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Early Bird Registration for SAMBA Bash 2020 is Now OPEN!!!

SAMBA BASH 20 X 2 September 17 to 20, 2020 Online registration ends September 16 at 5:00pm.  Click here to register!! Early Bird registration ends June 15th.   The BASH at Camp Muckelratz is a rain or shine non-competitive mountain bike weekend in the Weiser State Forest on the Rattling Creek Trail system.  SAMBA holds the event to generate funding to pay for the upkeep and expansion of the Rattling Creek IMBA Epic.  For a map go to : http://sambabiker.com/samba/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/207_RattlingCreek_Map.pdf Directions to BASH You can Camp all three days, camp one night or just come up and enjoy the main event on Saturday September the 19th. Saturday the 19th  Guided IMBA Epic Rides on Saturday.  Aid stations out on the Epic on Saturday stocked with cold water and snacks to keep you going. Group rides will be available for all levels of riders from shorter rides to the full IMBA Epic. Breakfast:  Serve yourself Bagels and Coffee in the cabin Lunch:  On your own Dinner:  Forrest Feed BBQ : Pulled Pork,mac n cheese, potato salad, baked beans, and slaw! Evening Activities:  Bike Toss, and campfire Saturday evening ***Additional entertainment TBD***   PRICES GO UP JUNE 15 SO REGISTER EARLY!    For those wanting the full SAMBA Bash Experience! Gates open Thursday at 1 pm. Camping is available Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights! Camping is primitive with portable toilets, outdoor shower facilities and no hook-ups.  We have very limited electric connectivity if needed for medical devices. The main camping is in and around the main field at camp.  The roads in and out are not paved. Rides are on your own Thursday. Maps will be provided and limited SAG...

COVID-19 UPDATE from IMBA/SAMBA

  To our friends and partners in mountain biking, Getting out on the trails is tremendously valuable. Trails bring us together, but to keep each other safe, we must keep our distance. How can our community navigate this challenge? First and foremost, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for best practices, as well as guidelines from your state and local governments. Then, as appropriate, cautiously take advantage of trails and outdoor spaces unless you are feeling ill. We will all benefit from fresh air. Should mountain bikers host group rides or trail work days? Cancel, postpone or reschedule upcoming events including races, trail work, and group rides until there are new government directives. For now, let’s ride in very small groups, keep our distance, and enjoy our trails close to home to minimize the risks associated with car travel. How can trail users pass responsibly with social distance? Stay alert, slow down, and communicate with each other from a distance about how to proceed. With gyms and rec centers closing, there may be new users on the trails. It’s a great time for community education on responsible riding and for being patient, exemplary stewards. Thanks for reading. Stay safe! SAMBA...

City of Lebanon approves proposal for Bicycle Playground

Howdy, Lebanon City Council approved our proposal to develop a Bicycle Playground in Coleman Park! The playground will consist of a balance bike track (for the youngest riders), a large pump track, dirt jumps and some skills features. The playground area already has a concession stand, restrooms and large pavilion. We are also working with the Coleman Park Board of Trustees to develop a gateway trail within the park suitable for kids and beginners to learn basic skills. Please check back soon for updates and follow us on social media to receive updates for volunteer work days coming soon. Below is the link to Lebtown news’ article about the project. Please note that there are some inaccurate statements in the article. So to be clear: SAMBA does not “manage trails” and is not the land manager for this project or any of the trail areas where we are active. We are volunteers for the land owners. SAMBA is no longer responsible for trail maintenance at Swatara State Park. https://lebtown.com/2020/02/26/city-council-authorizes-mayors-plan-for-bicycle-playground-at-coleman-park/ Thanks!...

