (hh:mm) Clock Time
    Riders Meeting @ WBP START 0.0 0.0 00:00 00:00 7:30 am
    WBP Lap ST 5.4 5.4 00:36 00:36 8:06 am
    WBP to SCP RD 10.0 15.4 00:43 01:19 8:48 am
    SCP SAG SAG 0 15.4 00:15 01:34 9:03 am
    SCP Lap ST 11.6 27.0 01:17 02:51 10:21 am
    SCP to Eldridge for Lunch RD/BP 8.9 35.9 00:38 03:29 10:59 am
    Lunch SAG 0 35.9 01:00 04:29 11:59 am
    Eldridge to WI SAG RD/BP/ST 8.1 44.0 00:34 05:04 12:34 pm
    WI SAG SAG 0 44.0 00:15 05:19 12:49 pm
    WI SAG to SBP RD 6.1 50.1 00:26 05:45 1:15 pm
    SBP SAG SAG 0 50.1 00:15 06:00 1:30 pm
    SBP Lap ST 6.7 56.8 00:44 06:44 2:14 pm
    SBP to SP BP/RD 11.1 67.9 00:47 07:32 3:02 pm
    SP SAG SAG 0 67.9 00:15 07:47 3:17 pm
    SP Lap ST 1.5 69.4 00:10 07:57 3:27 pm
    SP to IFP BP/RD 10.2 79.6 00:43 08:41 4:11 pm
    IFP SAG SAG 0 79.6 00:15 08:56 4:26 pm
    IFP Lap ST 5.6 85.2 00:37 09:33 5:03 pm
    IFP to Campground FINISH 0.2 85.4 00:01 09:34 5:04 pm
    If the day pans out like last year, the faster guys/gals will finish around 5pm and will probably stick close to the above timetable. The above is not a rigid schedule, just a tool to estimate when/where people will be at during the day if you want to tag along for a section.

    Questions?

    We have a discussion topic for this event where you can ask questions or make comments. Click Here

    Cue Sheet (Available Day of Event)

    Crossing the Centennial Bridge.

    How to Prepare

    • Train. Do at least one 60 mile ride (more is better) on the bike you'll be using for the event to get an idea of how to prepare.
    • Stay hydrated. Drink (water) often. It is easy to get dehydrated during long rides.
    • Stay fuelled. This ride is long enough that you will need to eat 100-200 calories each hour to keep from hitting the wall. Energy gels, granola bars, fig bars, etc.
    • Ride at an endurance pace. Going out too hard will cause more suffering at the end of the ride.

    2015 DURO Recap

    The 2015 Forcín Duro saw over 40 start with 11 completing the entire ride! Congratulations to last years Hard Core riders: Matt Collier, Len Guldenpfennig, Drew Hanson, Fred Johnson, Vonda Johnston, Brian Kingsbury, Michael Kinney, Ray Nees, Ryan Neipert, Ry Schultz, and Chris True!
    The course was long, hot (temps in the 90s), and plenty challenging!


    2016 DURO Info

    Photos from the 2016 Duro!

    2015 DURO info

    Photos from the 2015 Duro!

  • Upcoming Events

    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

    Taming of the Slough Adventure Race

    Sat. Sep. 16th 2017 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

  • 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.