Social Ride Wednesday

Our first group ride of the season is Wed June 1. We will meet at the Kinsmen Park/Trowbridge Falls parking lot, and head out onto the trails at 6:30pm. Typically, we split up into groups of similar ability so no one is left waiting or falling behind. The session will be led by experienced Blacksheep members familiar with the Shuniah/Centennial trail system. This is a great chance to discover trails and learn riding skills. There is no fee, but you must be a Blacksheep member to participate.

XC #1 Course

XC #1 Results

Our first race of the year is coming up Wednesday May 25th (that’s this coming Wednesday)! Registration starts at 6 PM with the race beginning at 7. THIS IS NOT OUR SPRING OPENING FESTIVAL! That will be on Sunday June 5th. This is only one of the new things we’re trying this year.

YOU MUST BE A MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE! Registration is open and available on our website.

Wednesday’s race course is as follows:

Lambateur:
The course will follow the perimeter of Kinsmen Park with a few added twists and turns.
Sport (Darker green segments on map indicate the differences between Sport and Advanced/Elite course):
  • Start along the gravel path and head to the bridge.
  • Cross the bridge and turn right. Follow the Yellow trail along the river and then climb up the hill on the Blue trail
  • Take the first bypass but don’t take the second one. Continue on the Blue trail to the connector trail and turn left to Adventure trail.
  • Follow Adventure trail to the hydro corridor and to the Upper 2K trail.
  • Follow Upper 2K to the other end and cross back over into Centennial Park.
  • Turn right and fly (with control and  caution) down Hydro Hill.
  • At the bottom, turn left on to Red trail and follow it to the first connector on to Yellow trail.
  • Follow Yellow trail for a short way until the next connector back on to Red trail. Follow it until the next connector back on to Yellow trail.
  • Continue on Yellow to bridge and turn right to cross the river and finish. One lap.
Advanced/Elite (Red curve on the attached map):
  • Start along the gravel path and head to the bridge.
  • Cross the bridge and turn right. Follow the Yellow trail along the river and then climb up the hill on the Blue trail.
  • Take the first bypass but don’t take the second one. Continue on the Blue trail to the connector trail to Adventure trail.
  • Pay close attention here! Turn right and take the trail a short way to where it crosses the Adventure trail and turn left. Follow the adventure up the rocky climb and up to Hilltop.
  • Turn on to Hilltop and follow it to the hydro corridor.
  • Turn right and fly down the hill (with reckless abandon, you’re all big boys and girls!) to Road to Hell.
  • Climb Road to Hell and turn right to descend Green Mile.
  • Turn right on to Stranger (used to be 1K) and follow it to Cassandra.
  • Follow Cassandra to Crossover, turning left to Upper 2K.
  • Follow Upper 2K to the other end and cross back over into Centennial Park.
  • Pay close attention here!  Go straight across on to the single track that runs beside Hydro Hill. (Not quite as much reckless abandon on this one!)
  • At the bottom, turn left on to Red trail and follow it to the first connector on to Yellow trail.
  • Follow Yellow trail for a short way until the next connector back on to Red trail. Follow it until the next connector back on to Yellow trail.
  • Continue on Yellow to bridge. Go straight to lap or turn right to cross the river and finish.
  • Advanced 2 laps, Elite 3 laps. 6.2KM per lap

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See you on Wednesday!

Grand Chasm & Ontario Summer Games

We have some big announcements for you, so listen up!

Firstly, the Grand Chasm is OFFICIALLY open. We mean it this time.  Thanks for everyone’s patience during the fence construction.  The Blacksheep would like to thank the City of Thunder Bay Parks and Open Spaces Section for their help with getting this project completed.  Although we lost a sweet ridge line, we hope the new trail section will put a smile on your face!  Thanks again to the Blacksheep who put in the extra time to get the reroute opened as soon as possible. We’ve got a long weekend of beautiful weather ahead of us, so get out there and shred it!

Next, the Ontario Summer Games are coming up and Blacksheep has put in an Expression of Interest to represent Thunder Bay at the 2016 Ontario Summer Games August 11-14th 2016. OSG Mountain Biking will be held over 2 days and have athletes 14-17 years old: Male 14-16, Female 14-17 as of Dec 31/2016.  The posted venue is the Albion Hills Conservation area.  Each athlete will compete in a mass start XC race, individual time trial, and team relay .  The Blacksheep team is expected to have 1 female and 3 male riders.

