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  • #820707

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Thanks for the update @canadmos Looks great!

    I got out to Duffy yesterday for a quick loop. Temps were too warm for anything in the city and I wanted to be in the forest. You never really know what it will be like there and its always a gamble. You have to be prepared to get skunked and find an alternative in the area. Luckily conditions were great and I had the right tire combo, studs. Most of the trail was ice with a slight dusting of snow on top. I was able to ride most of my usual loop and nail all the big climbs. Happy for that.




    Just got the 27.5×3″ 45NRTH Wrathchild mounted and on days like this, the midfat bike would have been deadly fast.

    Rain coming which will make a mess of it all. Cold temps returning next week which should make a studded setup a must.

    Happy trails!

    Santa Cruz

    #820764

    Canadmos
    Participant

    Durham = 100% pure ice

    Simcoe trails = 50/50 icy and packed snow.

    I really hope we get a good dumping of snow soon.

    #820765

    Tom Shaw
    Participant

    Pleasure meeting you a few weeks back Canadmos.
    The SCMBC groomers are ready to go when the snow falls again.

    #820767

    Canadmos
    Participant

    Rode Simcoe trails again today. If you have studs, now is the time to ride. We did 20km without even trying. I bet with the solid packed trails (some savage bumpy from hikers), you can probably do a 35-40km singletrack loop.

    Not sure if the logging is done there yet, but the kids loops and other local to the main parking lot are all well packed. Though, a few spots are a little rough from the logging.

    You can do a loop from the 5th line all the way to the 9th line. It awesome.

    I mentioned studs, but we managed without today. Some tiptoeing required….

    Pleasure meeting you a few weeks back Canadmos.
    The SCMBC groomers are ready to go when the snow falls again.

    Likewise. Maybe ride some time? I can show you around Copeland. 😉

    #820768

    Tom Shaw
    Participant

    From Wayne Kibbler about SCMBC grooming and County logging.

    “Figured I would update all of you on the Fatty Trail / those skinny people ride the groomed trails. With the logging this year we have had to modify the route. NOTE the operations have paused but will resume soon. Creeks will be as it has been, although there are some cool people stomping down the lower end on snowshoes and that may keep it ridable. From the bottom of red you can hope across the road and catch the red trail to the fire road just before the wall. Where we would normally turn left we will need to go right and up the hill to Green. From there over to post 2 “B” and on to the 8th Parking Post 1 “A” on Green which is slightly modified because of the logging, and return on Red. We will back track out from there. If logging is not going to start in the middle section of Strachan the groomer crew will revert back to the existing route on Red. Past the Sarjeant kiosk is packed with the sled but very “post holed” as there has been a lot of foot traffic with the 8th lot being fairly open. If we get some snow things will improve.”

    Thanks for the ride update Canadmos. I looking forward to a large New Years Day ride. If you show me around Copeland I can give you a build history lesson. Cheers and hears to the cool 2019 MTB builds planned for Horseshoe Valley.

    #820772

    Canadmos
    Participant

    I hope it snows, because you’re right, the closer you get to that kiosk towards the 8th line section, the worse the post holing from hikers gets. Its brutal in a few spots.

    In other news, Copeland is completely covered in ice in some spots. We went in on Wednesday and it took two hours to go 13km. Some of the double track has minimal snow cover and is not groomed for skiing yet, but is covered in sheer ice. Some single track is good, if you go deeper into the forest.

    #820773

    Canadmos
    Participant

    Dufferin was fantastic yesterday afternoon.

    Few wets spots, so might be a tad icy if it all freezes up. But if it snows, it’ll be perfect.

    #820781

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Agreed, it’s been mint. I’ve dialled in a 35km loop that is killer. I’ve been running both the fat and mid-fat depending on ground firmness. Both have been terrific. It was nice to ride on actual snow this week. Cool to have dirt in the city and snow a bit further north. Kinda perfect.





    Some freezing rain in the forecast but looks sunny and cold after that.

    #820784

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Temps were above zero today in the 6ix so @dirtseeker and I rolled the dice on getting some frozen dirt at Puslinch. It was frozen alright – like a rink. It was frozen dirt with a layer of icing on top. Studs would have been great but likely been all torn out. Rode the Tallboy with plus size rubber and only went down once. Should be better tomorrow but still need to be on your game. Even the roots had a layer of ice on them. Fun challenge Think they missed the last thaw cycle. Maybe a bit of feeezing rain. Was killer though. Take frozen over soft mayday. Lots of ruts from those who prefer the later.


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    #820794

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Decided to go find some winter wonderland riding this week. This frozen dirt has been amazing but I was missing the beauty of a snow covered forest. Per @canadmos suggestion, I hit the SCMBC trails. It’s been a few years since I’d ridden there. They had a recent dump and I got my wish – snow covered trails. I was the coldest day of the year so far so I stuck to the Creeks trail. Conditions were fluff on ice. I had first tracks for parts of the loop, were the hidden ice was a crap shoot. Once packed down with a bit of friction, things turned to skateboard grip tape and I grabbed a few more gears. The trails had not been groomed yet, no need really. I prefer trails groomed naturally from solid bike traffic personally. These were mint.



    On the way home I hit Duffy, which was also perfection. I had first tracks for most of the loop, was killer.

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    #820802

    Canadmos
    Participant

    Looks like you had a good ride @fasttimes.

    We rode in there last night on the creeks trail and besides it being absolutely bone crushing cold, the conditions were perfect. They got a little bit more snow, so the trail is narrow and grippy. Only one tiny foot long patch of ice was to be found.

    And its always fun setting first tracks in the powder on that big rock. 😀

    If the temperatures stay cold and we get some more snow, I think we’ll have some even better conditions in other spots.

    Word on the street is that Copeland is in better shape now with less ice, compared to what it was like a week or two ago.

    #820843

    Canadmos
    Participant

    Dufferin was pretty good yesterday. You could see the ice poking through where the tire lugs dug in, but there was enough grip to not be sketched out. Trails are nicely packed down; main trail from the main parking spot is the well worn path with the slicker spots. The ridge trail and single track back to the “upper” parking spot near the field is absolutely perfect.

    #820845

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Thanks for the update @canadmos Was curious how Duffy was holding up.

    We rode The AF yesterday and it was all-time. Perfect pack with just the right amount of exposed rock. We managed a 22km loop before the snow started to fly. Our tracks in were covered coming out. Should have been possible to do a 25-35km loop but we just ran out of time. Was also -28, but we would have braved it to get more laps in if time permitted. Should be good again in a few days once riders get on it.

    Durham will be grooming later tonight, once all the snow falls, could be good tomorrow. Though I find those groomers don’t really do a whole lot other than widen the trail. Some work better than others but the snow needs to get mixed and repacked to be good, not just flattened. As far as quality of the trail, only ridder traffic can get it to that sweet pack.

    Happy trails!

    #820854

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Decided to try and do our part to pack down the trails in the AF today. Completed an 8km loop, blazing untouched trails and helping to pack down others that needed it. Was a cold but beautiful day in the forest. Lots of snow. Hopefully things set up nicely and others can enjoy it.


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    #820875

    Canadmos
    Participant

    Tons of snow up north now…

    Someone was grooming the Simcoe Creeks trail last night with a skidoo. Still too much soft snow to ride it.

    Copeland is filled to the brim with snow. Couldn’t bike in there either last night, had to snowshoe.

    Hopefully the rain holds off…..FOR ONCE!!!!

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