Trail maintenance-Trail maintenance will take place at Saturday the 6th September at Lake Bryan. We will start at 8am. We will focus on the East Loop. There are some downed trees that need a chainsaw. Some local Boy Scouts will join us.
Social rides- Social rides will be moved to 6.00 pm. We will ride at Millican on Tuesday nights and Lake Bryan on Thursdays.
Camping trips- Gina is organizing dates for two weekend camping trip this Fall. We will go to Dinosaur Valley on the weekend of the 17th to 19th October. We will go to Colorado Bend SP on either the weekend of the 15th or 22nd November.
Millican Reserve- Club members will meet with our friends from the Millican Reserve and representatives from local running groups in the next month or so. We discuss shared use of the trail system.
Summer time trial series- We have just finished a highly successful time trial series. We had record turnouts and lots of fun. Thanks so much for timing Joel.
Expenditure- A motion to reimburse James $259.73 for repairs and new blades for his brush tractor was approved. This brush tractor is used extensively for building and maintaining trails.
BTU just informed us that both sides of Lake Bryan are open again….enjoy:)
James has been working hard trying to get the trails back in shape but it may be a couple of months before we have caught up on trail maintenance.
Trail maintenance will be at Lake Bryan at 8am. We will work on Munnerlyn Loop, Loop de Loop, and Octopus.
Fall camping trips were discussed. Gina has a list of top candidates that have available weekends. We will working on setting up a poll to determine where & when we’d like to go.
Some members will be entering the 2nd blazing saddles race towards the end of August.
We discussed prolonging the time trials to get a couple more runs in.
Travis, Jonathan, Jason, Collin, Dana, Rachel, Gina, Victor, Greg, JP, Mike, Heath
The new signs for Millican have been printed and the plan is to have them cut so they are ready to be placed.
We will have trail maintenance on Saturday the 12th July at the Millican Reserve. We will start at 8am.
Time trials will continue to be on Thursdays at the Millican Reserve. They start at 6.30pm.
The trail committee met with Johnny and Chad from the Millican Reserve and discussed use of the trail system there. We offered to share the trails that we have cut with trail runners. They will discuss whether this is the best option or whether they should build there own trails. One advantage of shared trails would be that trail maintenance could also be shared. We will meet with a representative from the trail runners at a future date.
Gina brought up the possibility of organizing a Fall camping trip. The possible venues are Reveille Peak Ranch, Dinosaur Valley, and Colorado bend DP.
There will be a Blazing Saddles 6 hour race on August 17th at Rocky Hill Ranch.
East Loop CLOSED- due to construction
West Loop OPEN- there is one area where construction has lead to destruction of the trail. Please use caution. It is possible to bypass the construction but look out for poison ivy!!
We will work to get both trails open again as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience!
Social Rides location and time change!
– Tuesday @ 6:30 @ Millican
– Wednesday @ 6:30 @ Lake Bryan (West Loop)
Summer Time Trials are beginning!
– Thursday @ 6:30 @ Millican
– These time trials are being held as a fundraiser for the high school mountain bike team. So donate some cash to benefit the kids and help them get to races! Donation amount is up to you!
– Some high school riders will be joining us for the time trial series.
– We will start at the first cattle guard, ride phase 1 & phase 2, and then haul butt on the road the whole way back to the cattle guard.
– If you don’t know the route come out tomorrow night for the Millican social ride and people can show you the way.
These changes start this week and these rides will be every week, so you will have at least 3 options to ride every week.
Trail Maintenance Time Change!
– Trail maintenance will now start at 8 a.m. to beat the summer heat from now on
– Trail maintenance will be held at LAKE BRYAN this month to work on West Loop
– Arrow signs for Millican reserve are printed
– High school mountain bike championships were held this weekend, and the boys and girls had their best race of the season. Good job coaches!
– Boy Scouts will be joining for trail maintenance this weekend
– We have an updated Millican Reserve waiver forms list, so if you haven’t already, please get a waiver signed and turned into one of the officers.
– The camping trip for this weekend at Cedar Hill / Big Cedar was a blast
– Day trip is being contemplated for Dana Peak and possibly a camping trip to Comfort.
– We forgot to take attendance this evening, but had about 12-13 people attend.
