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High school mountain bike league in north county San Diego.

North County Composite Cycling Club News!

HS Riders


North County Composite Cycling Club is starting a high school mountain bike league in north county San Diego. All riders in grades 9-12 are welcome regardless of experience. Middle school riders are also welcome and race in their own format. Trained coaches will provide skill 

Contact:  Matt Gunnell — he can direct racers to the proper program.

League information at

 3-4 practices per week
5 High School Races
3 Middle School Races
State Championship May 16-17


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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park General Plan Team needs your input

Dear Public Meeting Participants, Park Stakeholders, and Interested Persons,

 Updated Webpage: The Cuyamaca Rancho State Park General Plan Webpage has been updated with new information.

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Public Comments and Responses Document Now Available

Comments received during the Preliminary General Plan/Draft EIR public review period as well as responses may be found in the “Maps and Documents” section at the bottom of the General Plan webpage:  Click on “Public Comments and Responses – CRSP Prelim General Plan-DEIR” to view or download the document.

The Preliminary General Plan and Draft EIR was available for public review and comment during the 45-day public review period which occurred from August 21, 2014 to October 6, 2014. All comments received by the October 6 deadline received a written response and will be included as part of the Final General Plan/EIR following approval of the General Plan by the State Park and Recreation Commission. Any changes to the General Plan/EIR as a result of public and Commission review shall be incorporated.    Thank you to all who submitted comments.

Public Input: Your input is greatly appreciated as we complete the General Plan. We continue to welcome your questions, comments and concerns via e-mail at last opportunity for comment on the Preliminary General Plan/Draft EIR will occur at the time of the State Park and Recreation Commission meeting scheduled for Friday, November 14th, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Garcia Auditorium of the Caltrans District 11 building, 4050 Taylor Street, in San Diego.  At the hearing the Commission will consider and take possible action on the Department recommendation to approve the General Plan and Environmental Impact Report for Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.  See the General Plan webpage for a link to information about the Commission meeting.


Please continue to check back to the General Plan webpage periodically for updates:


Thanks for your interest and participation.


Cuyamaca Rancho State Park General Plan Team

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IMBA News: Bike Parks Book Now Available

IMBA Bike Parks Book Now Available for Order

Bike Parks: IMBA’s Guide to New-School Trails is now available for pre-order! This is a high-level resource for people interested in building professional, lasting community assets that are awesome to ride. Topics include: inspiring a community-based vision, fundraising strategies and partnerships, risk management and liability, design principles and concept documents, contracting and construction advice, and maintenance and operations. 

Apply Now for a Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew Visit

IMBA is now accepting applications for Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew visits in 2015. Trail Care Crew visits present an opportunity for land managers, trail organizations and IMBA chapters to teach new volunteers sustainable trail design, construction and maintenance; reenergize existing volunteers; grow their organizations; expand their knowledge and strengthen their networks of supporters. Apply for a visit between October 1 and November 1. This is the only time the application window will be open for 2015 events.

Learn more and apply today »


Southwest Mountain Bike Updates

Check out IMBA Region Director Patrick Kell’s blog for all of the latest news on mountain bike advocacy and trail development in the southwest region. This month, he talks about trail design happening now in Caliente, NV, (over 40 miles) and in southwest Utah; the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society working toward more technical trails even after being named an IMBA Ride Center; trail advocacy work happening in the Prescott, AZ, area; regional mountain bike events you don’t want to miss and Patrick’s planning for 2015.  

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Fresh MTB Goods in the IMBA Store

Check out the newest swag in the IMBA store: custom pint glasses, limited-edition jerseys, t-shirts for men and women, frame stickers, retro hats and a tough work belt.

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Special Bike Magazine Deal for IMBA Supporters

IMBA supporters can get a year of Bike magazine for just $10, saving 81 percent off the newsstand price. Or get the digital edition for just $8.99.

