As the thermometer outside continues to drop, the summer mountain bike season is coming to an end. With that are some important dates and renewed ambition to get in one last trail work day. The slower interim before winter riding begins may also bring some important changes for the local Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew.
The official close date for the summer trails is Nov. 2 due to the firearms deer season. Nov. 1 will be the last day to ride Sagamore and the summer singletrack trails. All trails will close at 10 p.m. on Thursday and they will be closed for the duration of deer season. The winter trails at Sagamore will re-open sometime in December. An official opening announcement will be made after the schedule for the winter trails is approved.
The Crew’s next large-scale work day is Oct. 28. Work will start in the Yawkey Unit. Projects that day will include hauling dirt into several places on the trails where extra reinforcement and repairs are needed. Some work will also be done to the berms on Bobsled. Anyone who would like to help with the trail work is asked to meet at the Yawkey main parking lot at 9 a.m. Bring a lunch and clothes appropriate for dirt work. There will be a social ride after the work is completed.
IMBA Regional Director Hansi Johnson will be at the Crew’s next membership meeting. It is Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Hallett Center in Crosby. Becoming an independent chapter of IMBA will be the prevailing topic on the agenda. As this is a transition for the club, Hansi will be able to relate information about what the process is like and what to expect in the future. All who are interested are invited to attend.
The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew, a division of the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists and the International Mountain Bicycling Association, meets at 7 p.m. at the Hallett Center on the first Thursday of every month. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/CuyunaLakesMTB or cuyunalakesmtb.com.