Just a quick update on our Hewlett Gulch trail day next weekend.
We’ve got 31 volunteers registered so far! Apparently we’re pretty excited to complete this re-route. The more people we have, the more trail that gets built. Go figure.
If you haven’t signed up yet please register at the Overland website, volunteer opportunities by Thursday night, April 26th.
You’ll also see that we’ve got the Friends of Lory trail day listed on the volunteer page. This is always a great day, and if you just read the event description you’ll see why it’s going to be particularly awesome this year. We'd love to see you out there.
Does your mountain bike utilize disc brakes? If so, when was the last time you checked to see how tight the rotor bolts are?
Recently, a buddy of mine and a friend were on a ride in Fruita zipping along the trails, up and over rocks, feeling the wind on their faces, and generally enjoying themselves when his riding partner noticed something making some funny noises. On further inspection, he noticed that all but one of the bolts on his rear disc brake rotor had managed to come loose – very loose – as in they weren’t there. This cautionary tale prompted me to check the brakes on my wife’s bike and mine. Lo and behold, ours were a wee bit loose too. Not to the point of being gone, but loose enough that they needed to be tightened.
At our monthly meetings, we've been working to bring in special guests. This month, cycling coach, Andy Clark joins us.
Apologies to everyone about First Aid/CPR training dates being all wonky last week. Here's the real training days.
We call our Wednesday night group ride a "social" because that's our intent. We want the ride to be casual. We want all levels of riders to feel welcome. We want you to have a good time. We have a few guidelines we follow to make sure this happens:
1. We split up into ability groups.
2. Someone from the club always sweeps.
3. We stop. We chat. We catch our breath.
4. We encourage each other.
5. We always yield to others and use exceptional trail etiquette.
6. We don't "drop" anyone.
7. We always socialize afterwards. (If we are at someone's house, please bring something
8. Rides are always weather dependent and trail condition dependent. If it's not raining but it rained the day before and the trails are sloppy, we won't ride.
If you've never ridden the lollipop at Hewlett Gulch, your ankles, collarbones, and wrists will thank you. And thanks to the work of Overland, the US Forest Service, and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, soon you won't have to worry about meeting your doom in the "asteroid belt" that makes up the final descent.
I enjoyed the twists and turns, ups and downs of
Early March Club Kick-Off a Success!
Thanks to everyone who came out a couple of Mondays ago. I hope you had a good time. You all definitely kept the Membership folks busy that night. A big ring welcome to all new members and of course, welcome back to all of our returning folks!
Hopefully, you've all been added to the email lists and will receive our weekly updates. If not, please contact us and let us know.
A big thanks to everyone at Drake Centre for taking good care of us. And to New Belgium for providing the refreshments.
Don't fret if you didn't make it. You can join anytime and Monthly Meetings are always open to everyone.
Here's what mountain bike patrolling isn't:
- Writing tickets.
- Busting people doing stuff they shouldn't be doing.
- Being confrontational.
Here's some of what it is: (You'll have to come to the meeting to find out more.)
- Riding your bike with others.
- Answering questions.
- Helping others in need.
- Learning very cool stuff.
I have found, as most patrollers have, that being out on patrol doesn't require you to do a whole lot more than what you would normally do when you're out riding. Would you?
Newly added: Youth/Adult Team Category. Youth race free with an adult. Contact us for more info.
Race registration officially opens March 6th.