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.

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.

 

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!

 

New Trail Development in Thurston Hills

New Trail Development in Thurston Hills

Disciples of Dirt to Partner with Willamalane Park and Recreation District

Disciples of Dirt is extremely excited to share the following press release from Willamalane, the Springfield Parks and Recreation organization. We will have more exciting news and details to share as the project develops.

Willamalane Park and Recreation District (Willamalane) is excited to partner with the Disciples of Dirt to develop mountain bike trails in the Thurston Hills Natural Area.

Willamalane and the Disciples of Dirt were successful in obtaining $154,320 in grant funding from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s Recreational Trails Program for trail design and construction. The project will be supported with Disciples of Dirt’s pledge of over 1500 hours of volunteer work and $13,000 in cash, for a total project cost of $212,175 for trail design and construction in the Thurston Hills Natural Area. This project will be the first of several phases of trail design and construction in the Thurston Hills.

Willamalane anticipates beginning construction on the main trailhead and starting the trail design and construction in the summer of 2017. Presently the timeline for all of this work is in flux as we are in the process of obtaining all the proper land use approvals, permits and agreements before we can begin construction and start work on the trailhead and trails within the Thurston Hills. All of the land use approvals, permits, and agreements are not within Willamalane’s control and therefore we are subject to other agency and jurisdictions timelines and schedules.

Additional information is available at the  Willamalane website.

 

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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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