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    Manitoba

    Any fellow riders on here from Manitoba?

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    Yes, it would seem you are new here too. Do you happen to have any decent rail recommendations?

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    Where are you from in Manitoba?

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    Winnipeg, you?

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    Morden. Have you ever bike the trails around here?

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    Another rider in MB here. Winnipeg area.

    Decent trails? Depends upon how far you want to drive.

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    Theres some pretty good trails around here. There is also the Back Forty Race coming up. Have you ever rode the trails here?

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    Never heard of the Back Forty Race. Which trails around where?

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    Never ridden any trails around Morden, and I have never heard of the Back Forty Race. Morden isn't that far from Winnipeg, mind me asking where the trails are around there? I'm always looking for new places to ride.

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    The trails are just outside of Morden around Lake Minnewasta. The race is coming up on July 4.

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    Cool, did some googling and found a bit of info on how to get to the trails, looks like they would be good, nice terrain around there, nice golf course too, been years since I have played it...

    Man trying to find info on trail in MB is like looking for a needle in a haystack...

    Quote Originally Posted by bikedreamer
    Another rider in MB here. Winnipeg area.

    Decent trails? Depends upon how far you want to drive.
    Anything inside of 4 hours for sake of discussion. We should try to put together a list with some directions/tips on where to ride and how to find places so it would make things easier to find. Personally just getting into this without someone to follow around, it has been rather difficult to find trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Si[xXx]er
    Cool, did some googling and found a bit of info on how to get to the trails, looks like they would be good, nice terrain around there, nice golf course too, been years since I have played it...

    Man trying to find info on trail in MB is like looking for a needle in a haystack...



    Anything inside of 4 hours for sake of discussion. We should try to put together a list with some directions/tips on where to ride and how to find places so it would make things easier to find. Personally just getting into this without someone to follow around, it has been rather difficult to find trails.

    -Bryce
    Yeah, it can be tough finding trails on the 'net. Here's a few suggestions:

    1) Grand Beach - there are a few miles of singletrack woven in with the ski trails. At least, I hope it is still singletrack, and not quadded wreck.
    2) Ingolf - actually in Ontario, but within two hours drive of Winnipeg. Canadian Shield Country. Rocky, rooty, some nice tech sections, but prone to being a bit wet. It's shared with the cottagers and rednecks with quads, but I overlook that because they were there first, I believe.
    3) Birch - near Roseisle. I don't have a very accurate report on this one, as I have only ridden it once, and I know I missed a lot of it. Pretty hilly. Need membership with MCA to ride there.
    4) Brandon Hills - south of Brandon. Maybe 20 km of trail, give or take. Plenty of hills, including one that is pretty much up (or down) for over a kilometer. Nice flow there, but watch for the poison ivy.
    5) Spruce Woods - Epinette Trail. Not technical, and they have bypassed a lot of the hills with a recent trail reroute. Actually more of a XC ski trail. About 40 km of riding. Add on the TransCanada Trail - again not technical, but will give you some extra time in the saddle.
    6) Riding Mountain Park - not familiar with this one, other than a lung busting climb up the Jet trail on the east side. Thought my frikkin heart was going to explode, but then again, I was a smoker back then too.
    7) Falcon Lake - Whiteshell Provincial Park. Single track off of the ski trails - reasonably technical, with a fair number of roots and rocks.
    8) Sandilands Provincial Forest, near Marchand. There was word that some new trails might be cut through there. At one time, there were two nice sized loops of singletrack carved through there. The quadders seemed to think that was an open invite for them to "ride and wreck" those trails. Then, a quad poker derby ended up burning down a few thousands of acres of surrounding forest. I avoid the place now, but maybe will return one day. Oh, have I mentioned how much I despise some quadders and their ridiculous machines? <taking deep breaths>
    9) monkey trails throughout Winnipeg - right now, most of them are probably muddy messes due to the rivers being so high. Some good riding, though, especially near Whittier Park.

