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    Durham Rider
    Participant

    Just a quick update on Dagmar. We are now over 92 % completed. There is only one more trail to tackle and we will be finished. There are some fun trails and lots of rock features. The grand opening is set for Sept 12 but that is not etched in stone. I will keep you all posted. Once the trails are officially open I would be happy to give a guided tour of the trail system for anyone interested.

    Mike

    #806427

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Simply amazing. Congratulations on what is one of the largest funded singletrack builds in Ontario. Really great work by all involved. High fives all around.

    Even though I bought a membership this season I have yet to get in there. Better make that a priority.

    Thanks for update @durham-rider

    #806445

    Whynot
    Participant

    Simply amazing. Congratulations on what is one of the largest funded singletrack builds in Ontario. Really great work by all involved. High fives all around.

    Even though I bought a membership this season I have yet to get in there. Better make that a priority.

    Thanks for update @durham-rider

    My foot is healing up, should be riding in a couple of weeks – Durham rocks in Sep and the new trails should be open by then for a shoot/article… just sayin….

    #806617

    Durham Rider
    Participant

    Well we are done building the trails, whew! All that is left to do now is put up trail signs and finish 2 log features.
    What a summer. Over 5000 man hours went into this project. It seemed pretty daunting back in April when we started, but week after week more trails were finished, more features were added until here we are, virtually done.

    I can’t say enough about the DMBA volunteers that are so dedicated to this project. Even though it will be a relief to go riding instead of building, it will be with a touch of sadness that we won’t be meeting twice a week to create bench cuts, move seemingly tons of rock and buld log overs and log rides. It really has been a summer to remember.

    Now it is time to show off our work to the world. Below is the latest DMBA press release;

    Uxbridge: September 1, 2015: The Durham Mountain Biking Association (DMBA) is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Dagmar North Trails on September 12, 2015. The new 13 km of trails in the Dagmar North Tract (DNT) are the culmination of eight years of planning and 5 months of building. The building was accomplished with over 200 volunteer builders investing over 5,000 hours of sweat equity in the project. This is one of the largest volunteer trail building projects in Canada. DMBA partnered with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to realize the vision of a new network of multi-use, single track trails, purpose-built for mountain biking. Designed and built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers, this system of intermediate and advanced single track trails will provide an exciting expansion to the renowned riding and hiking experience in the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine in Durham Region’s Uxbridge Township.

    These new trails in TRCA’s Dagmar Tract connect 40 km of trails in the Durham Regional Forest with 100 km of trails in TRCA’s East Duffins Headwaters area offering an expanse of interconnected hiking and mountain biking trails unparalleled anywhere else in Ontario. These new trails have been carefully designed by DMBA’s skilled and experienced Trails Team. The trails include specially built riding features for skills development and technical challenges to provide an exciting and challenging riding experience with safety designed in as well. They were built to International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA) sustainable trails standards so they will resist erosion, withstand wear & tear, require minimal ongoing maintenance and be environmentally friendly. Trail layout and design respects the TRCA’s environmental priorities for the area. DMBA used a hybrid building approach: employing two eminent Ontario trail builders, to rough-in the trails using specialized equipment; and a cadre of 200+ trained volunteers wielding special trail tools to hand-finish the trails to a sculpted and smooth riding surface. Building began April 15, 2015 and continued through the summer with 2 organized volunteer work days per week.

    This project was funded by: a $20,000 grant from the Government of Canada administered through the National Trails Coalition; $21,000 from the DMBA; 5,000 hours or $75,000 worth of volunteer labour by DMBA members; and the generous working partnership of the TRCA and our corporate sponsors.

    Come and join us at Dagmar Ski Resort, 1220 Lake Ridge Rd. for our Grand Opening on Saturday Sept. 12, 9:30am-2:30pm. Join us for a ride, BBQ lunch, live music, recognition and prizes – and help us celebrate the opening of Ontario’s newest network of mountain bike trails. Watch http://www.durhammountainbiking.ca for more details and the schedule of the day’s activities.

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