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2015 Trail Adoption Sponsors Announced

2015 WMBC TAP Page Top

All these awesome companies and individuals will be going the extra mile to make Galbraith trails better than ever and maintained throughout the year. Be sure to thank them for all their hard work.

Anvil Corporation Prison Love
Bellingham Cycle Works Oly
Bike Sport 3 Pigs
Birch Equipment Lost Giants
Bob Torset Bob’s Trail
Brown Dog Bike Atomic Dog
Diamond B Constructors Kung Fu / Tough Love
Earl’s Bike Shop Banditos
Fairhaven Bikes Kaiya
Fanatik Bike Company SST
Freehub Magazine PT / Eagle Scout / The Sh!t
Jack’s Bicycle Center and Homegrown Racing The Ridge and Miranda
Kona Bikes Devil cross
Kulshan Brewing Rock n Roll
Kulshan Cycles Cedar Dust
Lone Jack Coffee Pony Express
Manual Mike Grasshopper
Matrix Services Scorpion
Skagit Naturopathic Clinic Wonderland
Superfeet Intestine
Terrain Gym / Terratactile Trailbuilding Unemployment Line
Transition Bikes Cheech and Chong’s
WECU Family Fun Center
Zodiac Aerospace Whoopsie Woodle

New Interactive Galbraith PDF Map Available

We are super excited to announce a new interactive downloadable PDF map you can use on your phone.  The PDF map works with the GPS in your phone to pinpoint your exact location on the trail so no more getting lost. The map is an exact copy of the updated printed map brought to us by Chris Behee.  You can download the Map here for $14.99 with proceeds going to the WMBC.

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Volunteer Of The Month

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Meet Mark Belles.  He’s one of the original WHIMPs that started some unofficial trail building on Galbraith in the 80’s. Mark started riding in 1988 and has obviously seen a lot of change in the world of mountain biking. When asked about what he thinks is the greatest thing that has happened to the sport, he answers that it’s the growth and mass appeal to a wide variety of users ranging from kids to seniors and the large variety of riding styles ranging from XC to DH that are now out there.

Mark continues to do what he’s been doing for years and that’s building and maintaining trails and bridges and helping with new routes.  His most recent addition to our trail network are his imaginative, metal trail signs.  His art work greets you when you ride through the Pigs, Bob’s, Lost Giants, Hop Scotch, Dog Patch, Rock’n’Roll, and the Freedom Bridge.

Thanks for bringing some art back onto the mountain and for making our riding experience a little more cheerful!

TAP PROGRAM GETTING IT DONE

The guys at Transition gave some love to their TAP trail Cheech and Chongs on Friday. They put in a nice reroute at the bottom to get around a low spot that had a nasty mud bog as well as throwing fresh dirt on berms and fixing other drainage issues.

2015 Trail Building Days Announced

Our very own Eric Brown has just released the build schedule for 2015. This is your year to come out and help support the WMBC and throw some dirt with us. We always have a great time rain or shine so hope to see you soon.

Saturday, January 17th Evo Overhaul and Stinger Rebuild
Saturday, January 31st Double Black (Larrabee State Park)
Sunday, February 8th Double Black (Larrabee State Park)
Saturday, February 21st – Galbraith – Sponsored by Mount Baker Bicycle Club
Sunday, March 1st – Larrabee
Saturday, April 11th Larrabee
Sunday, April 25th Mullet on Galbraith – Sponsored by Trailhead Athletics
Saturday, May 2nd Galbraith
Sunday, May 17th Galbraith
Saturday May 30th Galbraith – Sponsored by Greater Bellingham Trail Running Club
Sunday June 7th Galbraith – Sponsored by Kulshan Cycles
Saturday, June 13th Galbraith – Sponsored by Fairhaven Runners

Larrabee Trail Days meet at 10am at the Clayton Beach/Lost Lake Parking Lot

Galbraith Trail Days meet at 9am at the Galbraith Lane Parking Lot on Samish Way.