    There are a few bike shops in Winnipeg that have riding clubs, or will offer you advice.

    PM me if you want more info on any particular trail.

    Cheers!

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    Wow bikedreamer, thanks for the info, I will have to check out some of those trails. FWI I was out at Sandilads last fall and all of the XC ski trails are now wide, deep, soft sand, so you best be ready for a workout if you head out there. Was their with a friend, and eventually we did find some narrower singletrack but not much, and by then we were so bagged from the sand me didn't do much exploring. Might be an area worth going if you know someone who knows where to go and what to ride.

    Also, are the posts in this thread all out of order for anyone else or just me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Si[xXx]er
    Wow bikedreamer, thanks for the info, I will have to check out some of those trails. FWI I was out at Sandilads last fall and all of the XC ski trails are now wide, deep, soft sand, so you best be ready for a workout if you head out there. Was their with a friend, and eventually we did find some narrower singletrack but not much, and by then we were so bagged from the sand me didn't do much exploring. Might be an area worth going if you know someone who knows where to go and what to ride.

    Also, are the posts in this thread all out of order for anyone else or just me?

    -Bryce
    Yeah, it can be quite a workout at times. Best time to ride is after it has been raining - it firms up the sand a bit. Downside is that you'll be needing to clean your drivetrain after the ride.

    There is (or was, at least) two loops of singletrack. One started just a bit east of the entrance to the ski trails (off of 210), while another one started approximately 3 km further east down the same highway. I know some of that goes through the burn zone, so there is some trail that might be obliterated.

    Maybe try contacting the Manitoba Cycling Association to see if they know if anyone has developed more trail out there.

    Oh, I almost forgot - there is another trail, close to the city: Bur Oak, at Birds Hill Park. Nice little loop, about 6 km long. All singletrack, mostly hardpack dirt, with the occasional patch of sand. Dries up pretty quickly after its been raining (except for a few low lying areas). Worth checking out.

    As for the posts being out of order: yeah, its an odd system. Not sure how they do it, but basically look for any posts marked with an orange flag - those are the ones you haven't read yet (assuming you are signed in). If someone answers with a quote, that answer will be further up than another answer that wasn't a quote.

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    Yeah I have ridden Bur Oak a few times, it is fairly close to the city which is nice and handy. Now all we need is a bit of decent weather to get out and do some riding...

    I figured out the posts thing, if you go into My Account and then under Settings and Options select Edit Options there is a way to change how threads are displayed, Linear - Oldest First seems to make the most sense, it's just the order in which things have been posted, makes threads much easier to follow I think.

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    You hould try riding by Morden. There is about sixteen kilometers of trails around the lake and in that area. If you follow the Trans Canada on gravel roads for quite a few miles south of Morden there is another section of trails.
    If you check out http://www.tinkercreekcycle.ca/back-40-race/course-map/ there is a map of the trails.
    One day if you come out here and I have time maybe I could show you around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikedreamer
    Yeah, it can be tough finding trails on the 'net. Here's a few suggestions:

