• Local Trail Conditions

    Sylvan Island




    Scott County Park




    Westbrook Park


    Stephens Park


    Prairie Park


    Dorrance Park


  • Night Riding

    When the days get shorter and weekday riding opportunities fade, some riders opt to strap on lights and hit the trails after dark. Below are the current policies of local parks regarding night riding and after dark trail closures.

    • Sunderbruch: Night riding is allowed at all hours. Park in the lot outside the main gates to avoid getting locked in!
    • Stephen's Park: Night riding is allowed. Park is open until 11pm.
    • Illiniwek: Night riding is not allowed unless officially recognized by the park. Subject to ticket/fine if caught. Trails open dawn to dusk.
    • Westbrook Park: Night riding is not allowed unless officially recognized by the park. Trails open dawn to dusk.
    • Scott County Park: Night riding is not allowed. Subject to ticket/fine if caught. Trails open sunrise to sunset.
    • Sylvan Island: Night riding not allowed. Trails open from 6 am to sunset.

  • Group Rides

    FORC Group Rides

    General Group Ride Info

    • Everyone's invited: all ages, all skill levels, non-FORC and FORC members alike.
    • We usually split up into 2-3 groups based on skill level.
    • An experienced rider will be there to take out the beginner group.
    • Afterwards we like to hang out in the parking lot, shelter, or local establishment for camaraderie and post ride nutrition.
    • You're always welcome to show up and ride your own ride and just meet up with us afterwards.

    Benefits of Group Rides

    • Improve your skills & fitness by riding with a faster/more skilled riders.
    • Build the riding community and help others develop their skills.
    • Learn a trail system and the preferred route.
    • Meet people who share your passion for dirt and potential riding buddies.
    • Enjoy the security of riding with a group if you donít feel comfortable riding on your own.
    • Learn that you are probably not the only one struggling with a certain skill or trail feature and get tips for conquering it.

    Time & Locations

    We try to mix up the location of group rides to keep them fresh and reach as many people as possible. Check out the QC MTB Trail Overview page for locations, directions, and more information about local trails. We typically schedule group rides around 5:30pm on weekdays since that seems to work best for most people. One group ride per week is common, weather allowing, during the prime riding season (May to Oct.).

    Get Notified

    Subscribing to the Let's Ride Forum will send you an email notification whenever a group ride is posted. Click here to subscribe to group rides!. A forum account is required to use this feature.

    We also usually post club group rides as Facebook events. If you're not following us on Facebook check us out here QCFORC.

  • Group Rides

    FORC Group Rides

    The next group ride will be at Dorrance Park on Tues. 11/28 at 5:00pm. Bring lights!

    Did you know that you can subscribe to the Let's Ride forum and receive email notifications when people post group rides?

    Click here for help subscribing to the Let's Ride forum.

  • 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.