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eNews Jan 2012

THE DIRT ON THE TRAIL

Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers 

Dedicated to improving off-road

bicycling opportunities in San Luis Obispo County  

 Winter, 2012

IN THIS ISSUE
Trail Work Schedule
Join a Weekly Crew
Season Accomplishments
Buy Those Bells!
SUPPORT 
LOCAL TRAILS
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MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS REWARDS!

CCCMB members now get a discount at partner bike shops:

  • Art's Cyclery
  • Best Bike Zone
  • Cambria Bicycle Outfitters
  • Flanders
  • Foothill Cyclery
  • Mark's Baywood Cyclery
  • Pedal Power Bicycles
  • Trinity Cyclery
  • Wally's Bicycle Works

Contact each shop for full details.   

DIRT MOVNG RECORD!

Last season (August '10 to July '11), CCCMB volunteers donated 5,715 hours of trail work, an all time record!

 

This year is on track to be another record breaker, thanks to the FASTA/Eucs Project and the new Froom trail.

 

So far volunteers have done more than 2,740 hours of trail work, (1,386 of those were done by small crews and not on scheduled workdays).  

 

Thanks everyone, for your continued work on local trails!

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25th ANNUAL SUPERBOWL SUNDAY TRAIL WORK DAY, FEBRUARY 5th
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 First 100 Volunteers Receive a Free 

T-Shirt Celebrating 25 Years 

of Trail Work at MdO!

It all started in 1987 when we inadvertently scheduled a workday on SBS because none of us were football fans. It worked so well we just kept doing it.

 

Please join us Sunday, February 5th at 8:00 a.m. at MdO Park Headquarters above Spooners Cove. We will have breakfast breads, coffee, juice and give you (if you are in the first 100 folks to sign in) a commemorative t-shirt. The goal is to do as much trail maintenance as possible on as many trails as possible.

 

Last year, about 150 volunteers participated, so come out and have some fun. We guarantee you'll be done in plenty of time to watch the game!

WE DO TRAILS. JOIN US!   

SPRING/SUMMER
TRAIL
WORK 
SCHEDULE

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March 11, Sunday, 9:00 a.m. Santa Margarita Lake

(meet at White Oak Picnic Area) 

March 25, Sunday 10:00 a.m. Morning Glory 

(meet at Eucalyptus Grove below Shooters)

April 14, Saturday 9:00 a.m. Froom Ranch 

(meet at eastern edge of Home Depot parking lot)

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. "A" Trail in FASTA/Eucs Project 

(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) 

JOIN A WEEKLY TRAIL CREW

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Join a small crew on your favorite trail and see what amazing work gets done! CCCMB has found that a regular crew of 4-10 can be much more productive and requires much less organizational effort than general workday crews. Most crews meet weekly (although no one is committed to work each and every week). So come when you can - the company is good and the work is fun and rewarding.

 

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.

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS & PROJECTS 
The Wave
The Wave at the Eucs 
 
What's CCCMB done for you lately?

·         Ride the recently completed extension of the Duna Vista Trail at Lopez Lake for great single-track with solid climbs and descents along with new, spectacular & panoramic views of the Pacific, the Guadalupe Dunes, Lopez Canyon, High Mountain and more. 

·         Ride the FASTA/Eucs Project on "The Trail that Hath yet to be Named" and enjoy the new features that the crew continues to build.  Then use the newly constructed upper half of the Return Trail to climb back up and do it again. Soon you'll be able to climb Elevator and then continue up the new lower Return Trail and avoid the access road all together.

·         Big progress on the Irish Hills to Johnson Ranch Connector. Ride up into the Froom Ranch on great new singletrack.  If you haven't seen it yet you really should check it out!  Rare stuff for a local trail as it's under a tree canopy and in the shade almost all the time.  [Unfortunately that means it takes a long time to dry out so please avoid use when it's wet.] 

·         The City of SLO hopes to have the legal permission to connect Johnson Ranch with Froom Ranch sometime this spring.  In the meantime, CCCMB plans to design and construct trail on the Froom Ranch so when the final agreements are reached we will be ready to punch through to Johnson Ranch.

·         MdO and the Oates Peak Reroute: Nothing to ride yet, but we are working hard to begin the construction of 4-5 miles of rerouted trail. Thanks to our partnership with SLOPOST and our cooperative relationship with State Park, it looks like we'll be using a trail building machine and a very experienced operator to help construct a small part of the trail. Using a machine will be a carefully controlled experiment and a learning experience for CCCMB. If we can get the high quality trail construction we always try to achieve then we may continue to use machines to complete big projects.  The jury is out on machines, but one way or the other we will be making steady progress on the Oates Peak reroute. Stay tuned.

THOSE BELLS AREN'T FREE!

The good news is CCCMB's Bike Bell Program has been welcomed by almost all trail users throughout Montaña de Oro State Park and San Luis Obispo City Open Space areas. The bad news is the bells are not being returned to the bell boxes and they are expensive.

 

CCCMB has distributed nearly 3,500 bells in the past two years and the resulting PR for mountain bikers has been incredible. Hikers and equestrians find it comforting to be forewarned of approaching bicyclists, and land managers enjoy the reduced trail-user conflict. The program has been so successful that park supervisors have indicated future trails at MdO will likely be opened to mountain bikers.

 

Local supporters have stepped up to the plate to help defray the cost of the bells and advertise their businesses. They include: Art's Cyclery, Atascadero Horseman's Club, Cal Poly Wheelmen, Cambria Bicycle Outfitters, Coast Mounted Assistance, Foothill Cyclery, Long Riders Gear, Pedal Power Bicycles, Trinity Cyclery and Wally's Bicycle Works. The logos of these supporters are printed on the distributed bells in order to thank them and advertise their businesses. If you'd like to be a bell advertiser, contact Bill Jenkins at  bill@cccmb.org.

  

We need user support as well and rely heavily on the honor system. If you use a bell, bring it back to the bell box for the next rider. If you want to keep the bell, please donate $4.00 via PayPal at Bells4Bikes.

 

2012 CCCMB WISH LIST

Another record-breaking year is underway and CCCMB needs your help!  Here's what's on our wish list for the upcoming year:

  • MORE MEMBERS! Join today!
  • BELL PARTNERS (your name/logo on bells distributed at MdO and SLO open Space areas) Bells4Bikes
  • VOLUNTEERS for regional crews - Find info on your favorite trail
  • TOOL DONATIONS (pulaskis, Mcleods, rock bars and shovels) Email Tim
  • TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS  Send Money
  • WEBMASTER or SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR or GRANT WRITER Email Greg
  • FOOD or BEVERAGES or PRIZE DONATIONS FOR WORK DAYS Email Bill 
 
SUPPORT LOCAL TRAILS & JOIN TODAY!

With no administrative overhead, 100% of membership dues and donations go toward expanding and preserving trails. These funds help pay for tools, communication materials, bells, and trail work training. There are three ways to join:

  • at any CCCMB event
  • download a membership form here, make check payable to CCCMB/SLOPOST and mail to CCCMB Membership, P.O. Box 1022, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
  • via PayPal here 

When you join CCCMB, you'll receive discounts at most local bikes shops AND custom CCCMB socks. Three levels: $15.00 for an Individual Membership (1 pair); $30.00 for a Family Membership (2 pair) and $100.00 for a Mega Bonus Membership.

 

ALL our local trail users - mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners and equestrians - thank you for your support! 

ABOUT US: Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers (CCCMB) is a project committee under 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