    1) Grand Beach - there are a few miles of singletrack woven in with the ski trails. At least, I hope it is still singletrack, and not quadded wreck.
    2) Ingolf - actually in Ontario, but within two hours drive of Winnipeg. Canadian Shield Country. Rocky, rooty, some nice tech sections, but prone to being a bit wet. It's shared with the cottagers and rednecks with quads, but I overlook that because they were there first, I believe.
    3) Birch - near Roseisle. I don't have a very accurate report on this one, as I have only ridden it once, and I know I missed a lot of it. Pretty hilly. Need membership with MCA to ride there.
    4) Brandon Hills - south of Brandon. Maybe 20 km of trail, give or take. Plenty of hills, including one that is pretty much up (or down) for over a kilometer. Nice flow there, but watch for the poison ivy.
    5) Spruce Woods - Epinette Trail. Not technical, and they have bypassed a lot of the hills with a recent trail reroute. Actually more of a XC ski trail. About 40 km of riding. Add on the TransCanada Trail - again not technical, but will give you some extra time in the saddle.
    6) Riding Mountain Park - not familiar with this one, other than a lung busting climb up the Jet trail on the east side. Thought my frikkin heart was going to explode, but then again, I was a smoker back then too.
    7) Falcon Lake - Whiteshell Provincial Park. Single track off of the ski trails - reasonably technical, with a fair number of roots and rocks.
    8) Sandilands Provincial Forest, near Marchand. There was word that some new trails might be cut through there. At one time, there were two nice sized loops of singletrack carved through there. The quadders seemed to think that was an open invite for them to "ride and wreck" those trails. Then, a quad poker derby ended up burning down a few thousands of acres of surrounding forest. I avoid the place now, but maybe will return one day. Oh, have I mentioned how much I despise some quadders and their ridiculous machines? <taking deep breaths>
    9) monkey trails throughout Winnipeg - right now, most of them are probably muddy messes due to the rivers being so high. Some good riding, though, especially near Whittier Park.

    There are a few bike shops in Winnipeg that have riding clubs, or will offer you advice.

    PM me if you want more info on any particular trail.

    Cheers!
    There's also a new trail cut just north of Kenora off Trout Lake Road. Very similar to Ingolf just more technical. Minaki has a trail network as well.

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    Winnipeg rider here. So far I've ridden whittier (live very close to it), seine trail on the other side of provencher (want to do some trail building here), togo/churchhill (great trail, but a mess now), and bur oak. I'm fairly new to the area and would love to hook up some group rides. Hoping to discover the monkey trails soon (was hoping today but looks like rain)...
    anyone interested in setting up a group ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thekrow4jc
    Winnipeg rider here. So far I've ridden whittier (live very close to it), seine trail on the other side of provencher (want to do some trail building here), togo/churchhill (great trail, but a mess now), and bur oak. I'm fairly new to the area and would love to hook up some group rides. Hoping to discover the monkey trails soon (was hoping today but looks like rain)...
    anyone interested in setting up a group ride?
    Sounds interesting.

    How far down the Seine trail did you go, btw? Are you talking in between Provencher and Marion? Or did you go south of Marion, too?

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    i just do the provencher to marion stretch. needs some work on the trails. some under water right now i didn't know there was more south of marion. where's the trailhead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thekrow4jc
    i just do the provencher to marion stretch. needs some work on the trails. some under water right now i didn't know there was more south of marion. where's the trailhead?
    Behind the IGA..is it still IGA??

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    The trailhead for the section south of Marion was on the east end of the footbridge, a few blocks south of Marion. It kind of weaves in and out, and you have to ride the road a few times. Only problem is that one wanker put up a fence, and blocked access. Not sure if it is still up or not - haven't been down there in a while now.

    Is any part of the Winston Churchill Dr. trail above water now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikedreamer
    The trailhead for the section south of Marion was on the east end of the footbridge, a few blocks south of Marion. It kind of weaves in and out, and you have to ride the road a few times. Only problem is that one wanker put up a fence, and blocked access. Not sure if it is still up or not - haven't been down there in a while now.

    Is any part of the Winston Churchill Dr. trail above water now?
    Fence is gone, churchill drive trails are more or less dry by now.

    You're J-R, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by great_big_abyss
    Fence is gone, churchill drive trails are more or less dry by now.

    You're J-R, right?
    Good to hear that the fence is gone. Definitely need to get out on the Churchill Drive section sometime soon.

    Nope, not J.R.

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    awesome thanks for the update. I know where I'm riding this weekend Love that trail.

