Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association

Working to Protect and encourage Mountain Bike trail access in Central Pennsylvania.

SAMBA partners with 717Cycling to offer beginner skills clinics

How do I learn to ride? How can my kids learn to ride? Where can we go to learn? These are the most common questions that we receive through our Contact tab on the website. Until now, we had no answers to these questions so SAMBA is very proud to announce that we have formed a partnership with 717Cycling to establish a new program that will fill this void and help adults and kids learn the basics of off-road riding. 717Cycling is a cycling club based in Lancaster and York. Their vision is to become a gateway into the sport of cycling for children, young adults, and experienced cyclists alike by supporting athletes and strengthening relationships with our local communities. 717Cycling provides support for multiple cycling disciples, brings years of racing experience, and serves as one of the region’s most prominent clubs for youth and women’s racing. SAMBA partnered with Lititz Bike Works to design and build a sustainable, year round race course in back in 2017. The only of its kind on the east coast, the course is free to the public and allows families a safe, approachable place to learn cycling skills together. It’s also home base for 717 Cycling where they hold their clinics, practice and train and where they host one of the year’s most buzzed about races, the Pa. State CX Championships. Because no other course of its kind exists in the tri-state area and beyond, it has received media attention and attracts seasoned and casual riders from all over Lancaster, Lebanon, Berks, and York counties on a regular basis. Riders from New York, Maryland,... read more


Several gnomes have been spotted along the trails at Hershey Medical Center over the past few weeks and their numbers seem to be growing!  We are not quite sure if they are migrating to these woods or have been here all along. The gnomes seem to be friendly but do not like to be picked up and held. They have been spotted hanging around hollow trees and stumps and seem to like the rocky areas where there are a lot of ferns. Maybe you caught a glimpse out of the corner of your eye on a recent ride? Gnomes bring good luck so if you know of a gnome that is looking to re-locate please feel free to direct them to HMC.       SAMBA/NBB HMC Gnome challenge contest rules Meet at “The Beach” kiosk area at HMC at 8:30 on 7/27 to register. Just inside the gate on Reservoir rd. Go out and ride. Search for gnomes. Gnomes will be asked to re-locate before the start to keep it fair. Take selfies with gnomes. Decide if you are going for the GRAND PRIZE package requiring 4 gnome selfies. Return to “The Beach” to verify photos, post photos to SAMBA Facebook and claim prizes!!! GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE from New Belgium Brewing & SAMBA (First one to snap 4 selfies  and verify AT SAME TIME) includes: Case of NBB Fat Tire Ale, Grand Trunk NBB hammock, NBB Baseball cap, NBB bandana, NBB frisbee, NBB patch kit, NBB bottle opener, NBB stickers, Stan’s Notubes sealant, Gu gels and SAMBA pint glass!   The first three participants that snap 3 selfies and verify photos win a prize package from... read more

SAMBA announces new Social media platform

SAMBA is excited to announce that we will be upgrading and expanding our Social media presence. The plan is to launch a new Instagram account, YouTube channel, re-establish our old Twitter account and create a SAMBA Facebook Page in addition to our existing Facebook User group.   The new Facebook Page will be focused on SAMBA’s official communications and will not be open to the public to post. Here you will find the most current information about our rides, work days, club news, announcements and updates. The existing User group will remain as a place for all to share and exchange information about mountain biking in Central Pa. as an open forum!!!   Kindly follow the link and click the sign-up button to follow SAMBA and stay up to date with SAMBA happenings! More content coming soon!!! https://www.facebook.com/SAMBAbiker717 Also check out: Twitter: https://twitter.com/SAMBAbiker717   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samba_biker_717/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeldE3bTcGK_TlpvdwbnupQ   #MTB  #MountainBike  #MTBlife  #Bike #Cycling #SAMBA #717 #LancasterPA  #HarrisburgPA  #YorkPA   Thank You for your support! SAMBA  ... read more

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... read more

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... read more


WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please join us this MONDAY as we resume work on the Parkway Trail project in Harrisburg. We will be building new trail and plan to work from 6-?. We provide tools. Please bring gloves and water. Also this week- Wed night trimming and Sat building QUESTIONS?: Contact us here: http://sambabiker.com/samba/parkway-trails/ MON JUNE 13-MEET @ GREENBELT PARKING LOT – Behind City line diner 3302 Derry St. http://www.mapquest.com/…/restaur…/city-line-diner-266248942... read more

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