Jack and Chad (from The Millican Reserve)
Chad and Jack from the Millican Reserve kindly joined us. The Millican Reserve is a non-profit organization building healthy community around nature. They will open up a 1500acres of land, south of College Station to groups within the local community for a variety of activities. BVMBA have been in contact with them regarding the possibility of building mountain bike trails on their site. The plan is for BVMBA to build the trails with their help. The trails will be open for BVMBA members to ride with purchase of a season ticket or day ticket.
The current situation is that Jack and Chad are waiting for their architects to identify the areas of land where we can cut trail. They invited us to come out and ride the existing horse trails on a day when there would be no horses. We will suggest a day and get back to them. Mike, James, and one other person will form a trail building committee who will mark the trails that the club will cut.
Justin has recently ordered some BVMA stickers. These are available for purchase ($5) to help raise money for the club. To buy a sticker talk to Justin, Jonathan, or Patrick.
A planned design for BVMBA T-shirts was emailed out to the list-serve a week or so ago. There was some interest but not enough to get the planned order of 48. Because of the club’s limited finances at the moment members will be asked to prepay for their T-shirts. The New Balance technical T-shirts will be available at CC Creations on Holleman drive to try on for size.
A motion for the club to print business cards was approved. These will be used to increase the community’s awareness of BVMBA. A motion for Patrick to pay for these cards and in return have his business details on the reverse side of the card was also approved.
A motion to increase membership dues to a flat rate of $30 for families and individuals was approved. This will be effective July 1st, 2013.
The upcoming camping trip on Labor Day weekend to Muleshoe Bend recreation area and Pace Bend Park was discussed. John F. is kindly letting us camp at his house, which is very close to Muleshoe. If anyone is interested in attending this trip please email Justin F.
Winter TT awards
The results from the winter time-trial series are as follow:
1st place overall points Travis Prochaska
2nd Place overall points James Munnerlyn
3rd place overall points Kerry Snow-Alley
Fastest Intermediate Female Kerry Snow-Alley
Fastest Beginner Male Jonathin
Fastest Intermediate Male Joel Reyes
Fastest Advanced Male JP Rheault
Travis was presented with an awesome trophy, that James kindly made, and a $50 Aggieland Cycling voucher! Congratulations to everyone who took part and many thanks to James for organizing a really fun series as well to our time keepers. The trophy will be displayed in Aggieland Cycling at some times of the year to promote the club.
The summer time trial will likely run the East Loop including the Octopus but them take the Teeter-Totter cutoff on the way back. The planned start date is June 13th. The plan is to divide the work more fairly and have multiple people time the series. More details to follow
We will meet for trail maintenance Saturday 11th May at 8am. The planned focus of this session will be the new trail we need to cut on the West Loop. There are still lots of areas that need to be de-stumped including the Octopus and this will be done as time permits. Due to limited finances the club will not rent a stump grinder at the moment.
The signs we ordered form CC Creations with Martha from TAMU Kinesiology are ready to be picked up. Some of these have to be cut into 2 pieces before they can be put up.
High School MTB League
Last weekend was the final race of the Texas High School MTB League season and TAMU-CHS won this race. Overall they came an impressive second place in the league. Several riders on the team have only very recently taken up the sport and already have posted some very impressive results and just as importantly are really enjoying mountain biking. So congratulations to all those involved and thanks to John, Mike, Kim, and Ali for acting as ride leaders!
Race/event in the fall
Having a race or event to raise money for the club in the fall was discussed. Several different formats including a fun ride, a shorter race or a 24-hour race were discussed. Concern was raised about the amount of effort than organizing a race would require. The format of the event will need to be further discussed to make sure it is not too ambitious.
Patrick has set up a BVMBA club group on Strava the cycling and running GPS tracking service (Strava.com). Club members are encouraged to post times for sections of our trail on Strava for some friendly competition and to raise awareness of the club among cyclists.