About UROC

Board of Directors:

Andrew Fairhurst - President
John Redekopp - Vice President
Dave Whitten - Treasurer
Karen Thomas - Secretary
Jim Lucas - Past President / Trail Boss
Brian MacFarlane - Director
Monica Bartha - Director
Jeff Smith - Director

President's Reports:

2015 President's Report
2014 President's Report

Trail Usage Reports:

2016 Trail Usage Report
2015 Trail Usage Report
2014 Trail Usage Report

UROC Resume:

UROC was established in 2009 as a registered society in the Province of Alberta. As of the end of November 2016, membership is 187 persons of all ages. The club is managed by a group of eight elected, non-paid members. There is no paid staff.

The principal objectives of the club are to encourage participation, particularly by youth, in mountain biking activities, educate users and promote responsible biking practices, build and maintain mountain biking trails, participate in the planning processes and management of recreational land as it relates to access for mountain biking.

The club organizes:

  • Group rides, including ladies, youth and novice rides;
  • Instruction including skills training with Sweet Riders and Instructor Certification programs with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA);
  • Social activities and events;
  • Trail building and maintenance work sessions;
  • Cooperative ventures with other organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, the local high school, Sinister 7, TransRockies Race and BC Enduro events.

Of course, there is also significant effort applied to club administration, communications, fundraising, project and event planning/management and interacting with government agencies.

Events

For the last three years, the club has organized a Bikefest-Enduro weekend. This year we partnered with the BC Enduro Series and had our best attendance to date with around 240 race participants. In 2017, the BC Enduro Series will return and the event will be part of the Canadian National Enduro Series (the only such event in Alberta).

This fall we ran our first Poker Rally with post-ride barbeque which was very well attended.

The other social events of the year are our AGM and Movie Night. The latter is a start-of-season get together and an opportunity to renew club membership. We also participate in the Lifestyle and Outdoor Adventure Show held in April to communicate our club activities and community involvement.

Fundraising

As of the end of 2016, UROC will have raised approximately $250,000 primarily for trail building projects. We have received funding from the federal, provincial, municipal governments as well as from a charitable foundation, corporations and individuals. We have received support from our MP, MLA and municipal elected and administrative officials for our fundraising and trail projects.

Trail Projects

In 2010, while IMBA Canada’s Trail Solutions specialist was in the community, approximately 20 people received instruction in trail design and construction.

UROC volunteers have contributed over 4,200 hours of field labour to trail construction and maintenance primarily at the Pass Powderkeg area. Additionally, we have applied for and received trail project approvals in the form of municipal operating agreements, provincial government and private landowner authorizations. We have managed professional contractors for trail projects in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

During 2016, UROC added 6 km of newbuild singletrack trail and 2.5 km of pre-existing doubletrack trail to the Pass Powderkeg trail network. Extensive signage has been installed both for trail user information and operator risk management.

For the last three years we have been collecting Pass Powderkeg trail traffic data and observing usage. The majority of use occurs in the May-October period as might be expected. In addition to cyclists, the more accessible trail sees a lot of hikers while trail runners appear to use the entire trail network. In the winter, some hiking and snow shoe use occurs. The traffic volume has been increasing steadily and is expected to do so in the future as more people discover the trails and we continue to expand the trail system.

The quality of our trail work is highly regarded in the community and visitors almost invariably comment favourably on our trails. The Pass Powderkeg trails are both readily accessible from Blairmore and user friendly – they offer something for the novice to the expert mountain bike rider.

Information about trails in the Crowsnest area is available on Trailforks; printed maps may be purchased from a number of local outlets or downloaded from our website.

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Contact UROC

Box 335 Blairmore, AB, T0K 0E0
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