DUST2 Frozen Foot Fat Bike Race – Change of Date and Venue!

DUST2 Frozen Foot Fat Bike Race

DATE AND VENUE CHANGE: Hey everybody, we have changed the date and venue of our Frozen Foot Fat Bike Race!

The DUST2 Frozen Foot Fat Bike Race will be held Saturday, February 6 at 9:00am, located on the land behind the Springs Resort and Spa.

The DUST2 fat bike race is limited to 25 participants and registration is online only.

Participants will enjoy soaking passes, great prizes and tons of outdoor winter fun!

You won’t want to miss it!

For Fat Bike Race details and updates click here!
Fat bike race registration

5k run registration 
Volleyball registration
Nordic events registration

It’s Frozen Foot Fiesta Time!

Its time to get your skis waxed, your volleyballs inflated, your running shoes broken in, your old Christmas trees ready to burn and your fat tires pumped for the second annual Frozen Foot Fiesta!

DUST2 invites you to ring in the new year at the second annual Frozen Foot Fiesta hosted by The Springs Resort & SpaPagosa Nordic ClubThe Pagosa Climbing Initiative and DUST2 Wheel Club in partnership with Motel SOCO and Wolf Creek Trailblazers!

Join us for a weekend of outdoor fun including snowshoe races, cross country ski lessons, a moonlight ski social, snow volleyball, giant bonfire and a fat bike fun race to wrap up the weekend!

The DUST2 fat bike race is limited to 25 participants and registration is online only.

Participants will enjoy soaking passes, great prizes and tons of outdoor winter fun!

You won’t want to miss it!

For fat bike race details and updates click here!
Fat bike race registration 
5k run registration 
Volleyball registration
Nordic events registration

DUST2 / SJNF – Jackson Mtn Press Release

Developing Urban Single Track Trail and Team (DUST2) is exploring the possibility of developing a multi-use trail system in the Jackson Mountain area of the San Juan National
Forest. Preliminary discussions and field visits with Forest Service personnel have been promising, and while many uncertainties exist, DUST2 was recently awarded a grant by the
Archuleta Board of County Commissioners to assist in funding an environmental analysis that would be required if the project were taken into formal consideration.

We will continue to work with other partners and the U.S. Forest Service on this exciting endeavor, with the hope that a conceptual design of a trail network can be completed by next
summer and potentially be taken into formal consideration and analysis by the Forest Service in the not-too-distant future.

DUST2 is a volunteer-run, membership-based youth cycling and trail advocacy non-profit founded in 2016 by a group of locals who are passionate about trail advocacy and youth
cycling in Pagosa Springs. In the four years of its existence, DUST2 has run a successful youth cycling team program and has engaged both adult and youth volunteers in over 4,000
volunteer hours planning, building and maintaining single track trails on local public lands. We aim to instill in our community a sense of trail ownership and stewardship and promote the
sport of mountain biking through the planning, construction and maintenance of sustainable multi-use trail systems.

2020 Treasure Mountain Trail Partnership Project

Yellow Mcleod
 

Calling all volunteers!

2020 DUST2 Wheel Club Dig Where You Ride Forest Service Partnership Project: Installing critical switchbacks

*Our goal is to have 40 volutneers (10/day) sign up by Monday, July 27*

SIGN UP HERE!

WHAT: Whether you hike, bike or ride a horse, please join DUST2 for a four day trail building/restoration partnership project led byTyler Albers, Trails and Wilderness, San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District, and his trail crew, that will focus on installing critical switchback on the upper portion of the non-motorized Treasure Trail Connector. This is a 0.75 mile long section of trail connecting the continental divide trail (CDT) to FS 725 and onto the Treasure trail. This trial which was established last year allows riders to simply pull off the highway and park at Wolf Creek Pass, ride the CDT up to the Bonanza Lift, then drop down onto the Treasure Trail and provides mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders access to the Treasure Mountain Trail from FS Road 725, avoiding a 3 mile dirt road drive or ride to the trail head.

This years project will focus on the installation of critical switchbacks on the upper portion of the connector trail.

