Dirt Jump Park Build Days

 

Hey folks!  The dirt jump park at Civic Field is in some need of repair.  Mike Storm (aka Manual Mike) has been the one keeping the lines open and flowing but could use some extra hands.  Whether or not you ride the park you should still check it out!

Build days are on September 6th and October 10th and run from 9am to 12pm. If you have questions, please contact Mike at manualmike@gmail.com and check out his site http://www.manualmike.com/

manualmike

Remembering a Great Friend.

Greg Jones in his happy place.

Greg in his happy place.

Words by Tyler Byrnes:
A little over a month ago, a fellow local rider and my good friend, Greg Jones, had an unfortunate crash on the Happy Hour trail on Galbraith.

Although we had two other riders in our group, no one witnessed the fall until coming around the corner and seeing him on the ground. His friends and other riders that came upon the scene tended to Greg immediately and, after assessing the situation, medics were called and he was taken to St. Joseph’s for treatment.

Word travels quickly in our community and a lot of people have been asking for updates about Greg’s condition since his accident.

Greg on a recent riding trip to Sedona.

Greg on a recent riding trip to Sedona.

Unfortunately, the injuries Greg sustained were too severe and he passed away on July 26th at Harborview Hospital in Seattle with his family by his side. It’s hard to believe that a quiet evening ride with a few buddies could end in such tragedy, but it is important to remember that the sport so many of us love comes with inherent risks.

Greg was an experienced mountain biker; he knew the trails well and wasn’t one to take unnecessary risks, yet the unimaginable still happened. Greg had a zest for life, and particularly anything that got him out in nature. He would not only insist that we keep on riding, but also implore us to cherish those rides and the memories they create.

Please take a moment on your next ride to think about how fortunate you are to be able to take part in such an amazing sport, and for those of you who knew Greg and rode with him, push hard into one of your favorite corners and send him a good loud BRAAAPPP!

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Greg, he was very passionate about Faith in Practice (the group he traveled with to Guatemala).

If you’d like to help the Jones family, there is a GoFundMe page to help with medical bills and college funds for their two children – Isabel (Izzy) and Lucas.

You can also send your thoughts and love to Greg’s family here.

Ride in Peace, Greg.

Greg and I during a snowstorm.

Greg and I during a snowstorm in Flagstaff.

SAVE the DATE: 5th Annual Shoot the Trails Awards 10/10/2015

Stay tuned for updates via Facebook, twitter or under the events tab on this site.

WMBC-x-STT-RULES-POSTER-_-final-_-XL

July 20th – Logging and Trail Update

Hi all,
 
As of last Friday, Janicki’s crews are into the Hopscotch, Kaya, Bunny Trails area.  As such, those trails along with Art’s trail were closed down.  Rock n Roll, Mole Trap and Here to There are still a mess and going to need a lot of work to re-open.  We’ll let folks know when we can get back in there to work on them.
 
Closed trails:

Rock n Roll, Lower Candy, From Here to There, Ewok Village, Mole Trap, Art’s, Bunny, Kaya and Hopscotch.

 

Recently opened:

  • 2 ½ was re-opened and brushed by Tom and Russ.
  • Family Fun Center was reopened by Brian Rhodes and the WECU folks.
  • El Pollo Elastico was re-opened and brushed by David Waugh.

 

Brushing –

With the amount of logging on the hill the past few years, brushing has become WAY more work and increasingly important this time of year.  There’s still a ton of brushing to do, but a HUGE thank you to the following folks for the most recent brushing.  I’m sure I’m missing someone here…  Also, with the severe drought, you’ll notice that the branches are drooping extra low right now and we can always use help walking a trail with a pole saw or loppers and cutting those branches back.

NOTE:  Weedeaters can be used on the mountain right now, but only before 1 PM (Level 3 fire restrictions) and those people need to have a fire extinguisher on their person as they brush.

 

  • Bandito (north side) – Mike Brodsky and Brian Johnson
  • Cheech and Chongs (Face slappers) – Jon Hereen
  • Whoopsie Woodle – James and Liz Waltman and help from Jackie Yearance
  • Wonderland – Mark Belles
  • Bottle Opener – Jon Hereen and Frankie Choltco-Devlin
  • Happy Hour (including removing the face slappers) – Jon Hereen
  • Kaiser – Russ and Devon
  • Meth Lab – Scott Peele and friends
  • 911 – Steve Vogel and Brenden Pelkie
  • Keystone – Steve Roguski and Fairhaven Runners folks
  • Oly – Ryan Joslyn (Bellingham Cycle Works)
  • New Issues and Last Call – Greg Mroz
  • Art’s, Bunny, Kaya – Devon Pelkie, Tom and crew
  • 3 Pigs – Devon Pelkie with help from fairhaven runner crew
  • Bears and other trails (face slappers) – Rosemary Vohs
  • Mullet – Brian Johnson and Fairhaven Runners crew
  • Rock n Roll (pre-harvest) – Dave Vitt and Kulshan Brewing
  • Mole Trap (pre-harvest) – Russ Lambert and Tom Amend

Thanks again to everyone who’s been pitching in this summer on Galby and Chuckanut.  Once we get some rain, we’ll get going on dirt projects……pray for rain!!  Any questions, just hit us up.

Public Service Announcement: We Love Dogs!

Public Service Announcement:

Folks, we love dogs and you love dogs, this much is evident. Half of our rides and build days are outnumbered by dogs. At the expense of coming across as preachy, two things about riding, running and hiking with dogs.

1. If you take the time to bag up your dog crap, can you pack it out or put it in a trash can?? Seriously, if you’re not going to do that, can you, at the very least, grab a stick and brush it off the trail or road? Putting it next to a neighbor’s mailbox is unacceptable too. I know this isn’t solely a Galby issue (it happens on the Hertz trail, the greenways trails and elsewhere- lame), but who do folks think is supposed to pick up their bagged dog crap?

