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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!...

Trail Conditions Guide

Trail conditions this time of year with change quickly as trails freeze and thaw.  Below 30 degrees trails are generally good; above 30 conditions may not be ideal. Throw in rain melting snow trail will need time to dry out (trails take more time in the winter to dry out then the warmer months). If find yourself leaving heavy tracks we ask that you protect the trail and turn...

Governor Dick night rides

Great news!!! We have permission to ride through March on Thursday nights only! The rules are as follows: Riders are allowed in the park until 9pm (Riders may park at any of the lots on the property) There must be a minimum of 2 riders Riders must have a light and be wearing a helmet Riders may only ride approved trails   Please respect these rules and have...

Swatara Park Night Rides

Swatara Park Night Rides for 2016-2017 are not organized group rides as in the past (no SAMBA ride “leader”).  That means the trails are open to ride on the dates listed below from 6-9pm with the rules listed below. The park is normally closed after dark but has been made available to riders on the following Tuesdays. Here are the dates for the night rides. November 15, 22, 29 December 6, 13, 20, 27 January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 February 7, 14, 21, 28 The rules for the night ride are as follows. The hours for the night ride are 6-9pm. All riders must vacate the park by 9pm Riders should have adequate lighting; helmet and bike mounted lights preferred. No solo riders If it rains the day of the ride then that night ride is cancelled. Please do your part in keeping the trails open to night riding by following the rules listed above and most importantly HAVE...

PARKWAY TRAIL SYSTEM OPEN!

SAMBA is proud to announce that the Parkway Trail System in Harrisburg is officially open for everyone to enjoy. It took us several years to work through the process of identifying stakeholders, reaching out and forming relationships, making presentations to municipalities, government officials and other landowners, working through agreements with landowners, insurance issues, crossing a state road, legal issues, storm water management, trail sustainability, urban blight and trash, risk management, maintenance plan, etc, etc. Then…Harrisburg City Council approved our resolution last July and we began work in the dirt which would continue every weekend and some week nights until last week, only missing dates in January and February. Our tenacious volunteers logged nearly 1300 hours during that time to sculpt the terrain and unleash nearly 8 miles of single track with the intent of developing a network that had a good balance of new-school fast and flowey trails and old-school style twisty and technical lines. We feel like we have a great starting point with plans to build two more miles of trail soon. We held an official ribbon cutting last Thursday with project partners and then hosted the opening day last Saturday with lots of support from the local cycling community. THANK YOU to Pedal Pusher, Holmes Cycling and Fitness, Mountainside Ski and Sports, Quality Bicycle Products, Bike Harrisburg, Harrisburg Bike Club, Recycle Bicycle as well as Troeg’s Brewing Co., Paxtang Grill, Capital Area Greenbelt Association, Harrisburg Area Roller Derby, LCSWMA, Mad Dash Food truck, MoJoe Kool Food truck and everybody else that came out to support and celebrate. Maps are currently available at most local bike shops...

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...

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