Friday, January 23, 2015

Thurs 1/29 Gunstock Nordic Trails Open for Fat Biking

Gunstock is opening their Nordic Trail System to fat bikes this coming Thurs Jan 29th from 9am to dusk for a very reasonable $5 trail pass.

If you have the time head on over and check things out.  Looks like we are due for a little shot of snow this Saturday so they might even have some new terrain open by then.

Yesterday evening was the first edition of the Fat & Furious Fat Bike Race on their trails and I thought it was a blast.  45-50 riders came out and raced a cyclocross style event.  The second event is coming up on Feb 5th.  Don't miss it!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Winter Riding in Central NH

So everybody has a fat bike at this point right????

Winter riding in Central NH has been pretty good so far this season and it certainly seems like the fat bike traffic at Franklin Falls is reaching a level that could keep the trails rideable for much of the winter.  I've already had several great rides at FFD this winter and there is even some fat bike races in the area this year!  Gunstock is hosting the first two installments of the Polartec Fat Bike Race series on two Thursday evenings (Jan 22nd and Feb 5th).  I highly recommend checking them out, I'm sure it will be a good time:

This most recent crust will take a bit to beat down but with no substantial snow in the extended forecast once it is packed we should be good to go again for the foreseeable future.  I have been thinking about organizing some evening snowshoe packing social hikes.  A few people walking around on trails could get things rideable very fast.  Comment here if you would be interested.

I have been trying to post current trail conditions on my Strava data for any given ride so folks who follow me know which trails are packed out and riding well.  I'm hoping Central NH can eventually develop some sort of organic trail report network so we all know whats riding well and when.

There is a thread at MTBR that has been getting some traffic as of late with several people reporting conditions for Central NH and Pemi Valley:

I've also been told there is a Facebook group of folks tracking conditions more in the Southern NH and Northern MA area...perhaps we can add Central NH to that mix?

If anyone is out riding and is willing to share the trail conditions for wherever they rode shoot me a quick note to kevinorlowski[at]gmail[dot]com and I will share them here and at MTBR.

Happy Riding!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Page Hill Trail Day Sunday Sept 14th

We are starting construction of a new trail at Page Hill on Sunday 9/14.

This new singletrack trail will run from near the bottom of Shock Therapy to near the bottom of Spring.

Registration will be from 8 to 9 am at the top of Clough Road. Directions can be generated at this link.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Video / Review of Shock Therapy

Check it out one of the first video's and reviews of our new machine built trail, Shock Therapy!

Jesse already has a punch list of things he'd like to refine.  Like we said this trail will never truly be 'complete'.  Get out there and give it a rip and let us know what you think.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Flow Trail Complete!

It was a long day but we managed to punch through and complete work with the Kubota on our last day of the rental period.  Most all of the hand work and fine tuning and sculpting is also done and we are happy to present 'Shock Therapy' to the world!

I'm not sure what the final head count for the day was but I want to say it was a crew of around 20 give or take a few.  Many of which put in near a 12hr day to put this trail to bed.  This was a big team effort by the chapter but a special congratulations is in order for Jesse McGowan who really championed this project and saw it through to completion.

A flow trail like this is never fully 'complete'.  We have been test riding sections as we built them trying to make sure the lines made sense and the flow was indeed present but speeds will increase as it rides in and there is always smoothing and tweaking to be done.  The last 10ft or so of the trail is still a tad rough we were running out of daylight at the end of the day but everything else has been tampered / trimmed / buffed out.

finish crews followed the machine smoothing berms and trimming roots

one of the last few berms before leaving the powerlines section and heading into the woods

Chris S. and I discussing the finer points of appropriate whoop height

finished berm to whoop section

Greg D. testing his mini-table

The flow looked quite nice

What this trail needs now is WHEELS!  Pack those lines down and give us feedback while you are at it.  There have been a few calls for a tour so keep your eyes peeled here and on the listserv for some group rides coming up in the near future.