THE DIRT ON THE TRAIL
Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers
Dedicated to improving off-road
bicycling opportunities in San Luis Obispo County
JOIN A WEEKLY CREW
FASTA/Eucs Project: Sundays, 10:00 a.m. meet in the Eucalyptus Grove below Shooters. Contact Tucker Fritch at email@example.com
Froom Ranch: Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., meet in The Home Depot parking lot on the eastern edge next to TJMax. Contact Ranger Doug at DCarscad@slocity.org
Montaña de Oro: Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m., meet at the Quonset hut/maintenance yard next to the campground. Contact Tim Sawchuck at firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate Bike Month
May is Bike Month and you're invited to stop by the CCCMB Open House/Happy Hour on Saturday, May 12th from 4-6:00 p.m. in the dining room area at the Quality Suites (1631 Monterey St. SLO).
Enjoy food, beverages, raffle prizes as well as the company of other trail lovers. You'll have the opportunity to find out the latest on the new trails at Montaña de Oro, Froom Ranch, Santa Margarita Lake and the Eucs; learn about the 70 miles of County trails CCCMB maintains; and discuss the
art of sustainable trail building and maintenance. This will also be a
great chance to talk with active CCCMB volunteers about the ways to help
create a better SLO County trail system.
CCCMB is also hosting two rides on Saturday, May 12th: one from Stenner to the Eucs (meet at 2pm at the end of Stenner Creek Road), the other at Montaña de Oro (meet at the bottom of Hazard Peak Trail at 1pm).
There will also be a CCCMB-sponsored breakfast on Monday, May 14th from 7 - 9am at the end of Morro Street (where it dead ends into Santa Barbara Street). On the menu? Awesome breakfast burritos made with black beans, potatoes, eggs, and salsa in a flour or corn tortilla. Hope to see you at one or all of the Bike Month events!
The Eucs Project
continues to refine and build in the area below the intersection of
Shooters and Morning Glory. The last few months have seen the completion
of a new wall ride in the Upper Grove. Designed and built using donated
materials over the course of a month, the new feature offers an
alternative line through a tight corner. Riding the wall dials up a bit
of adrenalin and lets you carry your momentum into the features that follow. Check it out! http://www.pinkbike.com/video/250482/
up, the freshly dubbed Flyin" Ewok trail has a new, roll-able
drain/double jump. This new feature helps with drainage and helps to
scrub riders' speed as they approach the left-hander which had
previously seen a fair bit of skidding damage.
the Eucs, the connector, singletrack trail from Elevator to the Return
trail has been opened. This trail's existence is due to the hard work of
a core group of CCCMB/FASTA folks. This section of trail was completed after only 2 work days!
(and certainly not least), there's money in the bank! SRAM has
committed to donating several thousand dollars to FASTA and the Eucs
Project. These matching funds have become available largely due to
generous donations from SLOPOST and Art's Cyclery as well as numerous
private volunteers. Most of these funds will go toward materials, as
FASTA continues to fit as many technical trail features as feasible into
the Upper and Lower Groves. Sincere thanks to all who have donated cash
and sweat to making the Eucs Project happen!
FROOM RANCH EXPANSION ON TRACK
you probably know, the new trails along the south/east side of Froom
Creek are completed and open. City Rangers and CCCMB are currently
flagging more trail to create riding and hiking loop trails within Froom
Ranch in addition to having the connector to Johnson Ranch.
all new trails and the reroutes of old mining roads on the Froom Ranch
property must be in compliance with the Open Space Conservation Plan
adopted by the City. Fortunately, the Plan accommodates public access
and trails - really sweet trails actually. Check the CCCMB website for the ongoing work days at Froom. CCCMB.org
SLO COUNTY'S YOUNGEST TRAIL WORKER!
This is two and half year old Zoe Matteson, who volunteered at the last SuperBowl Sunday workday at Mdo along with her mom and dad, Heather and Ryan.
leader Kelli Schonher reports that Zoe hiked in her Mom's backpack up
Hazard Peak to the fence post just below Poison Oak Hollow (about 1.5
miles), had an excellent attitude throughout the day, and her family was
the last one of the crew to leave. Wow!
