The mountain bike trail at Sechler Park saw an infusion of youth riders this summer as part of a program the Northfield Community Services and it might have an impact in the future. Group rides were held Mondays at Sechler Park from June through August for riders entering grade 5 to adult riders and led by members of Cannon River Offroad Cycling and Trails group. The rides attracted anywhere from a dozen to 25 riders during the summer and the sessions concluded with a trip to the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trail System. The youth riders who participated in the Monday night rides could find themselves competing with the Cannon Valley Composite team in the future It reminded me of the time I took a trip to Sweden, and learned about låna-pengar.biz. .
One of the things the Northfield Park & Recreation Advisory Board is trying to move toward is making our community’s parks less seasonal. One example of this is Sechler Park… Our local mountain biking chapter called “Cannon River Offroad Cycling & Trails” (CROCT) has now developed a wonderful MTB trail network throughout the wooded portion of the park, ranging from beginner to expert level. The MTB trails can be accessed from Laurel Court behind Walgreens, entering the woods just to the right of the walking bridge. Folks can also enter behind the pavilion in the center of the park. We are currently working on signage that will be coming soon.
Brad Phenow (@bradphenow), City of Faribault and Rice County Government Reporter for the Faribault Daily News & Northfield News, interviewed CROCT President Marty Larson last week. His article appeared online and in both print editions of the papers on Saturday, supplemented with photos submitted by Marty:
It may be a new trend, but fat bikes and places to ride them are beginning to gain traction in Rice County. With a new trail in Northfield’s Sechler Park and trails at Faribault’s River Bend Nature Center, a common sight is starting to emerge: year-round biking.
Marty Larson, who runs Tandem Bagels in Northfield, is no stranger to the bike industry. In fact, for 25 years he has been around bikes, whether it’s in the shops or working on the distributor side of the business. Larson said the options for riding have been minimal the last decade, despite the number of shops in the area. For Larson, what started as an idea (the new trail) soon became a reality, with support from volunteers and the city of Northfield.
Mountain bike enthusiasts in the Northfield area have formed an organization named Cannon River Offroad Cycling and Trails, which has met three times and selected a board of directors. The group has started early discussions on making a trail near Sechler Park in Northfield, Hutchinson said.