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Report: SDMBA Trail Work at Cowles Mt. a Success
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.
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Elfin Forest Trail Work
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
 
Introducing the new SDMBA President: Rod Simmons

I introduce Rod Simmons, new President of SDMBA. Most of you know him. Otherwise you can spot him easily in a crowd. He's the tall, old guy with glasses over there with the 29er and the spandex. Wait a minute... This is sounding like a Who song. Anyway he has the best haircut in town.

My congratulations to Rod. I know he and Board, with new members Wendy Hoagland and himself will take good care of the club and climb to new heights (or descend to new lows as quickly as possible--if that's the way you roll.) I'll refrain from telling them what they "should do" or "need to do." There's plenty of those folks around already. What I WILL do is everything I can to continue to support the Association and our new President. I'll be turning over the Keys to the Kingdom to him in the immediate future.

I'd like to thank all those who supported me in my terms as President over the last couple years. There are too many to list and I'll forget somebody and tick myself off but I'd especially like to thank some folks who many don't see enough of. Joe Hoffman takes care of setting up and sending out our Trail News every week. He is someone who uses the keyboard for good, not evil. Thank you Joe. Kudos to Cliff Chen who takes care of our website. He's done an amazing job considering what he has to work with. Chris Hatch is our Chief Financial Officer. He keeps track of the money, insurance and tax stuff. You ROCK Dude. I'd also be nowhere without the support and knowledge base of past Presidents Minette Ozaki, Andy Darragh and John Holloway. Our graphic look and feel was developed by Maggie Holloway and continues to guide us years after she did her visual magic for us.

As President I considered part of my job to be to learn as much as I could about who we could and couldn't work with. Unfortunately I still don't have some of those answers after 3-4 years so I'll keep working on that nut. I do know that thanks to the hard work of many folks led by Kevin Mortensen we CAN work with Crestridge Ecological Reserve. We CAN work with the San Diego River Park. We CAN work with agencies included the USFS, CNLM (okay a company, not an agency) and many others.

As I mentioned at last night's meeting, me and my outgoing fellow Board members (Andy Darragh, Bill Porter, Kim Wiley, and Matt Merritt) aren't saddling the new folks with some broke-down '83 Escort of a club. We are strong spiritually and financially. We have what I think are the best people working for mountain bike advocacy we've ever had.

So, President Simmons, have fun. Don't take it too seriously. We aren't curing cancer here. It's just dirt. Stop reading the forums ('cepting SDMBA's) -- it doesn't matter what keyboard warriors think of you. Keep your eye on the ball, your nose to the grindstone, your shoulder to the wheel and put your back into it--now try working that way.

Best to you and your new Board,
Immediate Past President
Gardner



 
CCSD Special Offer for SDMBA Members
2 Free Spots and 50% off CCSD MTB Training Camp!

SDMBA newest sponsor, Cycling Camp San Diego (CCSD, is offering two free spots in their January 21st Beginner's MTB Camp to SDMBA members, a $99 value. Any additional SDMBA members will receive 50% off, a $50 value. The one day camp will involve 20-25 miles of riding in the San Diego mountains. Ascend more than 3900 feet with 13 miles of single track! Cover basic bike handling skills, such as climbing, cornering, descending; plus gain tips on bike maintenance and preparation, and on-the-bike nutritional strategies.

CCSD is committed to providing its clients with the best winter training experience possible, with a strict emphasis on the bike.

Additional road and mountain camps dates can be found at http://www.cyclingcampsandiego.com/camp_dates.html

Email SDMBA Membership, for event sign up information.

 
Bicycle Dreams - San Diego Movie Screening

We're helping promote biking in all forms to get people pedaling! Here's an inspiration to get you to do just that:

Date: Thursday, February 2nd 7 p.m.

Location: San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) - 1649 El Prado San Diego, Ca 92101

Fee: Advance: $11, At the Door: $15 (Cash Only)

With the SDCBC, we invite members and friends to attend a screening of the movie, Bicycle Dreams. Bicycle Dreams documents the high's and low's of the Race Across America ( http://www.raceacrossamerica.org/raam/raam.php?N_webcat_id=1 )

For general or sponsorship questions about the event, please contact Mariel Berry, Development Coordinator, at 858.248.0664 or marielberry@sdcbc.org.

TRAILER: http://bicycledreamsmovie.com/trailer.html

EDIT: Forgot the link:http://www.imathlete.com/events/bicycledreams

 
SDMBA Awarded REI Grant for Fourth Year in a Row.

The San Diego Mountain Biking Association is once again the recipient of a generous grant from the REI. This is the fourth year in a row that the SDMBA has received this grant.

Last year we used the grant to continue the SDMBA's mission of trail stewardship and volunteerism in our community. Here's how the grant helped us:

We were able to continue our Bear Bell Program and help it spread throughout the area. Find out more about the Bear Bell Program here. We purchased multiple copies of IMBA's books "Trail Solutions" and "Managing Mountain Biking." We give these to our new Liaisons so they can learn the ins and outs of trail construction and also to area land managers. You will find these books in the offices of agencies including the County of San Diego, State Parks, USFS, San Diego City Parks, CDFG, City of Carlsbad, City of Escondido, City of Poway etc. Many of you have seen the new SDMBA event canopy around town. Yep, REI's grant helped pay for that too. We added some needed tools to the our toolbox including clinometers, Dig EZ pick shovels, rakes, tampers and hoes along with a test model of a backpack water sprayer. We are continually testing new tools and methods to build and maintain local trails and the REI grant makes it possible for us to stay up to date and well equipped.

The other half of our grant went to the Educational Discovery Institute. In cooperation with EDI SDMBA volunteers helped area 4th, 5th and 6th graders get in touch with nature by helping them reroute two trails at Crestridge Ecological Reserve.

Besides the SDMBA local REI grants also help places where we ride and places we'll ride in the future including the San Diego River Park and the San Dieguito River Valley Land Conservancy. They also support the outstanding work of Outdoor Outreach.

We'd like to thank REI for their continued and generous support.

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2012 SDMBA Trail Worker of the Year

Turner Suspension Bikes and the San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA) will be awarding the 2012 "Trail Worker of the Year" a new Turner bike frame. The winner will have choice of size and color and model, either a Flux, 5.Spot, or Sultan. Click here for details.

 
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