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Volunteers Working on the new Double Black Diamond Re-Route on the Chuckanuts

WMBC Announces Board Member Changes

The Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition has had a recent board shuffling and is proud to announce Barbara Karabin as the new president and Jeff Jaap as a new incoming board member. Matt Durand, the former president, has been on the WMBC Board for 8 years and has played an integral role in advancing the WMBC to where it is today. Matt recently took on the position of Principal of Mt. Baker Jr. and Sr. High School and needed to focus on his new role. He plans to stay involved as both an adviser and trail builder.

Barbara has served on the board for two years as the Vice-President and Director of Volunteers and has seamlessly stepped into her new role. She’s looking forward to keeping the momentum going as the organization continues to grow.

Jeff has been very involved in trail building and maintenance on Galbraith and the Chuckanuts for several years and is well known in the trail builder circles.  He’s lived in Bellingham for 15 years and enjoys building and riding all types of trails ranging from steep DH to flowy and/or technical XC. His most recent trail projects involve maintaining Whoopsie Woodle and Happy Hour.

For more information on the WMBC board, check out our website: https://wmbcmtb.org/board-members-and-volunteers/

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Cheech and Chongs Gets Some Love

The boys at Transition Bikes got out and tuned up Cheech and Chongs Wild ride with two new cribbed in berms and some feature buffing. They also added a re-route around the old downhill log ride to add more trail and flow with less breaking. The re-route is not open yet but will be later this week.

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Galbraith Gets Top Mountain Bike Trails in Washington

This is a great map from singletracks.com of the best mountain bike trails per state. Galbraith gets top honors for Washington which means all our hard work is really paying off.

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Quick update about the logging on Galbraith:

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  • Evolution, Scorpion, Whoopsie Woodle, PT, U Line, Prison Love:

Janicki is done thinning off of the 3000 road, so these trails are ready to get cleaned up this Saturday’s trail day and could use your help.  We’ll take the divide and conquer approach and have folks working on these trails.  The loggers did an amazing job working around the trails, so some of those trails will only need a few people and some will need more.

They’ve been waiting for the 2000 and 3000 road to haul logs off the hill, so there’s still big stacks of logs along the road.  Those should start getting hauled off in the next week, but it’ll be weather dependent.  Either way, we can work on those trails now.  When they start hauling logs from this area, we’ll ask riders to stay off the 3000 road until after 3:30 on weekdays.

  • Papa Bear, Lost Sole:

The loggers are currently thinning in the Papa Bear / Lost Sole area and will be in there for a week.  So, if you ride Wonderland, Oly, Keystone, Cabin, 187, Cougar and Mama Bear, please avoid that area and we’ll get in to re-open them as soon as they’re out.

  • 2000 and 3000 Road daylighting:

In the next couple of weeks, they will be thinning (aka, daylighting) these two roads to keep the trees from getting intertwined in the power lines.  When this takes place, southside access will be VERY limited for ~3 days and there will be NO riding on those two roads.  I’ll let you know when that happens, but we’ll have the road, kiosk, Samish parking lot heavily signed to warn riders/runners.

  • Upper Ridge, FF Center, Upper Bob’s, Cedar Dust

They will start working up from the Pipeline Road towards this area in the next couple of weeks.  Exact timing TBD.  When that takes place, north side access will be VERY limited and we’ll shut that area down during workdays.  When they get in the area around the kiosk, we’ll likely ask riders to use the south side access for that time.  We’ve flagged these trails really thoroughly, so our hope is to have another “divide and conquer” trail day immediately after they get out of this area.  We’ll give folks a head’s up as soon as we get the indication that they’ll be done.

Thanks to everyone for respecting the closures during harvest for your safety, the crew’s safety and for allowing them to do their job when they’re up on the hill.  I think its fair to say that Janicki has done a great job of mitigating damage to the trails whenever possible.  If you see their crews on the hill, give them a shout out.