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.

Carpenter Bypass Logging Update

Carpenter Bypass Logging Update

As logging at Whypass continues, operations have moved north. Currently trees are being felled on both sides of Carpenter Bypass Road on SST and on HE above MorePlay. Loggers are done with the south end of the network (Alpha, Nine Yards, Your Sister etc.) but have yet to clear the debris and slash from the trails. The Gift and everything north of the South Staging Area down to the The Pile is open and clear. Donsled and Burial Ground are also open (look for a new fun line under construction connecting Sunset to Donsled). We are hoping for the south end trails to be cleared soon but in the meantime, you might have to use a little creativity to get in a workout. Don’t worry, it will all be over this spring when we will get ALL of our trails back to full shredability.

DOD/Willamalane partnership

Thurston Hills Natural Area nationally recognized for public-private partnerships

Coalition for Recreational Trails honored Willamalane at Oct. 22 event

Willamalane Park and Recreation District received a Tom Petri Recreational Trails Program Annual Achievement Award, recognizing outstanding use of recreational Trails Program funds nationwide. 

The Coalition for Recreational Trails presented the award at a virtual ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 22 with participation by award recipients and key trails champions, including members of Congress. Thurston Hills Natural Area was recognized, receiving the Public-Private Partnerships and Access to/Use of Public Lands award for its community partnerships while developing multi-use recreational trails.

“This project is a testament to what the community is capable of,” said Fraser MacDonald, Natural Resources Planner at Willamalane. More than 10 years ago, Rivers to Ridges included Thurston Hills Natural Area in its vision for a regional connected trail system for hikers, mountain bikers, and nature lovers. Beginning in 2017, Willamalane and the Disciples of Dirt mountain bike club partnered to develop the hiking and mountain biking trails. The Bureau of Land Management also collaborated to extend the trail system into their adjacent property. 

“The local mountain bike community has been advocating for decades to have mountain bike trails in the Eugene-Springfield metro area, and Thurston Hills is that place,” said Peter O’Toole, Trail Work Coordinator at Disciples of Dirt. The club contributed about 2,400 labor hours from 150 volunteers. They also raised and donated $26,000 in funds toward the completion of the project.

Representative Peter DeFazio, Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and supporter of Thurston Hills Natural Area, recorded a video to congratulate Willamalane at the award ceremony. “[The award] recognizes how incredible you are and how you can work with the diverse groups in the community and provide for us for a better recreational outdoor future for all Springfielders,” DeFazio said.

Details on the honored projects and programs as well as a link to viewing the awards ceremony are available at www.rectrails.org. A video on Thurston HIlls Natural Area and the collaboration with community partners is available here.

#McKenzie Strong

#McKenzie Strong

As everyone knows, the beautiful McKenzie River valley was devastated by fire on September 7th. None of the trails we love were affected, but the community that manages the trails was ripped apart. Currently only one school teacher in the area still has a home standing. Most Forest Service employees are displaced and lost their homes. Many folks lost everything and many of them do not have enough insurance to cover replacement costs. Please help the community get back on its feet by purchasing #McKenzieStrong clothing which will raise funds for the McKenzie Community Development Corp (CDC). Money from the fundraiser will assist in covering the cost of rebuilding starting with cleaning home sites to helping those who FEMA denies funding. The goal is to raise $50,000 (or more!). Please share this with as many people as you can. The web store (https://shop.spreadshirt.com/mckenzie-strong/) has short/long sleeve shirts, riding tops, hoodies, and hats for men, woman and kids in tons of different styles and colors.#McKenzieStrongFire photo by The Register Guard.

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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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