Thursday, March 17, 2016

State of the Dirt 2016

Back to dirt!
Trail Maintenance Thursday Tonight at Leaders Park. 6-7:30.
It's been a while since we've given our members/volunteers and followers a comprehensive update.
Over the past few years our core efforts have been maintaining Leaders Park and improving the existing trail. During 2015 we signed a new usage agreement with the City of Sioux Falls for Leaders Park that is good through 2020 with an option for extension through 2025. The future of your existing trail is secure.
Also during 2015, FAST started work on a new proposal to build new and maintain existing rogue trail along the Big Sioux River and more specifically Yankton Trail Park, West Tomar Park and Tomar Park. We're happy to announce that a new usage agreement is in place for FAST to do so in Yankton Trail Park and West Tomar Park. Our proposal for Tomar Park was not approved as there's pending activity and a proposal with the Disc Golf Association for that property. Some of you likely helped ride in a nice fat bike snow trail this winter in that location where we had proposed to build trail.
Here's a fly-over of 2016 plans so far:
Yankton Trail - There's rogue trail that is fun to ride between the bike trail and the river. Our plan is to add trail where there's space and improve and maintain existing trail. The result will be over a mile of new, directional single track with some areas of two track / two way trail. It's a tight corridor and our plan is to maximize the space and create something everyone can enjoy.
Tomar West (just east of Minnesota Ave.) - Another chunk of dirt that begs for a combination of single track and a skills course with obstacles etc. Still finalizing plans on this section. More to come.
Leaders Park - Continue maintenance, repairs and erosion control as needed. We're currently working to rebuild or replace one of the broken ladder bridge obstacles.
Our Social Media Posts have indicated we'll need volunteers for current and future projects.
We will have Trail Maintenance Thursday at Leaders Park tonight (3-17-16) from 6-7:30. Trail marking has started at Yankton Trail Park from the Minnesota Ave. trail head and we'll be calling for volunteers soon when we can establish some build dates. Volunteer SWAG is in the works and we'll have a limited number of Trail Crew shirts and gloves coming to maintenance and build sessions this year.
Member Meeting - FAST would like to hold a member meeting and open house in April to connect with the local trail user community and discuss current and future opportunities. Dates/Time TBD. Stay tuned for updates.
IMBA Meeting - FAST, along with other regional organizers will be meeting with our Region Director from the International Mountain Bike Association in early April. IMBA and FAST both stand to learn and share information about current development and future opportunities in and around Sioux Falls. We'll share what we learn at our member meeting.
Recently, FAST added a new board member at large, Ron Paul Dezell, whose passion and hard work have made a big difference over the last few years as a member and now board member of FAST.
Falls Area Single Track Board Members are:
Adam Weischedel
Brad Blomberg
Ben Blomberg
Bob Solomon
Mike Christensen
Ron Paul Dezell
Did you get this same info via email earlier today? If not fill out this form and we'll get you on our list. https://docs.google.com/…/1nt5mB6h-14VPYMejXw6VJ0…/viewform…

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Global Fatbike Day Ride

We're meeting December 5 at 11am at Beef 'O' Brady's and going for a ride.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thanks to some hard work by our volunteers and board members, Leaders Park is riding really well right now. Some of us were making laps last night and enjoyed the new bermed corners and added bridge on the bypass.

 No trail maintenance tonight but we hope to regroup next week for a session! Again, big thanks to our volunteers - Ron, Mike, Brandon, Ryan, Ben, Bob, Adam among others.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Trail Maintenance Thursday

Hello FAST Friends and Volunteers...

There will be Trail Maintenance Thursday @ 6pm at Leaders Park this week 6/25/15.

Here's what we want to do: Trim back growth on West side of the park on all loops

Meet at the sign/kiosk at trail head near community garden.

Volunteers welcomed and appreciated. We'd suggest long pants, gloves and safety glasses.

Thanks!

Friday, March 20, 2015

The First Day of Spring!

Unfortunately it's still a little too wet to ride out at Leaders Park. Please give the trails time to dry out as the frost continues to work its way out of the ground. A quick walk of the park last night reminded us that even with the warm and windy conditions this spring we'll all need to be patient. Some parts are totally dry and other sections still have, ah, snow.


Riding wet trails leaves ruts behind that have to be repaired. It could be another week-to-ten-days before things are dry enough.

 

Trail Maintenance Sessions

FAST is planning to start with Thursday night trail maintenance sessions next week, weather permitting. We'll keep you posted on schedule, timing and plans.
 

Bike Swap A Success

Thanks to all vendors and supporters of the Sioux Falls Bike & Gear Swap last Sunday! We had a full room at the Downtown Holiday Inn and raised funds to keep FAST moving forward. The next swap is tentatively scheduled for March/April 2017!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Sioux Falls Bike & Gear Swap 2015





VENDOR INFORMATION:

Howdy! Here is the pertinent information regarding the Sioux Falls Bike & Gear Swap 2015!

New this time around is this swap isn't just for bikes and bike related stuff...it's open to anyone looking to sell/buy outdoor gear...bikes, tents, jackets, skis, climbing equipment, water sports stuff, you get the idea. Anyone can sell stuff at the swap.

Tables are $25 up to and including the day of the event. lf you want to sell some stuff but don’t have that much you are welcome to find others to team up with. You work it out amongst yourselves. Or, let me know if you need, say, half a table and I’ll put you in contact with others such that you may share the table space and cost.

Your table registration gets you a 8 foot x 3 foot table, some chairs, and two admissions to the event. You may get as many tables as you’d like sorry, no discounts for multiple tables. lf you have complete bikes to sell, they will be sold from the Bike Corral. The Bike Corral will be just that a Corral in which you’ll put the bike. YOU must keep an eye on it. The $10 fee for the Corral gets your bike in there and one admission. Each additional bike to sell will be an additional $5. NOTE: IF YOU HAVE A TABLE, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SELL A COMPLETE BIKE IN THE CORRAL. YOU MAY SELL IT FROM YOUR TABLE OR PARK THEM IN THE CORRAL AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE.

This year there are around 30 tables for sale. They will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open for set up at 10:00 AM. The Swap proper will start at 12:00 PM. You don’t have to be there at 10:00 AM if you don’t need two hours to set up. Which table you get will be determined on a first to get there, first to pick basis. The exception is if you buy multiple tables. lf you do that, we'll pick your tables and reserve them for you and can work with you as to which tables if you wish or care.

Admission to this event is $5 per person and younger kids are free. All proceeds from this year’s Swap will go to Falls Area SingleTrack in our continuing quest to maintain singletrack within the city.

Click the link above to pay for tables with a credit card via PayPal.

PayPal-er’s can send money directly to fallsareasingletrack@gmail.org

Contact Adam Weischedel adam.weischedel@gmail.com or Brad Blomberg brad@m-1.com to reserve a table or with any questions. Thanks!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Annual Spring Cleanup

Saturday was our annual spring cleanup day. A couple handfuls of people walked the trail with garbage bags and picked up any litter and refuse that was visible.

Thank you garbage pickers!


Adam found and captured Dora, who seems to have gotten lost on her latest adventure.


In the end the yield was pretty satisfying. I think Leaders Park should get a prize for biggest littered objects.


When the work was complete the group gathered back at the trailhead and enjoyed a stack of donated Dominos pizza.

The singletrack is in great shape. The reroute at the north end is amazing and the spur out to Homestead is nearly complete.

It's going to be a nice year of urban singletracking.