News Items

 

SAMBA Fall 2017 Bash at Rattling Creek September 7th – 10th

Please mark your calendars for September 7th-10th 2017!  Join us for a Wild Weekend of fun in the Weiser State Forest!  Enjoy the rocks of Rattling Creek singletrack, an IMBA EPIC, all weekend long with old and new friends.  End your Friday with a Chili Cookoff contest and micro brew swap.  Saturday will have guided tours of the trails for all abilities and end with a dinner, beers, and entertainment. Click here to register now! Event Details: Where:  Camp Muckleratz 2749 Game Lands Rd, Halifax, PA 17032 Time:  7pm Thursday – 4pm Sunday Cost: $45 Space is limited – Register early! Included in your admission: Guided rides or suggested routes on the Rattling Creek Singletrack Primitive camping for 3 nights Breakfast coffee and bagels each morning Chili cookoff contest Friday evening.  Big prizes for top 3 chili makers. Dinner on Saturday Evening ( You will receive a voucher for a half chicken BBQ or pulled pork sandwich, side, and beer) Live Entertainment on Saturday evening An entry into the big SWAG Drawing Friday Night Chili Cook-Off.  Bring a pot of your best Chili to share and be judged, prizes to be awarded!...

DETWEILER PARK TRAIL DEVELOPMENT- CALL TO ACTION!

The Dauphin County Parks & Recreation department has worked for years to purchase a tract of land now known as Detweiler Park in Dauphin at the base of Peter’s Mountain. SAMBA has been asked to serve on the steering team for the Master site planning process for the park to represent the interests of local mountain bikers. We hope to work with the County to develop a truly unique riding experience just 10 miles north of the State Capital. Currently the park is open to hiking so check it out on foot and join us in dreaming about the possibilities! IMPORTANT: PLEASE TAKE 1 MINUTE TO FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW TO THE PARK PAGE, SCROLL DOWN AND FILL OUT THE FEEDBACK SURVEY TO EXPRESS INTEREST/NEED FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS IN THE PARK! THE SURVEY RESULTS PAGE FILLS UP QUICKLY SO PLEASE TRY AGAIN IF YOU GET AN ERROR MESSAGE. THANKS! Detweiler Park ​Detweiler ParkParking is courtesy ofDauphin County Conservation District office1451 Peters Mountain RoadDauphin, PA 17018Mailing Address...

Elizabethtown Mountain Bike Team Trail Complete

CONGRATULATIONS! to Elizabethtown Mtb team for completing their trail yesterday! Great job by the coaches, parents and team members to establish a 1.1 mile trail adjacent to Bear Creek school and the E-town fairgrounds. The trail will serve as a practice trail for the school’s NICA race team and also as a great place to try mountain biking in a safe, school setting for beginners and kids. SAMBA is excited about working with NICA and the E-town team’s accomplishment and proud to have participated by providing information, teaching sustainable trail building and coaching the crew through the process. We also donated some trail tools so that the team can maintain the trail going forward. Great work and good luck with the upcoming NICA race series....

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...

Join SAMBA

Categories