Meeting Minutes – May 7

J-P shared with the adventures of the Colorado Bend camping weekend. If you missed the meeting, you can catch up via Mike’s written account.

Trail Maintenance

will be this Saturday at 8am. The WEST side is currently caked in poison ivy. If you are coming out to help be sure to wear long pants/sleeves. The powerline stretch has very high grass and a large crack running along it that is large enough for 2″ tires to get caught in. If you are choosing to ride the west side, please ride with caution until we get another path mowed.

The club will be renting a Bush Hog to mow this weekend. If I know James, he will probably be pushing that thing at least 23 of the 24 hours we have it for – so feel free to bring him some Lemonade or something…. Thanks James!

The A&M Consolidated High School team

brought some serious hardware to show off at the meeting:

So to the AMCHS Team, Thank you for sharing your success with us, inspiring us, and for riding your hearts out. See you on the trails!

2012 Summer TT

The delightful Collin Clark family has volunteered to run our Summer Time Trials. Collin is already on top of things, putting together a promotional video:

and picking out the course:

The start will either be at the top of the switchbacks, or back at BMX (depending on how much shade our volunteer timers will need as it gets hotter out). The finish will be UP these same switchbacks. Get the schedule on your calendar!

 

See you on the trails!!

March Meeting Minutes

Camping trip

The club is planning a trip to the Colorado Bend State park trails on April 22, Earth Day. It looks to be about a 3.5hour drive, we’ll find a place to camp, hang out, ride ride ride! More detailed planning and coordination will likely happen at the next meeting.

Saturday Trail Maintenance

There are 5 “No Tresspassing” signs that BTU has given us to put up. A few people will follow Mikey around to figure out where those will go.

James’ new trail needs a bridge moved into place. The bridge itself may or may not need some work.

There is a lot of erosion on the doubletrack that runs along the powerline just before Hematoma Hill (Game Trail). It is getting dangerous through there so be on your toes if/when riding that section. If there is time and enough people, we will work on that.

Another priority item for trail maintenance will be the jump that has been built at the very beginning of the East loop. There are some pointy and dangerous tree stumps sticking out on the other side of the jump that could cause some pretty serious injury if a rider rolls over the “jump” without knowing. These need to be taken care of.

The Big Event

BMX trail has been marked to cut. This is the plan for The Big Event!

Volunteers for Bike Rodeo

April 14 – St. Josephs is putting on a bike rodeo for kids in the new E.R.’s parking lot.

May 5 – The city of College Station will be putting on a bike rodeo.

Each of these events will be looking for volunteers to help make sure that bikes are ready and that the kids all stay safe!

Bike Maintenance Clinic

Kenneth Petereit is putting on a 3-part Bicycle Mechanic clinic.

“This is an 8-hour bicycle mechanic course of instruction that will walk the student through maintenance and repair of mountain bike drive trains and derailleur systems. This is the first of a three-part series. Bicycle Mechanic II will follow soon after, and will cover brake systems and tires/tubes. Bicycle Mechanic III will wrap up the series before the end of the year, and will cover the bearings throughout the bike and wheel truing. Each class is a stand-alone course available to people with basic bicycle maintenance experiences.”

Report back from the Desert Fest

The desert fest sounds like it was quite the adventure. Read the full report here. Otherwise, everyone got sick from one another…

Time Trials help fund the A&MCHS

Our time trials aren’t an entirely selfish endeavor of individuals trying to race the clock. The money raised from each Thursday night TT goes straight to the A&M Consolidated High School mountain bike team. BVMBA is a very proud sponsor of this team and has been thoroughly impressed with the growth that has been seen in each rider. We can’t hardly wait to see how they do at their first race THIS WEEKEND up at Reveille Peak Ranch.

On that note, the Texas High School Mountain Bike League has 3 more races they will be hosting. Two of which are within BVMBA striking distance. One is at Waco and another at Warda. If you would be interested in helping be a course marshal or setting up the course… Email the group list, comment on this post, or wait for John Flynn to post an update on how to volunteer.

Trail Maintenance Grants

Ali has been hard at work researching possible IMBA grants to help fund our trail marking endeavors. Deadlines for this year however have not been posted, but it is certainly in the works.

 

17 In attendance:

Emily C, Travis P, Gina H, Mike R, Kerry S, Chris, Justin F, Joel R, Gary S, James M, Barry B, Katelyn I, Nick K, Ali, Kim T, Jonathan, John F

February Meeting Minutes

The club is planning a trip to the Colorado Bend State park trails on April 22, Earth Day. It looks to be about a 3.5hour drive, we’ll find a place to camp, hang out, ride ride ride!

A couple weeks ago, GHORBA hosted a group ride at Cameron Park in Waco. It was some seriously fun riding where a few Waco group leaders even showed off their secret trails. Not too much blood was spilled and only a handful of flat tires…

This Saturday will be trail maintenance out at the lake. 8am as usual. After the storms this past week there will likely be a lot of deadfall that will need cleared. We will also be taking down the arrows from PowePedal that are confusing folks on the trail. Remember if you are new to the area to print off a trail map to stick in your jersey pocket as there are a number of intersections that could potentially run you in circles.

If you haven’t figured out already, we’ve made a HUGE website update! It is live and running and the club officers have been having a lot of fun with it. We want club members to be able to contribute as well. Tell us about your camping trips, how your races went, what the Lake Bryan trail conditions are like. Please keep the quantity of flat tires you’ve received through ‘flat tire alley’ to yourself though…we don’t want to scare away potential visitors – nah, you could share that. Keep your eyes open for Username and Password information arriving in your inbox soon.

Gina, Mike, Joel, JP, and maybe John are all headed to Lajitas, TX next weekend (Feb. 17-19) for the Chihuahuan Desert Dirt Fest. My guess would be that it is going to be AWESOME. There is talk that there is room for one more person who would get to squeeze between Joel and JP…

The Big Event is happening on March 24th here in College Station. What the heck is The Big Event? It is where students give back to the community. Gina has submitted an application for us to get 20-40 students out to Lake Bryan to help us move bridges, dirt, gravel, or anything else we can think of. Think manual labor!

JP and Victor did Terra Firma’s Dirty Dozen 12hour mountain bike race this past weekend as a team and scored a thoroughly impressive 3rd place. Keep posted for JPs race report.

Ali and Kim were there to volunteer as backup time keepers for the solo riders. The rainy/windy/muddy conditions kept the electronic timing from functioning consistently so… long live pen and paper!

Great job this weekend everyone.

Lake Bryan Lake passes are handed out to the top volunteers for the year. Who shall be the lucky ones????

Joel presented some trail sign ideas that featured a cyclist, hiker, arrow, section name, and “Main Loop.” As temporary signage by the teeter-totter and a few other confusing places, the club agreed that this would be a good addition. We are looking into grants from IMBA and possibly some funding from BTU about getting some more permanent signage that would mark the trail clearly and withstand this Texas weather.

attendees: Emily, Gina, JP, Travis, Mike, Kim, Ali, Joel, Jonathan (new!), John Flynn