THE DIRT ON THE TRAIL
Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers
Dedicated to improving off-road
bicycling opportunities in San Luis Obispo County
WEEKLY CREWS BUILD GREAT TRAILS
Froom Ranch: Every Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., meet in the Home Depot parking lot on the east side. Just show up or email for more info: Ranger Doug at DCarscad@slocity.org
Montaña de Oro/Oates Peak: Every Tuesday starting in October, 8:30 a.m. Email for more info: Tim Sawchuck at firstname.lastname@example.org
FASTA/Eucs Project: Most Sundays, 10:00 a.m. at the Eucalyptus Grove below Shooters. Email for schedule: Tucker Fritch at email@example.com
Thanks to CCCMB Supporters
San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club - $3,000 donation
Wells Fargo Bank - $2,500 grant for FASTA
SLOPOST - $2,451 donation and tools
SLO Xtream Beer Fest - $2,320 for bells
Atascadero Horsemen's Club -$600 donation
Arbor Home Mortgage - $500 donation
Quality Suites, SLO - $307 for bells & use of facility for CCCMB Open House
Elemental Herbs - $100 donation
The Cayucos Land Conservancy - $100 donation in honor of their past president, Greg Bettencourt
Central Coast Brewery, Tap-it and Firestone - donations for Open House
Foothill Cyclery - three $25 gift cards for the FASTA workday in May
Art's Cyclery, Flanders Bicycle, Cambria Bicycle Outfitters and Voler - T-Shirts/gift certificates/prizes for Open House
Dioptics of San Luis Obispo - 150 pairs of sunglasses
All donations are tax deductible. If you are interested in donating money (or supplies for a work day), email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
NEW TRAILS COMING SOON
Froom Ranch-Irish Hills: Prediction
- in the next 2-3 years, this will become the most popular riding area
(for locals) in the County, surpassing Cerro San Luis, West Cuesta and
MdO. There will be new singletrack trails which will allow a trail user
to go from Froom Creek to very near the top of the Froom Ranch without
having to contribute to erosion forces on the very steep powerline road.
We are hoping to get a bunch of trail built (including the Connector)
4-5 miles of new trail will not be open until 2014 (maybe) but we hope
to have it largely built by next spring. That would allow it to age over
a winter, which at MdO is absolutely essential. We'll be bringing Zachi
Anderson back in to work his trail machine magic early this winter (if
it rains) and then again in the early spring. You can look forward to
incredible views, longer trails and sustainable trails.
Sapwi Trail Extension at Santa Margarita Lake:
This one has gotten no
press but it will be the favorite of a LOT of equestrians, hikers and
cyclists when it's done. It will be a beautiful 2.5 mile traversing
trail a few feet above SML which will provide access to the north side
of SML without having to climb the two VERY steep ridges on Blinn Ranch
Trail. Basically, the extension will connect Sapwi Camp with Blinn
Trail. It is in the County permitting stage now. But we are assured that
it will get approved.
Wild Cherry Canyon:
It keeps hanging on!
As you probably know, it has been mired in the political quagmire in
Sacramento. We are hopeful that we'll get some positive news this fall
or winter. We'll keep you posted.
We Do Trails, Join Us!
|2012-13 FALL & WINTER WORK SCHEDULE
Sunday, Oct. 7 - MORNING GLORY. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Eucs below Shooters
Saturday, Oct. 20 - SANTA MARGARITA LAKE. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the River Road entrance
Saturday, Nov. 3 - FROOM RANCH. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Home Depot parking lot on the east side
Saturday, Nov. 17 - FROOM RANCH *TRAILWERKS.* Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Laguna Lake Park
Saturday, Dec. 1 - BOTANICAL. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at top of Cuesta Grade
Sunday, Dec. 16 - MONTAÑA DE ORO. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Hazard Peak Trail parking area
Saturday, Jan. 12 - MORNING GLORY & FASTA freeride area. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Eucs below Shooters
Sunday, Feb. 3 - MONTAÑA DE ORO *Super Bowl Sunday.* Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Park Headquarters above Spooner's Cove
*Workdays with swag and food
Another year to be proud of!
1. CCCMB volunteers put in 6,745 hours working on trails and that doesn't count hundreds of hours in meetings. The accepted value of an hour of volunteer time for public agencies is $23.00. That is $155,135 of trail work! Here's the breakdown: MdO 3,040 hours; Los Padres NF 294 hours; SLO County 610 hours; SLO City (including FASTA project) 2,801 hours
2. We've made really significant progress toward completing about 12 miles of new trails at MdO and Froom.
Weekly workdays have become a very productive and efficient reality with
folks working at Froom on Wednesdays, Oates Peak/MdO on Tuesdays; FASTA
most Sundays; Lopez Lake (until they finished the new trail) on
Thursdays. This has been a very productive innovation that we will continue to utilize.
4. There were several organizational firsts last year: our first e-newsletter; an Open House; and a record 109 paid members.
5. We lobbied successfully for more new trails (Sapwi Extension at Santa Margarita Lake being the most recent).
6. After building trails by hand for 20 years, CCCMB was instrumental in getting State Parks to hire an expert trail builder to build the Oates Peak reroutes with a mini-excavator and a skid steer (and lots of hand labor to do finish work).
My goals for 2012-13:
- recruit new people to join the existing "administrative core" of CCCMB
- give Botanical and Morning Glory the maintenance attention they deserve
- make the transition to being an IMBA Chapter and build our membership to 200
- build the Johnson Ranch Connector
- have Zachi back on Oates Peak two times this season!