Detweiler Park update

Dauphin County held their first public meeting last week and advocates from SAMBA including  several Board members were in attendance to voice the need for shared-use trails in the park that can accommodate mountain bikers of all skill levels. The park consists of 411 acres and has three distinct areas including pine groves,, rolling hills and rocky, rough terrain with 578 ft of elevation change. The park is 8 miles from the capital and midway between the Parkway Trail system and the Rattling Creek Trail system, providing the perfect ladder for rider progression, difficulty and trail mileage. The Master Site planning process is in motion and as a result of the first public opinion meeting, a new survey has been posted to gather more feedback from the public and help identify and prioritize the needs for the park. You will notice that the first option in the list is “Bike Trails” so it seems that we made an impact at the first meeting! Please take a couple minutes to fill out the survey and then share this link with friends, family, co-workers and anyone else that is interested in establishing a shared-use trail system in the park! More trails!!! https://www.dauphincounty.org/government/departments/parks_and_recreation/dauphin_county_parks/detweiler.php Thanks for your...

Do you want new trails? YOUR HELP NEEDED!

You are invited to the first of four public meetings to help shape the future of mountain biking and trail facilities in beautiful Detweiler Park. Detweiler Park is located 8 miles north of the State Capital in Dauphin and is the largest of eight parks of public land owned and managed by the Dauphin County Parks & Recreation Department.  Gardens, fields, meadows, evergreen plantations, hiking trails and mature deciduous forests are some of the ecosystems in this biologically diverse park. The park was recently purchased by Dauphin County who has launched its Master Site Plan process. A master site plan is a long-term planning document that serves as a blueprint for maintenance and development of a park. It takes into consideration many things including ecosystems, buildings, social settings, surrounding environments, and economic impact. https://www.dauphincounty.org/government/departments/parks_and_recreation/dauphin_county_parks/detweiler.php The County created a survey to understand the needs of future users in the park. Here is a list of the top 5 suggestions from the survey: 1. Keep it natural 2. More hiking trails 3. Add restrooms 4. Create picnic areas with tables 5. Provide additional benches and seating CALL TO ACTION: Would you like to see shared-use trails developed in the park for hiking and mountain biking? Please consider joining us at the meetings to support future mountain biking opportunities by vocalizing your opinions to insure that our voice is heard and the County understands the need for more shared-use trails. This is our opportunity to make a difference in the planning process and influence expansion of the trail system in the park. The first meeting will be held on Monday February 3...

SAMBA proposes Bicycle Playground in Lebanon

SAMBA delivered a presentation on December 16th to the Lebanon City Council to propose that a Bicycle Playground be developed at Coleman Memorial Park. The Playground may include a pump track, skills area, an area specifically for balance bikes, and the conversion of an existing nature trail to shared-use. The playground area is mostly shaded and has its own picnic pavilion and restrooms. The park has many other amenities making it a great destination for the whole family. This partnership with the City of Lebanon and Coleman Memorial Park would be managed by SAMBA volunteers, and funding will be raised through contributions. Project partners would include the City of Lebanon, Friends of Coleman’s Park, Lebanon Valley Bicycle Coalition (LVBC), Community Health Council of Lebanon County, Better Together Lebanon County and others. Council members spoke positively about the project and will vote on the proposal at their January 2020 meeting. The proposed extension of the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail would bring riders past the new Northwest Elementary school and the Park on their way to Swatara State Park. Please follow SAMBA on social media for updates and info!           ...

SAMBA announces plan to re-open Paxtang Park in 2020

Howdy, Back in the Fall of 2017 we announced that we planned to begin work to restore historic Paxtang Park in Harrisburg. 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. Initial work began in 2018. Safety issues were addressed, dead trees were dropped, trash and debris cleared and more in preparation for this year’s construction.  Pennsy Supply has made a generous donation for the full amount of stone necessary to establish the parking area. Our partners at the City of Harrisburg own the property and helped to resolve issues with the municipality that delayed the work last year. Work has resumed with our target opening day in early April 2020. Work days will take place over the Winter and Spring. SAMBA has been involved with planning for the preservation of the Park as the project to widen I-83 takes shape in this area in the coming years. We are seeking volunteers that are interested in the beatification of the Park in the Spring. Why restore the park? The park has a lot of history and was once the hub for recreation in Harrisburg. This location of the Park is the center of the Parkway Trail System and an ideal parking and meeting area for visiting cyclists using the trails or Capital Area Greenbelt. We plan to establish parking for approximately 15- 20 vehicles, making the location ideal...

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.   Click here to register! 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...

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,...

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