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You’ve Gotta Be There – Don’t Miss This or You’re Gonna Cry All the Way to Christmas4th Annual Devou Park Trail BonanzaMark Your Calendar Now: October 12, 2013 - All Day, All Ages, All Outstanding
Trail Running, MTB XC Racing, DH, and a Super-D Lite Enduro! Don’t worry if you don’t know what all those things mean yet…stay tuned and you will! And if that’s not enough, there will be a shuttle taking you and your bike from Sleepy Hollow up to the Full Monty Trail (last year’s new section) so you can ride Mother Nature’s first roller coaster in between events without having to do the nasty climb to the top.If you haven’t been to the Devou Park Trails in the last four months, there are 4+ miles of new trail that flow and bend and fly.Great people, a good cause, food, music (maybe), and so much fun you have to wonder how it’s legal?Covington/NKY is the #1 spot for outdoor fun in the Tri-State, and Devou is the diamond at the top – see you there
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The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Phase II of the Devou Park Trail Expansion Project showcased many great folks, great news to share, and grey skies after a week of rain (oh well, two out of three). A Commemorative Donor Plaque was placed in the Incinerator Kiosk, along with an updated trail map. New trails were officially opened and trail names were dedicated. The “Golden Adze” for extraordinary trail advocacy work was awarded to Natalie Gardner. Phase II Accomplishments and Phase III Goals were reviewed. One of many Phase III highlights is a connector trail to Ludlow which will allow for safe passage across the busy state route of Sleepy Hollow Rd. This will also give community connectivity to the park for 6,000 Ludlow residents. Also, the Drees Pavilion is sponsoring a multi-mile honeysuckle removal project on the trails built during Phase I. Big news – we announced that an anonymous benefactor donated $60,000 to our $160,000 Phase III fundraising goal. Ground breaking late summer or early fall. The food was incredible too, compliments of the Madison Event Center. Thanks for making it a success!!
Devou Park MTB Trails Get Righteous w/ Ribbon Cutting, Group Rides and All Sorts of Two-Wheeled Festivities
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Phase II – which adds a remarkable four more miles of trails – will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 as part of a full day of bike-utopia in Covington, KY. The Day starts at Roebling Point at 9am for Bike. Pop. Wow, the first pop-up bike shop ever in the Cincinnati metro area (9am to noon, located on Park Place between Court St. and Greenup St. in the Roebling Point neighborhood.)
The day continues with the Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the new trails at Devou Park. This portion of the day starts at 1pm at the incinerator, which is located at the base of the trail off Sleepy Hollow Rd.
Group riding and general mischief will commence after the informal formalities of opening the new section of trails at 1pm. Evening festivities will continue from 4pm until ? at Simpler Times Bar and Grill in Ludlow, KY. Media, dignitaries and, of course, families of hikers, runners and mountain bike riders of all ages are invited to attend.
Please help celebrate our privilege to enjoy natural surface trails within Devou Park this May 11. This pretty much means that Covington is the center of the universe for two-wheeled talent and upright raucousness. Attending both events via self propulsion makes the day even more raucous.
Hope to See you there!!
Last of the hazards and blow down were cleared today and the trails passed inspection. The trails will be open tomorrow, April 5th, at 8am and will remain open till next major rain event. Close signs may still say closed this weekend if we don’t have time to flip them. There are some new trail junctions off the top loop you may or may not notice. They have a bunch of cut trees and closed signs on them because they are closed. They will remain closed for a few weeks because they are not complete yet as well as new trail tread is like a sponge and is much softer than the old stuff. New trail tread takes longer to dry than old trail tread. If you go down them and rut them up, the crew/volunteers will have to spend valuable time and money fixing them. If that wasn’t deterrent enough, there is a rabid, backwards running honey badger that lives on the new stuff that may bite you if it sees you. Please respect the individual closures. If the rain holds off, we can open them in a couple weeks. Look for a ribbon cutting/spring fling event in the beginning of May. Probably May 11th. Super chill event. A celebration of the sweet Devou Trails and our privilege to be have access to public land. Thanks to all that respected the seasonal trail closures. Chad
Please be very careful when trying to ride in the winter.
The trails can be very soft even if it hasn’t rained recently.
The best time to ride is when the trail is frozen solid.
