Become a WMBC Supporter!

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To learn more about how you can get one your hands on one of these stickers and show everyone that you are a Supporter of the WMBC click here: http://wmbcmtb.org/donate-to-the-wmbc/

Tour de Whatcom, 5 Volunteers Needed

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We’re still looking for a few more volunteers so if you’re interested and available on Saturday July 26th, please let me know!

Tour de Whatcom is right around the corner and again, they have chosen the WMBC to be their primary beneficiary for this event.  This year the event will be held at the Bellingham Farmers Market on July 26th so we’ll be in the thick of downtown activities.  Come on out and help represent the WMBC.  Below are the specific volunteer duties and time slots that are needed to be filled. Please contact Barbara at barbarakarabin@gmail.com if you’re available to help out.  For more event information, click here: http://www.tourdewhatcom.com/

 

Tabling at the WMBC Booth:

1:30pm to 5pm (2 positions)

 

Managing Bike Check:

11:30am to 2:30 pm (2 positions)

2:30pm to 5:30pm (1 position)

 

*** Coordinators of the Tour de Whatcom event are also looking for a medic to be present at the Farmer’s Market and placing course marshals throughout the course.

LEVEL 1 IMBA Instructor Training July 24-26th

Level 1 Certification – Bellingham, WA

HANDS-ON TRAINING AND TESTING FOR LEADING GROUPS OR MOUNTAIN BIKE GUIDING WITH AN INTRODUCTION TO INSTRUCTION

Course Length= 2.25 days  (19 Hrs)ICP Logo

Course Price = $500

Completion of the course with passing the practical exam will qualify an individual to:

  • Lead individual or group mountain bike rides
  • Assess the level of each rider in their group through a pre-ride skills assessment
  • Prepare and implement action plans in an emergency situation
  • Make responsible choices in picking trail routes for specific groups
  • Observe and correct a rider’s fundamental skills (Neutral & Ready Position, Bike Body Separation, Pedal Position, Eye Movement, Braking, Steering, Speed, Gearing & Cadence, Timing & Coordination, Pressure Control)
  • Assist ICP Instructors and Instructor Trainers at clinics/camps/events

Course Requirements

  • Current First Aid and CPR certificate
  • Three or more years of mountain biking experience
  • Good communication skills with a strong desire to help others have more fun and progress safely
  • Ability to perform basic trailside repairs (flat tires, broken chains, and shifting adjustments)

- A manual is included in the course fee.
– Thursday’s session is 5-8pm (classroom setting)
– Friday and Saturday are 9am-6pm with an hour break for lunch.
– A schedule will be emailed prior to the course.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT CLOSES JULY 13th, 2014

Cancellation Policy = A partial refund will be given for cancellations made 14 to 21 days before the course date. Full refunds 22 days or more and no refunds 13 days or less before course start date.

Nearby Lodging: Best Western Plus Lakeway Inn 714 Lakeway Dr (360) 671-1011

Hotel Bellwether. One Bellwether Way Bellingham, WA 98225  (360) 392.3100

Local Bike Rentals: Bike and Sport 2416 Meridian St (360) 778-2483

Fanatik Bike Shop  1812 N State St  (360) 756-0504

Classroom portion on Thurs evening will take place at Bike and Sport 2416 Meridian Street.

On-trail training will take place at Cornwall Park

Not currently certified in First Aid & CPR?  Find a Red Cross course near you here.

If traveling 100 miles or more to this event check out our travel insurance.  Something every mountain biker should have!  Visit www.IMBAHealthPlans.com and click on the “Travel Insurance”

Click here for the 2014 schedule of ICP events.

When
July 24th, 2014 5:00 PM   through   July 26th, 2014 6:00 PM
Location
Cornwall Park/Bike and Sport
3424 Meridian St
Bellingham, WA 98225
United States

Keystone Bridge Project – Trail will be closed the 4th of July weekend.

We are taking advantage of the long weekend and will be embarking on the mythical Keystone Bridge across the ravine.  If you are around town for the holiday and want to help a day or more, please get in touch with Eric Brown, Jimmy Fricker or Jesse Griffen who will be coordinating the efforts.

As such, Keystone will be CLOSED from Thursday evening, July 3rd through Sunday, July 6th for bridge construction and potentially longer.  Please plan your ride or running route accordingly as the ravine crossing will be a construction zone and not safe for bystanders.

To Learn more about this WMBC Project:  Keystone Bridge Project

Keystone Bridge Schematic

Keystone Bridge Schematic

Transition Crew Moving Dirt On Cheech and Chongs Wild Ride

Galbraith Roadwork, Brushing Help Needed and other projects:

Roadwork:
Just a head’s up. Janicki’s crews are doing a bunch of roadwork during the weekdays, so expect dump trucks and machinery on the 2000 road. We’ve signed and flagged Mullet, but be careful when you cross the road in the middle of the trail as they’ve recently graded that and are putting gravel down.

