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SAMBA partners with New Belgium Brewing

SAMBA announces partnership with New Belgium Brewing and July Fat Tire Ale promotion in Hershey! During the entire month of July, visit the Cocoa Beanery in Hershey, just across the street from the fabulous PSU Hershey Medical Center trails on the Eshenour Bike Path and enjoy a tasty Fat Tire Ale with a portion of sales going to SAMBA! The Beanery hosts a farmer’s market, live music, yoga and other events and has a sweet outdoor grill with cafe seating for post ride relaxation. SAMBA will be scheduling some extra rides throughout July and there will be a special event on July 25 with New Belgium Beer rangers from 5-7. More info on rides and July 25 event coming soon… New Belgium Brewing has demonstrated a long-time commitment and passion for the outdoors, environment, land stewardship and mountain biking and is a 100% employee owned company. A few excerpts from their website: NEW BELGIUM IS RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE BUSINESS MODELS IN AMERICA. OUR 100% EMPLOYEE-OWNED COMPANY IS DRIVEN BY A DIFFERENT METRIC FOR SUCCESS: OUR ABILITY TO CREATE VALUE FOR ALL SHAREHOLDERS, INCLUDING EMPLOYEES, THEIR COMMUNITIES AND OUR PLANET. We do one thing – make great beer – and we do it with pride. We believe in the true idea of craft, a set of skills honed over time. Quality and craftsmanship demand expert workers who feel passionate about what they make. That’s who we are and what we always aim to be. Employee ownership creates shared wealth and an entrepreneurial mindset, what we call “owning your shit.” When the business does well, all our...

SAMBA welcomes Ali Noll

SAMBA welcomes Ali Noll to our Board of Directors! The Board is super excited to announce that Ali Noll has been added to the team as a Board member at-large! Ali already organizes our Winter Party as a member of our Events committee and will be adding responsibilities as Bike Shop liaison as part of our Public Relations committee. Ali will bring her contagious energy, sense of humor, organization skills AND a female perspective that the Board is lacking. Please give her a high-five when you see her out on the trails. Thank You...

Mechanicsburg School trail upgrades

MECHANICSBURG SCHOOL TRAIL UPDATE: Kudos to the crew over in Mechanicsburg lead by Physical Educator Jason Minnich for the ongoing maintenance and recent improvements to the trail at Mechanicsburg High School. The crew brought in soil and sculpted some nice corners and rollers to enhance the fun factor. SAMBA is proud to serve the school district in an advisory role throughout the process. The trail is an excellent place to learn basic mountain biking skills and since it’s construction mountain biking has been added to the school’s PE curriculum!!! The trail also serves as the main practice space for the West Shore composite team of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling Association. Check it out when you are in the area or need to teach a friend to...

SAMBA welcomes Mike Kuhn to Board

SAMBA welcomes Mike Kuhn! Board nominations were received and all SAMBA members had the opportunity to vote but there wasn’t much change within the Board this year except for the very exciting addition of Mr. Mike Kuhn to our Board of Directors. For those that may not know, Mike is the Director of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling Association http://www.pamtb.org (among other endeavors) and has a deep and dedicated history with mountain biking in our area. We are super stoked to have him in the mix and to find the ways to harness his special powers. Thank You in advance, Mike! For a complete listing of SAMBA’s entire current staff visit: http://sambabiker.com/samba/samba-board-members/ SAMBA is a 100% volunteer organization. You will notice that some positions are vacant. Please contact us if you can...

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 SAMBA Bash at Rattling Creek September 12th – 15th

    Click Here To REGISTER Now!   Click Here for Directions   SAMBA Bash at Rattling Creek with camping at Camp Muckelratz, Halifax PA. Thursday September 12th through Sunday September 15th. The BASH at Muckelratz is a rain or shine non-competitive moutain bike weekend in the Weiser State Forest on the Rattling Creek Trail system.  SAMBA has continued holding the event to generate funding to pay for the upkeep and possible expansion of the Rattling Creek IMBA Epic. For a Map Click Below Rattling Creek Trail System Map You can Camp all three days, camp one night or just come up and enjoy the main event on Saturday September the 14th. Saturday the 14th  As always the main thing is the IMBA Epic Rides on Saturday.  This year we will have aid stations out on the Epic on Saturday stocked with cold water and snacks to keep you going. Group rides will be available for all levels of riders from shorter rides to the full IMBA Epic. Starting at 8 am Saturday: Serve yourself Bagels and Coffee Yoga by Free Spirit Yoga Group Rides with SAMBA Ride Leaders New Belgium will sponsor beer for Saturday dinner and after the rides Saturday! Forrest Feed: Pulled Pork,mac n cheese, potato salad, baked beans, and slaw! Dinner 5pm Live Music by Poolside and a campfire Saturday evening Also on Saturday: Holmes Cycling and Fitness will have Trek sponsored Demo Bikes,  Moxie Cycling Company: Wicked Girl Jerseys will be available, Velofix will be on site for repairs, parts extra!  Sacred Rides Michaux  and “CBD Supply MD Penn” will be there.  Great SAMBA gear and maybe a raffle or two. For those wanting the full...