Volunteers can expect to hike a mile to the work site each day. Though you can anticipate some pretty arduous work days, the DUST2 wheel club will do it’s best to make if super fun and rewarding!

PROJECT MAP 

WHEN: Saturday, August 1-Wednesday, August 4, from 7:30am-5:30pm every day.

WHERE: Camp/staging area will be set up at the end of FS Road 725, work will done on the section of trail indicated in the bright yellow circle on the attached map file. You do not have to camp to join trail work days.

WHY: The Treasure Trail is the crown jewel of our area mountain bike trails. Seemingly endless miles of sweeping single-track descending 2000 vertical feet from Wolf Creek Pass down to the East Fork road.
The purpose of this project is to install critical switchbacks on the new connector trail thereby allowing for better and more aesthetic flow and continuity to the Treasure Mountain Trail.
Not only will this project increase ride-ability to this iconic trail, but it will be another important step toward solidifying a valuable trail-planning partnership with our local USFS district.
It is critical that the members of the Pagosa mountain bike community step up and show support for trail construction and expansion. Please Join us.

LOGISTICS: The DUST2 Wheel Club has accepted the challenge of providing 10 volunteers a day to join Tyler and his trail crew for this four day project. While it is our goal to have 10 people camp for all four days, HOWEVER, we realize that this may not be realistic, so we have broken the four work days into 40 volunteer slots to fulfill the same goal.

SIGN UP LINK

Trail Karma Month

Trail Karma Month

Trailforks launched Trail Karma Month on July 1st, a campaign to raise awareness and increase funding for trail associations and builders around the world. We wanted to reach out to all our associations and give a quick update.

WHAT IS TRAIL KARMA MONTH

We believe in the principle of cause and effect; that by supporting trail builders and associations we invest in the future of maintaining and growing the trails. In 2019 alone, Trail Karma raised over US$80,000 for organizations around the world. It provides a direct way for users to put 100% of their donation into trail associations and builders developing trail systems, and Trail Karma Month is our month long celebration where users can give back. We’ve partnered with some great brands who share our initiative, and are offering up a chance to win some cool prizes along the way.

WHEN – JULY 1-31. 2020

We are encouraging everyone to support DUST2 trails by donating via Trail Karma in July. Whether you mountain bike, hike, trail run, ride horses or even use something with a motor, users can donate to DUST2 between July 1st – 31st 2020 for a chance to win.

A minimum donation of $5 will be required.

Trail Karma points will be awarded to a donor via Trailforks; each point will equal one entry. On August 1st. 2020, we will host a random draw for prizing.

This year DUST2 is raising funds for a NEPA analysis for our Jackson Mountain Trail System proposal. Our goal is to have raised $35,000.00 before March 2021 to be used toward a match for a NEPA analysis. 

2020 has been a tough fund raising year, and DUST2 could use your help to meet our financial goals. Please consider supporting our trail building efforts!

Club Meeting – June 29th, 2020

Meeting GO!

June’s club meeting is TONIGHT, Monday, June 29th at 6:30pm at the Coyote Moon in the upstairs room. 

After the June meeting, we will aim to hold a club meeting on the second Monday of each month. 

These meetings will be an opportunity for club members to provide feedback to the board, training for new ride leaders, and other club discussion. If you would like to share or present at the meetings or have a topic you would like to see discussed, please reach out to a board member. 

Trail Work – July 10th, 2020

Trail Tools

The next trail work night with be on July 10th – make sure to mark your calendars. More details will be available next week.

DUST2 provides the tools. Make sure to bring water, work gloves, and good footwear. 

