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SDMBA Awarded REI Grant

San Diego Mountain Biking Association REI Awards

Photos Courtesy of SDMBA. Volunteers from the San Diego Mountain Biking Association restore trails in the Cleveland National Forest and Cuyamaca State Park.

The San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA) recently received a $10,000 grant to fund three local projects. These locations are Noble Canyon in the Cleveland National Forest, the Cuyamaca State Park and Crestridge Ecological Reserve in El Cajon.

The SDMBA received this money through the Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI). An invitation only award represents a shared mission by the organizations of SDMBA and REI to one, maintain the existing trails, and establishing new sustainable paths for the benefit of equestrians, hikers, bikers, and others who want to see the natural beauty of San Diego.

SDMBA sees this county as home to a rich network of bike trails and parks that provide recreational usage and education for people off all ages. Formed 20 years ago by a small group, it has raised to 800 members that have “real passion” for land and trails, according to Board Member, Robert Craddick.

REI is a $2 billion national retail co-op with more than five million members. Not only does REI provide cutting edge outdoor projects, but also provides classes, trips, and integrated customer needs.

The connection between these two organizations could be described simply as “natural.” Their visions are overlapping and the award came to be because of this connection. The SDMBA had done several events with REI and were invited to apply for the grant, in which they had to outline three specific projects and how they were to allocate the funds.

The international mountain biking site lists the Noble Canyon trail as an “epic ride.” This recently finished project and all resources allocated to it are for maintenance through San Diego’s droughts. The Cuyamaca project is expecting several improvements such as trail building due to high volume of visitors the area receives.

Crestridge in the El Cajon area is a unique project. The area is an ecological reserve used mainly by bird watchers and hikers. It is used more of a “learning laboratory” than actual trail with the Earth Discovery Institute. The SDMBA aims to work with the institute to carve a three-mile trail by connecting some existing paths. They are currently working with land managers to move the project forward.

SDMBA organizes strictly on a volunteer basis. It brings tools and rejuvenates trails based on strict standards. It is hoping to continue to partner with the county to ensure San Diego’s trails and parks receive the care and attention to promote learning and exploration of nature for all residents to enjoy for years to come.

To learn more please visit www.sdmba.com.

- See more at: http://www.eccalifornian.com/article/san-diego-mountain-biking-association-rei-awards#sthash.P1nSi7ge.dpuf

Noble Canyon Trail News


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

Also of note- Out of the volunteers that helped in this project, one winner will be chosen to receive a new bike frame from Niner Bikes.

Camping and Riding Weekend

Saturday June 21st – Sunday June 22nd.

Campsite check-in is 2pm, Ride starts at 3:30pm.
Location: Kumeyaay Campground Mission Trails Regional Park, sites 26-29.

Come out and play this weekend with SDMBA. There are lots of things to celebrate!

  • SDMBA turns 20 years old this year!
  • Summer if finally here!
  • The campground at MTRP has re-opened.


SDMBA has reserved a number of sites at Kumeyaay Campground for camping Saturday night. There will be rides leaving from the campsite at 3:30pm. There will be rides for all levels. After the rides, we will meet back at camp for dinner and more fun. SDMBA will provide the main dish and SPORTea. You can bring a side dish or desert to share.


Everyone is welcome! You do not have to be a SDMBA member to participate.

And if you can’t stay overnight for camping, please join us for the ride, dinner, pint pedal or movie if you can.


After the ride and dinner, we have more fun planned! Zumwalt's will bring a movie to show. And for the adults, there will be an after dinner pedal over to a local brewery for some pints before we settle in for the night.

RSVP on the SDMBA Facebook Events Page , or send an email to EVENTS at SDMBA dot COM to confirm your spot. Spaces are limited.

Be sure to include:

Will you spend the night?

How many are in your party?

Have questions? Email EVENTS at SDMBA dot COM

Join Us for the 7th IMBA World Summit!

