NOMINATIONS OPEN! for SAMBA Board and Committee positions

Howdy, We are excited to announce that nominations are now open for Board of Directors and Committee positions with SAMBA! If you have the passion, dedication and skills to help with these positions please be sure that you are nominated. Nominators  and nominees must both be members in good standing of the Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association. Nominations close March 15. Below is a list of open positions followed basic SAMBA information, Requirements and expectations of the positions and more information. Yes, you can nominate yourself! Please  use the link at the bottom of this post to nominate for positions with SAMBA. Kindly be sure to note the Board position and /or committee and the nominee’s name and email address. Please be sure that the nominee has a confirmed interest before submitting any nominations. Open Board positions: Board Chair Board Vice-Chair Director of Public Relations Director of Communications Director of Events and Rides Open Committee positions : Public Relations Communications Events and Rides   SUSQUEHANNA AREA MOUNTAIN BIKE ASSOCIATION 1) NAME AND TERRITORY NAME: The name of the organization shall be the Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA), a CHAPTER of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). TERRITORY: SAMBA shall operate within the general geographic territory of Central Pennsylvania and the surrounding area. ORGANIZATION AND STRUCTURE: Upon acceptance of its application, SAMBA shall operate as an IMBA chartered CHAPTER and enjoy the benefits of IMBA’s IRS 501(c)3 tax exempt status. SAMBA may decide to form a local corporation or operate as a unit of IMBA’s California Corporation.   2) MISSION AND PURPOSE MISSION: As a non-profit club the purpose of the Susquehanna Area Mountain...

WINTER PARTY/FUNDRAISER MARCH 5

SAMBA’s 2nd Annual Winter Party & Fundraiser March 5 We need passionate individuals to fill Board positions and staff several committees for 2017. If you want to help protect our trails and see new riding opportunities develop in Central Pa. PLEASE come out to find out more. Areas of opportunity include: Memberships, fundraising, web and social media, PR, rides and social events, trail work, advocacy education and much more! More info and updates on our Facebook page. See you there!...

PARKWAY TRAIL SYSTEM OPENING DAY UPDATE…

PARKWAY TRAIL SYSTEM OPENING DAY UPDATE: Howdy, We just wanted to update everyone with a few nuggets of information for Saturday’s Opening day events. Opening day will run from 11 am until 4 pm in the park area along the Greenbelt at Derry st., followed by Troeg’s Brewing Co. Happy Hours on the deck at the Paxtang Grill from 4-6. Come out, meet other riders and learn the trails! IN THE EXPO AREA WILL BE TABLES OR INFORMATION FROM OUR FRIENDS AT: SAMBA/ International Mountain Bicycling Association Capital Area Greenbelt Association Quality Bicycle Products Surly Bikes, Salsa Bikes and ISSI pedals People for Bikes Bicycle South Central Pa. Trips for Kids of Harrisburg Harrisburg Bike Club Bike Harrisburg HARD (Harrisburg Area Roller Derby) Paxtang Borough Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (Recycling) GET SOME SWEET DEALS ON SALE ITEMS OR REPAIRS AND ADVISE FROM: Recycle Bicycle (Safe riding, repairs and advocacy) Pedal Pusher Bike Shop (Rental Bikes available) Holmes Cycling and Fitness (Raffles to benefit SAMBA) Mountainside Ski and Sports (Leading rides) Green Mountain Cyclery (Hanging out and wrenching) GRAB A TASTY SNACK OR DRINK FROM FEATURED FOOD TRUCKS: Mad Dash Artisan Grilled Cheese MoJoeKool Hawaiian Style TAKE A TOUR OF THE TRAILS: All rides full-loop, intermediate pace. 11.5 miles. No one left behind. All rides meet at the gate. Consult ride leader with questions! -SAMBA tours depart at 11:30, 12:30, 1:00 and 1:30 -Ladies ONLY ride (Strictly for the ladies!) departs 12 noon -Dirt Surfers Ride-Notorious local group known for party pace, fun rides. Ride at your own risk! Departs 2:00 returns ??? -Kid’s ride departs 2:30. Short...

