Join DMBTA and Win!

 

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It’s always a good idea to join the Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association. Your money goes toward building and maintaining amazing, unique trails in Southern Utah, as well as promoting the same on a national level. What it really comes down to is you supporting trails, singletrack, beautiful singletrack. There isn’t a down side to that.

And to make this deal even better, for the month of March anyone joining the DMBTA will be entered to win either a Scott Genius 750 worth $2500. Boasting a super light 6061 custom butted alloy frame the SCOTT Genius 750 is the ultimate trail bike. It comes fully equipped with a Rock Shox Monarch RL Air shock and a Rock Shox Sektor TK Solo Air fork with Lockout, and performance selected Syncros components. Winner chooses size.

Scott Genius 750Or you could also win a dream mountain bike trip for two to the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch in North Carolina for Burning Can Beer Fest. More details at www.burningcanbrevard.com Trip is estimated at a value of $1000.

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So to recap, you get trails and the chance to win a rad bike or a killer trip. How much does it cost? Memberships start at $30.

What are you waiting for? Join now!

Official rules can be found here.

 

February Board Meeting Minutes

February 2015 Board Meeting

  1. Build 25 minutes
    1. Wire Mesa Update –Bill 10 minutes
      1. Not goose, not guacamole
      2. 4.3 miles to double ttrack
      1. 7-8 miles
      2. Lot of arch sites
      3. Starts off of double track because it’s a great camping/trailhead
      4. 75-80 hours of walking
      5. Higher pace
      6. 3-4 days for completed conceptual
    2.  Dead Ringer update – Kevin 5 minutes
      1. Coming Wednesday
      2. 7-10 days
    3. Kanab Update – Chris 5 Minutes
      1. Hiring IMBA to do master plan
      2. Slow process
      3. Equestrians doing Cottonwood
      4. Horses and bikes
      5. Earthfest – weeklong festival
    4. SG Bike Park Update – Kenny, Kevin, Lukas – 5 minutes
      1. Sand Hollow Aquatic Center
      2. Pump track
      3. Paved
      4. Form Committee – Kenny, john
    5. Desert Canyon
      1. Still wants trails even if bike park doesn’t go there
  2. Maintain 15 Minutes – Group
    1.  Zen/Barrel Ride markers
      1. Kenny to determine amount of baskets
      2. Lukas to procure baskets
      3. Plan day after
    2. Gooseberry day
      1. Needs new dots
    3. City Creek/ Owens loop
    4.  Little Creek
    5. Canal Trail
    6. Hurricane trimming – complete?
    7. Set dates for all work days
  3. Ride – 15 minutes Group
    1. Dead Ringer Ribbon cutting/Celebration
      1. Teena to organize
      2. Drawings from shops
      3. Date set this Friday
    2. Stickers – distribution
      1. On all signs
    3. Group rides – set dates
    4. Tent/membership drives
      1. Good tent
    5. T-shirts
      1. Kevin
  4. Admin 30 minutes – Lukas/Group
    1. Bank Account 1 minute
    2. Membership 4 minutes -
    3. Role Assignments 25 minutes
      1. Membership – Monte
      2. Treasury – Bonnie
      3. Public Relations – Lukas and Kevin
      4. Secretary – Lukas by default
  1.  Paragon Guide Works
    1. Beaver Dam Wash

New Trails: Dead Ringer and More Cow Bell

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The Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association in conjunction with the BLM (and some serious volunteer help) was able to get two new trails constructed in the Hurricane Cliffs Trail Network.

There were two objectives that we wanted to accomplish with the construction of these trails. First, we wanted to address the issue of getting to the Upper JEM Trailhead. Up until now, one had to ride the big loop (Goulds, Hurricane Rim or some variation) or pedal up the heavily trafficked Sheep Bridge Road. Second, there is a need for easy trails in Southern Utah. We here the request from many getting into mountain biking and even more from folks who would like to introduce friends and families to the sport, but don’t feel comfortable taking them on many of our other trails.

Our first objective was accomplished with Dead Ringer. Dead Ringer travels from the JEM up to the Upper JEM Trailhead via a bench cut trail that maintains a consistently mellow grade. This means that you can climb back to the trailhead easily and completely on singletrack. This trail also adds a beginner level way to get down from the trailhead as it avoids all of the drops and with the easy grade, does not have any of the technical challenges that the Upper JEM does.

