Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers
January 20, 2009
Attendees: Greg Bettencourt, Doug
Carscaden, Mary Bettencourt, Bill Jenkins, Rachel Duchak, Ron
Dexter, Tim Sawchuck, Kelli Schonher, Frank Zika, Joe O’Donnell,
John Cutter, Paul and Allison Reinhart, Leland O’Conner, Jeanne and
Andy Mutziger, Kyle Elfrink, Jim Aaron, Phil Strong, Andrew
Pellkofer, Darren St. Angelo, Wendy Miller, Margo Clark (minutes)
Items in Italics – information
or discussion on topic
Items in Blue
– action items or decisions made
Items in Red
– relate to financial matters
I Approval of minutes of previous
meeting - Approved and Seconded.
II Agenda Requests and Explanation of
new agenda format. Greg explained the new meeting format, asking
persons to be briefer in their reports, and asked if anyone was
attending the meeting that wanted to add an item to the agenda or
wanted to discuss something at the end of the agenda.
II Committee Reports
Trail Work –
Johnson Ranch –
Doug had 63 persons showed up, finished 1200 feet more of trail.
CCC attended. Poly frat boys as well
Doug said that the trail is completed.
Morning Glory and
Shooters – Greg - 36 persons showed up and the work went well,
more water bars were put in, but some more work needs to be done.
CCCMB had more persons work on Shooters and Morninglory than ever
Sponsorship & Fundraising –
CCCMB will give shops that want one, a
brochure rack with maps, membership information and work schedule.
Public relations – Frank –
article in the New Times volunteer section about CCCMB.
Newsletter – Rachel –
Newsletter (420 copies) were being collated at
meeting and will be mailed out.
Membership & Volunteers –
Paul and Allison - 16 persons have joined since the beginning of the
year. Frank – folks on a separate email
group will be asked to join the googlegroup. Paul & Jeanne will
keep track of new members with computer program. Rachel
suggested sending an auto reply with welcome email some ideas of
trail etiquette, etc. We decided to
explore how to do this.
Agency and Organization Reports
(State Parks, County, and City, forest Service, Bike Coalition):
Doug, Bob, Ron, Greg, etc: Ron – Increasing motorcycle use on
Cuesta Ridge and other trails. Additional trail may be put in
at Lopez Lake -Bill and Bob are interested in designing in the
trail. Waiting to hear back from County.
Training Committee –Kelli No
report but progress being made.
Website/tech Committee – Paul,
Morgan, Daniel, and Rachel: update – New website completed and
committee asked for input. An educational page and a regional crew
page will also be added. Bill will put in the Singletrax calendar on
FASTA – Andrew, Dan: Update
Greg and Ron will get together with FASTA and
Neil and Doug to review the free ride area.
Financial report – Jeanne/Greg
– CCCMB has about $6500.
Jeanne will start doing quick books and Paul will give her the
membership information. Rachel was reimbursed for Newsletters –
420 newsletters for $189.56.
Paul & Allison reimbursed for stamps $155.40.
Greg clarified that although we pay 31/2% of revenues to
SLOPOST the reality is SLOPOST has been donating funds every year to
CCCMB which more than offsets the cost.
IV Items Requiring
Discussion or Action
Super Bowl Sunday Planning:
set-up, check in/membership - Frank and
Allison and Paul, breakfast – Bill Jenkins is bringing food. Work
projects - Ron said crews will be widely spaced out; so many crew
leaders are needed. Ron, Bill, Jim, Doug Joe, Andy, Greg will be
crew leaders. Greg and Ron will do some scouting out this Saturday,
everyone is invited. It is a training opportunity along with a
ride. Kelli will post an email to invite others to become crew
leaders. Poison Oak discussion will be given to volunteers by
Kelli. Raffle items – gift certificates – Bill asked for more
gift certificates to be obtained.
Spring and Summer Schedule: how to
be disseminated? Greg asked how the spring and summer schedule
will be sent out. Rachel showed the
schedule on the back of the newsletter. Schedules will also be
printed out and taken to Super Bowls Sunday. Rachel asked
Leland how to attract more students. Leland suggested contacting
the Wheelmen. Frank wanted to have all
the names on the Google group to get the new schedule.
Ron pointed out that the Newsletter schedule did not include
Training in Trail Design &
Construction by Karl Knapp: Kathy
Longacre will pay for a one day trail construction and design
workshop for persons who have a long term commitment to CCCMB and
trail work. Only Twenty persons can attend and it is on Friday March
8am to 5pm. Workshop is also available to agency persons
as well. Greg suggested paying persons who missed a day of work to
Regional Trail Leaders have
surfaced, so CCCMB is thinking of putting the leaders on the
website, and connecting persons to their favorite region and to
start an email list for each region. Greg decided to put the idea
out to the group, agreed to institutionalize this.
Bill and Ron may buy more tools for the Regional Trail Leaders.
Volunteers: Lopez Lake – Bill; SM Lake – Andy Mutziger; Cerro
Cabrillo Paul; Irish Hills – Bob; MDO – Tim Sawchuck; San Luis
Obispo w/Shooters and Morning Glory – Andrew Pellkofer. Job
Be contact person – be a
volunteer, and have skills to fix trails
Keep list of folks interested in
working in your area
Keep track of trail needs
Communicate those maintenance
need/invite folks to work
Have access to tools
Progress on Black Mountain Trail
Closure – There has been numerous
complaints to State Parks about using a section as a downhill run.
State Parks ignored several complaints until they considered closing
that part of the trail to bikes, and invited CCCMB into go to Black
Mountain with them and make suggestions. Andrew’s help was
praised. Changes were to be adopted, and
implemented for six months, and if the downhilling did not stop,
closure of the trail may be implemented. Part of the Black Hill
discussion had to do with the effects of closing Ridge.
Parks and Trail meeting on 1/28/09. CCCMB will bring up an issue of
a downhill trail, and downhillers were invited to the Parks and
MdO to Avila Trail Schedule More
Lopez Lake new trail possibility
– discussed earlier
IMBA Trial Crew in Santa Barbara
on March 21&22
Greenways Trail conference April
22-24. In Yosemite Tenhenya (sp?) Lodge.
MdO trails reroute poster to go
out for next meeting.
VI Guest: Leland
O’Connor organizer of underground downhill series. Organized
races, and is open to suggestions and discussed ideas on how to
mitigate impact on trail and other trail users. Suggestions –
signs, trail marshals at top and bottom; Ron suggested that the trail
be maintained and repaired. Tim Sawchuck recommended that the trail
maintenance be required as part of racing entry.
Leland will forward trail work days schedule to his 80 members of the
group. Andrew gave several suggestions on working with the
State Parks and making the races long term. Kelli asked about using
bells and it was suggested that Farm Supply had inexpensive bells.
Also suggested that racers avoid Irish Hills, MdO. Joe O’Donnell
suggested that the race group get more involved in issues. Doug said
that preserving the natural resources were the most important. Leland
stated he intended to not use Black Hill, MdO or Irish Hills for
races, would ask participants to do maintenance and would use
“monitors” at bottom of popular trails.
Andrew Pellkofer (FASTA) will get
help from Cal Poly in GIS map making, and asked if CCCMB had any maps
they wanted to make. Concern was expressed over mapping illegal
trails. Greg mentioned that we could present the illegal trails to
land managers at a meeting. Andrew went to a conference in Colorado,
and met Gravity Logic who has been supplying Andrew has lots of
information from them to help further the goals CCCMB.