2. It’s dry as hell on the mountain with zero water right now – even at the usual watering spots. It is YOUR responsibility to have extra water for your dog on rides and runs. Dogs are pleasers and will literally run themselves into the ground and can/will die of heat exhaustion. Think about the time of day and the temps as you go out these next couple of months and, if in doubt, leave them at home.

THANKS and please share!!

UnReal Movie Premier At Mount Baker Theater – Tonight!

UnReal Movie Premier - Friday, July 10th at Mt. Baker Theater

UnReal Movie Premier – Friday, July 10th at Mt. Baker Theater

Bellingham, prepare to get unReal on Friday, July 10th at the historic Mount Baker Theater.  Join Teton Gravity Research and Anthill Films as they unleash their brand new mountain bike movie on the big screen. Plus, everyone in attendance receives your choice of a FREE Friday ticket OR Saturday/Sunday 2-for-1 to Stevens Pass Bike Park!

Tickets are available for presale at Kulshan Cycles and Fanatik Bike Co. or can be purchased online at TGR.

Details:
WHEN: Friday, July 10
WHERE: Mt. Baker Theatre
TIME: Doors 7pm Show 8pm
TICKETS: $12 Adv $15 Dos, $7 Kids 16 & Under

Questions? Email us at filmtour@tetongravity.com


About the film: unReal is for those of us who escape. A film that celebrates breaking free from the confines of reality and venturing into a boundless world. This place isn’t remote or hard to find, and yet many never see it. Here, glacial walls transform into mountain bike trails, rain and snow aren’t the only elements to fall from the sky and thousand pound mammals become riding partners. Breathtaking visuals conjure feelings of awe and pure joy; feelings that only those of us who venture outside can truly understand. This film is dedicated to you—the dreamers, the rule-breakers, the ones who never grow up, the ones who know the secret—the ones who know the way into the unReal world.

Need 9 Volunteers for Tour de Whatcom

TDWLogo

We’re still looking to fill volunteer spots for the Tour de Whatcom event on Saturday, July 18th.  We definitely need folks running the bike check. If you have 3-4 hrs to spare on Saturday and can lend a hand that would be awesome!

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up here to volunteer for Tour de Whatcom (2015)!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/A2yoMH
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Larrabee Trailday Recap

This past Saturday, we had a hardy group of 18 folks who gave up a beautiful, sunny Saturday to help get more work done on the new bike trail on Chuckanut Mountain. Thanks to James Wadkins and the fine folks at Fairhaven Pizza for providing plenty of delicious food for the folks busting their butts in the woods.  For any Gluten intolerant folks out there, you should try their Gluten free pizza’s…..so good!

James Wadkins and Fairhaven Pizza Sponsored the day with delicious pizza for everyone!

James Wadkins and Fairhaven Pizza Sponsored the day with delicious pizza for everyone!

The goal for the trail day was to connect from Double Black across the Lost Lake trail and down to the road.  This section required a fair bit of benching and we got it connected, but with no moisture in sight, everything will require a full pass as soon as we get rain – hopefully soon!  Thanks to Javon Smith for helping organize the day and the pics…you rock, Von!  After building all day, the crew hiked over to Fragrance Lake for a refreshing dip in the lake.  Such a good group of folks and a really fun day!

As always, thanks to Pat Kennedy and REI for supporting this entire project from the get-go.

TRAIL STATUS:  We’ll continue to keep working on sections of trail that need it, but we REALLY NEED RAIN to get most of the finish work done….everything is turning to moon dust.

Teague, Dan and Jesse goofing off.

Teague, Dan and Jesse goofing off.

Jeremy and Carrie helping out on their first trailday!

Jeremy and Carrie helping out on their first trailday!

Dan and Greg getting a steep section filled with rocks.

Dan and Greg getting a steep section filled with rocks.

Mark, Rick, Dylan and jesse building a berm after a short, but steep chute.

Mark, Rick, Dylan and jesse building a berm after a short, but steep chute.

Greg, Mark, Mike and crew getting the last section rideable.

Greg, Mark, Mike and crew getting the last section rideable.

Jesse and Trish have helped a ton on this sucker.

Jesse and Trish have helped a ton on this sucker.

Enjoying a post-work swim in Fragrance Lake!

Enjoying a post-work swim in Fragrance Lake!

REI

REI

Fairhaven Pizza

Fairhaven Pizza

Tour de Whatcom Volunteers Needed

TDWLogo

WMBC have been selected to be the beneficiaries for Tour de Whatcom.  We would like to return the favor by helping out at the start and finish line.  The event takes place on July 18th in front of the Farmers Market.  The event coordinators also need help setting up the course the day before (July 17th).

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up here to volunteer for Tour de Whatcom (2015)!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/A2yoMH
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

 

Brushing Day Recap – Thanks to Fairhaven Runners and Walkers!

Fairhaven Runners and Walkers

Fairhaven Runners and Walkers

On June 13th, we had a divide and conquer  brushing trail day.  With the amount of logging happening all over the hill over the past five years, many more trails need to be brushed these days, so it’s critical to have a big group out getting some of the more popular routes brushed.

With almost 20 people, we brushed 1/2 of Whoopsie Woodle, Keystone, the exit of Mullet, Lower Pig and 911.

Many Thanks to Steve Roguski and Fairhaven Runners and Walkers for the sponsorship and for the help that day!

Brush grows fast in the clearcuts!

Brush grows fast in the clearcuts!

Keystone Brushing

Keystone Brushing

Brushing the Lower Pig

Brushing the Lower Pig

Fairhaven Runners Brushing Day

Fairhaven Runners Brushing Day

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 50 other followers