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Quarry Trails Are Open

Please use caution with all the leaf cover and have a safe ride. There is a tree  hanging across Monolith after the first big climb. Thanks

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Last Updated (Friday, 21 November 2014 10:07)

 

We are extremely pleased to announce the City of Fredericksburg has approved our proposal to build an approximate twelve mile, stacked-loop, mountain bike specific, trail system on the land around the Motts Run Reservoir! We have begun construction and we will be starting on the second Saturday of every month to hold a larger trail workday/event for any volunteers that want to come. We will have food, drinks, music provided :) For any other trail work days of course see the event calendar below.

 

MOTTS! The park is closed for winter so we will need to keep the front gate locked except when we are coming or going.  This means it is important to either meet at the designated time or contact us to arrange for someone to meet you at the gate and let you through. All Meeting times are at 9am unless otherwise specified

Month

Date

Leader

Details

Contact

November

15th

Jay

8:30am - Motts Reservoir. Meet at main gate. Work until about 1pm.

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29th

 

 

 

December

13th

Steve

9am Motts Reservoir Trail work

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27th

 

 

 

January

10th

David

9am Trail Work & Cookout at Motts Reservoir

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25th

 

 

 

February

14th

David

9am Trail Work & Cookout at Motts Reservoir

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28th

 

 

 

March

14th

David

9am Trail Work & Cookout at Motts Reservoir

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28th

 

 

 

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Hello all.

Having served as FATMUG president since the organization’s inception, I’ve frequently been amazed by just how rewarding, and how challenging, the role can be.

Serving as president has allowed me to meet some phenomenally great people, working with many of you side-by-side swinging tools at the dirt, conceptualizing new trail design or staying up far too late hashing out the details of how best to express to the City government, the value mountain bikers bring to the Fredericksburg community.  Working together, we have made great strides in preserving and protecting bicycle access to off road trails in the Fredericksburg area.  That’s the mission after all!

Of course there have been many struggles along the way too.  I know I've hurt some feelings and stepped on toes over the past six years and for that I apologize.  However my love and passion for the trails and mountain biking have always been the decision making drivers.

In recalling these experiences I’m pleased to announce to you the recent election of FATMUG’s new president David Garrison!  I’m excited for David to relish the high points of working with all of you as I have during my tenure.  I’m confident he has the vision and ability to lead FATMUG into the future, and with projects on the horizon which will double the mileage of local sweet singletrack, the future looks great!

Thank you all for your help and support through the past six years, and please join me in congratulating David and supporting his efforts to lead the Fredericksburg off-road trail using community to bigger and better times.

Sincerely,

 

Stephen Craig

 

 

 

 

 

We were contacted in early September by an engineering firm who is working with VDOT to conduct an environmental assessment of potential impacts to social and environmental factors that may occur as a result of proposed improvements to the Interstate 95 corridor in the Fredericksburg area.  See the following map and letter for background.  Hopefully by letting VDOT know where our trails are and how much we value them, the trails will be spared during future construction/expansion of roadways. Thanks to Rob Maple for helping send these folks trail location data.

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Grading work and storm water run-off control work on the old quarry road is now complete.  We offer a huge thank you to the City's Public Works department for taking care of this!  The improvements they made should eliminate the large volume of fast-flowing water down the road which was eating away at the upstream end of Scout trail.  Past damage is significant in that area but we're hopeful it stays in the past.  You may also notice that many of the orange clay mud-slick puddles under the 95 overpass area are vastly improved from this project.  Thanks again Public Works!

 

FATMUG's annual Board of Directors meeting was held on September 15th.  We welcome back to the Board Jay Dunn, Jason Syverson and Shaun Melendy.  Congratulations (and thank you for volunteering) to newly installed officers Jason - Secretary and Shaun - Treasurer.

 

 

Andrew Thorpe created this detailed "Courtland Trails" Booklet. So if you run, bike walk the trails near Courtland or just a little curious about it please check it out.  Courtland Booklet

 

1. Maintain the integrity of existing trails.

2. Identify areas for improvement on existing trails and execute sound practices to reduce impact on surrounding environment.

3. Design and construct trails to minimize both risk of user harm and environmental impact from all reasonably anticipated trail use for life of trail.

4. Solicit guidance from local historians to design, construct and/or modify trails that provide low impact access to cultural and historical features and landmarks.

5. Repair trail damage resulting from severe weather events, fallen trees, debris and improper trail use (ex. muddy surface riding, unauthorized re-routes, etc.).

6. Educate trail users, especially cyclists, on proper trail use etiquette.

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