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    Is anyone up for organizing with me a trail repair day? I was thinking of the upper xc trail in whittier, and along the seine for starters. They need some loving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thekrow4jc
    Is anyone up for organizing with me a trail repair day? I was thinking of the upper xc trail in whittier, and along the seine for starters. They need some loving.
    see PM, krow

    Maybe contact some of the bike shops. Sometimes they do trail maintenance, or would know some volunteers.

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    Trail Report

    Just finished 16.5km of trail.

    Seine trail (provencher to Marion) is dry. I went in and did a bit of cleaning and maintenance. Rerouted a section around the fallen tree after the decent.

    Whittier - all dry except lower XC trail still mucky. Could use some clearing of vegetation to see some parts of the trails.

    Churchhill - excellent. Heavy vegetation along the trail, some parts totally covered. and almost unrideable. I was delighted to discover a lil north shore bridge and a beginning of a dirt jump. Trail needs some clearing of plants and the ladder bridges need repair.

    Misercordia - drying, not to bad so far.

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    The monkey trails are pretty much all dry by now, too.

    Run to Togo could use some loving. I have a chainsaw and a truck, if somebody else has an old lawnmower or a gas powered weed wacker. We could go there one evening and wreak some havoc.

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    I could maybe lend a hand sometime, not like I really know what I'm doing, both on the bike and in terms of trail building but hey I guess you have to learn somehow. I do have a truck also and have spent far more time with a lawnmower and weed wacker than any one person should ever have to. I'm pretty busy for the remainder of this week, but another time I could try to help out.

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    let's organize and evening next week to do some work on togo (proper name for churchhill?) I don't have much for tools, but I do have a willingness to fix up this great singeltrack.

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    Well it looks like I'm going to be in the Dauphin/Riding Mountain area next week and was going to take my bike with me and see what kind of trouble I could get myself into. Does anyone have any trail recommendations in the area? I know there are some walking/hiking trails in the park, but any trails more suited to cycling than others?

    Also, anyone looking for some good riding who has not done so yet, should head out to the Brandon Hills area when you get the time. Was out there last weekend and had a blast, and there is a ton to ride.

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    Is there a trail day being organized for togo/churchill trail? I love it and Id put some work on it for sure...I have a buddy or two to bring along also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Si[xXx]er
    Well it looks like I'm going to be in the Dauphin/Riding Mountain area next week and was going to take my bike with me and see what kind of trouble I could get myself into. Does anyone have any trail recommendations in the area? I know there are some walking/hiking trails in the park, but any trails more suited to cycling than others?

    Also, anyone looking for some good riding who has not done so yet, should head out to the Brandon Hills area when you get the time. Was out there last weekend and had a blast, and there is a ton to ride.

    -Bryce
    Try this webpage for trails (front and back country) that are mountain bike friendly:

    http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/mb/riding/activ/activ4.aspx

    It's been ages since I have ridden out there. Only trails I remember being on were JET and one that ran parallel with it. My heart was hammering so much on the climb that I thought it was going to explode. Smoking probably had something to do with that, though.

    How were trail conditions in the Brandon Hills? Are they dry?

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    I found that same parks Canada site, I was just hoping someone may be able to steer me in one direction or another as to what is worth riding and what I could skip, looks like I will only have time to sample 2 or 3 of the trails.

    Brandon hills were dry and in good shape, maybe a bit overgrown in a few places, but still rideable, and you were right in your earlier post, there is poison ivy somewhere out there... oh well, it was still worth it

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    So it looks like somebody did some work on the High trail in Whittier Park recently. I'm talking about the trail that runs along the south side of the rail embankment, the one that runs by the dirt jump section. Earlier this season it was in terrible shape. Washed out in many places and almost unrideable in some. That seems to have been fixed now, because I rode it just last week, and I don't remember seeing anything unusual or having to balance my way across an eroded area.

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    Its been ridable for a few months now...its still eroding year after year in some spots tho.

    I like to call it "upper railway", sometimes I wonder what everyone else calls it...I guess I know now!