Greg Bettencourt, Director
CCCMB Becomes IMBA Chapter While Retaining Local and Multi-Use Focus
CCCMB directors have
decided to make CCCMB an IMBA Chapter. The club has become big enough
that organizational issues like membership management and recruitment,
financial record keeping and liability exposure make it practical to
become a Chapter under IMBA's 501c3 umbrella.
Becoming a Chapter
(like the clubs in Santa Barbara, Monterey and over 100 other places in
the U.S.) means that CCCMB gets to use IMBA's staff, technical resources
and legal standing to handle those issues. In return, CCCMB splits
membership dues with IMBA, incorporates the IMBA logo with our CCCMB
logo on all public relations materials and shares the contact info of
willing CCCMB members with IMBA.
What it does
NOT change is CCCMB's focus on promoting multi-use trails and
maintaining positive working relations with various equestrian and
hiking groups. Nor does it mean that CCCMB shares any donations with IMBA. All money donated or raised by CCCMB is retained by CCCMB.
We believe that becoming a Chapter is an appropriate move because it
will allow us to spend more time on "moving dirt" and less on
Another less immediate
but nevertheless important benefit of partnering more directly with
IMBA is that CCCMB can use its local support to increase IMBA's
political clout in advocating for more State and Federal support for
trails. With less government money available for trails, that has become
ever more important. Don't hesitate to email me if you have any
questions - email@example.com.
CCCMB Needs Your Help
Help Make Local Trails Better
Without Even Getting Dirty!
CCCMB is recruiting
for several positions on our Board of Directors, and interested
trail users (mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners and equestrians) are
encouraged to get involved.
We are currently hoping to fill the following positions: Webmaster, Social Media Coordinator, Events Coordinator
and Crew Leaders.
The very best way to
get to know CCCMB is attend a monthly meeting (or two or three).
Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the
SLO Parks and Rec office on Nipomo Street in SLO.
Check out www.goFASTA.org for photos, trail updates and more! Want to help build the new skills area? Join FASTA on the following dates (meet at 9:30 at the Eucs):
- Saturday, September 29th
- Saturday, Oct 20th OCTOBAFASTA
- Sunday, Nov 4th
- Saturday, Jan 12th
Trail Building Makes Great Senior Project
Twenty four year old Justin Maytum graduated last June with a BS in Forestry from Cal Poly. To fulfill the requirements of his Senior Project, the Chester, CA native worked more than 100 hours with CCCMB last spring with some impressive results. Here's the scoop on this hardworking young trail builder.
Q. How did you find out about CCCMB?
I saw CCCMB workday flyers in the local bike shops when I first moved
to San Luis Obispo; I enjoy trail building so I decided to check it out.
Q. What was your specific involvement in terms of your senior project?
was not looking forward to doing a senior project, so my first goal was
to make it something that I was interested in. Mountain biking is
pretty much at the top of the list and to me trail building is a part of
the whole experience. I wanted to learn more about the technical side
of trail building; moving dirt seemed to be only half the work. I made
this clear to Greg Bettencourt when I proposed the project to him. My
senior project advisor at Cal Poly gave me a lot of leeway with the
project, basically I needed 100 hours of work by the end of the spring
quarter, which included trail work with CCCMB, writing a paper about my
experience, and making a Power Point showing examples of good and bad
trails. I went out on every scheduled work day in the spring to move
dirt and make trail and helped out the FASTA crew with the Eucs Project
on a few Sundays. The bulk of my time however, was spent with Greg
Bettencourt, Greig Cummings, Bob Nanninga, Tim Sawchuck, and Paul
Reinhardt out at Montana de Oro laying out the new trail [Oates Peak]. I
met them every Tuesday morning and armed with clinometers and flagging,
we would beat our way through the brush in the shadow of Valencia Peak
and try to figure out the best way to traverse the mountains. During
these outings and on my own while out riding, I took pictures of
different trail segments that I used to make a Power Point of examples of good and bad trail construction. (Check out www.cccmb.org for Justin's Power Point.)
Q. What would be your advice to other Cal Poly students who want to get involved with CCCMB?
The easiest way to get involved with CCCMB is to pick up a schedule at a
local bike shop and show up for a work day. The big events like
Trailwerks and Super Bowl Sunday are more exciting than your average
work day and are a good way to test the water if you are new to trail
building. If you are more serious about building quality trail, talk to
Bob, Greg, Paul, Tim or Greig about helping out on the weekly workdays
when they layout trail. They spend much less time directing workers and
more time making awesome trail. With less distractions, they have more
time to answer questions and give advice. How does a 5:1 teacher/student
ratio sound? On a side note, I feel like Cal Poly Wheelmen
should be more involved with CCCMB; I've been to at least a dozen
workdays and didn't see too many of them.
Q. Any other comments?
I really enjoyed working with the members of CCCMB. I wish there was a
similar group near my current home. I would specifically like to thank
Greg Bettencourt, Greig Cummings, Bob Nanninga, Tim Sawchuck, and Paul
Reinhardt for sharing their years of wisdom; your words were not
wasted. Also, Kelli Schonher for help getting the project going and for
all the interesting literature. This was one of the best classes I have
taken and was definitely more fun than work.
END-OF-SEASON TRAIL STATS
Number of Scheduled Work Days - 17
Total Hours on the Schedule - 2,992
Number of Workers - 436
Number of Hours Worked Off the Schedule - 3,792
Total Number of Trail Work Hours - 6,784
Total Numbers of Hours Worked Last Season - 5,715
Total Number of Members - 109
Average Number of Workers at Regular Work Days - 21.5
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