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Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew: San Diego, CA

The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew, on the road since 1997, is IMBA’s grassroots educational program and an authority on sustainable trail building practices. Two teams of professional trail experts travel year-round throughout the United States and beyond, leading trail work sessions, meeting with land managers and working with IMBA-affiliated clubs and the communities they serve to improve mountain biking opportunities. The Trail Care Crew program has inspired great volunteer trail work across the U.S. and abroad – a big help to government agencies and land managers who have limited funding for trail construction and upkeep. As a direct result, there are now thousands of new and improved trails in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and several European countries.

Dates: December 4-7, 2014

Hosted by: San Diego Mountain Biking Association

Contact: Gardner Grady

Friday, Dec. 5

Saturday, Dec. 6

IMBA Trail Building School

  • Classroom 9 a.m. – noon @ location TBD
  • Lunch provided
  • Trail work 1 p.m. – 4/5 p.m. @ location TBD

More information to come – please check back as the event planning progresses. 

All events are free of charge thanks to generous support from Subaru of America.

* You MUST attend the morning classroom session to participate in the field project. Wear pants, closed-toe shoes, a hat, gloves and bring water for the trail project.

The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew is proud to be sponsored by:




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In the press


Gross, B (2014) San Diego Mountain Biking Association REI Awards. East County Californian, 17 July. Available at

Ruzich, K (2014) Mountain bike skills park coming to VC. Valley Road Runner, 2 July, 11:49 p. 10. Available at

Editor(s) (2014) San Diego Mountain Biking Association stands strong. IMBA Trail News, 27, 1, p. 12. Available at

Courlee, D (2014) Angry mountain bikers protest at Mission Trails Regional Park Mountain bikers claim they’re being shut out of trails, decisions. Mission Times Courier, 31 January. Available at

Emery, C (2014) Mountain bikers plan ride to protest Mission Trails closures. Outdoor SoCal, n.d.
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What to Expect

What to Expect on a Trail Work Day?

Trail Building & Maintenance Committee

Responsible for promoting and running trail work events, working with the liaison for park approval. Maintaining tools.
To volunteer contact Trail Work Day Organizer Gardner Grady at: TrailBoss [at]

These events are FUN and SATISFYING! Do your part for the trails and feel great about working for a worthy cause. Each event is sponsored and great swag will be given away to some lucky participants.

In addition, as a SDMBA member, very time you participate your hours are recorded. The member with the most volunteer hours in a given year will be awarded a Turner Frame of their choice It could be yours.

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Environmental Alert and Trail Advisory

Environmental Alert and Trail Advisory

San Diego is experiencing severe drought conditions and this affects our trails. Vegetation is fragile and vulnerable during this kind of drought. Please tread lightly! Tree branches may hang lower due to lack of water and not because of overgrowth. Do not take it upon yourself to trim low hanging branches. If you find a trail impassable due to low or downed branches please report it to the land manager.

It is imperative that low branches in distress are NOT cut to ensure that we continue to have the support of biologists and land managers who are aligned with responsible trail use.

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SDMBA Complete Reroute in Noble Canyon

SDMBA, in partnership with the Cleveland National Forest, has recently completed a reroute on the upper portion of the Noble Canyon Trail. The reroute, which is approximately 1/3 of a mile long, eliminates two unnecessary and dangerous road crossings while reducing erosion by laying the trail out in a more sustainable location than the previously fall-line section of trail. SDMBA volunteers have put in numerous days since February building this new section of trail, which was officially completed and opened to the public June 14. Due to the current drought and lack of soil moisture the new trail’s tread is currently loose, dry, and dusty is some sections – this will improve over time as the trail gets ridden in and we start to receive rains. In the coming weeks SDMBA will assist the Forest Service in closing down and rehabbing the old and deteriorated trail section that has been rerouted. Thanks for all the hard work by those that volunteered to get this project accomplished!

Will Brennan
Wilderness/Trails Manager
Descanso Ranger District
Cleveland National Forest

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