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Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association

Working to Protect and encourage Mountain Bike trail access in Central Pennsylvania.

SAMBA launches Heatherwood Hills Bike Park project

SAMBA is excited to officially announce our partnership with Mainspring of Ephrata, Ephrata Borough and Green Mountain Cyclery to develop a new Bike Park at Heatherwood Park adjacent to the Warwick-Ephrata Rail Trail (WERT) and close to Fulton Elementary School, Ephrata Middle and High Schools and downtown Ephrata. Plenty of parking is available at the WERT lot at Fulton Street. View location here: www.trailforks.com/region/heatherwood-park-27491/ The Heatherwood Bike Park trail system will include three areas:  a pump track area suitable for the youngest riders on balance bikes as well as BMX and mountain bikes, a skill building area with progressive features and obstacles and a single track trail loop for learning the basics or building fitness.  Numerous community donations are making this project possible, including a Dero Fixit station from Boyer’s Foods and SAMBA.  More donations for tools, materials and amenities are needed, so please check out the GoFundMe page and contribute:  www.gofundme.com/bike-ephrata-mountain-biking-at-heatherwood-park Work days will begin at the end of June and the Park is projected to open later this year. Let’s get them started early so we can grow the riding community from the ground up! As usual, we need your help! Watch SAMBA’s Facebook page for dates and times to come out and help make Heatherwood Bike Park a reality.  www.facebook.com/groups/sambabiker/ For questions, to volunteer or connect with SAMBA’s Trail liaisons visit: www.sambabiker.com/samba/contact/ Want to learn more about the value of bike parks? Please read on… *Healthy Community, Healthy Economy: Urban Bike Parks By Philip Armour-Outdoor Industry Association.  Biking makes up a significant part of the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy. According to Outdoor Foundation’s 2018 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report, 16 percent of Americans—47.5 million... read more

2019 SAMBA Bash at Rattling Creek September 12th – 15th

    Click Here To REGISTER Now!    Early Bird Price until August 15th!   Click here for directions SAMBA Bash at Rattling Creek with camping at Camp Muckelratz, Halifax PA. Thursday September 12th through Sunday September 15th. $75  The Full BASH – Thursday 1PM – Sunday 1PM  (includes camping all nights) $60 Saturday  8AM  through Sunday 1PM  (includes Saturday night camping) $40  Saturday only (no camping) Prices will go up August 16th and the event may sell out, so register early! Ride the IMBA Epic Rattling Creek Enjoy Saturday Night BBQ with Forrest’s Feed Co. Troges will have an assortment of Brews for sale... read more

2019 Spring membership drive May 1- May 31

Did you know that SAMBA has multiple new trail projects in development? We invite you to be a part of that by joining or renewing with SAMBA during the month of May. Go to: www.sambabiker.com/samba/  For as little as $5 per month, you can snag a new bike, new swag and take a friend on an epic mountain biking vacation! Everyone who joins us this month is entered to win one of two prize packages! First is a new Pivot Mach 6 with a Western Spirit cycling trip for 2, a BikeFlights shipping voucher for 2 and clothing from Showers Pass. The second package is a new Pivot Switchblade, a $2,000 shopping voucher from Jenson USA and clothing from Showers Pass. Now is the time to add your voice to strengthen our community, and strengthen the resources we need to continue to build and maintain our local trails. Here is the complete break down of the prize packages: Package 1 – vacation One (1) Pivot Mach 6 Carbon Race XT (Total estimated value $5199) Two (2) BikeFlights Single-use Round Trip Shipping (Total estimated value $500) One (1) Western Spirit gift certificate for two (2) people (Total estimated value $2490) Showers Pass package (Total estimated value $386)  One (1) Men’s or Women’s IMBA Jacket  One (1) Men’s or Women’s IMBA Shorts  One (1) Men’s or Women’s Hi-Line Merino SS Shirt Pivot Mach 6 Carbon: Pivot’s renowned Mach 6 Carbon is longer, lower and sets a new benchmark for enduro and aggressive trail bikes. The Mach 6’s peerless pedaling efficiency and downhill handling make it the perfect choice for dropping into... read more

