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.

The New Trail in Town

The New Trail in Town

The Disciples of Dirt have had a busy fall, winter and spring working in partnership with the Willamalane Park and Recreation District to develop new mountain bike trails in Thurston Hills. More than one hundred forty volunteers participated in at least one of the many trailwork days that have brought new trail to the edge of Springfield.

DOD contributed 1,900 volunteer hours to this project and raised $27,000 which includes a whopping $20,000 grant from REI. Willamalane has been a great partner, allowing the Disciples to propose and build trails beyond those originally planned. We are extremely grateful to REI and our other sponsors for their support as well as all businesses and individuals who have contributed funds over the years towards the goal of more local singletrack. As the old saying goes, it takes a village to build a trail!

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.
DOD Puts the Finishing Touches on Lawler

DOD Puts the Finishing Touches on Lawler

We had 30 volunteers show up on a drizzly Saturday in the Willamette National Forest. A variety of projects and tasks were undertaken including crib wall construction, tread restoration/drainage and enhancements, as well as a culvert installation. Tacovore, Oakshire and Planktown provided refreshments at the end of the day and a huge chocolate cake brought by club member Pokie-Jim was devoured. It was a fun/wet/wonderful day in the woods! Thanks to all of our amazing volunteers and sponsors for making it happen. More pictures over on Facebook.

 

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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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