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This Saturday, October 18th, we have a small project that we’ll be working on in Forest Hill Park. The hill near lake with the bermed switchback on the east side of the park needs to be rebenched and the grade reversals need some cleanup so that they better shed water off of the trail.
To reach the worksite, enter Forest Hill Park at the Reedy Creek entrance on Riverside Drive. Follow the gravel road up along Reedy Creek and you’ll see us shortly before reaching the lake.
We’ll get started at 9am and with enough people be done by lunch. We have the tools, so just bring your work clothes, gloves and some water.
We have been informed that the Floodwall walkway under the Manchester Bridge on the south side of the river is closed for construction due to a DPW/DPU project that involves painting, concrete repair and water line rehabilitation. The area directly under the bridge is being used by the contractors and is dangerous to pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. and is closed from the hours of 6am – 6pm daily.
The map below outlines the approximate closure area and shows an on road/sidewalk alternative for access the Mayo Bridge and Ancarrow’s Landing Trails.
We have not been told how long this closure will last, but will keep everyone up to date with any new information that we get.
RideRichmond will host the inaugural Richmond Women’s Cycling Summit on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at the Virginia War Memorial, Freedom Hall at 7:00pm. The goal of the summit is to empower women to ride bicycles and participate in their communities as riders and leaders, as well as bring the nationwide momentum of more women cyclists to Richmond. The event is co-sponsored by Richmond Area Bicycling Association (RABA) and Virginia Bicycling Federation (VBF).
The agenda will include a moderated discussion to ask questions, solicit support, pose ideas, and start a conversation on encouraging and empowering women cyclists in the Richmond area. This opportunity is for women of all ages and backgrounds to come together and celebrate bicycling, discuss issues that are relevant and important to female cyclists, and provide hands-on opportunities for women to gain knowledge and confidence riding throughout the city and their communities. All are welcome.
October 11th in Forest Hill Park
JRPS Trail Work season is beginning. This year we’ll be starting out in Forest Hill Park with a few small trail repairs, moving on to North Bank and then onto building some new trail!
Our first trail work date is October 11th in Forest Hill Park. Meet at the dam across the lake at 9am (look for the city truck) and we’ll walk to the work site from there. Parking will be limited on the west side of the park due to the farmer’s market in the morning – Reedy Creek area may be your best option. We’ll be be working on the final part of the re-routes we did last year on the east side of the park. We’ll provide the tools, all you have to bring is water, gloves and energy.
Take a Kid MTB Day
“Hey all! Thank you, thank you, thank you for a great “Take Your Kid Mountain Biking” event on Saturday. My daughter LOVED it. Anxiety ridden at first, but in the end, wanted more She is beyond stoked and said she wants to grows up and “be an expert” like the volunteer Sue who was there on Saturday helping her.” About 4 years ago RVA MORE had a vision to build a skills area to have an area where kids and families can learn to ride off-road. Holding this type of an event on Belle Isle is so much fun to see the kids learn how to really ride a bike. This is the 2nd year River City Women’s Racing, Ride Kore, REI and RVA MORE held Take a Kid Mountain Bike Day. Thank you to all the volunteers, supporters and to the participants for coming out. This shows how a cycling community can come together and make it even better.
October Club Meeting
Out October Club Meeting and Social will take place at 6pm on Tuesday, October 21st at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. Come on out and learn more about what we do and how you can help.
Did you enjoy Trailicious 2 last Winter? Would you like to see it happen again? We’re looking for someone to coordinate this year’s event. We have lots of individuals with expertise in lots of different areas, but we need someone that can pull it all together? Are you that person? If so, email@example.com and let us know!
Scout Camp Trail Festival
Saturday November 8, 2014
If you’ve never ridden the trails at the Scout Camp, then now it your time to try them.
The day starts with at 8:30 with trail work to reroute a short section to preserve the Scout’s nature trail.
The rides will start at 12:00. There will be rides for those familiar with the trails and guided rides for those that are new to the trails.
The Sierra Nevada beer garden will open at 11:30 and anyone who works the entire trail work session will get their first beer free. You will be happy to know that ALL of the proceeds from beer sales will go directly to the trail fund.
Presented by: GroundForce IT – RVA MORE – Richmond ASR – Sierra Nevada
What are we doing well? What can we do better? Let us know. We’ll be sending out a survey in the coming weeks. Please respond and lets us know how we can better serve the mountain biking community.
Learn more at http://rvamore.org/events/take-a-kid-mtb/
On Saturday 9/13/14 The Spoke and Hop Festival is looking for 25-50 volunteers to pour beer from brewers booths to ticketed attendees. There will be two 4 ½ hour shifts during the event. Volunteers will receive free entry (less beer tasting) to the event, food vouchers, and gift certificates for Drinks or Merchandise from Hardywood.
Volunteers who want to sample all of the beers are asked to purchase a ticket, or wait until the end of the event to sample the beers.
All proceeds will benefit the Richmond Regional Ride Center.
To sign up email Kate Savage firstname.lastname@example.org
September 27th, 2014 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM starting and finishing on Mayo Island.
A Scenic Tour of the James River Basin by mountain bike or boat. Explore the length of the James River’s fall line.
Learn more here: http://rvamore.org/events/tour-de-fall-line/
Saturday, August 9th
Scout Camp riders – we need your help! We need to get the trail in ride shape but the past winter storms have wreaked havoc on those trails! In order to get the trail ride ready, we need a short, 30 yard reroute and some carpenters to replank a bridge. THAT – will get us back to riding the trail but we’ll need more work to replace two bridges. This weekend will include these priorties:
- Reroute WAG trail
- Replace planking at last hill-loop bridge
- 9 downed tree sections
- Set pavers and bench for approach and exit of creek crossing prior to hill-loop section.
- Move bridge behind shooting range creek and place back in position.
The first two are needed to get riding back up! What that means is that we’ll have to hike a couple creek crossings and 9 downed trees but that’s not anything that we haven’t done before.
We will meet at the Cub Camp welcome center at 9:00 a.m. August 9 and work till around 3:00 or until your life calls you back home. We’ll probably have some pizza for lunch since it’s going to be a full day but still be sure to bring snacks and fluids for when you’re out in the woods. Also – be sure to bring bug spray, hydration, work gloves. If you have chain saw gear, please bring that as well! We have Personal Protective Equipment for 2 and we’ll need that to work these sections since this is a RVA MORE work day.
If you have never been out for trail, please consider coming out for this session. You will meet other mountain bikers and you will have a direct impact on the trails that you ride – THESE ARE YOUR TRAILS SO YOU HAVE A SAY IN HOW THEY GROW!
iCan Bike teaches children with mental and physical disabilities how to ride a 2 wheel bike after a 5 day program. It’s at UR, August 11-15.
The greatest need I have right now is for spotters. Spotters walk, and eventually run, next to the child as they learn how to ride. There are 5 ninety minute shifts available during the day. Ideally, it is best if a spotter can volunteer for the same shift all 5 days of the program. If that isn’t possible, I would love to have anyone volunteer for as much time as they can give. You also need to be 16 years or older.
If you have any questions please contact Mary Catharine Kolbert email@example.com or 804-287-7163; Sarah Ann Jennings firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-747-4673