May 2014 Newsletter

Spring Membership Drive PARTY at Carbondale’s Beer Works on May 17th!
RFMBA will be hosting a Spring Membership Drive PARTY at Carbondale Beer Works! Join us for good fun, great music, and a chance to score some silent auction items! Beer Works is donating $1 to RFMBA for every beer purchased by the crowd that night! Schedule of events include:

6:30 – 9:30 pm Silent Auction
6:30 pm acoustic guitar with Pat Mahoney
8:00 – 11:00 pm live music with Hannibal Brown (fun dance music with a blues flare).

Come learn about the trails issues RFMBA is involved with, and provide your valuable input!  If you can’t join us that night, visit our website to become a member online. Membership levels start at $30.

Many thanks to all of our recent new members for joining us in our mission to create the best possible mountain bike trail system in the Roaring Fork valley!!!

Wulfsohn Trail Work on Tuesday Evening during May – Glenwood Springs
Come out and help build some new trail! RFMBA is partnering with RFOV, City of Glenwood Springs and Two River Trails to help build a new trail between the main Wulfsohn Trail and the Upper Loop Trail! Visit this project’s RFOV website page to register in advance! Arrive any time after 4pm, find the registration table and we’ll put you to work! Work will continue until dusk, after which dinner and beverages will be provided on site. While you don’t have to pre-register for these evening projects, we do encourage it.

Dates: Thursdays May 8, 15, 22 and 29 – 4 pm until dusk (including dinner)
Location: Wulfsohn Open Space in Glenwood Springs just above the Glenwood Springs Community Center

Crew Leader Training with RFOV
If you’re a local mountain biker, then you’ve hopefully come to appreciate the valuable trail improvement projects organized by our partner Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers. Help RFMBA to improve our local trails from your mountain bike point of view by becoming a crew leader this summer! If you have an interest in adopting a specific trail, or organizing small groups of friends and family to maintain trail on your own schedule, this training program is the way forward. Contact us to discuss this potential in more detail!

Crew Leader Training #1 May 3-4 in Glenwood Springs Click Here to Sign Up
Crew Leader Training #2 July 19-20 in Aspen Click Here to Sign Up

Seasonal Trail Closures for Wildlife in Snowmass area
Wildlife Closure April 25 through June 20: (Open to riding June 21)
Tom Blake Trail, Anaerobic Nightmare Trail, Sequel Trail
Wildlife Closure May 15 through June 20: (Open to riding June 21)
Government Trail (major segment between Snowmass Ski Area and Buttermilk Ski Area)

Vote for Trails 2000 – Chapman Hill Bike Park in Bell Built Grant Competition
Trails 2000 (Durango area) was nominated for a Bell Built Grant for Chapman Hill Bike Park and is up against Chicago and others in a Facebook vote. Let’s be Colorado Proud and support Trails 2000! Voting ends May 4th. Your vote could push them over the top. Next year it could be RFMBA in the running for the same Bell Built Grant, and the Colorado Proud vote could be supporting us.

You can visit Trails 2000’s Facebook page to “share” their post: https://www.facebook.com/Trails2000. To view the promotional video, click here: http://www.bellhelmets.com/bellbuilt/chapman-bike-park-project. For more information on how to vote and to learn about the project, visit their website here: http://www.trails2000.org/2014/04/bellbuilt/.

Aspen Cycling Club Race Series
The ACC’s summer long race series kicked off this week with a time trial on the road. The action picks up again on May 7th with the first mountain bike race of the season, a new Short Track XC event to be held at Crown Mountain Park. Visit the ACC website or call their hotline for more information.

Upcoming Events
May/June date TBA: We’ll be hosting a screening of Ride the Divide at a venue in Aspen. Stay tuned for more details!

As mentioned last month, the refresh of our website continues and we encourage you to visit often to check out Latest News, Upcoming Events, Planning efforts underway, and our links to MTB Project Trail maps and conditions.

 

RFMBA, an IMBA Chapter, is dedicated to creating and sustaining the best possible mountain bike trail system in the Roaring Fork Valley. Our territory ranges from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, and from McClure Pass to Hagerman Pass. Visit RFMBA.org for latest news and schedule of upcoming events! Contact us with questions and ideas at info@rfmba.org.

Memberships and Donations help RFMBA to accomplish great things for the trails and the mountain bike community! Memberships, Business Sponsorships, and Individual Donations allow RFMBA to advocate for improveing the trail system and increase our ability to partner on projects to maintain our existing trails and build new ones. Thank you for supporting and aiding our efforts.