Having served as FATMUG president since the organization’s inception, I’ve frequently been amazed by just how rewarding, and how challenging, the role can be.
Serving as president has allowed me to meet some phenomenally great people, working with many of you side-by-side swinging tools at the dirt, conceptualizing new trail design or staying up far too late hashing out the details of how best to express to the City government, the value mountain bikers bring to the Fredericksburg community. Working together, we have made great strides in preserving and protecting bicycle access to off road trails in the Fredericksburg area. That’s the mission after all!
Of course there have been many struggles along the way too. I know I've hurt some feelings and stepped on toes over the past six years and for that I apologize. However my love and passion for the trails and mountain biking have always been the decision making drivers.
In recalling these experiences I’m pleased to announce to you the recent election of FATMUG’s new president David Garrison! I’m excited for David to relish the high points of working with all of you as I have during my tenure. I’m confident he has the vision and ability to lead FATMUG into the future, and with projects on the horizon which will double the mileage of local sweet singletrack, the future looks great!
Thank you all for your help and support through the past six years, and please join me in congratulating David and supporting his efforts to lead the Fredericksburg off-road trail using community to bigger and better times.
Quarry Trail Status
Quarry trails are OPEN.
Lower trails like USGS, Scout, Beach have only a few scattered soft spots and puddles from rain earlier in the week. Otherwise the trails are in great condition. The leaf layer is starting to get thick. Strong winds continue to drop fresh deadfall and two trees are down, one on Gratitude and one on Owl loop.
Last Updated (Sunday, 26 October 2014 13:19)
Our Fall, 2014 trailwork calendar is now up. See below for details. The next scheduled day is October 18th. Tim will be leading the charge this weekend with a goal of punching Naysayer through to Monolith. Please try to find some time to come out and lend a hand. No experience necessary.
|FATMUG Trail Work Calendar
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We are extremely pleased to announce the City of Fredericksburg has approved our proposal to build an approximate twelve mile, stacked-loop, mountain bike specific, trail system on the land around the Motts Run Reservoir! This opportunity to double the amount of high quality single track in the immediate Fredericksburg area has us super stoked and we hope you share that feeling. We plan to kick off the build of this new network on November 8th. Please put this date on your calendar and plan to join us!
We were contacted in early September by an engineering firm who is working with VDOT to conduct an environmental assessment of potential impacts to social and environmental factors that may occur as a result of proposed improvements to the Interstate 95 corridor in the Fredericksburg area. See the following map and letter for background. Hopefully by letting VDOT know where our trails are and how much we value them, the trails will be spared during future construction/expansion of roadways. Thanks to Rob Maple for helping send these folks trail location data.
Grading work and storm water run-off control work on the old quarry road is now complete. We offer a huge thank you to the City's Public Works department for taking care of this! The improvements they made should eliminate the large volume of fast-flowing water down the road which was eating away at the upstream end of Scout trail. Past damage is significant in that area but we're hopeful it stays in the past. You may also notice that many of the orange clay mud-slick puddles under the 95 overpass area are vastly improved from this project. Thanks again Public Works!
FATMUG's annual Board of Directors meeting was held on September 15th. We welcome back to the Board Jay Dunn, Jason Syverson and Shaun Melendy. Congratulations (and thank you for volunteering) to newly installed officers Jason - Secretary and Shaun - Treasurer.