Meeting minutes 7th July 2014

Attendees
Travis, Jonathan, Jason, Collin, Dana, Rachel, Gina, Victor, Greg, JP, Mike, Heath

Trail maintenance
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
Time trials will continue to be on Thursdays at the Millican Reserve. They start at 6.30pm.

Millican Reserve
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.

Camping trips
Gina brought up the possibility of organizing a Fall camping trip. The possible venues are Reveille Peak Ranch, Dinosaur Valley, and Colorado bend DP.

Upcoming races
There will be a Blazing Saddles 6 hour race on August 17th at Rocky Hill Ranch.

Lake Bryan trail status- update

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!

 

 

Meeting Minutes May 2014

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

Other updates:
- 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.

Meeting minutes, 7 April 2014

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.

EAST LOOP TRAILS ARE CLOSED!

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.

Thanks,

The BVMBA Officers

 

 

 

Chihuahuan Desert Bike Festival 2014

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Lajitas sunset!

Meeting minutes February 2014

Attendees

Victor, Travis, Kerry, Chris, John, Gina, Jonathan, Justin, Joe, Mike, James, Jeff, Katie

Millican Reserve

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.

Trail maintenance

We will meet at the Millican Reserve on Saturday 8th February at 9 am by the horse arena.

Dirty Dozen

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!!

Meeting Minutes January 2014

Attendees

Victor, Jason, James, Joel, Jonathan, Justin, Mike, Travis

Millican

Club members have cut five miles of trail at the Millican Reserve this Christmas. More trails have been tagged. This site is only open to BVMBA members and the High School Race Team at the moment. Methods for identifying club members, their cars and their bikes were discussed. All people riding or cutting trails must have filled out a waiver form. Club members must also stick to the designated areas of the property.

Trail maintenance

Trail maintenance will take place at Lake Bryan on Saturday 11th January starting at 9am rather than 8am. We will work on clearing a time trial loop on the East Loop.

2013 Finances

A report on the club finances was presented.

Winter Time Trial

We will start these on Thursday 17th January at Lake Bryan. The course is to be determined but they will start at 6.30pm.

Lajitas

Several club members will be travelling to the Lajitas Desert Festival on 13th to 15th February. More details to follow.

Dirty Dozen

Several teams and solo riders will represent BVMBA at the Dirty Dozen 12 hour race on Saturday 1st February. A day trip to Bluff Creek Ranch, Warda will be planned for the Saturday before the race.

Meeting minutes January 2014

Attendees

Victor, Jason, James, Joel, Jonathan, Justin, Mike, Travis

Millican Reserve

Club members have cut five miles of trail at the Millican Reserve this Christmas. More trails have been tagged. This site is only open to BVMBA members and the High School Race Team at the moment. Methods for identifying club members, their cars and their bikes were discussed. All people riding or cutting trails must have filled out a waiver form. Club members must also stick to the designated areas of the property.

Trail maintenance

Trail maintenance will take place at Lake Bryan on Saturday 11th January starting at 9am rather than 8am. We will work on clearing a time trial loop on the East Loop.

2013 Finances

A report on the club finances was presented.

Winter Time Trial

We will start these on Thursday 17th January at Lake Bryan. The course is to be determined but they will start at 6.30 pm.

Lajitas

Several club members will be travelling to the Lajitas Desert Festival on 13th to 15th February. More details to follow.

Dirty Dozen

Several teams and solo riders will represent BVMBA at the Dirty Dozen 12 hour race on Saturday 1st February. A day trip to Bluff Creek Ranch, Warda will be planned for the Saturday before the race.

2013 Summer Time Trial Awards

Brazos Valley Mountain Biking Association Summer Time Trial Awards 2013

  • Jean-Philippe Rheault- 1st place overall
  • Mike Record- 2nd place overall
  • Jason Foster- 3rd place overall
  • Fastest lap- Mike Record 40 minutes 4 seconds
  • Fastest junior lap- David Gilman 50 minutes 39 seconds

We had a blast this series Congratulations to all the participants and more importantly thanks to James for timing and thanks to Aggieland Cycles for providing prizes.