Mountain Bike Trail Conditions
Trail conditions are based on available regional weather data as a service to help riders decide whether to head for the trails. After periods of snow or heavy rain, local trail conditions may not match the most recent weather data. Please protect the trails by riding fire roads if single track trails are muddy. Mountain biking is an inherently hazardous activity and individual trails may include muddy or slippery sections or other difficult obstacles at any time.
Richmond Regional Ride Center
FOPSP and Richmond MORE are partnering with The Virginia Association for Parks, the DCR and the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) to build the Pocahontas leg of a massive new Ride Center in the Richmond region.
Ben Hedges and the Invasive Species task force (IVSquad) have prepared the Wisteria patch for herbicide spraying in late July. All mature stems have been cut and the ground is covered with dense regrowth. IVSquad will be directing their efforts at controlling other invasive species in the park. Details are posted in the meetup event posting in our Meetup site. This work is ideal for students of all ages who are looking for service projects. It can be scheduled flexibly and can accommodate teams from 2-3 up to 20 to 30. If you have a student interested in this service project or any others at the park, please contact us for more information.
Pocahontas Ride Video
"Lifting & Tilting"
IMBA's Doug Vinson recently explained the science behind our new trails. His description makes clear how fortunate we are to have IMBA on site.
"A lot of the modern, bike optimized trail that we build is done by what we refer to as "lifting and tilting". This is especially necessary on flat terrain to provide for drainage and a fun experience by cambering the trail tread. When we design the trail, we place pin flags in the ground where we envision the trail being. We also pin flag individual low spots and high spots in the terrain. The low spots become drains, this is where we borrow dirt. The higher spots usually become some sort of feature, be it a banked turn or a rise known as a roller.
First we scrape all organic materials off of the trail alignment with the skid steer. Then we dig holes 8-10 feet wide and 4 to 5 feet deep with the excavator in the low spots. We do this to get to the good, clay loam soil. This clay loam is placed on the trail alignment, all in one smooth action with the excavator. The skid steer comes back and shapes and spreads the soil. The hole the excavator dug is shaped to appear more natural looking, then filled with the spoils-all the organic matter that got scraped off. This leaves a shallow depression. The trail in the immediate area is shaped in such a way that rainfall will drain into the depression, and not stay on the trail."
Leave Your Mark on the Park!
Construction of more than 20 miles of new mountain biking trails as part of the Richmond Regional Ride Center project is underway. This creates an unprecedented opportunity to leave your mark on the Park!
Between September 1 and the end of 2014, we will be holding 14 trail work days. You can leave your mark by volunteering, by organizing your company or service group to volunteer for a whole day, or by sponsoring trail construction by donating directly to the Richmond Regional Ride Center.
To sign up and volunteer please visit our meetup site.
If you can't make to one of the events, you can still leave your mark by donating to the Ride Center project.
Monty McNeil Launches a new Platform for Scouts
Long time volunteer and Scouter Monty McNeill is taking Eagle Scout project opportunities to the next level by providing a single contact point for Park-related projects. Monty and his team have created a complete list of opportunities for Scouts to consider and the Friends of Pocahontas are backing him up with funds for materials and equipment to help Scouts be at their best.
Already we've had Scouts work on trail features, build benches, add bike racks, design information kiosks and more!
If you have an Eagle Scout who is interested in one or more of these projects, please contact us here.
Here's the list: