Saturday, March 7, 2015

Bust the Fat Bikes back out!

The snow has been deep this winter.  Maybe even too deep (but not if your a skier like me).  But certainly a bit too deep for fat bikes.  We tried to stay on top of things grooming and snowshoeing but eventually with it continuing to pile up it seemed like a futile effort.

But now that we are into the thaw/freeze portion of winter all that snow is going to set up very nicely.  Next weeks forecast calls for above freezing temps everyday with freezing overnight.  Perfect formula for amazing fat bike conditions.

Word on the street (trail?) this morning is that conditions are already very nice at Ahern.  I would imagine the same can be said for Franklin as well.  And they should only get better over the next week.  With DST looming and some additional daylight in the evenings be on the lookout for a few Thurs Fat rides in the near future!

Get out and ride!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Thurs Night Grooming!

First edition of Thursday Night Grooming was a success!  It's looking very likely this will become a somewhat regular thing.  Maybe not every week but certainly the first Thurs after some fresh snow.

We ended up getting 5 sets of shoes and Eric's drag groomer out on 4 miles of trails at Ahern last night.  Grant D, Barry G, Chris S, Eric L, and myself in attendance.  Covered just about everything except Alcatraz and Escape.


I would say some sections will probably ride really nice right now while others need a bit more compaction.  We are hoping that now that a nice well established track is set that more folks will see it and travel it and help things along.



There is a chance Eric will also head out tonight to take care of the few inches we might get today. A little help from nature and Ahern will be in perfect riding shape before too long.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Thurs 1/29 Gunstock Nordic Trails Open for Fat Biking

**UPDATE**

This has been postponed due to the additional powder from yesterday's storm. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

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!

https://www.bikereg.com/fat-furious-gunstock

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:

https://www.bikereg.com/fat-furious-gunstock



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:

http://forums.mtbr.com/vermont-new-hampshire-maine/central-nh-fat-bikers-940781.html

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?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/664751593576505/

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.