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    Edmonton - Spring 2013

    I guess someone has to start a spring topic so here it is. Haven't been into the river valley at all yet this spring to see what thins look like.

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    Hooray for spring!

    I went through yesterday, and it's still very snowy out there. It's packed and rideable in some places, but a lot of trails have just a few footprints and nothing more. And with a chilly forecast for the next week, I'm not sure when things will clear up.

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    Got out last weekend for mostly single track and multi trails. Soft was brutally soft and it was a frustrating endevour, but well worth it at the end of the ride! No pics.

    Things sure are changing down by the Kinsmen area for the new bridge. Going to be interesting to see how the construction unfolds over the course of the summer.

    Planning on going out tomorrow, regardless of weather. Will take some pics and post back.

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    been riding last 9 weeks. Some Sundays better than others.

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    I actually saw some mud on the trails on my way home today. It wasn't very much, and it was only in sunny sections, but it was a nice surprise.

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    Hey ChainReactionCycles, no rush on those parts I order for my bike....Oh and F*U Mother Nature!!!!

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    Yeah, this spring has pretty much sucked. First group ride with Hardcore is tonight, so I'm hoping to make it out depending on work. Due to the weather, it'll be mostly paved trails tonight. Wasn't it last year that were pretty much snow-free at this time? It's been a very long snow season this year!

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    This was mid-March last year:



    But we did happen to get a snowstorm this week last year (I was moving, so I will always remember that surprise blizzard).

    Took the studs off my cruiser-bike on the weekend, so today was my first ride on naked rubber in ~5.5 months. Studs are staying on my 29er for another week or two, though.

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    Hopefully the lasting snow makes for a snow-free November and December. Autumn > spring for riding as far as I'm concerned, so I'd be happy with the trade-off.

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    I looked through some other old pictures for comparison:

    April 19, 2010


    April 12, 2011


    April 9, 2012


    So this year we're probably a little behind, but not too far.

    But I'm definitely a fan of long autumns too. As soon as the snow does melt we'll probably get weeks of rain, followed by bugs. It's been a few years since the last time the neon green worms took over, so I'm always wondering when we're due for that horror again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkirkpatri View Post
    Hopefully the lasting snow makes for a snow-free November and December. Autumn > spring for riding as far as I'm concerned, so I'd be happy with the trade-off.
    This is true, my only preference for more riding at this time of year is the extra hours of sunlight as I'm usually out riding after work on weekdays...

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    riding today from leva at 11am

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    Got out last night with Hardcore. Based on the amount of snow, it's going to be a good 2-3 weeks before all the snow is gone. There is still a LOT of snow around.

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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    To ride with Hardcore you need to be in the club?

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    Yes, but it's the same with any club. I think all the clubs charge a nominal membership fee, nothing too outrageous. I use to ride with RVC, but when the store folded, I just went to Hardcore as I had previously bought a bike from there.

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    Got out for a bit. Too many off leash dogs and too many four people wide groups. This is the worst part of the year - waiting for the snow to melt and having to dodge unaware walkers. Still lots of snow on the south side of the river.

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    Blame the nice weather Jason. With the late Spring that doesn't seem to want to arrive show its face for a bit, the people will come out in droves. It was a beautiful night and I can only imagine the valley traffic tonight.

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    I hope to ride tomorrow during the day.

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    The new ride is a noble steed! I've got some work to do on the shifting, and the brakes are kind of such, but it flies!

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    Another goo option for a group ride is,Pedalhead on Calgary trail has Wednesday evening rides, no members ship needed.

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    Went to Chickakoo Lake (north of Stony Plain) today to see what kind of shape it was in. The trails are mainly deep slush and show still. I spent probably 1/3 of my time pushing. Not quite ready yet, but fun none the less.

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    Great to know. It has been on my radar the last two months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zappa View Post
    Another goo option for a group ride is,Pedalhead on Calgary trail has Wednesday evening rides, no members ship needed.
    I hope to check them in a couple Wednesdays.

