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Saturday (10/29) Trail Day at Larrabee State Park

Hi folks,

We are planning to take advantage of the upcoming rains and we’ll be working at Larrabee State Park again.

We are meeting at 9 AM at the Lost Lake (aka, Clayton Beach) parking lot which is by the bathrooms and Fragrance Lake Road. We’ll have coffee/bagels for the AM and lunch in the afternoon.

As usual, be prepared for inclement weather, bring some water or snacks and boots/gloves for working. We’ll have plenty of trail tools ready to go.

We’re Launching an Online Store!

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Looking for something to keep you warm this fall?  The WMBC is launching an online store and is including some new, neat clothing items such as colorful hoodies and Sock Guy wool socks!  Check out the site and let us know what you think.  WMBC ONLINE STORE

Greenways Levy Doorbelling and Leaflet Dropping Oct. 22nd

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The Greenways Program has made a hugely postive impact around Bellingham over the past 26 years connecting our neighborhoods and develping our parks. The Greenways 4 Levy is on the November Ballot and the WMBC is helping to support this effort!

If you’d like to see more trail and park develpment around Bellingham, we are planning to spend a morning talking to our respective neighbors about the Greenways Levy. We’ll be meeting at Sustainable Connections at 10:30 and then spread out after we get ourselves organized.

More about this upcoming levy can be found here:
http://www.greenwayslevy.com/

Some of the goals for the latest Greenways Levy.
– Create public trails and parks on our future downtown waterfront
– Secure funding to maintain our parks, trails and natural spaces
– Provide funds that allow for community resiliency
– Permit the completion of a trail network through our growing community
– Ensure development and ecological restoration to park sites previously acquired

 

Saturday 10/15/16 Trail Day Cancelled

Saturday’s trail day is cancelled!!

Amber Forest at Larrabee and they will be closing the day use areas, campground and Cleator road for the weekend due to the potential of very high wind gusts.

In the interest of everyone’s safety, we’re going to reschedule our trail day on Double Black and Double Down. We’ll reschedule and let everyone know the new date.

Be safe this weekend folks!

Fishing Line with Hooks Found on Galbraith

Hello Everyone,

A local mountain biker reported that an approximately 5 foot long fishing line with 8 fishing hooks was found tangled in his rear axle while riding on Galbraith on September 21st, around 6:30 pm.  He suspects that the line may have been somewhere below the rock drops/rolls on SST and Backdoor, trails on the north side of Galbraith.

The WMBC will be further monitoring the situation and also asks that anyone who has more information regarding this incident or sees any suspicious activity, please notify the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition at wmbcmtb@gmail.com

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, Sunday October 2nd

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Need Volunteers for National Public Lands Day / Build Day in Larabee on Saturday 9/24

Hi folks,

The rain and cooler temps are finally back and we are celebrating National Public Lands Day by giving some love to the trails on Larrabee State Park.  In particular, our plan is to get Double Black and Double Down back in shape after a long, dry summer and the extra traffic from our recent Enduro race.

Please note that we are looking for a volunteer coordinator to help our trail leader (Jeff Jaap) tomorrow.  The job would include helping sign people in, picking up lunch and maybe coffee/snacks, and just being around to help our volunteers feel comfortable.  If you’re interested, please email Jeff at jeff.jaap@gmail.com

Time and Location:
We are meeting at 9 AM at the Lost Lake (aka, Clayton Beach) parking lot which is by the bathrooms and Fragrance Lake Road. We’ll have coffee/bagels for the AM and lunch in the afternoon.

What to bring:
As usual, dress for the weather, bring some water or snacks and boots/gloves for working. We’ll have plenty of trail tools ready to go.

** PLEASE NOTE: Discover Passes are NOT necessary for this day.

Evil Cascadia Dirt Cup

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Hi Everyone!

It’s going to be a fun weekend here in Bellingham with the combination of both the North American Enduro Tour coming to town and the 5 Point Film Festival!  We want to provide a brief summary of the events and hope to see you out there as a spectator or racer.

First off, enduro racers have a chance to practice the marked, opened but unsanctioned course in the Chuckanuts starting at noon, Friday the 26th.  Here’s a link to the course maps: http://www.cascadiadirtcup.org/chuckanut_course Also on Friday is the packet pickup/rider’s meeting at Fanatik Bike Co, from 5-7pm with fun contests (bring your bike!), door prizes and 1 free beer for those 21 & over.  Racers must still check in on race day to get your timing chip.  The 5 Point Film festival will be showing their first series of crazy, wild outdoor films at the Mt. Baker Theater from 7pm- 10pm

Satuday the 26th is the big day! If you’re coming out to heckle and cheer please consider carpooling, riding your bike, and/or parking at the Fragrance Lake/Clayton Beach parking lot.  Bring your Discover Pass.

Here’s the schedule:

8am-9:30am is the packet/timing chip pickup, 8:50am racer call ups start, 9am beginner’s load shuttles
9am is the first wave off , 3:00pm is the racer cutoff and finally, the awards ceremony takes place at 3:30pm.

But we’re not done yet!

The 5 Point Film Festival has offered to provide a free shuttle from Larabee State Park to the Mt. Baker Theater for the second showing of some radical, adventurous outdoor films.  So if you’re camping out at Larabee you can continue to celebrate in down town Bellingham.  The shuttle van will be departing from the parking lot closest to the amphitheater at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm and will be returning to Larabee at 10:30pm and midnight.

Are you a racer or a volunteer?  Keep reading on.

We’ve given the Mt. Baker Theater ticket office a list of all of our wonderful volunteers so if you are a volunteer and decide to go to film festival, give them your name and they’ll take $3 off you ticket.  If you’re a racer, show the ticket office your number plate and you also get the $3 discount.

Pheeew…. Well that’s about it.  If you have any questions, please e-mail us at wmbcmtb@gmail.com  Be safe, have a great weekend, and good luck out there!

Volunteers Needed for Chuckanut Enduro Race

Chuckanut Cascadia Dirt Cup Enduro/North American Enduro Tour Saturday August 27th

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Hi There!

We’re looking for volunteers for the national enduro event.  There will be three courses for the different classes at this enduro, which means we need a lot more volunteers than usual. If you’re around for the whole day, or just in the morning or afternoon please let us know because we have a job for you!

We take good care of our volunteers at this event and will provide coffee and breakfast in the morning.  There’s also lunch and a beer in the afternoon!

If you are interested in helping out as a timer, parking attendee, course marshal, course sweep, EMS, etc., let us know at wmbcmtb@gmail.com

 

Galbraith Lane Gate Closure

Direct access to the Tower Rd (RD 2000) is now closed and a reroute is still in the process of being built. The only gate open for public access is at end of Galbraith Ln (RD 1000). Last Call will be closed temporarily until the reroute has been completed and detour signs and mini maps have been set up at the base of the hill to help you navigate through the changes.
Galbraith is a really busy hill and all public traffic is now be funneled straight through Galbraith Ln. Please be courteous to the residents by keeping your pets on a leash, picking up your poo bags, and respecting people’s private properties.  This a shared space that we’re lucky to use. Thank you for your patience and for all of your support!

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