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Registration is now open for the SAMBA Bash at Rattling Creek!

Register at https://www.bikereg.com/samba-rattling-creek-bash Gates to Camp Muckleratz open Thursday at 1:00pm, and will close on Sunday at 1:00pm. $10 off registration for SAMBA members (will be refunded at check-in) Registration includes Saturday dinner, smoked and prepared onsite by Blazing Swine BBQ. Chili cook off for early birds on Thurs evening wins prize Pizza party option for Fri night. (not included) Palm City Ramblers live on stage sat night. Bonfire each night Rides daily Troegs will be on site Saturday to pour your favorite hopped beverages. SAMBA will provide complimentary coffee and bagels each...

Cycling Without Age comes to Bethany Village

Cycling Without Age: You love to ride your bike, right!  It’s something about that wind in your face, enjoying the outdoors, and that sense of freedom it provides! What if you could help someone else who can no longer ride on their own experience those same feelings?    Well now you can! Cycling Without Age (Bethany...

SAMBA announces new Volunteer Appreciation Program (VAP)

Get cool SAMBA gear when you come out on a SAMBA workday to help build or maintain the trails you know and love!  For more information about when trail workdays are happening, please stay up to date by visiting our Facebook Page   or by checking out our SAMBA calendar 16 hours = SAMBA volunteer shirt 40 hours = Troegs gift card Most hours by Sept 1 = Free SAMBA BASH registration with dinner Top two volunteers by Dec 31 each get 2 passes for Dirtfest, courtesy of DirtRag SAMBA is  a 501c3 non-profit organization and 100% volunteer based. Our volunteers are our most important and valuable...

Paxtang Park Spring Fundraiser!

SAMBA is seeking to raise $1,500 to restore Paxtang Park as a central parking and picnic area for access to the Parkway-Trails Network and Capital Area Greenbelt. Please follow http://sambabiker.com/samba/donate  if you would consider a donation toward this project. Please read the message below from our SAMBA president for a more detailed explanation of this project! Hello, Last Fall we announced that we had reached an agreement with the City of Harrisburg, Swatara Township, Paxtang Borough and The Capital Area Greenbelt Association to partner and begin work to restore historic Paxtang Park. This space will be used as a parking trailhead and picnic area for visiting cyclists using the Capital Area Greenbelt and Parkway Trail System. The lot will be mostly crushed stone and open meadow with a natural buffer along the creek and will feature a trail kiosk and picnic pavilion. More than a century ago the park was established as the last stop of the trolley line from downtown. There was a lake, swimming pool and an amusement park complete with ferris wheel that was a popular in the 20’s and 30’s but then closed and fell into ruins. It was used sporadically over the years but mostly remained dormant and overgrown. This location is the center of the Parkway Trail System and also ideal for visiting Greenbelt users accessing from I-83. We plan to establish parking for approximately15- 20 vehicles, making the location ideal for group rides and visitors exploring for the first time. This will be an important infrastructure improvement as we direct users to this lot and away from some of the smaller lots scattered...

SAMBA is PROUD to announce, “Hershey Medical Center trail work to begin this Sunday, March 18th!”

Be part of SAMBA’s newest project and join us for the inaugural work day this Sunday, March 18 from 10:00am to 2:00pm! If you’re interested in bulding trails for this first work day which will consist mostly of cutting brush and clearing leaves email Hersheytrail@gmail.com. We will meet on Reservoir Road behind the Med Center. Take Life Lion Drive to Meadow Wood Rd to Reservoir Road. Park on the gravel lot past the construction trailers....

SAMBA 2017 YEAR END SUMMARY

Howdy SAMBA, 2017 has come to a close and it was quite a busy year for SAMBA. We’d just like to take time to update everyone on our happenings, share our successes from last year and reveal some new projects in the works for 2018 and beyond. 2017 NEWS & UPDATES… 1) SAMBA’s Board of Directors saw some major changes last year. Long-time board members transitioned out and a new leadership team and Board members were elected. We were able to revise our by-laws to better fit the needs of the club as it continues to grow. Three new dedicated Board positions (Director of Events, Director of Communications and Director of Public Relations) were established as well as four new committees (PGC, Communications, Events and PR). Trail committees were formed at our areas of operation to help support trail liaisons. We can always use more help filling these roles as we evolve. Please contact us if you’d like to volunteer. 2) Swatara State Park mountain bike trails are no longer under the care of SAMBA. The trails are now being maintained by the Friends of Memorial Lake & Swatara State Park group. SAMBA worked closely with DCNR to be able to continue to hold the Tuesday night rides in the park which will continue through March. SAMBA donated an entire cache of tools valued at more than $2000 to the Friends group in order for them to be able to properly maintain the trails. We also made a donation of a Dero Fixit station to the park which will hopefully be installed soon. 3) Parkway Trails are in great...

SAMBA’s Winter Party and Fundraiser

Please join us for our annual Winter Party, ride and fundraiser. We are joining forces with Mount Gretna Craft Brewery and Leed’s Cyclery for this year’s event. Weather and trail conditions permitting rides will start at noon. Party starts at 2, Live music by Dave Heilman around 4 followed by an awesome raffle and then more tunes. Full menu and bar will be available. Donation requested, t-shirts, SAMBA coffee and raffle tickets available at the event. Find out more about SAMBA’s projects and ways to volunteer!!! Full list of raffle items, events, ride schedule updates and more info coming...

Swatara night ride scheduled on 12/5/2017 Cancelled due to inclement weather

Due to rain being forecast for Tuesday December 5th, the ride scheduled for 6PM at Swatara State Park will be cancelled.  Night rides will continue next Tuesday, December 12th and continue each Tuesday through March pending trail conditions.  Please monitor our SAMBA Facebook feed for updates regarding ride status.  Please remember, during night rides at Swatara State Park, park regulations require all riders to  check in with a SAMBA approved group ride leader.  All riders must sign a SAMBA waiver at the beginning of each ride and must wear a helmet.  State park regulations forbid anybody from riding alone after dusk and forbid alcoholic beverages in Swatara State...

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