Brushing Help and Other projects:
There’s a bunch of projects that could use some assistance this summer. If you’re interested in helping with any of them, shoot me an email and we’ll discuss the goals and coordinate tool access, gate access, etc.

Brushing:
It’s that time of the year again. The nettles, sticker bushes and fire weed are starting to get uber tall and crowding in on the trails. With the amount of logging on the hill in recent years, that amount has greatly increased. If you’re getting sick of getting hit on the arms and would like to help clear one of your favorite trails, drop EB a line and we will coordinate weedeaters, etc. Ideally, two person crews work best where one person runs the weedeater and the other person rakes and clears drains as they move down the trail. Almost all trails need some level of brushing.

I know several folks have been out brushing already, but if you run into Phil Crews or James Waltman, but those guys a beer! James spent two days last week brushing Whoopsie Woodle top to bottom and Phil has been knocking out Kaya, Bunny and Art’s area for the past couple of weeks. Thanks gents!!

Some Dirt and re-route projects:
• Mullet jumps – these could use a fresh pass of dirt and some re-shaping. Also, we’d like the ride arounds to get some rollable pumpers that could give intermediate riders a little air time and make the exit section more fun for everyone.
• Upper Scorp Re-route – This is started and the corridor is cleared, but we want to tie it all in to the existing trail and then work down the trail to improve the overall flow of the trail.
• Upper Evo / Wonderland – We want to finish closing down the old Evo entrance, give the 2nd transition more dirt and finish the new Wonderland entrance.
• U- Line – hole filling in berms and some reshaping of a few jumps.
• Meth Lab re-route – this is close to done, but will need a pass to fix a few sections before we can officially open it up.
• Double Black Diamond re-routes – We’re working out the final details with the Larrabee rangers, but we’ve got approval for a fewroutes on Double Black to extend the trail and make it more sustainable. This will initially need some saw work for corridor clearing and then we’ll move on to dirt work. The goal is to keep this trail rugged, but eliminate the fall line sections.

Upcoming traildays:
Follow the schedule here as we are adding trail days for many of the TAP sponsors over the summer.

http://wmbcmtb.org/trail-days/

Cheers and hope to see you out on the trails!
EB

WWU Grad Student Develops Online Galbraith Map

Virginia J. Cleaveland, M.Ed. in environmental education candidate, has developed an interactive website as the culminating project for her master’s degree. The project was created in collaboration with Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition and Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment and Computer Science Department.

The website will allow WMBC to provide an official source of information about the trails at Galbraith Mountain to local recreationists and potential visitors. It includes trail information such as length in miles; open/closed status; elevation profiles; recommended routes for trail runners and mountain bikers; photos; points of interest including local shops, parking lots, kiosks, viewpoints and emergency checkpoints; and more.

GalbraithMountainMap.com was launched on June 6th and is now available for free.  Thank you Virginia for all of your hard work and collaboration for making this project happen.
For more information regarding this map, please email galbraithmtmap@gmail.com

To view this map click here: http://www.galbraithmountainmap.com/

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Atomic Dog Build Day this Sunday – Sponsored by Brown Dog Bike

Atomic Dog Build Day brought to you by Brown Dog Bikes

Atomic Dog Build Day brought to you by Brown Dog Bikes

This Sunday, June 15th, we’ll be working on buffing out Atomic Dog sponsored by Brown Dog Bikes.

We’ll meet near the Padden Softball fields (before the off leash dog area) at 8:45 and then will drive/carpool up to the top of A-Dog around 9’ish.

If you’d prefer, feel free to ride up and join us later in the day. Please work gloves and weather appropriate attire.

Anyone under 18, please be sure to have your parents sign the waiver in advance – if you’ve not already had one signed for this year’s build season.

http://kevinmenard.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/trailday_minor_waiver.pdf

Bike 2 Brew Group Ride Information

Meet at 11:30 for the Bike 2 Brew Group rides at the Birch Street Trailhead (located on Birch Street off of Lakeway Avenue) or at the Galbraith Lane parking area (upper Lake Padden Trails parking area) off of Samish Way.

WMBC Volunteers will be leading the following all abilities rides:

  • All Mountain
  • Cross Country
  • Beginner specific
  • Kids ride (meet at Galbraith Lane parking area)

There will be mulitple ride leaders for each type of ride. Rides will roll out at noon. Waivers need to be signed and will be availible at both trailheads.

Parents of kids are encouraged to join the kids ride and learn some new trails. The Galbraith Lane area is more suitable for youngsters and the kids ride will leave from there.

If you have questions or need to call the day of the ride, contact: Val 360-734-2882

 

 

Bike 2 Beer Event This Sunday

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