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IMBA launches DigIn fundraiser for Rattling Creek expansion

SAMBA is excited to announce our participation with IMBA’s DigIn program in partnership with Shimano. IMBA is collaborating with industry partners to raise matching funds to accelerate the pace of trail creation across the country and has built a fundraising digital platform to solicit additional donations from the public, allowing us more time to build trails rather than focusing on fundraising efforts. Kindly follow the link to IMBA’s DigIn page and make a donation to benefit our Rattling Creek expansion project. Shimano has pledged to match the first $1000 in donations! https://www.imba.com/digin-applications-details?diginid=2672145 Your donation can help us raise $1,000 to earn $1,000 match from @rideshimano and @imba_us for our Rattling Creek expansion project! #SAMBA # RATTLINGCREEK #LYKENS #MoreTrailsClosetoHome #DigInWithIMBA #ShimanoMTB #MakeYourMark Thanks!...

SAMBA launches Rattling Creek expansion project

Howdy, We are thrilled to announce that SAMBA’s public volunteer work days will begin this weekend in Lykens as the Rattling Creek Trail system expansion project comes to life! The RC crew has been working to field check and flag the corridor for new trails and do some initial clearing as we prepare to welcome back our volunteers for 2020. The first 5 miles of new trails are ready and waiting to be established at this point. The main focus for the foreseeable future will be clearing the  new corridor so that we can safely work on sculpting the new trail tread later this Summer. All public volunteer work days will be posted to SAMBA’s social media as Events. Kindly consider joining us for a work day in the coming weeks and hear more about the ways that you can help us lay down EPIC new trails. Work day #1: https://www.facebook.com/events/1163690890660500/ Please note: The coming work days will migrate to different segments of the build and require different meet-up locations. Watch Facebook Event posts for the most current information. SAMBA’s Rattling Creek Expansion Work Days Powered by New Belgium Brewing Cheers!...

NOTICE: Governor Dick trails in jeopardy

Hello Mountain Bikers! We just want to pass along a friendly reminder regarding mountain biking at Governor Dick. Biking at Governor Dick is privilege that we cannot allow to be lost. Governor Dick has a lot of fun trails and features.  However, only some of the trails at Governor Dick are for bikes, and fewer yet for horses. Mountain bikers are jeopardizing our access to ride on Governor Dick because of misuse and riding trails that are designated as no bikes. SAMBA has recently launched an awesome map that will show you all of the trails for mountain bikes:  https://sambatrails.bike/  Please familiarize yourself with this map. We need to stop widening trails to hit new features, creating new trails, and riding foot-travel only trails like 12, 13A, 14, and the handicap accessible ramp by the Environmental Center.  In addition, all users need to stay off the trails when they are wet to let them dry, unfortunately, the amount of tire tracks proves that we need to better in this area. If the misuse of the park does not stop immediately, the board may choose to close the entire area to mountain bikes.  Currently, we have a Trails Task force working on ideas to prevent this from happening. If you would like more details or want to create trails contact Nate Boyer or Tim Finn. You can also submit questions here: http://sambabiker.com/samba/contact/ Thanks for your help and understanding!  SAMBA & Mt. Gretna Trail...

SAMBA begins construction of Coleman’s Park Bicycle Playground

We are super-stoked to announce that work is underway on the pump tracks at Coleman’s Park in Lebanon! We received our final soil delivery on Friday and today the crew finished marking the layout of the tracks and began work to start moving the soil deliveries into place and shaping out the lines. We will begin volunteer workdays as soon as Lebanon county moves into the green phase and we hope to see you then. Get ready to...

SAMBA launches free trails web app

SAMBA would like to announce the release of our new trails web app. You can access our free trails map at sambatrails.bike in your mobile and desktop web browser. This map features all of the trail systems where SAMBA has been involved and locations of our local sponsors. No need to download a native app, when you can access all of our trails from your phone’s web browser! Use the location button to find yourself out on the trail and tap the trail to view the elevation profile. When traveling to areas with no cell coverage, like Rattling Creek, open the web app before you go, zoom to your trail and make sure your GPS location is turned on. This will give you an online feel even when outside of cell range. Check back soon to view upcoming ride schedules that will be posted under the menu. What are you waiting for? Visit: https://sambatrails.bike/ Cheers!...

Rattling Creek Fundraiser-Your help needed!

SAMBA recently announced plans for a large expansion of the awesome IMBA EPIC Rattling Creek Trail System (RCTS) near Lykens, Pa. and we need your help! The vision for the expansion will more than double current trail mileage, establish trail connections for future trail development within the Greenland Tract of Weiser State Forest, provide trail access from Lykens and Williamstown and connectivity to the Lykens Valley Rail Trail. SAMBA is looking forward to resuming volunteer work days soon and we are currently seeking funds to purchase building materials for the construction of new bridges, a kiosk and signage. Your tax deductable donation is greatly appreciated and  Thank You in advance for your help to open new trails this year! To donate (All donations go to Rattling Creek expansion):http://sambabiker.com/samba/donate/ Questions: http://sambabiker.com/samba/contact/ More info: http://sambabiker.com/samba/samba-announces-rattling-creek-trail-system-expansion/ Cheers!...

