The next FORC membership meeting will be held on Monday October 3rd. This month we are meeting at The Starting Line (217 Brady St. Davenport, IA) starting at 6:30 pm. There is free public parking in the Library lot north of 4th St. at Brady (2 blocks north) or parking in the RiverCenter ramp (1 block south) for $0.75/hr.
FORC is once again participating in IMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day! This worldwide event encourages kids to foster an appreciation for nature and get active through the sport of mountain biking.
Mark your calendars for Saturday October 1st from 10am to 1pm. Two locations will be hosting TAKMBD events: Illiniwek Forest Preserve in Hampton, IL and Geneseo Prairie Park, in Geneseo, IL.
Participants will learn about simple bike maintenance tips, trail riding skills, and then hit the trails on an adult led group ride on green (easy) trails at the parks.
Click here for directions and more details.
Illiniwek Facebook Event | Geneseo Facebook Event
The DURO has been postponed until Sat. Oct. 15th due to trail closures. All times/locations to remain the same.
Now with 30% less soul crushing 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.
55 miles Road/Bikepath, 30 miles Singletrack, 85 miles total
Work on the new trail system at Dorrance Park continues. This week we will be working on Thurs. 9/29 @ 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!
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.
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.
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 Scott County Park on Tues. 9/27 at 5:30pm. There will be groups to fit every skill level (beginner to fast paced).
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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