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    Got out yesterday. Mill Creek is maybe 30% ready? The single track above the multi use trail just before the paved hill to the pedestrian overpass is all dry and good to go. Hit the ladder bridge on the way back and proceeded to go over my bars at the peak of the bridge! Guess it's to be expected, first time on a cross bike and single track and all. Thankfully, the mud and water softened the landing and all I have to show for it is a bruised knee and elbow.

    Multi on the north side of the river is all dry from Muttart to Capilano. Lots of ice blocks flowing on the river.

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    Was out this morning, and did Downtown to Goldbar and back.

    Like everyone is saying, the northside is completely clear.

    On the south I popped in for a look at the trail below Roland Road, but it looked like pretty solid ice so I skipped it. The gravel mup around Riverside golfcourse is mostly clear, with one or two sections of snow. Middle Ewok was clear and dry. I rode a bit of lower ewok and it was slick, but fairly clear of snow. The CC trails by the Old Timers' Cabin and the Kinsmen are in great shape, with the rare surprise patch of snow. Around the university is all snow and ice, and is not worth it.

    The city has just started work on stony plain road bridge, so they've blocked the north entry to the Groat Road Rollercoaster with fencing. You can still get in a little further south, though. The trail is about 50% clear and dry, and 50% snow. Victoria Secret has a bit of snow at the north end, but other than that it's all clear. And I walked up bobsled with my dog on friday, and it was very mushy.

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    Super nice picture!

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    I went west today through to terwillegar . Mostly dry. Enough mud to make things messy. Some snow still out there.

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    Love that picture Newfangled... Wow!
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    Ewok was great last night.

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    Ride report: Mill Creek is 95% good. Some brown ice patches on the trail above the creek bank just north of the pool, and some mud, but other than that, all is good. Mid Ewok is all dry, as confirmed previously. Upper Rowland Trail is good to go. Gord962 and I cleared four trees off the path, but the remaining two trees will need a chain saw. These two trees are over the path just after the steep switchback if you're riding the trail eastbound.

    Saw a group of kids with some adult leaders on the single track in Mill Creek. All kids had a number plate and they were riding EVERYTHING! They looked to be 8-10 years old with kid appropriate bikes and they weren't taking the easy path on anything. Kudos to them!

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    Went to Terwillegar park today. Mostly dry. Crazy busy, barely found parking.

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    Reading good stuff on here regarding trails being ready. I've been extremely busy helping in laws move off a farm they have been on for over 60 years. Needless to say it's a lot of work! I hope to get out later this week if time and schedule permits.

    Has anyone been out to Fort Saskatchewan yet this year? if so how are things looking? I would think with this current weather we are having everything will be 100% by tomorrow.

    I could not imagine how busy the river valley was this weekend considering it was snowing last weekend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherijumper View Post
    Reading good stuff on here regarding trails being ready. I've been extremely busy helping in laws move off a farm they have been on for over 60 years. Needless to say it's a lot of work! I hope to get out later this week if time and schedule permits.

    Has anyone been out to Fort Saskatchewan yet this year? if so how are things looking? I would think with this current weather we are having everything will be 100% by tomorrow.

    I could not imagine how busy the river valley was this weekend considering it was snowing last weekend!
    Where's the best location to access the trails in Fort Saskatchewan? This is one the only areas around Edmonton that I still haven't checked out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HankMcCoy View Post
    Where's the best location to access the trails in Fort Saskatchewan? This is one the only areas around Edmonton that I still haven't checked out...
    Turner Park. Park by the tennis courts. Trail head is just off the paved trail. Can't miss it. Trail heads back towards and under the 94 street bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkirkpatri View Post
    Turner Park. Park by the tennis courts. Trail head is just off the paved trail. Can't miss it. Trail heads back towards and under the 94 street bridge.

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    Awesome, thanks for this!

    I was out last night and rode from the rooty trail in MacKinnon to Ewok to Queen E to the Kinsman portion of the Canada Cup and back. Great conditions on all trails...

    The trail from Queen E to the river has been altered somewhat as many trees have been cut and piles of sawdust on the trail including the nice bank turn before the straight-away to the river. Not sure if this is for the Walterdale bridge construction?
    Thankfully the best part of the CC trail was spared and only half of it was eliminated due to bridge construction.

    Anybody else use Strava to track rides? I've noticed that there aren't a huge amount of segments posted for areas that I figured would get heavy use.

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    Lost my post so a quick summary.

    Got out yesterday for a good long ride. Mill Creek, Kinsmen, over to Keillor Road, back through McKinnon ravine, back to Old Timer's Cabin, and back home. All trails are dusty. Lower Keillor road trail is all good, until you get to the mud flat area. Still muddy over there.

    The tree that was over the path just past the orange fence on the lower Keillor Road trail now has an up and over on it. Kudos to whomever built it.

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    I was in BC for a week, but while I was gone it's like someone flicked the switch from Winter>Summer. I got out for a quick ride last night, and I couldn't believe how leafed-out everything was.

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    Got out for a Terwilliger to Strathcona Science Park ride on Sunday, and out again for a bit yesterday. That white aspen fluff, or whatever it is, is starting up. Expect to see some "snow" on the trails in a few weeks. Lots of pockets of those little bugs that get in your nose, mouth, ears, etc throughout Mill Creek Ravine.

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    Got out today in the afternoon. Mill Creek, Canada Cup/Old Timer's area, Kinsmen, and Whitemud Equine Centre all good. Some slick muck in Mill Creek in very few spots, all else is in great shape. Most of the rainfall on Saturday was sucked right up given that the trails were so dry.

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    Thunder and rain keeps the walkers away!








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    Lets see...

    Before the rain I rode Treasure Island for the first time in forever, and it was actually dry. There's been a major slide in the middle (like I said, I hadn't ridden it in forever) that really messes things up.

    I finally rode the trail that was mentioned here last year that goes east from the top of the hill east of the dawson bridge. It was pretty fun, and it worked well in both directions.

    I can't believe how much dirt someone has moved to create a new jumpline on upper ewok. That seems like a crazy amount of work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    I can't believe how much dirt someone has moved to create a new jumpline on upper ewok. That seems like a crazy amount of work.
    I was thinking that myself, I keep riding around it on the now older trail. It looks like a fun little section. Once it dries and I'm heading west I'll hit it. Or East if I'm feeling manly!
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    Got out for a good romp this morning. Hero dirt everywhere. Mill Creek, Canada Cup, Old Timers, Kinsmen, Victoria Secret, Whitemud Equine Centre, Patricia Ravine, the whole works is good to go. Very few mud spots, most mud is at the Equine Centre, some on Victoria Secret close to the bridge drop in point..

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    Trail conditions from Hardcore group ride last night. Most trails are still greasy and muddy. North side of the river is okay, but still some mud/water holes. Science Park is okay and good without too much mud.

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    Everybody knows the tree that fell over the path on the north side of the river that we have to go over. It's on the property that is owned by the lady who has been widely discussed in the forums before.

    Last Monday when our group ride went through, there were posts installed for a future fence.

    Looks like the fence is going ahead. Edmonton Journal story here:

    Fenced piece of paradise causes frustration in Riverdale

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    It's really too bad that it's come to this... The only good thing is that it wasn't mountain bikers that got blamed for causing this and get a bad rap as a result.

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    I agree, but I wonder how long until somebody vandalizes her property in retaliation?

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    Yeah, nice to see that the offleash dogs called out as the problem. And yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if we see another story in a month or two about how the fence didn't work.

    I've been riding through there for 5 years, and I don't remember the flowers that needed to be tip-toed through?

    I find myself sticking to the south bank nowadays though - I feel I get more bang for the buck in terms of riding time.
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    Got a nice ride in on the southside from the U to Capilano and back. Everything was nice and dry, including lower ewok. Although the dark clouds are gathering as I type this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkirkpatri View Post
    I agree, but I wonder how long until somebody vandalizes her property in retaliation?
    It's almost inevitable. She's opening herself up to get attacked. I even mentioned that when I talked to her when she was telling me about the fence and she disregarded it and said the police would just get involved.
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