Team practices will be held from the end of May until the event date in August.  Team selection will be based on early Blacksheep XC race results, SSSAA MTB race results, and commitment to the event.

The OSG is a great introduction to higher level MTB racing.  Our past experiences have been very positive, and it provides a great opportunity to network with other riders and try out some trails down south!

An information/planning meeting will be held immediately following Blacksheep’s first XC event on  May 25 (~9pm) at Trowbridge Park.  A number of you have already indicated interest…be sure to attend this meeting.  If you cannot attend, but want to be considered please contact Paul at 767-1860 or inkila@confederationc.on.ca

Happy riding!

Get out there and ride!

The announcement you’ve all been waiting for:
The trails are dry and open for riding!
**Insert thunderous applause**
But what could be an even better announcement than that?
THE GRAND CHASM TRAIL WILL OFFICIALLY BE REOPENED SOON (just awaiting the completion of some final paperwork)!
We’d like to thank a few individuals for making this long-awaited dream a reality, specifically your Vice President Mark Maranzan, Trail Development Chair Jeremy Goth, Member at Large Matt Pavlik, Cross Country Director Gerald Hamm, Shawn Andes, and everyone else who stepped in to lend a hand.

Our first official race is coming up on May 25th at Kinsmen Park; registration at 6 PM with the race beginning at 7. Stay tuned to find out the course!

Trail Conditions

Hey everyone! We know you’ve been aching to get on to the trails, but the reality is that a lot of our trails are still waterlogged in places and riding them now will damage them for the up and coming summer. At this point in the season, no one will be breaking any land speed records or getting Strava KOMs; so please take it easy on any softer sections you come across if you are intent on riding! Everyone should read about the current trail conditions here before heading out, regardless of where you’re riding. The forecast is calling for rain within the coming days, so if the heavy rainfall does hit, please give the trails some time to dry out before riding them again.

See you soon!

 

Trail Conditions!

If you haven’t been out for a ride around recently, it’s a pleasant mix of snow, mud, ice, and debris. In other words, the exact conditions that tend to degrade our trail system when people ride at this point in the year. To help us have 5 months of good riding ahead of us, and to save hundreds of man-hours of work by the trail committee, we are asking everyone to stay out of Shuniah for the time being. Thanks so much everyone (you’ll thank us in a month or two when the really good riding comes along!)

Paradis Classic: Saturday May 7th!

Greetings flock!

Our first event of the season is coming up quick! For those that aren’t aware of the Paradis Classic, it’s a gravel road ride to get everyone excited for the upcoming season. It’s not a race, but it’s a whole lot of fun and a great way to emerge from hibernation! Here’s what you need to know:

  • Ride starts at 10 AM from 885 Harstone Drive in Stanley (Please park on the side of the road)
  • Choose from either a 30 km gravel/paved  or a 10 km out and back course
  • BBQ will be held shortly after the ride

YOU MUST BE A REGISTERED MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE! Early bird registration ends April 30th (that’s THIS COMING SATURDAY) at midnight.

We look forward to seeing you out there!

2016 SCHEDULE IS ONLINE!

YOUR LONG AWAITED SCHEDULE IS HERE!
Because we’re trying to do things a little bit differently this season, getting this schedule out has taken a little extra time. You can check it out here, but note that it is subject to change as our bigger events are still in the planning! Also:
MEMBERSHIP IS ONLINE AND THE EARLY BIRD DEADLINE IS ONLY 4 DAYS AWAY! Register before May 1st and use that money you save to fix your bike!

EXPO 2016

If you haven’t been keeping up with our road-biking allies, the Thunder Bay Cycling Club will be hosting their annual EXPO on Tuesday April 12th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Come on down to Superior C.V.I (333 High Street North) to chat with our fearless vice-leader Mark and his trusty side kick to tell you about the huge things we have planned for this season.
Oh, and a quick side note: they usually draw names for door prizes, and we all know how much you like prizes.

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