SAMBA announces 2019 ride calendar

We are proud to finally announce that we have established a monthly ride schedule for the entire 2019 riding season! We plan to host a ride each weekend starting in April and running through November. Of course some rides may be relocated, cancelled or rescheduled.  We also plan to continue our night rides at Governor Dick and Swatara in the Fall and and add some new night rides along the way. Here’s the basic plan: Camp Mack: First Sunday every month Parkway Trails: Second Saturday every month Weiser State Forest (Rattling Creek): Third weekend every month HMC Trails: Fourth Saturday every month All rides will be created as recurring Facebook events and also appear on our website calendar! Check Facebook for all ride updates. See you out there!... read more

SAMBA Winter Party and Fundraiser

There are really BIG and EXCITING projects in the works. Find out more by joining us at the Winter Party & Fundraiser on Saturday, February 9th, 4pm at the Fire Hall in Mount Gretna. Huge raffle, beer, fabulous food, music & more! Rides will begin at 2pm.  Please inform anyone that may be interested.       While we have all been out riding and enjoying the trails SAMBA has been hard at work behind the scenes to make this happen. To continue this fabulous progress SAMBA needs YOUR help!  We are in need of members who are interested in filling the following positions on the SAMBA board and committees!   Please review the committees below that could use your help and let us know which interest you. Nominations will be accepted at the Winter Party on 2/9/19  and also on the SAMBABIKER.COM website, click on Contact and submit your nominations through March 15th. If the below committees aren’t really your “thing”, just let us know what your area of interest / expertise is and we can find a way to utilize you.     Public Relations (Need a PR Director & Committee members) Mission Statement: The mission of the Public Relations committee is to expand awareness of the chapter via promotional material and public outreach by: Manage promotional materials, bike shop items and soft goods inventory Promote and represent club at events as needed Coordinate non-event fundraisers, donations and sponsorship’s Coordinate outreach opportunities Work with local businesses and non-profits to partner and support cycling Other tasks upon request from the Board   General guidelines Committees should meet a minimum... read more

SAMBA announces new Volunteer Appreciation Program (VAP)

Get cool SAMBA gear when you come out on a SAMBA workday to help build or maintain the trails you know and love!  For more information about when trail workdays are happening, please stay up to date by visiting our Facebook Page   or by checking out our SAMBA calendar 16 hours = SAMBA volunteer shirt 40 hours = Troegs gift card Most hours by Sept 1 = Free SAMBA BASH registration with dinner Top two volunteers by Dec 31 each get 2 passes for Dirtfest, courtesy of DirtRag SAMBA is  a 501c3 non-profit organization and 100% volunteer based. Our volunteers are our most important and valuable... read more

SAMBA is PROUD to announce, “Hershey Medical Center trail work to begin this Sunday, March 18th!”

Be part of SAMBA’s newest project and join us for the inaugural work day this Sunday, March 18 from 10:00am to 2:00pm! If you’re interested in bulding trails for this first work day which will consist mostly of cutting brush and clearing leaves email Hersheytrail@gmail.com. We will meet on Reservoir Road behind the Med Center. Take Life Lion Drive to Meadow Wood Rd to Reservoir Road. Park on the gravel lot past the construction trailers.... read more
PAXTANG PARK PROJECT

PAXTANG PARK PROJECT

Paxtang Park Project underway! We are excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with the City of Harrisburg (land owner), Swatara Township and Paxtang Borough (owners of the roads approaching the park), and CAGA to partner to
begin work to restore historic Paxtang Park to be used as a parking, trailhead and picnic area for visiting cyclists using the Capital Area Greenbelt and Parkway Trail System.

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