Workday Season Begins- Saturday 11/3/2007

After what seems like an unusually long break, GORC workdays are beginning for the Fall. First up is Greensfelder, where we'll continue to work on an extension of the DeClue Trail which will eventually eliminate any need to ride the bridle path between the radio tower and the Roundhouse parking lot. We'll meet at the Radio Tower Parking off of Allenton Rd. at 9 am. As usual, food and a ride will follow. Further details are on the GORC Forum. Information on upcoming workdays can also be found there.

Burnin' at the Bluff Volunteers

Another Burnin' at the Bluff has come and gone, and by all accounts, was one of the best ever. One of the reasons everything ran so smoothly was because of the behind the scenes work done by the GORC Volunteers shown in the picture. They had to deal with a lot of things that most of us don't think about-- sweaty, yucky batons, having lights shined in their faces, semi-coherent racers wanting to know their lap times, and they were always friendly and eager to help. A big thanks to Mari, Lisa, Barb, Steph, Josh & Tammie, and Bryan for spending the whole day doing everything. Scott Whitaker, Steve Smith, Mike Dunston, Jared Rosson & Craig Seibert also patrolled the course for the entire 12 hours.

Southern Illinois Fat Tire Festival

Our old friend, and former GORC member, Brett Billings is putting together this bash at beautiful Lake Glendale near Vienna, IL on Oct. 26-28, 2007. If you've never been down to Southern Illinois, you'll probably be in for a big surprise with the rocky nature of the trails down there. All of the details, including registration info are listed at the Bike Surgeon's website.

Brett promises that this is going to be a much bigger event than the one some of us attended 3 years ago. It looks like there will be more attention to some riding on the eastern side of the Shawnee, so hopefully it won't be a whole day spent searching for the elusive "John Deere Trail". It will also give SMBA a chance to show off all of the hard work they've done improving the trails on the west side.