SAMBA ANNOUNCES RATTLING CREEK TRAIL SYSTEM EXPANSION

SAMBA is super excited to announce plans for a large expansion of the awesome IMBA EPIC Rattling Creek Trail System (RCTS) near Lykens, Pa.! SAMBA’s vision for the expansion will more than double current trail mileage, establish trail connections for future trail development within the Greenland Tract of Weiser State Forest, provide trail access from Lykens and Williamstown and connectivity to the Lykens Valley Rail Trail. The project was brought forward by SAMBA’s Rattling Creek Trail Liaison Joshua Watts who recognized the potential to make the already EPIC trail system even bigger and better. After nearly two years of research, outreach, advocacy, brainstorming, meetings, presentations, e-mails, phone calls, trail design planning, field checking, negotiations, insurance updates, land owner agreements, approvals, etc., etc., we are ready to start with initial trail corridor clearing in the coming weeks. We expect to have new trails on the ground later this year. This extensive project will continue for several years and has been broken into phases based on priority, feasibility and logistics. PHASE 1-New full loop at eastern end of RCTS (shown in orange) Connects Stone Cabin Trail to Berry Mountain Road linking RCTS to the Greenland Tract of Weiser State Forest. Provides connection for new Lykens trails in phase 2 Requires two new bridges Approximately 4 miles PHASE 2- Lykens Glen loop trails New climbing trail from Lykens Glen Park provides connection to Rattling Creek Trail (shown in green) New downhill-specific return trail to Lykens Glen Park establishes full trail loop from Lykens (shown in yellow) Rider welcoming center may be possible in Lykens Focus on Lykens economic development opportunities with recreation and...

Paxtang Park is open!

  GPS Coordinates for Directions:  40°15’23.0″N 76°49’55.4″W During the Fall of 2017 the plan was revealed to begin work to restore historic Paxtang Park on City Park Dr. between Derry St. and Paxton St. after cyclists began visiting Harrisburg to explore the Parkway Trails. The initial work to restore the park began in 2018 as SAMBA volunteers cleared the park of trash and tamed decades of overgrown vegetation. City workers assisted with clearing dead trees that were repurposed in the park.  Pennsy Supply made a generous donation of stone, Boy Scouts built the kiosk and the rest of the fundraising and work to restore the park was carried out by SAMBA’s volunteers. We are looking forward to a time when it is appropriate to host an official Grand Opening event in the park. Why restore the park? 1) The park is an important part of local history and served as the hub for recreation in Harrisburg during the early 1900s. The trolley line from Market square ended at the site and there was a popular amusement park, swimming pool, picnic area, lake and theater. 2) The location of the park is the center of the Parkway Trail System and an ideal parking and meeting area for visiting cyclists using the Parkway Trails or Capital Area Greenbelt. The parking area can accommodate 16 vehicles, making the location ideal for group rides to meet (eventually) and great starting point for visitors exploring the trails. 3) This will be an important cycling infrastructure improvement for the area as users are directed to this lot and away from some of the smaller, overcrowded parking areas....

Early Bird Registration for SAMBA Bash 2020 is Now OPEN!!!

SAMBA BASH 20 X 2 September 17 to 20, 2020 Online registration ends September 16 at 5:00pm.  Click here to register!! Early Bird registration ends June 15th.   The BASH at Camp Muckelratz is a rain or shine non-competitive mountain bike weekend in the Weiser State Forest on the Rattling Creek Trail system.  SAMBA holds the event to generate funding to pay for the upkeep and expansion of the Rattling Creek IMBA Epic.  For a map go to : http://sambabiker.com/samba/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/207_RattlingCreek_Map.pdf Directions to BASH You can Camp all three days, camp one night or just come up and enjoy the main event on Saturday September the 19th. Saturday the 19th  Guided IMBA Epic Rides on Saturday.  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. Breakfast:  Serve yourself Bagels and Coffee in the cabin Lunch:  On your own Dinner:  Forrest Feed BBQ : Pulled Pork,mac n cheese, potato salad, baked beans, and slaw! Evening Activities:  Bike Toss, and campfire Saturday evening ***Additional entertainment TBD***   PRICES GO UP JUNE 15 SO REGISTER EARLY!    For those wanting the full SAMBA Bash Experience! Gates open Thursday at 1 pm. Camping is available Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights! Camping is primitive with portable toilets, outdoor shower facilities and no hook-ups.  We have very limited electric connectivity if needed for medical devices. The main camping is in and around the main field at camp.  The roads in and out are not paved. Rides are on your own Thursday. Maps will be provided and limited SAG...

COVID-19 UPDATE from IMBA/SAMBA

  To our friends and partners in mountain biking, Getting out on the trails is tremendously valuable. Trails bring us together, but to keep each other safe, we must keep our distance. How can our community navigate this challenge? First and foremost, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for best practices, as well as guidelines from your state and local governments. Then, as appropriate, cautiously take advantage of trails and outdoor spaces unless you are feeling ill. We will all benefit from fresh air. Should mountain bikers host group rides or trail work days? Cancel, postpone or reschedule upcoming events including races, trail work, and group rides until there are new government directives. For now, let’s ride in very small groups, keep our distance, and enjoy our trails close to home to minimize the risks associated with car travel. How can trail users pass responsibly with social distance? Stay alert, slow down, and communicate with each other from a distance about how to proceed. With gyms and rec centers closing, there may be new users on the trails. It’s a great time for community education on responsible riding and for being patient, exemplary stewards. Thanks for reading. Stay safe! SAMBA...

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