As a Chicago based team, mountain bike riding can be quite the challenge. Our nearest trails are in Willow Springs at the Palos Forest Preserve. Here's a fun fact, there are people that build and maintain them for our enjoyment! They are CAMBr, the Chicago Area Mountain Bikers, and these volunteers giving their time and effort are the reason we have these trails to ride.
So perhaps you ride regularly or were convinced to take your cx bike to give a it try a few times, in either case you know that when you go, you just park and ride. No fee for parking or trail pass to purchase. What a world! Well here is our pitch: support the work CAMBr is doing by becoming a member (basic is $35). CLICK THIS LINK
Trees fall and they clear em, berms created, and trails fixed (when those bad peeps ride them while wet and create terrible ruts). In the last year alone, major developments on a new trail, Stonehouse, further connecting and extending the current system have taken place. Check it out on this new map. They also host training rides, kids days, plan trips to other trails systems, as well as host the Palos Meltdown race. Side note: you can also throw in some muscle on work days, create those trails you ride!
We all know those nights spent staring at the radar are just as filled with days riding. So take a few minutes and a few dollars and become a member. Increasing the numbers also shows the powers that be how important these trails are to the cycling community and that our numbers are large. This helps fortify the case that bike trails are good and should not be nixed.
Thank you for joining. We look forward to seeing you out there. Just make sure to check the conditions first.