PARKWAY TRAIL SYSTEM OPENING DAY OCT 22

    PLEASE JOIN US ON OCT 22 FOR OPENING DAY IN HARRISBURG!!! The Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association is nearing completion of The Parkway Trail System after more than a year’s work building 10 miles of trails that are sustainable, safe and fun.  We’ve logged almost 1200 hours of volunteer time since Harrisburg City Council passed our resolution in July 2015. SAMBA is a 501c3 non-profit organization and has managed to raise all funds needed to establish the entire trail facility. We see the natural surface trail option as a wonderful enhancement to the Capital Area Greenbelt that provides an escape from the city grind and a connection to nature. We tried to maximize green spaces and create a unique facility that will provide a recreational opportunity where we previously had none. This type of facility will help us retain residents and attract people to the area to visit, ride and contribute to the local economy. We designed the trail system using the Greenbelt as it’s spine. Folks can access the trail network traffic-free from any neighborhood instead of loading up the car and driving 45-60 minutes to reach the closest trails. The trail system will offer a place for beginners to learn, novices to build their skills and experts to have a fun trail experience. The trails will be shared-use (trail runners, hikers, bird watchers etc.), directional and marked for all skill levels. The City of Harrisburg is the primary stakeholder for the facility with the County of Dauphin and LCSWMA also contributing land for trail development. Partners and supporters of this project also include Quality Bicycle...

YOU’RE INVITED!-BSCPA ADVOCACY SUMMIT

Bicycle South Central PA invites you to attend the BSCPA Regional Bike Summit “Making Cycling Safer” Saturday, March 19, 2016 Quality Bicycle Products, 2501 Noll Drive, Lancaster This summit is for anyone interested in making cycling safer and more popular in South Central Pennsylvania. This includes on and off-road riders, bike club members, bike shop representatives, bicycle advocates, municipal planners, tourism promoters, health advocates, and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with potential partners who are also interested in making your communities more bike friendly. The Keynote speaker is Roy Gothie, PennDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. Experts from local, state questions. Lodging is details. 8:45 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 12:15 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 2:15 p.m. 3:00 p.m. and national organizations will be serving as panelists and will be available to answer available at the Heritage Hotel -Lancaster. Go to www. BicycleSouthCentralPA.org for AGENDA Registration, refreshments, QBP facility tours Keynote and welcome Panel discussion/Q &A: What Advocates Need to Know Panel discussion/Q &A: Infrastructure Planning & Process Lunch and networking (Lunch is provided to all registrants) Breakout sessions (subject to change) –  IMBA/NICA – Mountain bike community projects –  Developing Regional touring routes using roads and trails –  Bike Club Brainstorming –  Bike shops as part of the community advocacy effort –  Why communities need non-profit bike shops –  Bicycle Friendly Program and BFP Reviewers Community Partners & Initiatives Adjournment Quality Bicycle Products supplies bike parts to over 5,000 bike shops. Tours of their distribution center will be available before the summit. Register online with using the link at www.bicyclesouthcentralpa.org or send form and check to:...

SAMBA WINTER PARTY PHOTO DUMP

        SAMBA WINTER PARTY FEB. 21 @ PAXTANG GRILL IN HARRISBURG It was a great night of bikes, beers and friends coming together to celebrate mountain biking last Sunday in Harrisburg. Our first annual Winter Party was a big success for the club. We welcomed more than 70 partygoers and managed to raise some funds for the club through our raffle. IMBA was in the house to register memberships and answer questions. We enjoyed beverages provided by Troegs and New Belgium and food provided by Paxtang Grill and Fleming’s Sub Base.  Big Thanks to Pedal Pusher, Mountainside, Deluxx, and Green Mountain (sweet wheel set)  for donations and raffle ticket sales and Lupine for the light donation. We saw plenty of new faces and it was great to see veterans of various local riding scenes come together in one place to talk bikes and trails. 2016 is going to be a great year!!!         ...
WINTER PARTY UPDATE-RAFFLE PRIZE LIST & INFO

