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Save the date for SAMBA’s annual winter party and fundraiser! February 8th, 2020

There are really BIG and EXCITING projects in the works. Find out more by joining us at the Winter Party & Fundraiser on Saturday, February 8th, 4pm at the Fire Hall in Mount Gretna. Huge raffle, beer, fabulous food, music & more! Rides will begin at 2pm.  Please inform anyone that may be interested.   Directions to Mount Gretna Fire Hall     While we have all been out riding and enjoying the trails SAMBA has been hard at work behind the scenes to make this happen. To continue this fabulous progress SAMBA needs YOUR help!  We are in need of members who are interested in filling the following positions on the SAMBA board and committees!   Please review the committees below that could use your help and let us know which interest you. Nominations will be accepted at the Winter Party on 2/8/2020  and also on the SAMBABIKER.COM website, click on Contact and submit your nominations through March 15th. If the below committees aren’t really your “thing”, just let us know what your area of interest / expertise is and we can find a way to utilize you.     Public Relations (Need a PR Director & Committee members) Mission Statement: The mission of the Public Relations committee is to expand awareness of the chapter via promotional material and public outreach by: Manage promotional materials, bike shop items and soft goods inventory Promote and represent club at events as needed Coordinate non-event fundraisers, donations and sponsorship’s Coordinate outreach opportunities Work with local businesses and non-profits to partner and support cycling Other tasks upon request from the Board   General guidelines Committees should meet...

HMC East Side Trails Closed effective December 1st, 2019

Notice: Starting December 1st, 2019, HMC Trails on the East side will be closed for the next two months. Penn State is implementing a land management plan that involves the removal of invasive species and creating a healthy forest. Unfortunately, this will involve timbering the east side. DO NOT RIDE ON THE EAST SIDE. West trails will remain open. Pending weather, it is expected that the foresting will be completed by mid-February 2020. This will be a three-year project so expect closures during the next few winters. Penn State has been an excellent partner and we look forward to cooperating with their contractor for the duration of this...

Camp Mack access update

SAMBA’s Trail liaison and Board members met with a representative from the Pa Dutch Council and had a positive and open discussion. Both parties are optimistic that we can resolve the issues that lead to the closure. We were able to gain a better understanding of the problems and needs of the land owner and made suggestions to resolve the conflict. SAMBA has submitted a new agreement to BSA that captures those resolutions and we are optimistic that access will be restored in early 2020. Thank you for your patience and please do not jeopardize the work that has been done by attempting to ride at Camp Mack until further notice. Thanks,...

SAMBA merchandise now available at a bike shop near you

Howdy, We are pleased to announce that SAMBA merchandise is now available at the fine shops listed below.  These shops understand the value that SAMBA provides to our riding community and they are providing this service to show their support for SAMBA’s mission. Kindly consider stopping in to one of these shops and picking up a piece of SAMBA branded goodness including t-shirts, poly tees, hoodies, water bottles, stainless steel pint glasses, baseball hats and beanies. Please note that the items are CASH ONLY and the shops are not making any profit on these items. Green Mountain Cyclery-Ephrata https://www.greenmtncyclery.com/ Holmes Cycling & Fitness-Camp Hill https://www.holmescycling.com/ In Gear Cycling and Fitness-Hummelstown http://ingearcycling-fitness.com/ Leeds Cyclery-Palmyra http://leedscyclery.com/ Lititz BikeWorks-Lititz https://www.lititzbikeworks.com/ Mountainside Ski & Sports-Mechanicsburg http://www.mountainsideski-sports.com/ Pedal Pusher-Harrisburg (717) 652-7760 World Cup Ski & Cycle-Camp Hill...

CAMP MACK CLOSED

Camp Mack will be closed to mountain bikes until further notice. SAMBA is working to resolve the issues and we’ve had some good discussions with the Land Manager. We are optimistic that we can reach a new arrangement in the coming months. Kindly do not ride at the camp until we are able to negotiate a new access agreement. Riding during this time will make it more difficult to restore the access. This includes all roads and trails within the camp and includes nights and Sundays. Thank You for your cooperation and...
SAMBA Announces Opening of Ephrata Bike Park at Heatherwood

SAMBA Announces Opening of Ephrata Bike Park at Heatherwood

Our area’s first Bike Park is now officially open for riding in Ephrata! The project was a partnership between SAMBA, Ephrata Borough, Mainspring of Ephrata, Green Mountain Cyclery, and local brewers at St. Boniface Craft Brewing, Black Forest Brewing, and Pour man Brewing Company! The park consists of a beginner trail and an advanced trail totaling 1.5 miles, a pump track, balance bike track for the little ones, two bridges, dirt jumps and three skills areas.  It is located just a couple blocks from downtown Ephrata adjacent to the Warwick Ephrata Rail trail (WERT). The park offers fun for riders of all ages!  It is the perfect place to learn to ride and develop skills necessary to build the confidence to make mountain biking a lifetime...

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,...

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