And then there’s More Cow Bell. As Kevin Christopherson, Quentin Morrisette and Bill Bergeron, amongst a few others, began to walk the area and find the exact course for the trail they found a way to incorporate a beginner loop without dropping off of the mesa. More Cow Bell is that loop. Coming off of Dead Ringer, it follows the rim offering splendid views and then loops back on itself or connects back to the JEM right above the JEM Drop. There is very little elevation change, but what is there is nicely utilized to create a fun, fast trail that would be great for beginners.

Below is a map of the currently constructed trails.

DeadRinger and MCB MapWhat you are looking at… The upper dot (in the map, this is lower in elevation on the trail) is the junction of JEM, Goosebumps and Dead Ringer. The lower dot is the junction of Dead Ringer and More Cow Bell. More Cow Bell is the inner loop. The line on the right is the JEM. The line coming in from 59 is the dirt road the tees with JEM to the right and Dead Ringer to the left. Map courtesy of Red Rock Bicycle.

Construction of these trails would not have happened this fall without the countless hours of volunteer work put in by DMBTA board members and our local trail experts. Kevin Christopherson, DMBTA board member, wrote the EA that was reviewed and accepted by the BLM. Having Kevin write the EA sped the process up for building this trail by a year.

The original lines drawn on paper were put there by Quentin and DJ Morisette of Over the Edge in Hurricane. Both helped with flagging and design of the exact alignment spending hours tying ribbons to bushes and putting pin flags in the ground. Bill Bergeron put in countless hours working and reworking the route. Bill was also instrumental in the design of Goosebumps and Cryptobionic from last year.

The BLM provided the bulk of the manual labor paying for the ACE crew to come in and construct the majority of the trail. With the amount of rock work and bench cutting that was needed for Dead Ringer, they weren’t able to quite get the entire trail finished.

As you can see from the above photos, a few locals went out and did the back breaking work that was left to finish the trail. Without Bill Bergeron, Brian Herreweyers, Fred and Regina Pagles this trail would still not be finished. We are lucky in Southern Utah to have such passionate and willing individuals in the mountain biking community.

Luckily, we have some great new trails but we aren’t finished yet. There is a section ready for construction and the ACE crew will be returning in the next few weeks to put in about 4 more miles.

With this project wrapping up, we have already moved on to our next one. With the amount of work and time that these trails take to build, we can use all the help we can get. Join up here, http://dmbta.org/join/membership/.

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St. George City Bike Park – Update

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The Dixie Mountain Bike Trail Association began working with the City of St. George almost nine months ago with the objective of bringing a mountain bike skills park to Southern Utah. With an incredible amount of help from Assistant City Manager Marc Mortenson, meetings were held and slowly the key decision makers caught the vision and value of such a facility in St. George. This left funding as the biggest obstacle.

This past November the Recreation Arts and Parks Tax was on the ballet for Washington County. We made known at that time via our Facebook page that if passed, this tax would fund the construction of the bike park. It was close, but the measure was successful. With the passage of the RAP Tax, the obstacle of money has been overcome.

The city has identified six locations that they feel would work for a bike park based on infrastructure, needed acreage and proximity to the population base. The next step in the process is identifying the best location for the park.

This past week, we spent some time viewing one of the sites off of Sunset Boulevard. It has the needed grades, the size, is located within the city limits and is designated as open space for recreational use. There is also enough acreage that a bike park and some beginner singletrack could be built to compliment the skills park.

We’re excited about the prospects of getting a place for people to develop the skills they need to ride the more difficult trails in the area. We will be working hard to ensure that this project makes it to fruition and promise to keep you all in the loop as thing progress.

More pics of this site.

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December Board Meeting Minutes

December Board Meeting

  1. Kanab Feasibility Report – Christina (5-10 minutes)
    1. Good possibility
    2. County is behind construction
    3. Future research in February
  2. Board Structure and how to Grow – Group (30 minutes)
    1. Please come prepared to discuss how you feel the best way to move forward with growing in outlying areas. We also need to address how to assign administrative roles and duties. This will determine how we integrate Escalante. Ricki was not told he would become a board member, but that is something that can happen if we

chose.

