Last week of IMBA/CROCT spring 2016 membership drive

IMBA 2016 spring membership drive

If you’re not already a member of CROCT/IMBA, or if your membership is due to expire soon, now’s a good time to join/renew. IMBA’s latest email says:

More than 7,400 people have already joined or renewed their IMBA memberships during the spring “Ride and Support Local” membership drive. With great rewards on the line, including a Jet 9 RDO bike by Niner, the time to refresh your relationship with the local IMBA chapter that builds your nearby trail is now. Other May rewards include a Kuat Sherpa 2.0 rack, Five-Ten shoes, a trip to the IMBA World Summit and a race entry to the Carson City Off-Road in Nevada from Epic Rides.

Even if you don’t win, you’ll feel good about supporting CROCT and joining more than five dozen other CROCT members in Rice County.

We need your volunteer help as trail workers but just as important, we need the financial support that your membership provides. We need to buy trail building tools, rent machinery, buy the materials for trail head kiosks & other signage, print brochures and posters, pay for liability insurance, and more.

See the details here and select CROCT from the dropdown. Do it by May 31 and you’ll have a chance at winning one of those prizes.

We’d appreciate it and the kids will, too!

CROCT trail segment at Caron Park 4

kids riding trail reroute 2

F-Town Brewing’s Bike to Work Happy Hour & CROCT fundraiser – May 20


As part of National Bike to Work Day 2016, F-Town Brewing Company in Faribault will donate $1 to CROCT for every beer sold from 3-6 PM.

Proceeds to go towards our portable pumptrack fundraising effort.

Plus, if you ride your bike to F-Town anytime on May 20th, you’ll get $1 off each beer you purchase.

F-Town Brewing CROCT

CROCT slide presentation to Northfield City Council – power tool usage in Sechler Park

We’re negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Northfield for our mountain bike trail and skills park in Sechler Park. We want the ability to use a variety of power tools, including chainsaws and skid steers. Marty Larson and I presented to the Northfield City Council tonight:

CROCT President Marty Larson presenting to Northfield City Council

Griff & Marty at Northfield City Council - video screengrab

Here’s our slideshow:

Update 2/17, 1 pm: here’s the City’s video archive of our presentation the meeting. 20 minutes:

Continue reading CROCT slide presentation to Northfield City Council — power tool usage in Sechler Park

Overview of 2015: a narrated slide presentation of CROCT’s activities, events, & accomplishments

I’ve added audio narration to the slide presentation that CROCT President Marty Larson and I did for the 3rd Annual Soup & Cycles meeting back in January. It’s an overview of CROCT-related activities, events, and accomplishments in the past year.  Like most any online video, you can pause it, move the slider backwards and forwards, and watch it in full-screen mode. 23 minutes:

(Click here to view this presentation without the narration. Advantage: clickable titles to blog posts that provide more background on each topic.)

Snow Crush 2016 was a hit: see the photos, race results, and more


65 riders competed in the 2016 Snow Crush Fat Tire Bike Race  at River Bend Nature Center (RBNC) on Jan. 16, raising over $2,000 for both CROCT and RBNC.

Snow Crush 2016 race results:

Snow Crush 2016 results

Article by Jerry Smith in the Faribault Daily News: Fat tire bike race warms up River Bend Nature Center on a cold day

Faribault Daily News front page Snow Crush 2016

See all the tweets on the event via the hashtag #SnowCrush2016.

Photo album: Continue reading Snow Crush 2016 was a hit: see the photos, race results, and more

Mountain biking in Rice County, MN