overland mountain bike club
Our last Adopt-a-Trail Day on the Shoreline Trail. Bring your ideas and bring your gloves. We'll look at what needs to be done and get after it. Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Bring water and a snack. Overland will provide lunch. If you plan on attending, please email Doug Baker. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The leaves may be changing color and falling, but there’s still plenty of good biking to be had… (BTW: These articles are always more than a paragraph. Click READ MORE below to continue.)
My apologies for being a bit tardy on the blog the past couple of weeks. I’ll do my best to catch everyone up to speed. I’ve added a contest in this week to add a little incentive for you to continue reading...
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who came out to play and/or volunteer. I know my kids had a great time.
Aren’t trail days good for the soul? In the past couple of weeks, we’ve had people digging in the dirt at Curt Gowdy, Lory State Park, and the Shoreline Trail. Thanks to everyone who “Grabbed yer Pulaski” or “Manhandled your McCloud”. The trails can’t speak but I know they appreciate it and I know the land agencies appreciate it. By the way, check out the Gallery for photos from Shoreline. And visit Overland’s Facebook page for some awesome photos of the Overland Grill which was finally put to “official” use on Saturday with Grill Master Thomson manning the tongs.
Notes from the September 13 Communications Team meeting
In attendance: Kory Swanson, Doug Baker, Pete Skram, Monty Seitz
We cordially, and with many diversions:
- Reviewed and agreed on improvements to the new Overland poster, brochure, and Trails Team poster
- Decided there were no further major events we needed to publicize this year
- Discussed options for better orientating new members, agreeing on a recommendation to the Board
Just a heads up. There are rocks at Bobcat Ridge. Big ones. Little ones. Sharp ones… And I almost couldn’t find the top skinny log ride due to all the overgrowth. Anyway, hope you all had a chance to ride this weekend.
A huge thanks to the group that showed up at the Shoreline Trail. Pictures of the day will be up soon in the gallery. Rumor has it that the day was very successful and a lot of work got done. Thanks for getting out and giving a trail that gets used a lot some love.
Seems like when the college kids roll back into town, I see a whole bunch of folks on the trail without a helmet - especially Maxwell. And for those of you who were riding in the social ride on Wednesday, you know first hand that a helmet saved a life when a rider went over the bars and landed on top of her head on a rock. The dented and cracked lid now resides in my garage and will be used to educate others. And yes, Jen's been a bit sore, but she'll be back to ride another day. Patrollers and non-patrollers alike - please talk to people about the benefits of an intact skull.
I hate to say it, but I haven't found much time to ride in the past week. In fact, in the past seven days I've been out only once - much less than our pal, Steve Lacey, who's been in the thick of the Colorado Trail Race for the past week. For the middle of summer, that pretty much stinks for me. So, this week I've committed to getting out more. First off, on Tuesday, as penance for my lack of pedaling, I'm heading over to the Lory Mountain Challenge to get beaten into the ground while supporting high school mountain biking with my $10 entry fee.
Overland Mountain Bike Club's very own Steve Lacey is in the thick of the Colorado Trail Race. Go Steve! You can check Steve's progress on the Colorado Trail Race Website with live GPS tracking. As of Tuesday at 4:25 p.m. he looks to be in 7th place. Go Steve! Go!
Weekly revelations: Knee pads and elbow pads are a good idea. Emergency orthopedic surgery on a Saturday night ain't fun. Sam splints, ace bandages, triangular bandages, and a cell phone can sure come in handy on the trail. Thank goodness for 4-wheel drive ranger trucks, and you're more likely to patch a friend up on the trail than you are a stranger. Have you checked your first aid kit lately?
Got to spend some quality time with the Reverend Ballyhoo over the weekend. Good times. Hope you all enjoyed yourselves.
Patrollers: New challenge this month. We're looking for the most improved Patroller. Whoever has the highest increase in the percentage of patrols over last month will be recognized at the next meeting. Thanks for all the work you do out there. Please remember to log your patrols.
We've got a busy week:
Ahhh, Monday mornings...the work week begins and so do plans for the next ride. When will yours be? We do really have mountain biking heaven right outside our back doors.
I learned an important lesson this week. Don't assume swapping pedals is something anyone can do without a little explanation. That whole left/right specific thing might just be something worth mentioning. Aluminum threads are soft. Cranks are expensive. An extra five minutes can save time and money. Road biking just isn't as much fun.
The Overland Crew hit the trails at Curt Gowdy this past weekend. Anyone have pictures? If so, lets get them into the gallery. I can't wait to hear some tales at the meeting tonight.