February 9, 2017 4:30 p.m.
HomeLoop has light ice, but is textured and has good traction. All trails are open.
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Bike-athlon and Biathlon, Sunday Feb 5 @10am

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The next evolution in fun at the farm is here for all members.

Biathlon/bike-athlon will be tomorrow Sunday at 10 am. Everyone welcome evenif just to watch. Will be lay down shouting so not to have to clip out of ski and or bike bindings.the penalty loop will be the same for all then start race loop together then split. Sign up at cabin at back pond (home loop).

The two loops shown on the attached map and should be about even timing for bikes and skis. Bike trails and ski track are in good shape and should be fast, see you there!

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WINTER! and Events!

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Fat bike – The home loop was groomed today for snowy single-track fat biking bliss using the “Mototank!”

Skate ski – The ski track was skate ski groomed, but it’s suggested you give it a bit more snow before you go full crazy on it as it was a bit thin in some locations and there are still some rocky/bony and wet sections. If someone dares go tomorrow, again let us know current conditions then. The trails have not been classic set yet, that’ll need some more snow.

Trail Access

How do I access the fat bike and ski trails?

Signs will go up shortly to give you better directions, but generally whether you are biking or skiing you  head east from the barn across the field. After 50m or so you should see a split and if you are fat biking continue straight and go down the hill that normally ends your home loop rides. If you are going skiing turn right at the split and head down the road that runs to the south towards the pond (again, it’s probably a bit early for skiing).581918_1086216551423362_9122840329502361131_n

Upcoming Events

Look here or the Facebook page for information on upcoming winter events, including bikeathlon which should kick off sometime in January (weather/conditions permitting) and will have a different route each week. Rob’s cooking up some great routes for the bikeathlon and you won’t want to miss these fun events.The Kingston Snophy is coming January 7th. Find out all the information and register for this fat bike race at: http://substanceprojects.com/portfolio-item/2016-fat-bike-3-kingston-snophy.

O-CUP! Coming to MTBK

Substance Projects will host an Ontario Cup Mountain Bike race (O-CUP) at MTB Kingston next year. It’s going to be a great event and new trails/features will need to be built, look out for volunteer requests in the Spring to help out. For more info on O-Cups check out: http://www.superflyracing.com/race-series/ontario-cup/

 

 

The Rooney Loop Is Open!

The Rooney Loop (a.k.a. Beaver Pond Trail) Is Open!

The generosity of club members, The Rooney Family has afforded MTBK space to extend Home Loop by an additional 10%!  Almost secretly, Jean-Marc Grimard has spent the last several weeks rough cutting a trail on which over the last few weekends, Wally Stanton, Jean-Marc Grimard and Rob Sangers have put in hours on the excavator which shaped the track.  The work needed to prune branches, sculpt berms, and build rollers are credited to many, many club volunteers.  Give yourselves a pat on the back folks, you’ve made an awesome trail!

Beaver Pond Trail Map - click to enlarge
Beaver Pond Trail Map – click to enlarge

Free Ski Clinic – Nov 12 930-11am!

The Fat bike trails are getting built, the Ski trails are getting snipped… can we just get some snow already!! Well, winter is coming sometime soon and so are the MTBK winter activities and club events.

The first winter event is this Saturday Nov 12 @ 930am – 11am.

CLINIC – Cross-Country Ski Selection, Winter Prep and Basic Wax technique (Nov 12, 930am)

Cross-country-skiersBe prepared for the ski season! Mtb Kingston invites club members and general public to join the us for our first winter clinic of 2016 on “Cross-Country Ski Selection, Winter Prep and Basic Wax technique”. The clinic will be presented by local cross-country ski guru and all around legend, Francois Beaupre. Coming out of this clinic you will have the information you need to feel confident in dusting off those skis or hitting the local ski store to pick up a ski set. This is the first ski clinic of the year and depending on availability and attendance we hope to offer an advanced waxing technique clinic and some classic/skate skiing technique clinics. So come on out and hit the attendee button on the Facebook event, or drop us a line at the “Contact Us” page on the mtbkingston.ca website so that we know to expect you!  Again, clinic is November 12, 2016 @930 – 1100am, see you there!

General Winter info:

All sources say this winter is going to be a great one for getting out and hitting the trails for fatbikeing classic or skate skiing, or snow shoeing with the family. Beyond regular fatbike rides, MTB Kingston is working on some other great ideas this winter to keep you entertained and active:

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Artsy tire shot.

– Fatbike biathlons;
– Night skis and snowshoes;
– XC Ski Loppet (Skate/Classic) – better attend the clinic to make sure you know how to wax for the race!;
– Snowshoe race;
– and on and
on!