Category Archives: Volunteers

Downtown Bicycles to support CROCT-NCS youth summer mountain biking camps

Tom Bisel, CROCT Member, CVVC Founder and President and Owner of Tom’s Downtown Bicycles, will be helping support our CROCT-NCS youth summer mountain biking camps!

Tom Bisel

Tom BiselOnline registration for the mountain bike summer camps opens tomorrow. Scholarships are available through Melissa Bernhard (MBernhard@northfieldschools.org). Please contact CROCT Board Member Sarah Jansen (guild44@gmail.com) for any additional assistance, or if you are interested in volunteering to help with the camps. We will NOT let income be a barrier to participating in these camps.)

The three summer mountain biking camps run for one week (June 12-16, July 24-28 and July 31-August 3). Bisel, who is committed to “giving kids the tools so that they can succeed on two wheels”, will be offering mountain bikes for rent for $25 (for the entire week!). Bisel is excited to see more and more families out riding bikes together, noting that Northfield is a great community to ride your bike, whether on road, gravel or mountain bike/fat bike trails.

Downtown Bicycles will also check over summer camp participants’ bikes, in order to make sure they are safe before the classes commence. “We’re just here to help”, Tom explains, “one of my roles as a bike shop owner is to be a resource to all the cycling communities in our area”.

Bisel opened his shop eight years ago, when he noticed a lack of support for the growing active community in Northfield. Since then, Bisel has supported numerous efforts to get kids on bikes, not just volunteering his time, but also donating bikes to Northfield Public Schools.

Thanks Tom Bisel!

Those interested in the summer mountain bike camps may also be interested in local bicycling Advocate and CVVC Member Bruce Anderson’s Nature Immersion Club, at the Greenvale Park Community School. The class begins today and continues every Thursday evening (6-7:30 pm) through May 18.

Anderson describes the class as follows:

“Nature Immersion Club gives kids the opportunity to learn how to bike safely on Northfield-area streets, gravel roads, and off-road trails, and go on outings to experience and learn about the natural world. Rides will be taken to the Carleton Arboretum, St. Olaf Natural Lands, Hauberg Woods, Sechler Park, and McKnight Prairie for hikes, nature photography, and bird, tree, and wildflower identification. The emphasis will be on having fun in nature! Parents are welcome as well! Don’t have a bike? No problem — we will help you find one.”

Exciting things are happening for kids’ biking in Northfield!

Please contact Bruce Anderson (bruce@sustainablecommunitysolutions.com) and/or Community School Co-Coordinators Kathryn Lozada (klozada@northfieldschools.org) and Laura Berdahl (lberdahl@northfieldschools.org) for more information.

You can also follow Downtown Bicycles at their Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Josh & Jayden Seifert lead the upgrade to CROCT’s Sechler skills park

CROCT member Josh Seifert has redesigned and led a major redevelopment of the skills area in Sechler Park this fall, adding 3 table top jumps, a large wooden berm dubbed Bermzilla, a stockade berm, and several rollers:

Sechler skills park redesign sketch - Josh Seifert Josh Seifert CROCT volunteers - Sechler skills park

His son Jayden has been working at his side much of the time:

Jayden Seifert Jayden Seifert Josh & Jayden Seifert

Josh & Jayden Seifert Josh & Jayden Seifert Josh & Jayden Seifert

As we were about to reopen the park, major flooding of the Cannon River in late September did some damage:

flood-damaged Sechler skills park flood-damaged Sechler skills park flood-damaged Sechler skills park

While waiting for the water to recede, Josh and Jayden spent Saturday Oct 3 at the Lebanon Hills MTB park in Eagan for Dakota County’s Wild Mountain Festival and IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.

Dakota County's Wild Mountain Festival at Lebanon Hills MTB Park

Like last year, Jayden won the race for his age group. Like other parents, his dad had to race on Jayden’s bike:

Jayden Seifert Jayden Seifert

Jayden Seifert Josh Seifert

Josh and a small team of volunteers did the repairs to the Sechler skills park yesterday:

repairs to Sechler skills park repairs to Sechler skills park

repaired Sechler skills park repaired Sechler skills park

We hope to open later this week, as soon as the dirt hardens.

CROCT fundraiser! Volunteers needed to march banners for DJJD parade

Join us September 11th in the Defeat of Jesse James Day parade as a CROCT volunteer! Responsibilities include: wearing a cool CROCT T-shirt (that you get to keep!):

CROCT t-shirt sample

marching with a banner (from 2-4 pm):

DJJD parade volunteers banner 2015

and looking like you LOVE biking and trails (easy!).

We need to get the word out about CROCT in order to raise funds to support our active and expanding trail building and mountain biking education projects.

We will begin staging at 1 pm, in the parking lot of Cornerstone Church (Google map link).

In addition to filling out our volunteer signup form:

DJJD parade volunteers signup form

please print, sign and bring the waiver (PDF) to the parade:

DJJD Parade Waiver

Children are welcome!

DJJD button 2016

Questions? Contact the CROCT parade volunteer co-chairs, Sarah Jansen and Aleasha Markley.