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eNews Apr 2012

THE DIRT ON THE TRAIL

Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers 

Dedicated to improving off-road

bicycling opportunities in San Luis Obispo County  

 Spring, 2012

IN THIS ISSUE
New Features at the Eucs
Youngest Trail Worker Sighted at SBS
Oats Peak Reroute in the Works
Spring/Summer Trail Work Schedule
Ups and Downs of Machine-Built Trail
Tips for Sharing the Trail
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JOIN A WEEKLY CREW 

 

FASTA/Eucs Project: Sundays, 10:00 a.m. meet in the Eucalyptus Grove below Shooters. Contact Tucker Fritch at tucker.fritch@cccmb.org

  

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 tim@cccmb.org

 

 

Celebrate Bike Month
with CCCMB

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).

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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

Gathers Momentum

FASTA 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/

 

Higher 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. 
 

Outside 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! 

 

Last (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

 

As 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 additiFroom4.12on to having the connector to Johnson Ranch.

 

Remember, 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 MZoeSBS12atteson, who volunteered at the last SuperBowl Sunday workday at Mdo along with her mom and dad, Heather and Ryan.

 

Crew 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 haveZachiOates2 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.

 

In 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.

 

Permitting 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! 

Return trail2012 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

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In 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. 

2.       It 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 create.  

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.

6.       It is imperative that the folks responsible for the trail and the trail builder/machine operator are in absolute agreement about the trail they are building.

 

BEST WAY TO KEEP TRAILS OPEN: SHARE IT! 

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CCCMB's 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.
 

Another 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.

 

Remember:

·         Mountain bikes yield to all other trail users (hikers, runners and equestrians)

·         Downhill bicycles yield to uphill bicycles

·         When 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