Attendees- Jonathan, Nick, Emily, Amy, Gina, Jason, Justin, Rachel, Don, Travis, Manny, JP, Collin, JP, Dana, James, Victor, Ali, Daniel, Nicholas
Trail maintenance- We will meet for trail maintenance at 9am on Saturday 12th, April at the Millican Reserve.
Millican Reserve- We can now do night rides at the Millican Reserve. Also, they are working on approving a format for signs.
Upcoming Events- KAGS NBC will be filming us ride on Tuesday 7 April at 4.30pm at the Millican Reserve.
Millican Reserve have organized a photographer to take pictures of us riding on Thursday and Friday evening (9th and 10th April).
A Millican Reserve Farmers Market will take place on Sunday the 27th April. We will have a booth and lead some rides.
Social Rides- We will continue to ride Lake Bryan at 6pm on a Tuesdays and Millican at the same time on a Wednesday. Members are advised to check the listserv before rides in case of venue changes.
BTU has closed the East Loop trails at Lake Bryan until further notice
They are doing some planned work on a sewer running along the bottom of the levee, which will take several months.
The West Loop is still open at the moment. We will post an update when we hear more.
It is very important that we respect BTU’s wishes and keep off the East Loop during this time! Please comply with all warning signs and trail closures.
The BVMBA Officers
Jonathan, Gina, James, Mike, JP, Travis, Chris, Kerry and Jason just got back from the Chihuahuan Desert Festival in Lajitas West Texas. This is the fourth year the the club has gone to this fantastic event.
On the banks of the Rio Grande!
Most of us left College Station on Tuesday and started the 10 hour drive to Lajitas in Very cold weather. There were was a large ice storm west of Austin and temperatures fell to 25 F at one point. This made for difficult driving conditions and did not bode well for a camping trip.
Icicles on our bicycles!
Luckily the temperature in Lajitas was slightly higher and it was dry. The weather for the rest of the trip was fantastic with dry trails, sunshine, and temperatures in the 70s during the day. We all had a great time riding the awesome flowy trails in Lajitas, the rocky climbs and descents of Big Bend Ranch State Park, and the awesome scenery of Big Bend National Park. Four club members rode the awesome 60 mile IMBA Epic ride in the State Park and lived to tell the tale!
The Crystal Trail!
Travis and JP enjoying the sweet trails!
As well as some great riding there was also a lot of delicious food to be had! Highlights included the 1 pound Diego burgers complete with 2 fried eggs and bacon at the Starlight Theater and Gina’s Fajita feast on Saturday night!
Jason tackles the formidable Diego Burger!
On Sunday we retuned to College Station with dirty bikes, sore legs, and big smiles. Now we are all counting down the days until next year’s event!
Victor, Travis, Kerry, Chris, John, Gina, Jonathan, Justin, Joe, Mike, James, Jeff, Katie
Justin and Victor met with Johnny from the Millican Reserve. They reminded us that riding there is strictly limited to BVMBA members who have signed a waiver. The Millican Reserve will not allow non-BVMBA members to ride there. The club has cut around 7.3 miles of trails and James is planning more. During the meeting various ways to identify members such as membership cards were discussed. They also wanted to make sure that we know that before trails are cut we need their approval. They would like to liaise with horse riders who also use the trials. The need for trailhead signs saying that non-members cannot ride was also discussed. There have been problems with cows encroaching on the trails. The plan is for the cows to be moved to other area of the Reserve. They are now open to the idea of night riding but we need to check with them regarding which times we can ride.
There will be a Farmer’s Market on the 16th February and a Mud Run on the 22nd February.
We will meet at the Millican Reserve on Saturday 8th February at 9 am by the horse arena.
Several teams from the BVMBA raced at the Dirty Dozen 12 hour Race last weekend. There was not too much rain and everyone had a great time. Kim and Ali raced in the 2-person open men’s laps as there were no women’s teams for them to compete with. The put in a very impressive 16 laps. Joel raced solo and had to stop early due to a knee injury put in a creditable 5 laps. Justin, Collin, and Travis raced as a 3-person team and did 14 laps.
Lajitas Desert Festival
The Lajitas Desert Festival is coming up in just over a week. Several club members will be attending. This event is super fun and is highly recommended!!