CCSD Long MTB Ride Clinic for SDMBA Members
Sunday March 4th, 8AM
Location: Cuyamaca Mtns
Join CCSD on Sunday March 4th for a $10 SDMBA members only skills clinic focusing on training for long mountain bike rides. Time to start training for the 40 mile SDMBA Archipelago ride (4/28)! Work with Mark Rago, a Leadville and La Ruta veteran, who knows how to train for these big events. The clinic and ride will be located near Cuyumaca and start at 8 am and finish around noon. Space is limited so email SDMBA Membership to sign up and get more info.
SDMBA Makes a Donation to Earth Discovery Institute
Board member Rich Julian; with members Gardner Grady, Everett Neuman and Kevin Mortensen; presented a check for $1,000 to Earth Discovery Institute to help fund the education program that is conducted at Crestridge Ecological Reserve.
This donation was ecstatically accepted by the EDI board and greatly appreciated. As Cathy Chadwick (President of EDI) pointed out, the EDI board spent hundreds of hours planning the yearly fundraiser that only took in $2k. In that perspective, SDMBA's donation of $1k is a major contribution. One thousand dollars will provide the education for one entire class (30 students) for this year at Crestridge.
Letter from Archipelago Mastermind Rich Julien himself:
“So here we are. Every year, some part of the course gets better. Don’t ask me how, but the Gods let it be so. Every year, we get together as a tribe of mountain bikers and celebrate riding through this great place we live in. We help each other in the spirit of mountain biking. No one gets left behind. Encouragement abounds and you find that it’s more fun to help those around you. It isn’t long before you get it. Life is not just about you. The Archipelago is a slice of life…(click here to read Rich's full letter.)
The 2012 SDMBA Archipelago ride will be on Saturday April 28th, 2012, so save the date in your calendars. Mileage and elevation change will be like years past, over 40 miles of dirt and over 4000 ft of up! Sound fun, yet?
STATE OF THE UNION from SDMBA President Rod Simmons
I have often been asked “Besides trailwork, what does SDMBA do?” SDMBA’s primary function is to advocate for mountain biking opportunities. In a nutshell, we pursue legal access to trails and/or the establishment of needed trails.
Advocacy is a marathon, rather than a sprint, and the success of SDMBA rests squarely on the shoulders of its volunteers who toil for countless hours, get more doors slammed in their face than an encyclopedia salesman, but come back for more.
On Saturday morning January 14th, 2012, in partnership with the Mission Trails Rangers, 17 San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA) members and volunteers participated in trail restoration on the east (backside) of Cowles Mt. SDMBA worked on the slightly under one mile long Mesa Trail for four hours.
Saturday February 11th, 8AM-12PM
Location: Base of the Olivenhain Dam. Turn off Harmony Grove Rd. onto Via Ambiente (1.25 miles west of the EFRR Staging area) between the 4.5 and 5 mile markers. Continue approx 1 mile and make left at the bottom of the hill towards the dam.
Join the San Diego Mountain Bike Association and Olivenhain Municipal Water District on Saturday February 11th for a trail work at Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. We will be performing maintenance on the Quail Trail. All tools and training will be provided. After trail work, we will be raffling off gift certificates from our sponsor Bike Bling (www.bikebling.com). If new to trail work events, please see What to Expect? If you plan on attending the trail work event, please send an e-mail