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THE DIRT ON THE TRAIL

Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers 

Dedicated to improving off-road

bicycling opportunities in San Luis Obispo County  

 Fall, 2012

SUPPORT 
LOCAL TRAILS
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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 tim@cccmb.org

 

FASTA/Eucs Project: Most Sundays, 10:00 a.m. at the Eucalyptus Grove below Shooters. Email for schedule: Tucker Fritch at tucker.fritch@cccmb.org   

 

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 greg@cccmb.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) this winter.  

Oates Peak:

The 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.

CCCMB IN THE NEWS

    CCCMB was  featured in today's San Luis Obispo Tribune. 

 

Click here to read the full story!

We Do Trails, Join Us! 

Return trail2012-13 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

DIRECTOR'S REPORT

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.

3. 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!

Happy trails,

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 administration.

 

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 - greg@cccmb.org

 

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.  

New Website for FASTA

 

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

 

JustinTwenty 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?

A. 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?

A. I 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?

A. 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?

A. 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 

FroomJan12 

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  

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