FREEZE / THAW :
When soil freezes, the moisture turns to ice crystals between
the tightly packed particles of the soil. As the moisture freezes,
the crystals expand and tear the clay apart. Then as it thaws,
the soil become more porous and allows more moisture in. This
results in the trail turning from frozen to wet mush very quickly.
It’s common for temperatures to fall below freezing at night,
then quickly rise above freezing in the morning. The best time
to ride is early in the morning when the trails are still frozen
solid. The worst thing we can do is wait for the sun to come out
and warm up the trail before riding.
Even if the temperature stays below freezing, south facing trails
can defrost in the morning. With morning sun, the hillside will
start to thaw in the lower to mid 20’s.
Plan your ride carefully and be aware of temperatures by the
hour. Arrive as early as possible. If the sun is shining,
you may be too late.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Here are some pics from the 2012 Bonanza.
The 2nd annual Devou Backcountry Bonanza returns this October 20th of 2012. An event focused on family fun in the outdoors. Devou Park will play host to the areas first ever Enduro Tour! A seven stage tour of not just the trails of Devou, but of the entire park. This will be a fantastic event for all skill levels, ages, women and men alike. The Enduro format mimics the feel of a day long group tour. The Enduro Tour will consist of 4 timed stages primarily focused on descending and technical skills with 3 stages focused on the pure climbers. The Devou Downhill Race (also stage VII of the Enduro Tour) will return giving local gravity riders a place to show their speed and skills. Trail runners!!10K trail run or Enduro Trail Run Tour (same format as above) The very prestigious crowning of the 2012 King and Queen of Devou will be given to the male & female who competes in all Enduro Tour Stages and posts the lowest overall time.
Full Sag for all events.
After celebrations will be enjoyed at the Simpler Times Bar and Grill located in beautiful Bromley, KY
18 Pike Street. (Same as Route 8)
Event start and registration at Devou Park Trails Backcountry Parking Area.
Visit www.devouparktrails.com for directions, maps and other pleasantries.
7 – 9am – Event registration.
9:30am – Trail Running 10K 9:30am start.
9:45am – Enduro Bike Tour and Enduro Trail Run Tour. Estimated 2pm finish
3:00pm – Approximate start time of Downhill Race.
5pm-?? – After celebration, all are welcome
The goal of the Devou Backcountry Bonanza is to promote outdoor self-propelled recreation and showcase the trails in beautiful Devou Park. The event is also the annual fundraiser for the Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance with all proceeds dedicated to Phase III of the Devou Park Trail expansion project. Bonanza entry donation set at $25.00
Check www.devouparktrails.com for directions, maps, developing stories and further details.
Stage I: Climbing A 300 vertical foot 3/4 mile beastly assault showcasing the
newest trail creation in Devou.
Stage II: Descending After parade pacing across the top of the park, we will regroup
at the top of the Lewisburg Trial (also termed the L-
Train and Loui-burger) a 220′ vertical foot .66 mile trail drop for
the days first Enduro timed section.
Stage III: Climbing After regrouping from the wickedly fast L-Train drop, we will
Race/Parade Ride the return climb up the Lewisburg Trail.
Stage IV: Descending A 300 vertical foot, 3/4 mile uninterrupted descent of epic
proportions down our newest trail (Same trail as Stage I). The 320
vertical foot drop of this trail is tied with the incinerator trail, for the biggest uninterrupted trail drop we have in the greater Cincinnati area.
Stage V: Climbing After parade pacing to the Back Country Parking area, we will
embark on the very prestigious 280 vertical foot, 1 mile
Incinerator trail climb. The Incinerator Trail climb is the longest
trail climb in the Cincinnati Area.
Stage VI: XC Style Mostly Descending with some false flats. After a party pace
Counter clockwise ride on the Bates-Coombs Loop, we will stage
for the longest timed section of the day. 360 Vertical foot, 1.85
mile mostly drop from the big S-turn to the Parking Area.
Stage VII: Downhill Race on The Trail of Devou-tion, Pure exhilaration for
participants and spectators.
Enduro Trail Run: Same stages as above.
10K Running Race: Start at Parking Area, Climb up Incinerator Trail, twice around
Bates-Coombs loop, return down Incinerator Trail.