Monday, April 30, 2012

Luck was on our ride

Riding this time of year can be tricky with the weather.  Luckily, this spring has been really good to us, and the trails in Wisconsin have opened early.   The ride was scheduled a week ago, and as it drew near, anticipation grew….watching the weather daily to see how the forecast would pan out.  Ugh… 100%-90% rain, 40F temps and trails closed, so –postponed the ride for a day.  Now, what to where?  More?  Less?  Today a little breezy so – opted for more.  Sure enough after 3 miles in – time to strip down.  Puddles weren’t too bad, mostly little ones here and there, just enough getting dirty.  Lots of nice grip and the sandy section is always pleasant after a rain.  Lots of light as the trees are not fully leafed out yet.  From the pictures, we all had a little bit o’ mud on us.  All the more satisfying is that we squeezed in great riding (as I write this it is raining, again) for the weekend.  Why is that with the rain on either side of the ride – makes it just that much more enjoyable for a Mad FORC?

Friday, April 20, 2012

Women's Dirt Retreat

The eleventh Women's Dirt Retreat sponsored by the Mad FORCs will be May 12 and 13 at Cam-Rock County Park.  We're excited once again to have Alison Dunlap as our lead instructor.  She will be joined by awesome local gals like Sue Juedes.

The format has changed a bit this year.  On Saturday we'll be focused on our Beginner and Advanced Beginner riders with a one day clinic. Beginners and Advanced Beginners have long been the focus of the Dirt Retreat as we want to get more women out on their mountain bikes enjoying riding and feeling confident. This year on Sunday we'll have a morning clinic for our Intermediate/Advanced riders as we realized that even more experienced riders enjoyed the opportunity to work with Alison to take their riding to the next level.

Registration is available online at and space is limited so register now.