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SAMBA welcomes John Brennan to the Board

Did you know that SAMBA has a new Facebook Page, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube channel in addition to our old Facebook group? If you’ve visited any of these sites then you’ve seen some of the awesome work that John has done recently. We would like to welcome John as a Board member-at-large and member of the Communications committee. John’s expertise and experience will help us share information with a larger audience using more platforms of social media and get the word out about rides, trail work and events. Thanks...

SAMBA partners with 717Cycling to offer beginner skills clinics

How do I learn to ride? How can my kids learn to ride? Where can we go to learn? These are the most common questions that we receive through our Contact tab on the website. Until now, we had no answers to these questions so SAMBA is very proud to announce that we have formed a partnership with 717Cycling to establish a new program that will fill this void and help adults and kids learn the basics of off-road riding. 717Cycling is a cycling club based in Lancaster and York. Their vision is to become a gateway into the sport of cycling for children, young adults, and experienced cyclists alike by supporting athletes and strengthening relationships with our local communities. 717Cycling provides support for multiple cycling disciples, brings years of racing experience, and serves as one of the region’s most prominent clubs for youth and women’s racing. SAMBA partnered with Lititz Bike Works to design and build a sustainable, year round race course in back in 2017. The only of its kind on the east coast, the course is free to the public and allows families a safe, approachable place to learn cycling skills together. It’s also home base for 717 Cycling where they hold their clinics, practice and train and where they host one of the year’s most buzzed about races, the Pa. State CX Championships. Because no other course of its kind exists in the tri-state area and beyond, it has received media attention and attracts seasoned and casual riders from all over Lancaster, Lebanon, Berks, and York counties on a regular basis. Riders from New York, Maryland,...

SAMBA & NEW BELGIUM BREWING PRESENT: HMC GNOME CHALLENGE CONTEST

Several gnomes have been spotted along the trails at Hershey Medical Center over the past few weeks and their numbers seem to be growing!  We are not quite sure if they are migrating to these woods or have been here all along. The gnomes seem to be friendly but do not like to be picked up and held. They have been spotted hanging around hollow trees and stumps and seem to like the rocky areas where there are a lot of ferns. Maybe you caught a glimpse out of the corner of your eye on a recent ride? Gnomes bring good luck so if you know of a gnome that is looking to re-locate please feel free to direct them to HMC.       SAMBA/NBB HMC Gnome challenge contest rules Meet at “The Beach” kiosk area at HMC at 8:30 on 7/27 to register. Just inside the gate on Reservoir rd. Go out and ride. Search for gnomes. Gnomes will be asked to re-locate before the start to keep it fair. Take selfies with gnomes. Decide if you are going for the GRAND PRIZE package requiring 4 gnome selfies. Return to “The Beach” to verify photos, post photos to SAMBA Facebook and claim prizes!!! GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE from New Belgium Brewing & SAMBA (First one to snap 4 selfies  and verify AT SAME TIME) includes: Case of NBB Fat Tire Ale, Grand Trunk NBB hammock, NBB Baseball cap, NBB bandana, NBB frisbee, NBB patch kit, NBB bottle opener, NBB stickers, Stan’s Notubes sealant, Gu gels and SAMBA pint glass!   The first three participants that snap 3 selfies and verify photos win a prize package from...

SAMBA announces new Social media platform

SAMBA is excited to announce that we will be upgrading and expanding our Social media presence. The plan is to launch a new Instagram account, YouTube channel, re-establish our old Twitter account and create a SAMBA Facebook Page in addition to our existing Facebook User group.   The new Facebook Page will be focused on SAMBA’s official communications and will not be open to the public to post. Here you will find the most current information about our rides, work days, club news, announcements and updates. The existing User group will remain as a place for all to share and exchange information about mountain biking in Central Pa. as an open forum!!!   Kindly follow the link and click the sign-up button to follow SAMBA and stay up to date with SAMBA happenings! More content coming soon!!! https://www.facebook.com/SAMBAbiker717 Also check out: Twitter: https://twitter.com/SAMBAbiker717   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samba_biker_717/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeldE3bTcGK_TlpvdwbnupQ   #MTB  #MountainBike  #MTBlife  #Bike #Cycling #SAMBA #717 #LancasterPA  #HarrisburgPA  #YorkPA   Thank You for your support! SAMBA  ...

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...

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...