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    does anyone think a website/forum would be valuable to the mtb community in manitoba? a site that would have trail info, possibly some news, and a place to connect to setup group rides, share info, and swap parts?
    Thinking on ways to encourage mountain bike riding in winnipeg and the rest of the province. To develop community and ride our beloved steeds together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thekrow4jc
    does anyone think a website/forum would be valuable to the mtb community in manitoba? a site that would have trail info, possibly some news, and a place to connect to setup group rides, share info, and swap parts?
    Thinking on ways to encourage mountain bike riding in winnipeg and the rest of the province. To develop community and ride our beloved steeds together.
    Makes sense. Maybe the MCA (Manitoba Cycling Association) could be convinced to provide webspace? Or are you thinking something not affiliated with any official organization / bike shop?

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    That sounds like a good idea, not sure how to go about implementing it... Just something like the trails section here, but more up to date, and with more accurate trail info. I would be willing to help with the trail stuff, I try to keep track of where I have ridden, and how to get there should I ever want to return, it would be easy enough to add a few pictures to help people find things.

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    I'm thinking something not affiliated with shops and orgs. Keeps things unbiased and well less "political" that way. I would be open to banner ads sponsored by shops though since it would help pay for the cost of running such a site. But strictly speaking not something run by a particular shop. In encouraging community, I think there's value in seeing all shops get fair business props, as well seeing them "collaborate" together some.

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    website

    a Manitoba mountain bike / cycling site would be alright - specially for trails. i like the "neutral" idea, NOT club affiliated. There are some small clubs (not shop sites).
    http://www.bikeclub2003.blogspot.com/
    http://thetrainingcoopblog.blogspot.com/
    http://altonabikeclub.blogspot.com/
    http://oneloveonegear.blogspot.com/
    http://www.redriverracing.ca/
    http://chatter.mitcycling.com/
    http://brandonbikeclub.blogspot.com/

    there are a LOT of MB blogs - mostly racers or clubs, some are good, some are crap. the club I belong to (Tinker Creek Cycle) has one, but it is mostly club stuff.
    http://www.tinkercreekcycle.ca/

    the question is what kind of site and who's baby is it? who will maintain it LONG TERM. these kinda things often get set up, two or three updates, then it dies. it needs a REAL commitment.

    the best site of this kind I can recall here was G4s.org which was a site developed by former Rocky Mountain pro Neil Grover. but even he shut that down after a year or two.

    i think it would basically need to just be a bulletin board, another Blog site does not let just anyone submit. And how do you get MB riders to use the site? How do you get the site traffic, so we ALL find out about more trails and all that good stuff?

    Those are my thoughts. I support the idea, but it needs to be well done and open to anyone. I don't think it would be anything more than you have going right here really.

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    Agreed with a lot of what newtrail said, it's not easy, and can be quite a bit of work. The MCA association isn't a bad idea if they would help out, but it's hard to get the commitment needed from a neutral source (ie not a shop or club) and maybe something like the MCA would be as close as you could get?

    The other option would be potentially trying to clean up and re-organize the Manitoba trails section on here, there seems to be a lot of duplicate or old info in there:

    http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/trails-ar...S_4524crx.aspx

    I'm not sure what would be involved with a re-organization/removal/more detailed trail info added to that section would involve, but perhaps that would be an option that wouldn't require quite as much work?

    As great as letting anyone submit trail info can be, it can also be a nuisance, where you end up with people posting what they consider a MTB trail, but not what others may consider a MTB trail, but you don't want to keep people from contributing good info... I'm not really sure how you find that balance...

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    anyone up for a group ride tomorrow afternoon? I was planning to head to Bur Oak or possibly check out the new U of M trail. maybe both

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    Damn I would have gone if I wasn't nursing a volleyball injury and coaching in a tournament tonight, any other time you are going post away and I may be able to make it.

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    YES . . . Winnipeg

    Quote Originally Posted by Si[xXx]er
    Winnipeg, you?