Join your fellow mountain bike enthusiasts for great networking, riding and learning opportunities, Aug. 20-24, in Steamboat Springs, CO, at the IMBA World Summit. In addition to inspiring speakers and sessions, the week features plenty of time to ride a big fleet of demo bikes—including night riding on Emerald Mountain. Other options include an enduro race, a trail building workshop and IMBA Instructor Certification Program training. Colorado is the perfect place to make a vacation of it. We hope to see you there!



Explore Mission Trails Day 2014
Explore Mission Trails Day this Saturday, May 17, 9 to 2 at the Mast Blvd entry to the park. Get your ride on! Pony ride, Rock climbing wall and other things to do as well.

7th Annual SDMBA Archipelago Ride

Archipelago Ride (#7) 2014-Update
Saturday May 3, 2014
La Costa to Sorrento Valley


This Ride is for SDMBA Members Only.

It usually sells out within 24 hours of release.

The best way to ensure you are informed is to subscribe to TrailNews, the weekly email newsletter from SDMBA. And of course don’t let your membership lapse!


Renew today so you won’t be left out of any other members-only deals and events.

Ride Details:
The Archipelago Ride entails 43+ miles of prime Southern California riding, 5600 ft + of climbing and descending. Aid Stations will be at approximately mile 12, mile 19 and mile 30. This year we are emphasizing "Self Support" more than ever.  NO taxi/shuttle service provided to the next section. You are expected to ride it all or have your own exit strategy.  Sweeps and Aid Stations will assist with minor mechanicals and injuries; assess your ability to continue; and call 911 if you are in real trouble. All of our fantastic volunteers are there to assist everyone and they have duties throughout the entire Arch Ride course.

If you are registered for the event, you will be receiving important final announcements to your email address. Arrange your car shuttles between North of the Border Bike Shop and Cadencia Park.

This is not a race. The route will be flagged so keep your head up and look around. Take the time to enjoy the scenery and the companionship of your fellow riders. Remember to yield the trail to others and make it a great day for everyone.  The Archipelago Ride showcases the connectivity and partnership that is possible throughout San Diego. Remember to give thanks to all the land managers that make this possible: City of Carlsbad, Center for Natural Lands Management, Olivenhain Municipal Water District and Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, San Dieguito River Park, City of San Diego Black Mountain Open Space Park and Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. Think about giving back some volunteer time to the parks and minimize your impacts while you are out there. This is our 7th year riding the Archipelago and we want to continue to provide this epic experience by taking care of the trails we have and working with land managers to provide more trails in the future. 

Lunch at the finish will be catered by the food trucks Haad Sai Thai Food and BT Express. They have come up with some special items that will be sure to please your palate and satisfy your hunger. They will happily serve anyone paying cash too, not just riders and volunteers. Friends and family are welcome at the finish. 

~~The Aloha Prizes~~
This year the Aloha Prizes will be extra tickets given out by our Sponsor’s Riders. They will be riding the course too, but they will have tickets to give away to people they see doing good deeds, displaying exceptionally good-sportsman-like conduct (or sportswoman) and generally sharing the Aloha Spirit that this event is geared for. The opportunity drawing will be for prizes donated by our generous sponsors including: EPIC HD 1080 Action Video Camera, Loaded Precision components, Zoic Clothing, Green Flash Gift Basket, Prana wear, Pedro’s, Cycling Camp San Diego, ItsABikeShop, Spy Optic, HaloHeadbands, SockGuy, Arnette, Sol Republic, Quick N Dirty, SPORTea, CCSD, iMtnBike and more. You will also be able to purchase extra tickets so bring some extra cash.

Make it a great day for everyone and always be a good ambassador for mountain bikers when you are out on the trails.

SDMBA Priorities for MTRP MPU April 3, 2014

View SDMBA comments to the City on our priorities for the MTRP Master Plan Update Draft by copying and pasting this URL into your browser.


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