Sunday, October 23, 2011

Newest Downed Trees Removed

All trees on the 'race' loop have been removed. The trails are in terrific shape. Get out there before the cold, wetness comes a-stompin'

Monday, October 3, 2011

October First Sunday Ride Had Large Turnout

It's great to see so many new faces out at Greensfelder. GORC's ongoing First Sunday ride at Greensfelder spearheaded by Steve Smith continues to gain momentum. At least 15-20 riders showed at high noon to ride almost 12 miles of singletrack.

It's a no-drop ride format and we stop 3-4 times during the ride to allow everyone to regroup. First Sunday is a great way to meet new bike friends, meet some people from GORC and generally have a grand ol' time.

You don't even have to be a member of GORC to join us on the ride, but we hope you'll reconsider after having a blast on the ride :-).

Monday, September 26, 2011

First GF Workday Fall 2011 in Books

Dozens of volunteers worked the dirt of Northern Green Rock inside Greensfelder this past Saturday. The trail is being rerouted off private property and back onto Greensfelder property. The new reroute will be sustainable in design and offer both technical hillside features and flowy dirt singletrack.

I don't have any spy photos available yet so you won't be able to see or handiwork unless you trek into the deep recesses of the park. At least two more workdays will be required to potentially open this piece up. With your help, we could speed the process up.

Hope to see you at the next workday November 12th. In the meantime head to a workday at one of your other favorite spots to ride. Keep tabs on the homepage.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Park Is Solidly Ripping

The weather has been exceptionally dry this year so do what you know you should be doing: Ride Greensfelder!

All the downed trees have been removed and the trails are riding nicely.

See you out there.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Trees over Trail Removed

All significant logs across the trails (except one on Dogwood) have been removed. Now you don't have to hop over massive trees, well, except one.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Trails are Dialed

The Dogwood and Declue trails are dry, dusty and fast. There are a few trees down but some are hoppable while others do need the chop saw. If you thought Greensfelder was always a janked-up mess of horse ruts then you owe it to yourself to head out there over Labor Day weekend. It's all good.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Good Summer So Far

Well, yes, the blog doesn't get as much love as it should but that's because we are always riding and thinking about the trails. This summer has been a great one so far and the Greensfelder trails have been exceptionally great thus far.

The singletrack tread is as buff as ever considering its multi-use status and the fact that the rains have been few and far between have also helped keep the tread less choppy. We're still on the look out for the person(s) removing trail rocks and features that are natural to the hillsides of Greensfelder. You wouldn't dig holes over at Creve Coeur because it was too 'tame', would you? Same holds for sanitizing a natural surface trail in West St. Louis county - let nature be.

See you on the trails and at a fall workday.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Greensfelder Challenge Recap and Gallery

Well, it's finally up. I managed to write up a short, accurate(?) piece on the Greensfelder Challenge on our blog and post up a few photos from Lisa's camera. If you have links to any other online galleries, shoot them to seamonkey on the message board.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Course Marked. Shred On!

With only a few days before the race this Saturday be sure to get on out there if you haven't yet. The trails are fast and as 'buff' as Greensfelder gets!

This is the last post before the big day so here's a recap.

+Beer on hand from Schlafly
+BBQ by Jeff Rippelmeyer (remember the awesome BBQ from last year? Yup, again!!!!)
+7.4 mile course
+Rigid forks are stupid but fun out there
+EQUESTRIANS always have the right of way - even on race day! Please remember this. Be nice.
+The rocks are rocky
+The dirt is flowy
+The creeks are wet
+The hills still continue to hurt
+Bring money
+Bring your fun-time personality
+A few people will be on the course to guide/offer aid
+Start/Finish at the VISITOR's Center (this is, if you're counting, the third lot from 6 Flags)
+The first rocky descent is scary when fast. Stay on the bike to continue having fun.
+The second rocky descent (Deer Run section) is faster and maybe scarier. Again, stay upright.
+To get some amazing BBQ finish your race quickly.
+Notice how much better this park has become in four years with our constant tinkering/construction
+Think how much more fantastic it will be every year thereafter. With your help!
+See you soon.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Course is dialed

The course has been prepped and the rains have ceased. The course is ready to ride today and is drying nicely.

Some of us plan to ride some laps around 5:30 meeting at the visitor's center.

See you soon!

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Next weekend!!!

It's running up on us fast like a state trooper on 44!!

Let us know if you can help volunteer on the message board. We can use the help to make sure this thing goes off majorly supremo.

The trails will probably be ready to roll around Sunday. Reports are stating it's drying nicely but whole stretches are still too muddy to ride.

Let's hope for no rain this weekend!!!!!

More to follow.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ten Days till the GF Race

Only ten days left and Mother Nature is making sure she keeps you on your toes. No training off-road till race day! Just kidding, I'm sure the rain will stop soon enough...

We're hoping to get some good food at the event and crossing our fingers for great weather.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Looking Like A Wet Week

It's looking pretty solid that Greensfelder will be but a passing daydream in many rider's heads this week as the rain continues to wetten the area. You can always ride the trainer, right? I thought so.

I wouldn't either.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Course is Rippin'

I finally got to ride the course in its full glory and it will be terrific. The new addition of singletrack will NOT let you recover as you make your way to the bottom of Eagle Valley. When you turn left up the gravel you will soon realize this isn't the highway speed slalom down EV like last year.

No, it's a mild sap-sucking gravel ascent to a 3/4 mile singletrack climb that is both beautiful and soul-crushing. It will appear to be innocent enough but after two or three laps it will begin to show its true face.

Don't fall off the edge, ok?

The course is in fine shape. All reports of equestrian damage are exaggerated and are probably coming from the riders who visit Greensfelder just to train for this race.

