The Disciples of Dirt Mountain Bike Club (DOD) boasts members from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond, but we focus our efforts within Oregon’s Southern Willamette Valley, where the club was founded and the majority of our membership live and ride. Club members share a high level of passion for mountain biking and the DOD is well known within the cycling world for being stewards of our local trails and champions for improved trail access for cyclists.

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DOD is always in need of volunteers for trail work, events, communication, and more. Please sign up HERE, and tell us about your skills and interests.

Disciples of Dig

The 2016/2017 trailwork season is over and the numbers are in. DOD volunteers reported over 2,800 hours clearing and maintaining our local trails. Last winter saw an emphasis on clearing trails as our workers logged overtime … literally logging out dozens of trees and hundreds of  branches that fell during the December 2016 ice storm. DOD also began working with Willamalane in Springfield to develop mountain bike and multi-use trails in the Thurston Hills. We finally broke ground and expect to make a big push on building more new trails out there in the upcoming year.

We’d like to thank our hard working volunteers for giving back to the trails we all love to ride. A huge shout-out goes to Peter O’Toole, DOD’s Trailwork Coordinator for organizing and leading the work crews. Although most would agree that building and improving trails is its own reward, DOD’s Trailwork Rewards Program recognizes volunteers who contribute at least 25 hours a year. So come on out and join us! Digging in the dirt and meeting new people to ride bikes with is a great way to spend the day. Check the DOD calendar for upcoming work parties.
You won’t believe how many people showed up for Trail Work on Lawler!

You won’t believe how many people showed up for Trail Work on Lawler!

We had 30 workers signed in. A variety of projects and tasks were undertaken including crib wall construction,tread restoration/drainage and enhancements, and culvert installation. Tacovore, Oakshire and Planktown refreshments  after the day, and a big chocolate desert cake brought by club member Pokie-Jim was devoured. Fun/Wet/Wonderful day in the woods. Thanks to all our volunteers and sponsors! More pictures over on Facebook.

 

All Comer’s Meet XIII

All Comer’s Meet XIII

Our biggest event of the year was another huge success! On January 15, 2017 we gathered at the Carpenter Bypass (Whypass) parking lot to share in social time, group rides, food, fun, and more!

A Review from a First-Time ACM Attendee

As a novice mountain biking human and for it also being my first time to the whypass trail system, ACM 2017 was a wonderful time!

I carpooled with a good friend group out to the site, got bikes ready to roll and headed down to find an inviting scene at the trail head. Groups of same skilled riders were departing in groups from the “party lot.” Folks were friendly and the signs with the trail names was very useful to orient myself to the area at large.

Most importantly, we rode bikes. Other folks encountered on the trails were helpful and friendly with their trail etiquette. I was astounded that even though the ice and snow storms had clearly decimated the area recently, all the trails I rode were open and in terrific shape, albeit frozen.

I returned to find a pizza feast, warming fire, warmer smiles and cold local brew! By looking and commenting on others’ bikes I was introduced to some members of DOD and thanked them for having us to “their” impressive MTB party. I procured tickets for the raffle and then rode a sweet trek MTB what really made me want to ride more of this amazing location. The trek remedy is GREAT!

The day was winding down and my legs were tired. The beautiful day and new friends had gotten me very excited to go again and help in the future with trail building and riding more in the area.

Thanks for the great experience and sweet party!

Wow! It’s so great to see new people joining in the mountain biking fun! It reminds us why we do what we do. Digging trails, organizing events, and supporting a great community is what it’s all about.

We hope to see you next time!

 

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There are tons of great reasons to join the Disciples of Dirt.  Whether it’s to help protect and improve local mountain biking trail access, member rewards program or even helping cover our events. How could one argue with that!

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