DUST2 Club rides

person-riding-a-bicycle

Club rides:

  • Tuesday mountain bike ride will meet at Pagosa Mountain Sports. Be ready to ride at 6:15. The ride will be on Reservoir Hill and Dakota Springs. There will be a guys group and a girls group (split into several groups if there are more than 10 in any group). Guys ride is intermediate, girls ride is beginner/intermediate. PLEASE CHECK THE CALENDAR WEEKLY FOR ANY CHANGES TO LOCATION AND TIME!
  • Road rides will be starting soon. If you have not taken our Road Ride survey yet, please fill it out! It takes less than five minutes and will help us schedule rides for days and times that work for the most people. Thanks to everyone who has already given their input! *** We are still looking for more ride leaders. There is a place in the survey to let us know if you are interested. ***

**** Please do your part to help us follow the state’s social distancing regulations. We will be splitting any groups larger than 10 into smaller groups. Thank you for your help in allowing us to continue to maintain insurance for these rides! ****

A reminder that DUST2 is now a member of IMBA. We will be transitioning our communication to run through IMBA and are also running our membership through them. Starting next week, these communications will be coming from IMBA in addition to email so that we can make sure everyone is getting the communications.

If you have not renewed your membership yet for 2020, you can do so here: https://www.imba.com/join (just make sure to put DUST2 as the Chapter when you sign up.) We have also put together a document answering some questions about our move to IMBA.

We appreciate the feedback and questions we have been getting during this time of transition. Please keep reaching out with questions and concerns! Thanks as always for your support of biking in the Pagosa area. See you out on the road and trails!

Treasure Mountain Partnership Project Phase 2

Hard Hats

In 2019, DUST2 partnered with the Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest to build a connection between the Continental Divide Trail to FS Road 725 leading to the Treasure Mountain trail. Thank you to all who helped last year and especially to Tyler Albers for spearheading the project from the USFS side!

This August we will again partner with the Forest Service to install critical switchbacks on the upper portion of the trail that were not able to be finished last summer. We need your help for this project! 

When: Saturday, August 1st – Wednesday, August 4th, 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM each day

Where: Camping and staging will take place at the end of FS Road 725 (you do not have to camp – you can meet us at this staging area in the morning). Trail work will be on the connector trail near the CDT. 

Sign up today!

Volunteers need to make sure to bring work gloves, long pants, sturdy closed-toed shoes, eye protection, water, snacks, and sunscreen. DUST2 and the USFS will provide the tools for trailwork. If you are planning on camping, you will be responsible for your own gear and meals. 

DUST2 Happenings

Newsboy 200
Hello DUST2 membership!
 
We hope you are staying healthy and finding time to ride bikes in these crazy times. 
 
This post is an official kickoff of group rides for the season (see the list below) along with some clarifications on questions we have been receiving around DUST2 membership running through IMBA starting this year. We apologize for any confusion and miscommunication on that front. Due to the pandemic and social restrictions we have been working to figure out what we can and can’t do while also learning a new way to sign up members. Please reach out if you have any questions. 
 
**** DUST2 is now a member of IMBA and is running our membership through them. Please make sure you look for communication from IMBA about DUST2 events as we will be transitioning to using their platform to send out info. If you have not renewed your membership yet for 2020, you can do so here: https://www.imba.com/join (just make sure to put DUST2 as the Chapter when you sign up). We have also put together a Post answering some questions about our move to IMBA. *****
 
Events are starting for the year!
For all events, please make sure to do your part to follow the state’s social distancing regulations. This mainly means that if we have more than 10 people show up for an event, we will need to split into several groups.
  • Trailwork is starting for the season! Monday (tonight) at 6:00 pm at Reservoir Hill. Meet at the main parking area. Bring water, a snack, work gloves, good shoes and layers. DUST2 will provide the tools. Let’s dig in!
  • Tuesday night mountain bike ride will meet at Pagosa Mountain Sports at 6:15 pm. We will be riding on Reservoir Hill and at Dakota Springs. There will be a guys group and a girls group (split into several groups if there are more than 10 in either group). The guys ride is an intermediate ride and the girls ride is beginner/intermediate.
  • We are looking to start Club Road Rides. Please fill out our Road Ride survey to give us some feedback on what days and times work best. We also need ride leaders for road rides. It is not as intimidating as it sounds and we are happy to provide support if you are interested. 
As always, please let us know if you have any questions or comments! Thank you for your patience as we navigate these new changes. See you out on the road and trails!