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    Hi Guys! What are the trails there in Winnipeg?

    Thanks!

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    Here is a link to some trails around winnipeg that doesn't exist on the current manitoba cyling page.

    Can we plan a MTBR group ride sometime next week and have confirmations? It works better for me...

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    I moved out of Winnipeg over two years ago and now live in Brandon! I must say the the brandon hills are gold for riding and only 15 min from my doorstep! Riding mt park is also huge with not bad riding but I still have to explore that area more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snipem
    I moved out of Winnipeg over two years ago and now live in Brandon! I must say the the brandon hills are gold for riding and only 15 min from my doorstep! Riding mt park is also huge with not bad riding but I still have to explore that area more.
    True that on the Hills. I'd hope there'd be some good riding nearby - you deserve some compensation for living in Brandon.

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    Haha I thought that also when I first moved here but after being here it has everthing you need kinda like living in St Vital with one of everthing.....and like I said great for outdoors people like me!

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    I'm a fan of the (mediocre) trails in Birds Hill Park, if only for convenience. It's reasonably close so I can ride out, spend some time on trail, and ride back without killing myself.

    Anybody have any other suggestions that would be closer out my way (Selkirk)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [STD]Ein
    I'm a fan of the (mediocre) trails in Birds Hill Park, if only for convenience. It's reasonably close so I can ride out, spend some time on trail, and ride back without killing myself.

    Anybody have any other suggestions that would be closer out my way (Selkirk)?
    There might be a small set of trails on the Hwy 9 bypass, west of Selkirk, and about 1/2 mile south of Manitoba Road. I remember having my mountain bike out there maybe a decade ago or so.

    Check it out on Google maps (satellite view) - it's on the right side of the road.

    As far as anything else technical, within riding distance...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikedreamer
    There might be a small set of trails on the Hwy 9 bypass, west of Selkirk, and about 1/2 mile south of Manitoba Road. I remember having my mountain bike out there maybe a decade ago or so.

    Check it out on Google maps (satellite view) - it's on the right side of the road.

    As far as anything else technical, within riding distance...
    Ah I think that might be gone, will check it out though. There used to be a small, very ridable inactive quarry right around there that had some pretty insane 80+% grade downhill stretches (100ft at 80% = scary fast at the bottom, especially when you're a tween), bikes in the summer, snowmobiles (a tight squeeze) in the winter. Thinking it might have been part of the same property.

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    Group Ride at Birch (Roseisle) on Wedesday nights

    Hey guys - the local bike club in Portage la Prairie, Junk Yard Dogs, has group rides at Birch trails every Wednesday nights. Meet at the parking lot at 6 and we bike for 2-2.5hrs. Birch can be very confusing because of the amount of trails, but the guys and gals are great to ride with and will show you around. Downside? Got to have a MCA license to ride it... there isn't someone checking for them, but it is good to support MCA and to follow the rules. Hope to see more Winnipeggers out on the trails at Birch! It's a great ride that too many people don't know about!

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    Just a heads up for riders in Winnipeg: There has been some of the old singletrack cleared on that trail along the Red River, between St. Mary's Rd and Churchill Drive. It's a short stretch, near Mulvey Street. One entrance has a north shorelike ladder, so use caution there. If you use that as an entry point, prepare for a sharp right turn at the bottom. You have to reconnect with the gravel trail just past the concrete/stone runoff thing.

    I'll post more, as I clear more trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikedreamer View Post
    Just a heads up for riders in Winnipeg: There has been some of the old singletrack cleared on that trail along the Red River, between St. Mary's Rd and Churchill Drive. It's a short stretch, near Mulvey Street. One entrance has a north shorelike ladder, so use caution there. If you use that as an entry point, prepare for a sharp right turn at the bottom. You can reconnect with the gravel trail just past the concrete/stone runoff thing.

