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CROCT skills park update, fall 2018: teeters and skinnies and jumps, oh my!

Our Sechler Skills Park got an overdue update this fall.

Michael Knoll, owner of Michael’s Cycles in Prior Lake and Chaska and Behind Bars in NE Mpls, donated several wood features that they’d been using for skills clinics, most notably, a teeter totter and an up-and-down skinny plank. The obstacles were built by one of their long-time customers, Greg Henningsen.

We revamped 7 of the 8 table top jumps and added a new one with help from the staff at the City of Northfield’s Streets & Parks Department.

Featured riders in the photos above: Devin Lee and family.

As of October, 2018, the list of skills park features  includes:

  • 3 berms (1 large wood berm, 2 dirt berms)
  • 8 tabletop jumps (7 beginner-level, 1 intermediate-level)
  • 2 wood drops (1 beginner-level, 1 intermediate-level)
  • 2 large log piles
  • 1 line of 8 small rollers
  • 1 log skinny/logover obstacle, configured for several levels of difficulty
  • 2 railroad ties configured for uphill steps
  • 1 large boulder
  • Two permanent skinnies (intermediate-expert)
  • 1 teeter totter
  • 1 up-and-down skinny plank
  • Miscellaneous movable wood skinnies

The skills park has its own page here on the CROCT website, listed under the Trails dropdown menu.

High school students secure $7,000 Northfield YouthBank grant towards a portable pump track

$7,000! Yep, we’re on our way to funding  a modular, portable pump track, thanks to the Northfield YouthBank and Northfield High School mountain bikers (L to R)  Christof Zweifel, Ellis Orjala, and Patrick Welch:

Northfield YouthBank high school mountain bikers poster

See the Nov. 16 blog post for background on the project.

Mike’s Bikes crew hauls DNR timbers and planks to Sechler skills park

Nick Becker, Stew Moyer, and Gareth Bly from Mike’s Bikes in downtown Northfield took time out of their work day today to install new TreadHunter tires on the rig and haul planks & timbers from the City of Northfield ‘s compost site to the Sechler skills park.Nick Becker, Stew Moyer, and Gareth Bly: Mike's Bikes

We’ll use the wood (from the flood-damaged Mill Towns Trail bridge) for a bridge at Caron Park & miscellaneous skills park features.

Thank you,  Nick, Stew, and Gareth!

SageGlass, with a little help from Jason Decoux, makes a donation to CROCT

Jason Decoux

Last summer, Jason Decoux (CROCT member, Founding Supporter, and regular trail worker) submitted a CROCT grant request to his employer, SageGlass (SAGE Electrochromics). The company annually invites employees to nominate local non-profits to receive a monetary donation. Their Community Gift/Giving Committee reviews the submissions and the the company hosts a dinner to honor the recipients and hand out the checks. We were notified a month ago that the request was approved.

Last night, CROCT president Marty Larson and I attended the dinner in the upstairs events room at Alexander’s in Faribault.

Griff Wigley, Marty Larson

Marty briefly updated the audience on the work our volunteers have done on constructing mountain bike trails in Rice County in the past year.  And he was handed at check for $345 which we’ll use to purchase some much-need trail tools.

Marty Larson

Unfortunately, Jason wasn’t able to attend due to an emergency at work.  We drank a beer in his honor.


Tom’s Downtown Bicycles donates a chainsaw to CROCT

Tom Bisel, CROCT member, CVVC founder and president, and owner of Tom’s Downtown Bicycles on Division St in Northfield, donated a brand new Stihl chainsaw to CROCT a couple weeks ago.

That’s Tom and CROCT president Marty Larson at the Sechler skills park in the photos below.  Chainsawing in shorts and a printed polo shirt? No worries. Photos were staged. And we’ve since obtained a full complement of protective gear that our skilled volunteers will be required to use.

See the Downtown Bicycles website, Facebook page, and follow their @DowntownBikesNF Twitter feed.

Thank you, Tom!

Tom Bisel, Tom's Downtown Bicycles, with donated chainsaw

Marty Larson, CROCT president, with chainsaw donated by Tom Bisel, Tom's Downtown Bicycles

Tom Bisel, Tom's Downtown Bicycles