Thursday, May 21, 2009

BMA eNews eNews May 21st

National Trails Day - Heil Ranch
Saturday June 6th
Food & Drinks From Oskar Blues!

The trails on the front side of Heil need a face lift. Poor design and construction methods, along with years of multi-use has resulted in a gravelly, loose trail. Good news: we know how to fix it. Come out on National Trails Day and help us put the shine on the front side to make the WHOLE of Heil Valley Ranch as enjoyable as Picture Rock and Wild Turkey.

BCPOS and BMA want to bring the old trail up to the standards of the new trails (Picture Rock & Wild Turkey). Long, straight runs are no longer the way to go in trail building. Grade dips and contouring ensure a more sustainable trail system and a more enjoyable ride.

This is more challenging than putting in new trail because we have to build a trail within a trail, bringing in the old trail and putting in the contours, grades and water diversion structures, thus reshaping the trail tread. We broke ground on this project May 09 - if you've been out there, you've probably noticed that the ride near the Pondo/Wild Turkey Junction is a bit more stable and a lot more fun.

Oskar Blues will make sure volunteers don't go hungry and don't go dry!

Register! or call 303-678-6193

We Need Volunteers
BMA needs 2 volunteers to join the "Inner Circle" to help plan, organize, direct & implement the 2nd Annual event slated for September 12/13th. The good news: we've established & documented the details & logistics based on our successful first year in 2008. The bad news: you'll be working your butt off so everyone else can have fun... Seriously, this is not a trivial work/time commitment. However, the template has been cast and it's pretty damn rewarding when you see all those happy, swooning faces around the campfire. If you're ready to serve your fellow MTBers & have big fun in the process plz contact Hersch: email or 303.570.9177 ASAP as decisions & planning start right away.

Lyons Fat Tire Festival
May 29th - 31st
Did you miss the first eight editions? Don't miss this one!

Mark your calendars for the last weekend in May for bike polo, big rides, a poker run, and of course a big party @ the Oskar's Party Barn.

The Lyons Fat Tire Fest has been growing for nearly a decade, and is pairing up with BMA this year for a weekend filled with riding and parties and fundraisers.
Saturday's rides require preregistration, with each ride capping at 20 riders. Don't miss out, email Dave today with your plans. Ask him about onsite camping too!

For more details and any questions regarding this years fest, visit the fest's blog, email or call Redstone Cyclery at 303.823.5810

Team IMBA to Fund BMA's Next Trail Project?
BMA has been reaping the benefits of Team IMBA since its very first fundraising event held in 2007 at the 24 Hours of Moab. That year, $185 was raised on BMA's behalf. In 2008, BMA got another $1,287. This year BMA's award is already over $800 and could easily top $10,000 if BMA members get involved. Want proof? Team IMBA at the Sea Otter Classic raised close to $7,000 among seven participants in less than one month by working with their local club to get the word out. Due to a new matching grant from SRAM, that seven grand resulted in a check for $10,500 to the San Francisco Urban Riders, which will help fund their new Youth Bike Program. What could we do with an extra $10,000 for trails in Boulder County?
Below are three ways to dive into the funds:
1. Support the riders who are racing for BMA by making a personal donation, organizing a benefit party, or connecting them with potential corporate sponsors.

2. Become a rider! Team IMBA's on-line tools make fundraising easy and the races are super fun! We already have a "Friends of COMBA" team for the Breckenridge Firecracker 50 and they could use a little friendly competition. All participants who sign up before June 1 qualify for pro deals on elite GT bikes and earn other great prizes as various fundraising targets are met. Plus you'll get free massages, beer, and BBQ after your race no matter how much you raise.

3. Become an Event Captain for Team IMBA at the 24 Hours of Moab. Help us recruit 12 or more riders and you stand to win a brand new GT Marathon Carbon Pro mountain bike!

If you want more mountain biking near Boulder, YOU BELONG WITH TEAM IMBA. Contact Wendy Kerr at or 303-545-9011 ext. 119 to bite the bullet now.

"Freedom Riders" Fundraiser
Saturday Nite June 13th
@ the BMA/Green Guru Bike Culture Party!

Save the date, grab the fam & ride your cruisers out the bike path to 47th & Old Pearl for the first stop on the "Freedom Riders" film tour. Music, art, merriment & beer... what's not to like? More details here & in the next eNews.

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