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Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club SCMBC

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  • #500132

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Had an amazing ride with the crew from SCMBC this weekend. Awesome group of guys and amazing trails. They have done an amazing job up there. I have been riding these trails for a number of years now but really enjoyed getting a proper tour from the crew. Definitely worth the trip. http://www.scmbc.ca/scmbc.html

    #580574

    fietser
    Participant

    Haven’t ever ridden in this area of the world before – to be honest I wasn’t even sure what Simcoe County encompassed (then I googled it).

    What is the drive time like from the City? I clicked on the link for Trail Maps on the SCMBC site since I have no idea where the trails are but all I got was a generic Ontario Mountain Bike Trails site. Curious about the location of the trails, given that Simcoe County is fairly large, and drive time (as we have discussed drive vs. ride time).

    #580573

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    I got up there for 10 so the drive time was under an hour. Drive back was ok as well. It’s the 400 so you are rolling the dice for sure but I find as long as I am heading back south before 2pm I am ok. Saturday is even better as folks are still north of the city. Midweek is the best and when I normally head up there. It’s like having an massive forest with epic trails al to yourself 🙂 Really though, it’s so vast that trail traffic is a non issue.

    I would love to take you up and show you around. Super flowy fun trails.

    #580572

    fietser
    Participant

    Hmmm under and hour drive time…. you have my ear. Short of driving for lift access or staying the night an hour drive time is my cut off.

    Would be very interested to check it out sometime.

    #580571

    Buck
    Participant

    Bah, my trail bike is getting the front susp refurbished so I put zero km’s on this weekend. Hope the ride was good, it was an awesome weekend.

    #580570

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Plenty of summer left Buck. I’ll be back up there for sure. I have extra bikes if you’re ever in a pinch buddy. as you know, you can ride these on just about any bike. I think this would be a great place for me to ride my 29er next. Few of the guys were on one and seemed to be well suited for the trails.

    #580569

    secret agent
    Participant

    I have to get up there with those guys. I joined the club to support the trail building they are doing. Their FB page shows they schedule builds and maintenance almost daily. I admire their dedication to the sport.
    Got a couple of invites but I have been hiding in the Agreement Forest lately. Even found some new stuff on Sunday. It is very, very buggy in there.

    #580564

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    I just bought a membership. This club has a massive piece of land to manage and they desperately need the funds to reach their goal of developing and maintaining the trails. I would certainly recommend visiting the trails for yourself and consider supporting the clubs efforts by purchasing a membership.

    More info and registration here: http://www.scmbc.ca

    #580568

    Whynot
    Participant

    Would love to see a map and trail location info. I’m not that far away and would like to check them out, but can’t seem to find what I’m looking for on their site.

    #580567

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    It’s been a bit or a challenge for these guys because they need support in the from of funds more than they need more riders visiting the trails. So it is a bit of a cart before the horse thing where folks aren’t likely to buy a membership prior to trying the trails and they cant really promote and draw more traffic to a trail system they are struggling to maintain.

    One thought is that a bunch of us head up. Myself or one of the club members can show you around and then people could purchase a membership. At $40, even if you only ride there once or twice it’s worth it. I think more importantly, if we look at the big picture, it’s about building sustainable trails in the region so it’s something that would be cool for us to get behind.

    #580579

    Buck
    Participant

    Thanks for the bike offer Marc! I should be up and running soon (hopefully).

    As for the group ride, sounds like a great idea.

    #580577

    Whynot
    Participant

    I’d be down for a group ride.

    And a $40 membership is nothing if being used for trails. I still didn’t like the strictness of how they put a fee in place – if you recall that thread, a lot of people were put off by the tone around fees – but it seems the funds are going directly to trails so that’s good news.

    #580578

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    @whynot wrote:

    I’d be down for a group ride.

    And a $40 membership is nothing if being used for trails. I still didn’t like the strictness of how they put a fee in place – if you recall that thread, a lot of people were put off by the tone around fees – but it seems the funds are going directly to trails so that’s good news.

    I think that is greatly due to the fact that the first anyone heard of it was the no trespassing sign that circulated, which isn’t really how something like that should be implemented. That was started by someone other than them but it could have still been avoided I think. An informative article explaining what their goals are would have gone a long way. People would rather hear about what is possible than what is not possible. Hindsight is always 20/20 though right. So I think the best thing now is just to get behind some fun trails.

    The trails are amazing and the money is going to good use.

    #580575

    aragon
    Participant

    So where are the trails?

    #580576

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    The trails I have ridding and rode again for the first time this weekend are at 8th and 7th line just past Hardwood. You really should go with someone who has been in there though. Even having been there a bunch on times, I have been turned around at times. Always made it back to the car but certainly did some searching and exploring 🙂

    Having the guys show me around this weekend was great. They actually ride it opposite how I have in the past. Not sure there is a right or wrong loop but that is something they would have to answer really. It certainly changes the profile of the ride.

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