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EPHRATA BIKE PARK OPENING DAY SCHEDULED FOR OCT 19

SAMBA invites you to join us for opening day events at the Ephrata Bike Park on Saturday, October 19. Come on out and be one of the first to test out the area’s first bike park! Ribbon Cutting ceremony and media coverage will take place at 12 NOON and the park will officially open afterwards.  The park is the perfect place to learn to ride and offers fun for all ages. The area  consists of a beginner trail and an advanced trail totaling 1.5 miles, a pump track, Strider track for the little ones, two bridges, dirt jumps and three skills areas and is just a couple blocks from downtown Ephrata adjacent to the Warwick Ephrata Rail trail (WERT). Green Mountain Cyclery will be on hand with demo bikes available and there will also be Strider demo bikes available for the kids. SAMBA will be providing tours and rides throughout the afternoon and giving away a 12″Strider bike to one lucky kid.  Learn more about SAMBA, Bike Ephrata, NICA, Mainspring of Ephrata and 717Cycling’s Learn to Mountain Bike program. Food trucks will be on-site. Parking available at the Fulton St parking lot. There will also be an after party celebration at St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company starting at 4:00!!! See you...

HMC changes and news

Howdy, We want to make everyone aware that we have reversed the recommended direction of travel for trails W3 and W1 at the HMC Trail System in Hershey based on rider feedback asking for less climbing and more flow. This new route will present a better experience for first-time visitors to the trails. Kindly yield the trail if travelling the opposite direction. Trail markers are updated but the map is not. New recommended full route: E5/W5-Warm up E1,E2,E3,E4,W4,W3,W2,W1 Also, SAMBA’s Trail Liaisons have been hard at work advocating for an expansion of the system as well as a connector trail linking the Eshenour Bike Path and a handful of sweet new trail features. Check back for more info and work days coming...

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  ...