March Meeting Minutes

Camping trip

The club is planning a trip to the Colorado Bend State park trails on April 22, Earth Day. It looks to be about a 3.5hour drive, we’ll find a place to camp, hang out, ride ride ride! More detailed planning and coordination will likely happen at the next meeting.

Saturday Trail Maintenance

There are 5 “No Tresspassing” signs that BTU has given us to put up. A few people will follow Mikey around to figure out where those will go.

James’ new trail needs a bridge moved into place. The bridge itself may or may not need some work.

There is a lot of erosion on the doubletrack that runs along the powerline just before Hematoma Hill (Game Trail). It is getting dangerous through there so be on your toes if/when riding that section. If there is time and enough people, we will work on that.

Another priority item for trail maintenance will be the jump that has been built at the very beginning of the East loop. There are some pointy and dangerous tree stumps sticking out on the other side of the jump that could cause some pretty serious injury if a rider rolls over the “jump” without knowing. These need to be taken care of.

The Big Event

BMX trail has been marked to cut. This is the plan for The Big Event!

Volunteers for Bike Rodeo

April 14 – St. Josephs is putting on a bike rodeo for kids in the new E.R.’s parking lot.

May 5 – The city of College Station will be putting on a bike rodeo.

Each of these events will be looking for volunteers to help make sure that bikes are ready and that the kids all stay safe!

Bike Maintenance Clinic

Kenneth Petereit is putting on a 3-part Bicycle Mechanic clinic.

“This is an 8-hour bicycle mechanic course of instruction that will walk the student through maintenance and repair of mountain bike drive trains and derailleur systems. This is the first of a three-part series. Bicycle Mechanic II will follow soon after, and will cover brake systems and tires/tubes. Bicycle Mechanic III will wrap up the series before the end of the year, and will cover the bearings throughout the bike and wheel truing. Each class is a stand-alone course available to people with basic bicycle maintenance experiences.”

Report back from the Desert Fest

The desert fest sounds like it was quite the adventure. Read the full report here. Otherwise, everyone got sick from one another…

Time Trials help fund the A&MCHS

Our time trials aren’t an entirely selfish endeavor of individuals trying to race the clock. The money raised from each Thursday night TT goes straight to the A&M Consolidated High School mountain bike team. BVMBA is a very proud sponsor of this team and has been thoroughly impressed with the growth that has been seen in each rider. We can’t hardly wait to see how they do at their first race THIS WEEKEND up at Reveille Peak Ranch.

On that note, the Texas High School Mountain Bike League has 3 more races they will be hosting. Two of which are within BVMBA striking distance. One is at Waco and another at Warda. If you would be interested in helping be a course marshal or setting up the course… Email the group list, comment on this post, or wait for John Flynn to post an update on how to volunteer.

Trail Maintenance Grants

Ali has been hard at work researching possible IMBA grants to help fund our trail marking endeavors. Deadlines for this year however have not been posted, but it is certainly in the works.

 

17 In attendance:

Emily C, Travis P, Gina H, Mike R, Kerry S, Chris, Justin F, Joel R, Gary S, James M, Barry B, Katelyn I, Nick K, Ali, Kim T, Jonathan, John F

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