WINTER PARTY UPDATE-RAFFLE PRIZE LIST & INFO

Howdy, SAMBA will be hosting our First Annual Winter Party and Fundraiser on Feb. 21 from 5-8 @ the Paxtang Grill. http://www.paxtanggrill.com View the event flyer here: http://sambabiker.com/samba/samba-winter-party-feb-21/ The event will include a buffet provided by the Grill and some special guest chili crockpots. Drink will be provided by our friends at Troegs Brewing Co. http://www.troegs.com The bar will be open as well. (Not “open” as in “open bar” but “open” as in “open for business”.) We will be giving out lots of door prizes and raffling some sweet gear. (See list below). We will be talking about bikes and trails and plans for 2016. This event is our first fundraiser so come on out, meet other riders, join the par-tay and help us try to raise a little money for the club. *IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE EVENT DON’T WORRY….YOU CAN PURCHASE RAFFLE TICKETS AT THESE FINE SHOPS: Pedal Pusher- Harrisburg http://www.pedalpusherharrisburg.com Mountainside Ski and Sports- Mechanicsburg http://www.mountainsideski-sports.com Gretna Bikes- Lancaster http://www.gretnabikes.com Green Mountain Cyclery-  Ephrata and Lancaster http://www.greenmtncyclery.com Deluxx Bikes- Lebanon http://www.deluxxbikes.com RAFFLE TICKETS ARE $5 EACH. THERE WILL BE INDIVIDUAL DRAWINGS FOR THE GARMIN WATCH AND LUPINE LIGHT AND YOU MAY PURCHASE TICKETS FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THESE SPECIFIC ITEMS. THE THIRD CATEGORY IS A POT-LUCK WITH SEVERAL CHANCES TO WIN SWEET GEAR. CHANCES OF WINNING ARE DEPENDENT ON THE AMOUNT OF TICKETS SOLD. THERE WILL ALSO BE LOTS OF DOOR PRIZES FOR ATTENDEES. VIEW ALL THE GOODS HERE:   DRAWING 1 -GARMIN EPIX GPS WATCH (msrp $550) https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-the-trail/wrist-worn/epix-/prod146065.html or DRAWING 2 -LUPINE NEO X2 LIGHT (msrp $ 250) http://www.lupinenorthamerica.com/Neo_X2.asp or DRAWINGS 3-10 -POT-LUCK –Be entered to win any of...

SAMBA WINTER PARTY FEB 21

  HOWDY, JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF BIKES AND FUN AT THE PAXTANG GRILL ON FEB 21.FROM 5-8 PM. WE WILL BE ENJOYING SOME FOOD AND DRINK (COURTESY OF TROEGS BREWING CO.) , DOOR PRIZES AND RAFFLES FOR SOME AWESOME GEAR INCLUDING A GARMIN WATCH AND FIT BAND, LUPINE LIGHT, PARK TOOL KIT  AND WORK STAND, ENO HAMMOCK, AUTOGRAPHED STEELERS MEMORABILIA, GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR PEDAL PUSHER BIKE SHOP AND MUCH MORE. CHECK BACK FOR COMPLETE LISTOF RAFFLE ITEMS! LET’S CELEBRATE 2015 AND LOOK AHEAD TO 2016. IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR! CLICK ON FLYER THUMBNAIL TO VIEW FULL SIZE:...

JOIN US FOR DIRTFEST

Registration for Dirt Fest 2016 is open now at BikeReg and filling up quickly. Be sure to reserve your spot now! REGISTER UNDER SUSQUEHANNA AREA MOUNTAIN BIKE ASSOCIATION TO RIDE AND CAMP WITH THE SAMBA CREW!Registration for Dirt Fest 2016 is open now at BikeReg and filling up quickly. Be sure to reserve your spot now!We’re excited to announce the return of presenting sponsor Pivot Cycles for Dirt Fest 2016. “We are bringing a big fleet of bikes with all the newest models in every size for riders to try, including our Mach 6 Aluminum and the Mach 429 Trail. And our favorite East Coast rider, Aaron Chase, will be there to ride and chill with everyone, too,” said Chris Cocalis, Pivot’s president. This summer marks the seventh annual gathering of the mountain bike tribe on a wooded, porcupine-infested peninsula, jutting out into Central Pennsylvania’s Raystown Lake. Proceeds from Dirt Rag Dirt Fest go directly to support the Allegrippis Trails System, through the Friends of Raystown Lake Trails Fund. Thus far the event has donated over $40,000 to the trails which keeps them open and maintained. Details General admission – ($40 pre reg/ $55 day of) Everyone (even houseboaters) looking to participate in Dirt Fest will need to register for the Weekend Event Pass. This will allow you to ride any demo bike you like, take any class or clinic, use the shuttles, enjoy the social events, you get the idea. The event opens to the public at noon on Friday. Camping – ($20 per individual, pre registration only) Be sure to register for camping if you plan to...

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