On July 7th the San Diego Mountain Biking Association celebrated it's volunteers with its annual Volunteer Appreciation Party. Taking place at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor's Center volunteers enjoyed a pre-festivity ride in the park, delicious street tacos on fresh made tortillas, and the beautiful backdrop of the Mission Gorge at sunset.
This year's Volunteers of the Year (VOTY) are:
Advocacy Committee: Russell Boggs Even though he's gone on to bigger things in our nation's capital Russ once again was the heavy lifter in our advocacy efforts. Attending meetings, reading through endless documents and commenting on agency plans Russ helped raise the SDMBA's profile among governmental agencies and bicycling advocates around the state.
Marketing/Sponsorship: Tara Lucille Luansing-Aguilar Social Committee: Tara Lucille Luansing-Aguilar A double category winner and SDMBA-PRO member Tara is not afraid to grab the bull by the horns. She made us proud by making events like the Trails to Ales Ride and the always popular Skills Clinic happen. Tara pitches in and says, "I can do that." with enthusiasm. Her love of the sport is obvious to anyone that talks to her for more than a minute. She joins a history of women in SDMBA who make up for lack of numbers with great achievements.
Co-Liaisons were Cuyamaca's own Barcy Bacani and Steve Boland Responsible for getting the new Cold Spring Trail Reroute project off the planning boards and onto the ground our newest and most energetic Liaisons held multiple trail work events this year including an event with long time SDMBA supporter REI. Way to go guys!
Rookie of the Year: Leah Moses One of our youngest members Leah doesn't just come and hang out with her dad, she really contributes. From flippin' burgers to the famous E-Ticket "Leah Cam" video she is a reminder of why we're doing a lot of this work in the first place. With Leah around we're confident that the future is bright for mountain biking.
Chief Cat Herder: Jason Showalter As head of the Bike Park Committee Jay has had the task of making sure we're all pulling in the same direction. It's not easy but he handles the job with true professionalism. The Turner Trail Worker of the Year for most trail work hours and winner of a Turner frame of his choice (in this case a black ano, XL Sultan) was Jon Major. Jon has worked on SDMBA trail work crews for several years but really stepped up his game this year. He could be seen brushing Noble Canyon to working a strike crew in Mission Trails. Great job Jon!
Our overall Volunteer of the Year was Carlos Orosco. "Los" really made an impression this year. From providing tools and expertise to being a calm voice of reason he's proved to be a real asset to the Association. Everything from helping to start a SDMBA online forum to providing Bobcats for land managers he was there. A SDMBA-PRO member, Los has a great ability to spread the gospel of two wheels on dirt not only through what he says but through what he does on the ground. Thank you Los.
"Above and Beyond Sponsor, 2012": New Belgium Brewing A long time sponsor New Belgium went over the top this year. Not only is the Tour de Fat (coming up, September 29, save the date) a great event and fund raiser for the SDMBA but NBB kept us in suds all during the year providing brew for the annual Archipelago Ride and countless trail work days. Along with burgers from our new grill NBB beers like Shift really helped relax those sore trail work muscles.
We'd like to thank our incredible VAP sponsors: Turner Bicycles Stone Brewing Company Cal Coast Bicycles North of the Border Bikes Zoic Clothing Canfield brothers JensonUSA Schwalbe Tires Shimano Seki's Cycles Black Mountain Bikes Frame Defender Shoebacca
Turner Bicycle's Erik Trogden presents frame to the SDMBA/Turner Trail Work Volunteer of the Year Jon Major
Check out the Calendar for upcoming events!
Go to the top of the page and click on the "Events" tab to find out what events are coming up! Events such as the Mammoth Mountain Weekend and the Volunteer Appreciation Party are on there. Check 'em out!
"Strength in Numbers" Wrap-Up and Bike Magazine article
Thanks to everyone for coming out and to our sponsors for helping us make this event, and more, happen!
Archipelago Ride 2012 is now history.
And what a ride it was! Great job to all the riders that completed this tough course and who support SDMBA in the pursuit of better trails for San Diego. Thanks to all the volunteers who sacrificed their riding time to make this event happen.Thanks to all the sponsors who believe in SDMBA and give generously to strengthen our mountain biking community.
Order your Archipelago Ride 2012 Jerseys NOW!
The Squadra on-line store will be taking orders now until May 1st! Get your Limited Edition 2012 Archipelago Jersey to commemorate the ride! And for every $35 jersey sold, Squadra will donate $10 to SDMBA. They will be available 6 weeks after the ride. Visit the on-line store at https://store.squadra.us/myquote/enter.php?id=MTQ1MDU= to place your order now.
Thank you: North of the Border Bike Shop, Clif Bar, New Belgium Brewing, Epic Action Video Cam, iMountainBike, ZOIC Clothing, prAna, Loaded Precision Products, SHOEBACCA, SPY Optic, Troy Lee Designs, Cycling Camp San Diego, 661, Squadra, Cool N Fit and the Julien Family.
Open letter to Mountain Bikers
See how cooperation is making things happen! SDMBA is working with rangers to improve access in state parks.
(click on image to go to thread at mtbr.com)
SDMBA Elfin Forest Trailwork
SDMBA Volunteers and OMWD Rangers overhaul a switchback on the Way Up Trail at Harmony Grove Overlook at the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve.
Do you want to get in on the fun and help maintain San Diego's trails? Check out our Events Calendar for upcoming trail work days.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO OPEN THE STOWE TRAIL (SYCAMORE CANYON)
We've been asked by a few of you, "What can I do about the closure of the trail in Sycamore Canyon?" Well after a couple months of meetings with various officials and the fine work of a SDMBA volunteer who happens to be an attorney we've come up with what we think is the best plan of action for now. If something better comes up we'll certainly explore that option too.