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:
His son Jayden has been working at his side much of the time:
As we were about to reopen the park, major flooding of the Cannon River in late September did some damage:
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.
Like last year, Jayden won the race for his age group. Like other parents, his dad had to race on Jayden’s bike:
Josh and a small team of volunteers did the repairs to the Sechler skills park yesterday:
We hope to open later this week, as soon as the dirt hardens.
More details to come when it’s open but here are two Tweets:
Last week, CROCT member and uber volunteer Bill Nelson drove his Ford Tractor back home. It had been on duty for the past couple of months in the Sechler skills park. 13-second video:
Bill originally brought his tractor to the skills park to sculpt dirt into a beginner table top jump:
I soon discovered it could do other things, like move logs and boulders. I put Bill to work:
Bill eventually got sick of me bossing him and his tractor around so he gave me a few operator lessons:
I teamed up with CROCT member Jason Decoux from Faribault to fashion the table top:
I eventually began to see how the tractor could expand the possibilities for more features in the skills park:
I got better at sculpting with it:
By late fall, I graduated summa cum laude from the Mountain Bike Skills Park Tractor Operators Academy. Thanks to Mr. Bill for the mentoring, the keys, and the hat:
We began reworking the Sechler skills park beam skinny a couple weeks ago (blog post here). In the past week, our friends Matt and Jon Feldman at Cannon River Tree Care went out of their way to drop some logs at the gate to the skills park. So CROCT Dirt Boss/El Presidente Marty Larson and I used one of them with the available beams to reconfigure an intermediate-to-advanced-level beam/log/beam combination skinny:
A few days later, CROCT uber-volunteer Bill Nelson put a fresh chain on his chainsaw and flattened the pine log between the beams. The skinny can be ridden either direction but it’s designed to be a progressively harder challenge when riding it south/towards the ball fields:
We’ve temporarily rolled the other logs together into a sizable logover. With the addition of a short beam at one end, the pile also provides a difficult skinny challenge:
CROCT member Josh Seifert shows how to do it all in this short video:
We now have a small teeter totter in the Sechler skills park area, approved by the City of Northfield. Props to Jim Wellbrock and fellow volunteers for making it happen:
We put it to use during Monday night’s youth group ride with great success:
The nearby dirt pile (used for the baseball fields) now has 5 ‘lines’ on it, providing 5 levels of difficulty for riding over it:
After watching the problems that some of our Monday night series youth have had on the beam skinny, we’ve started work on reconfiguring it. We don’t have it all worked out but in the interim, there’s now just a single line of 3 beams. We’ve piled the rest of them on the river side of the trail.