The next FORC membership meeting will be held on Monday May 1st. 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), a few spaces along the streets, or parking in the RiverCenter ramp (1 block south) for $0.75/hr.
Take a look at this month's meeting agenda and minutes from the previous month.
Come out to socialize, hear the latest local MTB news, and sample The Starting Line's great food and drink specials! Including $5 burger baskets!
Phase I of the Dorrance Trail Project is Complete!
Sunday April 23rdth
Illiniwek Forest Preserve - Hampton, IL.
Wow, 193 racers this year! Thanks again racers, volunteers, and sponsors for making another awesome FORC event possible! Be sure to check out our next race on June 25th: The FORC Side Thrill Ride at Sunderbruch Park in Davenport.
Race Results are Posted Here
We finally finished the bridge completing the first trail loop! Click the image to see how we did it.
We will be working at Dorrance on Friday April 7th starting at 5:00pm tying up a few loose ends on the first trail loop. Click here for full details if you want to help out.
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!
The days are getting shorter and weekday riding opportunities are fading. Below are the current policies of local parks regarding night riding and after dark trail closures.
Massive shout out and thank you to Port Byron Tug Fest for their donation of $1000 to help build trails at Dorrance Park! For the past six years Tug Fest has donated a portion of event proceeds to an organization that is positively impacting the local community. FORC is thrilled to be this year's choice and will put this donation to good use purchasing tools and construction materials to make multi-use trails at Dorrance Park a reality. Click here to learn more about the 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.
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 Sunderbruch Park on Monday 11/21 at 5:30pm. This will be a night ride so bring/charge your lights! Remember to park outside the main gates.
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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