Oats Peak: Two Years Away
But Worth the Wait
Pride and patience are the two reactions most appropriate for what is happening at Montaña de Oro. Pride because we have
finally broken ground on the huge reroute of the Oats Peak trail
system. Patience because we are, at best, two years from having anything
we can ride.
February, we completed construction of about 1.5 miles of trails,
thanks to Zachi Anderson of Forest Trails Alliance (Nevada City), his
mini-excavator and skid steer and 20 hardy CCCMBers. It took just eight
days to complete a mile of the Oats Peak trail and a half mile of the
new Bebe Trail.
issues required us to begin work near the back of the Park outside the
Coastal Zone. We have an agreement with State Parks to bring Zachi back
to MdO in late fall of this year and possibly again in spring, 2013.
Until then he'll be building trail in the Downieville-Nevada City area
where we found him.
We Do Trails. Join Us!
|2012 SPRING & SUMMER WORK SCHEDULE
April 29, Sunday 9:00 a.m. Fernandez Trail (meet at Turkey Flats (or SLO Vet's Hall at 8 p.m.)
May 20, Sunday 10:00 a.m. Jailbreak Trail at the Eucs (meet at Eucalyptus Grove below Shooters)
June 2, Saturday 9:00 a.m. Lopez Lake (meet inside the park at Arboledo Day Camp)
June 30, Saturday 9:00 Montaña de Oro (meet at Hazard Peak Trail parking area)
THE UPS & DOWNS OF MACHINE-BUILT TRAIL
February, CCCMB and State Parks arranged for Zachi Anderson, an
experienced trail builder from Nevada City's Forest Trails Alliance, to
build trail at MdO with his mini-excavator and skid steer. CCCMB
spent two years investigating the pros and cons of machine-built trails
and finding someone who would meet our very specific requirements.
Zachi was chosen after meeting with him, talking with people who know his work and riding trails he has built. Ultimately, he was the best fit with CCCMB because he is absolutely passionate about building fun and sustainable singletrack. He's
also a perfectionist, an absolute master at operating his machines and
has the skills and knowledge to build quality singletrack.
CCCMB hired Zachi with two goals in mind: learn as much as possible about building trail with machines and build as much trail as practical. We exceeded expectations in both areas. Here's some of what we learned:
1. A quality machine-built trail is 90% operator and 10% machine. A skilled machine operator with experience & knowledge can build beautiful singletrack very quickly. Using unskilled & inexperienced operators is something CCCMB will avoid.
is important to know what kind of trail you want before you decide if
machines are appropriate or what type of machine to use.
3. You design for sustainability and fun ahead of time. But
a well-operated machine can build a more sustainable trail much faster,
while including elements a hand crew would probably be unwilling to
4. Different machines have different uses and liabilities.
5. The type of dirt you are working matters a great deal. Machines
move all dirt more quickly than hand crews but rocks, vegetation,
steepness of pitch all impact the speed at which a trail is constructed
as well as its quality and other characteristics.
is imperative that the folks responsible for the trail and the trail
builder/machine operator are in absolute agreement about the trail they
BEST WAY TO KEEP TRAILS OPEN: SHARE IT!
bicycle bell program has definitely led to increased courtesy on the
trail between mountain bikers and other trail users. In addition to
using a bell, it's imperative that verbal communication takes place.
When cyclists slow down and engage hikers and equestrians with a few
friendly words, it goes a long way to defuse the apprehension of a
collision or the fear of being forced off the trail. Slowing your bike
well before the encounter allows time for each party to understand who
will yield the trail.
thing to consider when descending is to slow down and make it clear to
the uphill trail user that you intend to yield the trail even before you
are close enough for verbal communication. The action of mountain
bikers courteously sharing the trail with all other user groups will
help ensure access on future trails.
· Mountain bikes yield to all other trail users (hikers, runners and equestrians)
· Downhill bicycles yield to uphill bicycles
yielding the trail to another user, stop and step off of the trail. Do
not ride off the trail, around the other trail user. Help keep singletrack single
ABOUT US: Central
Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers (CCCMB) is a project committee of the
San Luis Obispo Parks, Open Space and Trails Foundation (SLOPOST) whose
mission is advocating, developing and maintaining parks, open space and
trails in SLO County. www.cccmb.org