• 2017 FORC Board Elections

    2017 FORC Board Elections
    Nominations Are Currently Open

    Positions up for election are:

    • President (2 yr. term)
    • Vice President (2 yr. term)
    • Insurance Manager (1 yr. term)
    • Public Relations Manager (1 yr. term)
    • Web Director (1 yr. term)

    At the January Membership Meeting (Mon. Jan. 9th) we'll hold our board elections. We're taking nominations in this thread over on the forum. For more details about the positions, visit our bylaws page or feel free to reach out to any of the current board members with questions.

    Must be a current member in good standing to be nominated and view the nominations thread. Click here to join or renew your membership.

  • Show Us Your FORC'n Photos!

    FORC's 20th birthday is coming up next year and as part of the celebration we're compiling a video highlighting the last 20 FORC'n years. But, we need your help to make this happen and time is running out! Specifically, we need old photos, video, or other media that helps tell the FORC story. The deadline to submit content is December 1st so we have enough time to edit it together for its premiere at the 2017 Chili Cookoff and Membership Drive.

    Click here for details on submitting media.

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    Get ready for the 2017 Frozen Fat Fondo Fest!

    Get ready for the third running of the Frozen Fat Fondo!

    A fat biking challenge ride along the banks of the mighty Mississippi on Credit Island. Ride solo or as a 3-person relay team. See who can crank out the most laps in 3 hours around a challenge filled course. Stick around after the main event for a healthy dose of shenanigans!

    Online registration closes Thurs. Feb. 9th at 11:00 pm Central.

    Full event details here.

    Want to volunteer at this event? Have other questions? Click here.

  • 2017 Membership Drive & Chili Cook-off

    Saturday Jan. 14th at 6pm
    If you're bringing a Chili be there at 5-5:30 for setup.

    Relive FORC's 2016 accomplishments, join or renew your membership, and eat and judge chili at our annual membership drive and chili cook-off!

    This event has been such a success we've had to move it to a larger venue! This year we will be at The Village Theatre in the Village of East Davenport.

    What's on the menu:

    • Join FORC or renew your membership and support our mission
    • Judge and eat chili (trophies/prizes for best and worst chili) There were +30 entries last year!
    • Door prizes and giveaways
    • Relive FORC's 20 year history through the magic of video!
    • FORC merchandise will be available for purchase
  • Attention John Deere Employees!

    Get Enrolled in John Deere's Charitable Giving Programs

    FORC is now eligible to receive donations from John Deere through their restructured giving program! If you're a Deere employee, all you have to do is sign up and log your volunteer hours or make a donation through the new system. It's easy and will significantly multiply your contribution!

    • Donate through the Employee Matching program and Deere will match it up to $1000 per year (eg. donate $1000 and FORC gets $2000, minimum donation of $50 required).
    • Log your volunteer hours for the Dollars for Doers program while helping at FORC trail work days or special events and earn $25/hr for FORC. Donations are capped at 40 hours ($1000) per individual each year.

    Click here to get signed up.

    Sign up for these programs and Deere will transfer funds generated by all participants to FORC each month as a single payment. This makes it easy for us to deal with and helps us continue building/maintaining trails and making the QC a better place to ride.

  • Dorrance Trail Work Days

    New trail building progress at Dorrance Forest Preserve.

    We're getting close to completing the first loop of trail at Dorrance! Help us get it done before winter rolls in by volunteering for a work day or two. We'll be out working this week on Saturday 11/19 @ 9:00am. Stop by and give us a hand. No experience necessary. 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.

    We're building this. You should come help!

    Click the image above to see more renderings of the bridge.

    Also, check out the info below if you want to learn more and get involved with the Dorrance trails project!

  • Night Riding

    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.

    • 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.

  • Tugfest Steps Up and Donates $1000 for Dorrance Trails!

    Port Byron Tugfest

    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.

  • New Trails Coming to QC

    New trails coming to the QC area.

    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.

  • GPP Tapping Party Recap

    Geneseo Prairie Park Trail Benefit and Tapping Party at Geneseo Brewing Company

    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.

  • Illiniwek Signage Update

    You may have noticed new signage popping up on the Illiniwek trails over the last few months. These signs outline a directional travel plan and are to minimize surprise encounters between users which may lead to collisions. Cyclists and pedestrians should travel in the same direction to minimize these surprise encounters and maximize enjoyment.

    The upper loops are signed as follows:
    • ĚPink Blazes - Counter Clockwise (CCW) on Mon., Wed., Fri., and Sun.
    • Blue Blazes - Clockwise (CW) on Tues., Thurs., and Sat.

    The climb/descent trails have all been labelled for one way travel.

    Check out the updated trail map to see the complete picture.

  • Sylvan Island Bridge Closure



    Update (3/10/15): Project delayed until 2017 for IL DNR endangered mussel survey. Survey may start in August.

    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.

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    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.


  • Upcoming Events

    January Membership Meeting

    Mon. Jan. 9th 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

    2017 Membership Drive & Chili Cookoff

    Sat. Jan. 14th 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Frozen Fat Fondo Fest III

    Sat. Feb. 11th 2017 - 8:00am to 8:00pm

    FORC Bike & Parts Swap Meet

    Sun. Mar. 19th 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Illiniwek Abermination

    Sun. Apr. 23rd 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

  • Winter Trail Conditions

    Important Winter Trail Information

    Winter weather is here and local trails will be experiencing freeze thaw cycles. This means conditions will be unsuitable for riding (as well as foot traffic) until the ground freezes solid and daytime temperatures stay well below freezing. Click here to learn more.

  • Local Trail Conditions

    Sylvan Island

    Bridge Closed

    Sunderbruch

    Closed

    Scott County Park

    Open

    Illiniwek

    Open

    Westbrook Park

    Open

    Stephens Park

    Open

    Geneseo Prairie Park

    Closed

    Dorrance Park

    Coming Soon

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