It seems to be as fast as last year.

please use your energy to remove fallen limbs, trees, rollercoaster riders from 6 Flags and move them off the trail. Leave roots alone. They are ALIVE, they add soul!

But let's not make it that fast!!!!!!

There are enough EASY parks to ride in St. Louis. Please DO NOT REMOVE THE PIECES OF AWESOME THAT MAKE UP THIS PARK'S SOUL.

Someone appears to have been grinding a chainsaw, saw, chainring, ginzu knife on this classic 15+ year old feature on the trail approaching the monkey heads (ahem, and THOSE have been stolen in the past year).

It looks like someone want a notch to run their tires past so they can go faster and win all the while hoping that all the rest of the racers will magically not know what to do with said notch. Probably ride around it?

Again, course is rippin' but PLEASE don't rip the course. This is a 'technical' park for the people. Leave it and Chubb alone. That's the purpose of Creve Couer, Bangert, etc.

Get out there and ride!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

2011 Course Improvements

We've been busy since the 2010 race working on improvements to the course, as well as other trails in the park. Here's what you'll see that's different from last year, in order, assuming you're riding the course route counterclockwise:

- rerouted/reworked three turns as you descend the big hill going down into the valley on the backside of DeClue.
- did our best to repair the damage from someone pulling out rocks on the monkey head section.
- finished the two switchbacks on DeClue on the north side of the hill below the radio tower.
- designed and built a new section of trail after you cross the Scenic Loop road, which will eventually take you all the way to the bottom and the junction with the Eagle Valley trail. We had hoped to have this open for the race, but a low turnout at the last workday prevented us from finishing everything. We still hope to have it usable though.
- armored wet spots on the singletrack (southwestern) section of Eagle Valley. We weren't able to use this last year because of these muddy spots.
- continued maintenance of Dogwood, and DeClue to try to keep them in top shape.

The start/finish has been moved to the Visitors Center, and with all of the improvements, the course will be mostly singletrack, except for the doubletrack path from the start to the radio tower, and the 0.25 mile section of Eagle Valley as you turn left after descending Deer Run.

Remember to build your trail karma by helping out at GORC workdays.
Have fun, and good luck!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Greensfelder Challenge 2011

Once again this blog has shifted focus from general information to detailed information about the fundraising race for GORC.

It's coming in just over a month. Look for updates soon.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Workday Success

Thanks to the 60 or so volunteers that came out today. We built a half mile of really nice trail. We actually did way more than I expected. I really appreciate everyone that came out and volunteered their time. Now we just need some dry weather so we can ride our mountain bikes.

There are a few spots that will need armoring which we will take care of April 9th. Until then, get out and walk or ride the new trail to start packing it in.

Check out the workday gallery.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Workday this Sunday

The new reroute of Deer Run and Greenrock is flagged in and ready to be built. This is the first 1/3 of a new 1.5 - 2 mile trail that will drop from the Scenic Loop road to the Eagle Valley doubletrack below.

It will be grand.

More details on the homepage.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Time to Respect the Thaw

Our snowy winter has ensured that The Thaw will be pronounced this year. Please take a moment to read how this impacts our trail systems and how you can avoid the high-maintenance issue of repairing damaged trails.

It's not a long read. Greensfelder is particularly vulnerable due to the potential equestrian usage. If you are an equestrian we ask that you forward this article to your friends and organizations so we may all enjoy terrific trails this summer.

Monday, February 7, 2011

More Snow on the Trails

Did I mention that St. Louis appears to be having a snowier winter than in the past 10 years? There's still snow on the trails.

You can attempt to ride them but PLEASE respect the freeze/thaw cycle. If you see that the trail is turning to mush or is wet then head back to the trailhead.

By doing so you will ensure that this coming year will be even better for Greensfelder. GORC has so much planned for this park it's slightly mind blowing.

Over and out.

Don't forget the Greensfelder Challenge race is coming in May. Stay tuned for more detailed as this website shift into "challenge" mode.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Snow Currently on the Trails

The trails were half-covered in snow but the sunshine is working hard to thaw it out. The bottom leg of the Eagle Valley singletrack is headed towards swamptown but the rest of the race loop for the most part is doing fine.

Be respectful of the freeze/thaw cycle as the ground is showing signs of tread damage in spots. The thawing heaves the ground and is particularly damaging when horses and bikes ride muddy, thawed singletrack.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

First 2011 Workday Coming late February

Greensfelder Workday - Trail Construction

Date: Sat, February 26th, 2010, 9am to 1pm (FREE LUNCH!) – Bike or Hike After!

Location: Greenfelder Park, St. Louis County

What: Our attention changes focus to developing new trail as we push North inside the park. We will be re-routing the Green Rock & Deer Run trails by combining them into a new, single trail. They will drop down from the Scenic road and ultimately connect with the Eagle Valley trail. This trail will be 1.5-2 miles of brand spanking new singletrack. Phase 1 of this project will be 0.5 mile hopefully completed before the Greensfelder Challenge MTB Race.

Where: Greensfelder Park, Allenton Rd. behind Six Flags (Park at Tower Lot)

Take Interstate 44 to the Allenton/Six Flags Exit 261. Go north on Allenton Rd, past the Six Flags entrance. Allenton Rd. bisects Greensfelder Park. Lunch will be afterwards at the Mueckerman Shelter located at the corner of Allenton and Hencken road.
(See for directions and details of the park)

What to bring: Gloves, Sturdy shoes, eye protection, and something to drink on the trail.

GORC & St. Louis County Parks provide: Trail building tools, instructions on trail building, and safety guidelines.

Please post below if you intend on coming for lunch count. If you post here there is no need to contact St. Louis County.