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:
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.
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.
Unfortunately, Jason wasn’t able to attend due to an emergency at work. We drank a beer in his honor.
Prior to last night’s CROCT board meeting, five of us went for a ride in and around the RBNC in Faribault.
The veterans Jason Decoux (far left) and Jeremy Bokman (far right) gave us Northfielders (Carl Arnold, Scott Koehler, me) a fast and fun one-hour tour. Saaaaweeet!
And then we convened at the Washington Recreation Center, like last month. There is momentum!
We were pleased to have six mountain bikers from the Faribault area attended our CROCT board meeting at the Washington Recreation Center last week: Jason DeCoux, Pat Walsh, Stephan Weissmann, Rob Newport, Phil Thoreson, and Mike Rost. CROCT member Jeremy Bokman is also from Faribault. Next month’s board meeting will also be in Fbo, 7 pm, same place.
On our IMBA Chapter application we’re required to indicate the geographic boundaries of our club using zip codes. We’ve indicated that we want to stay within Rice County for now, so that means these communities:
Lonsdale, Veseli: 55046
If you’re a mountain biker in one of those cities or anywhere in between, let us know