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...

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...

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!...

SAMBA announces projects for 2019 and beyond

Howdy, We are super excited to share our new projects for 2019-2020. As you can see on the map our new opportunities are diverse and spread throughout the area. These projects are in various stages of development and are listed in order based on each project’s current stage of development. There may even be 1 or 2 more projects in the works that we are not able to discuss at this time. As always, we cannot make these opportunities a reality without help. Please contact us here with any questions or to get involved with putting these new trails on the ground this year! http://sambabiker.com/samba/contact/    Project 1: Paxtang Park What: Trail head parking, meet-up spot and picnic area for Parkway Trails and Capital Area Greenbelt Where: Harrisburg. Dauphin County Who: SAMBA/Parkway Trail committee, City of Harrisburg, Paxtang Borough, Swatara Township, CAGA Why: Designated parking areas have limited spaces and in poor locations for visitors. Revitalize historic Paxtang Park which has been in ruins for decades. Meeting place for visitors and group rides. When:  Projected completion Spring 2019. Budget: $2000 Funding: Secured through fundraiser and donations. What’s happened so far:  Stakeholder and need analysis. Site investigation and history research. Meetings with City of Harrisburg, Swatara Township, Paxtang Borough. SAMBA Board approval. Project proposal and agreement fully executed. Stone donation of 140 tons secured through Pennsy Supply. Parking stops purchased with grant from QBP. Excavation and stone installation complete. BMUFL signs installed on City Park Drive.    Project 2: Donegal Highlands What: Small shared-use trail system featuring single track and learning areas Where: Elizabethtown. Lancaster County Who: SAMBA/Trail liaisons Matt Hess...

2019 NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR BOARD & COMMITTEES (click here)

Howdy, It’s that time again! We have Board and Committee positions  available for 2019-2020. We are also in need of dedicated individuals to help with rides, trail work and lots more. Nominations close March 15, 2019. If you love mountain biking and want to help us make a difference please contact us here for job requirements and more information: http://sambabiker.com/samba/contact/ Board positions open for nomination: President-(Nick Loftus up for re-election) Vice President- (Chris Shelly up for re-election) Director of Public Relations- Vacant Member-at-Large-Vacant Committee positions available: Communications Mission Statement: The mission of the Communications committee is to expand awareness of chapter activities through effective use of all approved media outlets by: Generate effective Chapter communications through approved media Maintain SAMBA’s website and Facebook Communicate and promote club activities through bike shops Coordinate membership drives and help grow membership Provide and post event articles and supply event pictures and video for use on the website, social media, and email newsletters. Help compose email communications for members if needed Other tasks upon request from the Board Public Relations 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 Coordinate outreach opportunities Work with local businesses and non-profits to partner and support cycling Other tasks upon request from the Board We hope to hear from YOU!...