    I'll post more, as I clear more trail.
    And now this section is raked and good to ride. I'm working on a new stretch just north of this one. Another week or so should see it clear, weather permitting.

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    I started building a trail along the red river at university of Manitoba, hoping to complete the entire river crescent summer 2013, accepting help if anyone is interested. Otherwise some more trail use would help pack down the track, check it out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pex View Post
    I started building a trail along the red river at university of Manitoba, hoping to complete the entire river crescent summer 2013, accepting help if anyone is interested. Otherwise some more trail use would help pack down the track, check it out
    Where exactly does it start, Pex? Could I ride it on a cyclocross bike with 700c wheels, or is it pretty rough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikedreamer View Post
    Where exactly does it start, Pex? Could I ride it on a cyclocross bike with 700c wheels, or is it pretty rough?
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    Trails at the University of Manitoba.

    The blue is the trail that my wife and I built, the green is an existing trail that is very fun. We are hoping to connect the two this spring/summer, but it is a lot of work.

    You should be able to ride it on your bike if it's dry. There is a section with a very steep decent which may be a little rough on your bike, but you could always walk that part. The ground can be a bit soft which is why we need more people riding it to compact to soil!
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    Trails at the University of Manitoba.

    The blue is the trail that my wife and I built, the green is an existing trail that is very fun. We are hoping to connect the two this spring/summer, but it is a lot of work.

    You should be able to ride it on your bike if it's dry. There is a section with a very steep decent which may be a little rough on your bike, but you could always walk that part. The ground can be a bit soft which is why we need more people riding it to compact to soil!
    What's needed as far as trail building is concerned? Shovels? Rakes? Saws? I can probably do that, but I don't think I have any power tools that would be useful for this.

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    Anyone know if Bur Oak (Bird's Hill) is rideable yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LCW View Post
    Anyone know if Bur Oak (Bird's Hill) is rideable yet?

    I was there a few days ago, it was bone dry. I hear grand beach is good as well but I haven't been there personally.

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    Good to know - thanks.

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    There are some relatively new trails for mountain biking out in Sandilands (an hour or so south east of the city). Maybe check with the bike store in Steinbach for the best way to get to it, and a map. Ride it while the going is good - it may not last forever.

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    I had heard some rumblings about trails in the Sandilands. Will have to check it out.

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    Just watch out for the dirt bikers. They don't show a lot of respect for the new trails, and that soil is mighty sandy.

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    I went out there last year and used this as a guide:

    Strava Segment | Sandilands Racecourse

    My iphone didn't work at the trail head but once we got up the hills I had reception and could follow the strava app map with my gps. I would print it out also.

    To get there is confusing because there isn't any road markings. The best thing I can remember is once you turn left on the dirt road off of #52, you go down it for around or less than 5 minutes. There are a few unmarked turnoffs, but the one to use has a faded white post at the turn. It will be a right hand turn. (this is all from memory so be careful). You will end up at a big sand hill. The trail starts to the left of the sand hill.

    Or follow someone with a dirtbike or quad on a trailer. They will most likely be going there as well.

    It took us around 1 1/2 hrs from winnipeg to get there with the having to locate the place from scratch.

    The trails are 80-90% sandy singletrack with some sandy doubletrack for the rest.

    Theyre pretty flowy for the most part with medium intensity climbing for short periods. Lots of ruts also.

    Be careful of the moto guys, they have trails that criss cross the main trails, which they use also. We followed these for a bit but they are suited to motos with steep ups and downs and serious ruts.

    When I got to the trailhead the first time there wasn't anyone else around. By the time we did a few laps, there were at least 20 quads and motos and they were having hill climbing competitions. Oh yah and horses too. Its pretty much the social centre of the area.

    One guy I talked to had no idea they had hosted mtb races there previously. The next race is June 2 2013. MTB Cup #2 ? Sandilands | Manitoba Cycling Association

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    On an unrelated note, is Brandon Hills rideable yet?

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