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SAMBA announces 2019 ride calendar

We are proud to finally announce that we have established a monthly ride schedule for the entire 2019 riding season! We plan to host a ride each weekend starting in April and running through November. Of course some rides may be relocated, cancelled or rescheduled.  We also plan to continue our night rides at Governor Dick and Swatara in the Fall and and add some new night rides along the way. Here’s the basic plan: Camp Mack: First Sunday every month Parkway Trails: Second Saturday every month Weiser State Forest (Rattling Creek): Third weekend every month HMC Trails: Fourth Saturday every month All rides will be created as recurring Facebook events and also appear on our website calendar! Check Facebook for all ride updates. See you out there!...

SAMBA announces projects for 2019 and beyond

Howdy, We are super excited to share our new projects for 2019-2020. As you can see on the map our new opportunities are diverse and spread throughout the area. These projects are in various stages of development and are listed in order based on each project’s current stage of development. There may even be 1 or 2 more projects in the works that we are not able to discuss at this time. As always, we cannot make these opportunities a reality without help. Please contact us here with any questions or to get involved with putting these new trails on the ground this year! http://sambabiker.com/samba/contact/    Project 1: Paxtang Park What: Trail head parking, meet-up spot and picnic area for Parkway Trails and Capital Area Greenbelt Where: Harrisburg. Dauphin County Who: SAMBA/Parkway Trail committee, City of Harrisburg, Paxtang Borough, Swatara Township, CAGA Why: Designated parking areas have limited spaces and in poor locations for visitors. Revitalize historic Paxtang Park which has been in ruins for decades. Meeting place for visitors and group rides. When:  Projected completion Spring 2019. Budget: $2000 Funding: Secured through fundraiser and donations. What’s happened so far:  Stakeholder and need analysis. Site investigation and history research. Meetings with City of Harrisburg, Swatara Township, Paxtang Borough. SAMBA Board approval. Project proposal and agreement fully executed. Stone donation of 140 tons secured through Pennsy Supply. Parking stops purchased with grant from QBP. Excavation and stone installation complete. BMUFL signs installed on City Park Drive.    Project 2: Donegal Highlands What: Small shared-use trail system featuring single track and learning areas Where: Elizabethtown. Lancaster County Who: SAMBA/Trail liaisons Matt Hess...

2019 NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR BOARD & COMMITTEES (click here)

Howdy, It’s that time again! We have Board and Committee positions  available for 2019-2020. We are also in need of dedicated individuals to help with rides, trail work and lots more. Nominations close March 15, 2019. If you love mountain biking and want to help us make a difference please contact us here for job requirements and more information: http://sambabiker.com/samba/contact/ Board positions open for nomination: President-(Nick Loftus up for re-election) Vice President- (Chris Shelly up for re-election) Director of Public Relations- Vacant Member-at-Large-Vacant Committee positions available: Communications Mission Statement: The mission of the Communications committee is to expand awareness of chapter activities through effective use of all approved media outlets by: Generate effective Chapter communications through approved media Maintain SAMBA’s website and Facebook Communicate and promote club activities through bike shops Coordinate membership drives and help grow membership Provide and post event articles and supply event pictures and video for use on the website, social media, and email newsletters. Help compose email communications for members if needed Other tasks upon request from the Board Public Relations 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 Coordinate outreach opportunities Work with local businesses and non-profits to partner and support cycling Other tasks upon request from the Board We hope to hear from YOU!...

SAMBA Winter Party and Fundraiser

There are really BIG and EXCITING projects in the works. Find out more by joining us at the Winter Party & Fundraiser on Saturday, February 9th, 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.       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 2/9/19  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 a minimum...

Camp Mack 2018/2019 Hunting Closures

Please be advised that Camp Mack will be closed to public use Monday through Saturday during the 2018/2019 hunting season on the following dates: Sept 29 – Nov 12 Nov 26 – Dec 8 Dec 26 – Jan 12   Thank you for your help in respecting the wishes of the landowners who so graciously allow mountain bike access on this land throughout the year!  ...

HMC Grand Opening! 10/13/2018 postponed to 10/14/18

GRAND OPENING DAY! Please join us for the Opening Day of the PSU-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (HMC) Trail System this Saturday! Be among the first to ride 10 miles of sweet new single track in Hershey! Join us at the Cocoa Beanery across the street for an after party celebration from 3-5. Post-ride food, beer, coffee etc available from 1-5. Please access the Medical Center via Life Lion Dr. at Bullfrog Valley rd and do not use the main entrances along Rt. 322. OR ride to the event using the Eshenour bike path. (See map) Trailhead parking on Reservoir rd and overflow parking at Lot H. Follow signs or watch for traffic director. Visit the SAMBA booth at Reservoir Rd. for rides, information and maps, to join or make a donation, to purchase shirts or find out ways to get involved! SCHEDULE * 10:00 Ribbon cutting ceremony 11:00 Ladies First ride-East side-5+ miles (LADIES ONLY!) 11:05 SAMBA Liaisons rides- Advanced/expert- West side-Full route-10 miles 11:05 SAMBA Liaisons rides- Beginner/Novice-West side-Beginner loops plus-3-5 miles 11:15 Trails officially open for riding 11:30 Group ride- Advanced/Expert- East side-Full route-10 miles 11:30 Group ride- Beginner/Novice- East side-Beginner loops plus-3-5 miles 12:00 Group ride- Advanced/Expert- West side-Full route-10 miles 12:00 Group ride- Beginner/Novice- West side-Beginner loops plus-3-5 miles 12:30 Group ride- Advanced/Expert- East side-Full route-10 miles 12:30 Group ride- Beginner/Novice- East side-Beginner loops plus -3-5 miles 1:00 Cocoa Beanery opens for post-ride food & beer etc 1:00 NICA ride-E-town Mtb-East side-Length TBD 1:00 Group ride-Length TBD 3:00-5:00 SAMBA celebration at Cocoa Beanery *Schedule subject to change. See you...

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...

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