  1. Board members
  2. Outlying communities become subcommittees and can work up to baord members
  3. Board will be broken into subcommittees to take care of administrative rolls.
  1. New trail report – Kevin (5 minutes)
    1. Completion date
      1. Rim is a little wider than needs to be
      2. Goosebumps up to bench is well done, couple of issues
      3. Wide section hopeflly will develop organnically
      4. Must be ridden after it’s wet
      5. Kevin put in some rocks to guide
    2. Ribbon Cutting
      1. Dead Ringer
      2. More Cow Bell
  2. New OTE Trail – Clayton (5 minutes)
    1. Hopefully completed by 17th
    2. Americorp built
  3. Canyons trails – Kenny (5 minutes)
    1. Meeting tomorrow to designate areas for trail development
    2. Still want bike park
    3. Possible HOA
  4. Recent trail work – Monte & Lukas (5 minutes)
    1. About 30 hours in SCRR
    2. 40+ hours on Goosebumps and Hurricane Network
  5. Cedar City – Lukas (5 minutes)

 

  1. Logo analysis – Group (5 minutes)
    1. Inconsistent what we are being called
    2. Some version of the square one
  2. Liability insurance – Group (5 minutes)
  3. Membership report – Lukas (5 minutes)
  4. Finances – Bonnie (5 minutes)
  5. Sponsors – Monte ( 5 minutes)
  6. Future trail projects – Group (15 minutes)
    1. Wire mesa
      1. Need to start recon
      2. Kevin to talk to Bill
      3. EA?
    2. Trail work?

Kanab Trail Feasibility Study

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This past Monday Joey Klein from IMBA’s Trail Solutions rolled into Kanab Utah with the sole purpose of analyzing the area’s mountain bike trails opportunities. The fun part of digging and putting in trails is still a ways off, but as you can see from the above photo, the process always starts with maps. The Kanab Bike Committee gathered in the evening to make suggestions of areas and pinpoint places for Joey to explore over the next few days.

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The other, slightly more fun, part of the process is getting boots on the ground and looking at what is really there. A small group gathered in earlier that afternoon to show some of the sights around town. This is where people’s eyes start to light up and the possibilities of where you can put a trail become more apparent.

Kane County holds promise for future trails. The area is beautiful and already has existing infrastructure needed to be a destination. The county is in favor of trails and has had employees at the meetings and involved with the entire process. Having a public officials interested in mountain bike trails and willing to help out is a huge advantage for trail advocates.

We will receive Joey’s final report later this week that will detail the areas surveyed and the possibilities of putting trails in Kane County.

Hopefully we see some new trails soon!

Build. Maintain. Ride.

 

October Baord Meeting Minutes

October Board Meeting

      1. September follow up
        1. Ribbon Cutting – Monte 1 minute – do when new addition is done
        2.  Newsletter – Lukas 1 minute – Add board members to newsletter list
        3. Trail Projects – 5 minutes
          1.  Hurricane Rim project – Clayton to ride by himself
          2.  Goosebumps – Bill, Monte, Morgan 25 hours + done
          3. SCRR – currently scheduled for the 19th at 10 AM – 28.5 hours, 9 volunteers
          4.  JEM braiding after Frog Hollow
          5.  Zen – rock baskets
        4. Priority List – Kevin
          1. Thought travel plan priority was the case
          2. List was for the next two years until TMP is planned
        5. Canyons private property project – Lukas 1 minute/Kenny
      2. Upcoming construction projects – 20 minutes Lukas and Kevin
        1. Wire Mesa
          1. Singletrack up cry baby
          2. Parking at bottom
          3. Ganderish
        2. Rim Jobs +
          1. A lot of trail
        3. Hurricane Rim addition
          1. China town wash
      3. Report on current flagging project – 5 minutes Kevin and Monte
        1. 8 AM at sheep bridge/JEM crossing
      4. Administrative structure/role assignment and designation 45 minutes – open discussion
        1. Volunteer
          1. Trail training day
        2. Membership
        3. Trail Work
        4. BLM Liaison
        5. Forest Service Liaison
        6. Communications
        7. Group Rides
        8. Fund raising
        9. Accounting/Book keeping
        10. Promotions – membership, fundraising
      5. Bike maintenance stations
        1. BCP
        2. SCRR
        3. Hurricane Rim
      6. Next meeting Dec 2,
      7. Insurance – needed, next board meeting to find solution