The Winter freeze/ thaw cycle has begun. This occurs once we get overnight temps significantly below freezing. From now until Spring we should follow the Winter Guidelines below.......
The low temps freeze the ground, then when temps rise near freezing.... the frozen ground thaws and releases water, turning the trail to a thick half frozen Mud. Riding in this type of Mud causes trail damage. Please consider following the winter riding guidelines contained in the Link here: http://www.elmhurstbicycling.org/aboutebc/mtnBiking/WinterMTBguidelines.pdf
The Freeze and Thaw also loosens the soil and it is no longer compacted.....not a good thing. Please consult Stan Slager or Burak Balkuv for more info on Winter Riding Guidelines. The link provided is just a guideline I use for our clubs in an effort to prevent trail damage.
Mountain Bike Coordinator
Elmhurst Bike Club
Naperville Bike Club