Welcome to Spring?

We are a week away from July, and we are finally/still getting our Spring weather and RAINS!  Which means, the Spring Plant Growth is going Wild!!  We need YOUR Help!  If Everyone would Trim just a few branches/plants, during their Ride (the ones that  are encroaching across the Trail path,  the Trails would be clearer and More Fun!  With over 50+ miles of Trails, it’s hard to keep up with the growth.  That’s why we ask for YOUR/ALL RIDERS Help.  Just stop and trim the branches/plants that slap you as you Ride.  That will Help ALL of us!  Everyone Thanks you!

Southern Kettles Classic WEMS race

Pre-Race Help

Saturday May 24 is our 3rd annual WEMS race held at the Emma Carlin.  This fund raiser is the main engine for our fund raising efforts to support mountain biking in the Southern Kettles. We need help cleaning the Emma ahead of this event.

  • Trail inspection
  • Leaf blowing  (we have two back pack blowers available)
  • Dead fall tree clearing  (help the DNR certified chainsaw gang)
  • Grassy area cleanup for extended parking

Contact Jim Wiser if you can help. Jim_wiser1@yahoo.com


Race Day Help

Race Volunteers Needed for Race Day

  • Rider/s to check the tails for dead fall Friday night
  • 2 for registration tent
  • 2 for scoring, 1 trail Marshall
  • 4 gripes help with setup before, help with parking during, Help with take down after (help with all 3 phases or any one of the three that you can)
  • 2 to ride out and clean any trail signage etc.  UTV available.


*lunch provided for volunteers


If you can help with any of these race-day needs contact Marty Tank at martin.tank@gmail.com

Trail Etiquette

Please, let’s all keep in mind our trail systems are not a MTB only trail systems. They are multi-use trail systems.
Which means there are hikers, some with small children and runners.  Not to mention other bikers of various skill levels.  All use and are welcome
on the same trail system we enjoy.

Fast moving users can startle others,
especially when approaching from behind. Always ride under
control, anticipate users around blind corners, and be exceedingly
friendly and communicative.

What is your responsibility?
Mountain bikers yield to hikers, and uphill traffic.

Passing Hikers
1.  Greet hikers early with a friendly and audible “Passing on the left.”
2.  Slow down to a safe speed to allow for the unexpected.
3.  Pass slowly and be prepared to stop if necessary.
4.  Expect the unexpected. Humans and animals can be unpredictable or easily spooked by cyclists.  Be mindful of small children who could run into your path.

5. Pass only when it’s safe to do so (enough clearance)

6. As you go by thank them for yielding to let you pass.

Passing Cyclists
1. Announce your intention to pass with a friendly and audible “Passing on the left.” 2. Pass only when it’s safe to do so (enough clearance)

3. As you go by thank them for yielding to let you pass.
4. If being passed put to the right as far as safe to do so.

5. If stopped lean away from the trail center and away from the oncoming cyclist.


Remember a little politeness and patients go a long way.  How we respond to other trail users reflect on the whole community.



Trail Conditions UpDate: April 23, 2014

Trails are in Great shape!  Rode today – NO mud.  Trails are a bit leafy, so careful Riding fast in the curves – loose footing!  Also, due to the leaf cover, it’s kinda hard to see where the Trail is in some areas (and what’s underneath the leaves).

Leaf clearing will start this week.

In the meantime – Ride Careful; Ride Smart…. but RIDE!!


Today, April 11, the DNR OPENED the Trails!!  “We’ve had a several days of warm temperatures and WIND which has helped to dry them quickly.  There still are wet, slippery areas, but most are dry enough to Ride.  Probably will close again on Sunday due to rain forecasted”.

REMEMBER:  Call the Trail Hotline 262-594-6202 BEFORE you drive to the Trails to hear if they are OPEN or Closed.  Do NOT Ride on CLOSED Trails!


Updated Trail Conditions

Trails were inspected Monday, April 7, and were found to be mostly free of snow and ice (some small areas were still present).  Unfortunately for those eager to get out and Ride, the Frost is now coming out of the ground, which means wet, sloppy, slippery Trail tread – which means: NO Trail Riding this week or probably next! (yeah, it’s a beautiful sunny, warm day, and the Trails look dry and hard packed at the TrailHead, BUT… back in the woods is where the wet Trails are at).

Riding Trails that are WET causes ruts and erosion, which causes More ruts and erosion the more riders that ride those trails.  Rain will cause wet Trails, but so does the Spring Frost coming out of the ground.  It takes weeks for the Frost to come out, especially in the low, wooded spots in the forest; and our Trails have a Lot of those.

BEST guess right now: Trails Opening Saturday, April 26.   But keep your fingers crossed, and check that Trail HotLine for updated Opening date.

REMEMBER: DON’T RISK RIDING CLOSED TRAILS!!  It will be worth the wait.

Warning, WARNING!

Do NOT Ride the Trails when they are posted CLOSED! 

Last Saturday, we witnessed two riders coming off the Muir Trail – which were obviously marked CLOSED – and were rightfully engaged by the Rangers; which resulted in a $500 fine! [NO Trail Pass, NO Parking Sticker,  riding CLOSED Trails]

DON’T be StUpiD!!  WAIT until Officially OPEN!

Call the recorded Trail HotLine to hear if Trails are Open or Closed 262-594-6202.  Call ahead!!

* It’s not about your bike, it’s to keep our Trails in good condition for ALL to Ride!

Spring Trails Check

A check of the Trails this week (March 23) showed that much of the Trails at Muir were still ice packed and thereby almost impassable.  Winter Biking, snow shoes and hikers have packed the snow down on the trails, which now has turned to ice.  Frost in the ground has started to come up in the clear areas as well.  All this means is that the Trails will not be open to biking for another couple of weeks.

Race Results

Last Saturday’s 2nd annual Winter Fat-Bike Festival at the John Muir was a success.  The event grossed over 1,300 and over 50 races.  Special thanks to our volunteers the three bike shops and the three food vendors for their donations of food, product and money.

Backyard Bikes, Wheel & Sprocket, Zion Cyclery, Café de Arts,The Trout House, La Grange General Store

IMBA Chapter Board Elections

This Tuesday January 14, is the Annual Membership meeting and board elections.  The location for this meeting is the La Grange General Store (Backyard Bikes) and the start time is 6:30.  Members can nominate from the floor.  Any nomination must be made by 5 non-board members.  Nominations will be open from 6:30 to 7:00, with voting to follow. Elections began on Saturday and will conclude at this meeting.  Following the elections members will have the opportunity to bring ideas, and questions to the board.