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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 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!    Early Bird Price until August 15th!   Click here for directions SAMBA Bash at Rattling Creek with camping at Camp Muckelratz, Halifax PA. Thursday September 12th through Sunday September 15th. $75  The Full BASH – Thursday 1PM – Sunday 1PM (includes 3 nights of camping, rides, coffee and bagel breakfast each morning, and Forrest Feed Company BBQ dinner on Saturday) $60 Saturday  8AM  through Sunday 1PM (includes Saturday night camping, the BBQ Feast, the live music, bonfire, breakfast and rides) $40  Saturday only (no camping, enjoy a full day at the Bash including rides, BBQ Dinner) Prices will go up August 16th and the event may sell out, so register early! Not Quite the same old Bash! But it still helps pay for the Rattling Creek IMBA EPIC Ride!   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.   What can you expect at this years Bash?   Serve yourself Bagels and Coffee each morning! Yoga by Free Spirit Yoga! Group Rides by SAMBA Ride Leaders! Holmes sponsored Trek Demo! Velofix will be on site for repairs, parts extra! New Belgium will sponsor beer for Saturday dinner and after the rides Saturday!!! Forrest Feed:  Pulled Pork, mac n cheese, potato salad, baked beans, slaw and more! Dinner 5pm! Live Music by Poolside and...

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!...

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