Archive for the ‘Trails’ Category

CAVE CREEK CYCLING CLASSIC – RECAP

Posted: November 25, 2014 in Racing, Trails

The 2014 Cave Creek Cycling Classic is all wrapped up, and it was a success on many levels.  Despite the fact that the trails had gotten crushed weeks prior, the community rallied together, worked extremely hard and put on a helluva event.  I can personally attest to the trail being rad – this was classic AZ desert riding with rocks, climbing, sand, and even a splash of water.  It kept you honest, in and out of the saddle (and occasionally out of the pedals for a few of us).  Check out the re-cap on the trail work.

Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association (DFMBA) recently completed approximately 600 volunteer hours to rebuild and maintain 10 plus miles of the Maricopa Trail, Spur Cross Trail and Cave Creek Town Trails. This work was needed to repair the battered Cave Creek Cactus Classic (C4) race course in preparation for the annual C4 Race. These trails were left in need of serious repair after the unprecedented Monsoonal season.

The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona (MBAA) provided a grant and loaner tools to help complete the trail work in addition to several volunteers from MBAA. The funds provided by MBAA allowed DFMBA to purchase tools and supplies for the many volunteers who supported the trail repair efforts. DFMBA also utilized the donated resources to conduct four trail education and maintenance days. In addition to MBAA, Okanogan Trail Construction (OTC) donated their time, equipment and expertise. After an impromptu meeting with Matt Woodson, owner of OTC, he volunteered to help repair the trails after DFMBA expressed deep concern for the already scheduled C4 Race that was fast approaching. Matt donated his time, equipment and crews at no charge to DFMBA or the municipalities responsible for maintaining our trails. In fact when DFMBA offered Matt a donation to cover some of his expenses he re-donated it back to DFMBA. You may recognize some of OTC’s other work as he has built and repaired many of the Valleys best trails including The North Phoenix Sonoran Preserve Trail system South of Carefree highway.

The local paper (Sonoran News) was so impressed with DFMBA’s efforts they published an article titled “Mountain Biking at its best”.  The success of these trail work days may not have been possible without the support of MBAA, OTC and the many, many volunteers who sacrificed their personal time.

2014 – NUMBERS!

Posted: July 6, 2014 in News/Updates, Trails, Volunteer
The MBAA hosted 7 events this year, we had over 2,737 riders (total) compete in the series this year – an increase in participation over the past few years.  As a result of the series, the MBAA will be donating over $15,000 to trail projects throughout the state. The MBAA already issued a $5000 check to the Flagstaff Bike Organization to help rebuild Little Bear – that check, coupled with historical donations from the MBAA and the Super D event, will be combined for a total of $10,000 and matched to have over $20,000 of work done on that trail this year. None of this work would be complete without the leadership and guidance of local groups – specifically FBO and Anthony Quintile.  Other projects that will receive grants include -
  • Little Bear Trail
  • Trips for Kids
  • Sedona Bike Park
  • TORCA – Tucson Off Road Cyclists and Activists
  • Dog Collar – Cave Creek
In addition to the series events, MBAA riders and teams are requested to perform volunteer/trail hours to help increase the profitability of the events, and stress the importance of continuing to maintain and build trails.  Riders completed over 300 volunteer hours and over 600 hours of trail work (nearly 1,000 hours total)!  We look forward to increasing this number yet again in 2015.  Thank you to all the riders, volunteers and staff that help make this series, and the trails of Arizona, fantastic!
Pic below – MBAA board member Jon Shouse issuing the check to Anthony Quintile from FBO for upcoming trail work on Little Bear.
Photo: Wonder where the proceeds from the race season go? First donation this year $5000.00 to the Flagstaff Biking Organization to help get the Little Bear trail rehabbed and back on the map!!

FUNDS TO FLAG

Posted: June 24, 2014 in News/Updates, Trails

checkWondering where funds from the 2014 season end up?  Well here is our first big check that went to the Flagstaff Biking Organization – $5000 in funds were given to FBO.  These funds, along with another $5000 in funds (from historical MBAA contributions, as well as Absolute) will be matched and almost $20,000 in funds will be used towards trail work in Flagstaff.  This is a HUGE amount of funding and certainly not possible without the support of YOU, the MBAA, all of our sponsors and the local shops around the valley.  Stay tuned for the next round of funds to hit the community.

TRAIL WORK DATES!

Posted: March 12, 2014 in News/Updates, Newsletters, Trails

trailworkTrail work or volunteers hours are required…

If you want a shot at a individual or team title this year, you need to ensure that you log the required number of trail and/or volunteer hours – others may volunteer for you, but what better way to know what it takes to keep a trail awesome or an event going then by stepping up and doing some work yourself?  Heck at a few of these volunteer days, they give you FREE food (thank you Global Bikes).  Here are the MINIMUM (feel free to do more please) requirements for the year:

Trail and/or Volunteer hour minimums:
Individual – 4hrs
Team – Big Ring – 40hrs
Team – Little Ring – 20hrs
Log Trail Hours – 

Check out dates and locations on our latest eblast or on the trails page!
Thanks for helping keep our trails in good shape!
~The Board

TRAIL WORK – McDowell SAT!

Posted: December 6, 2013 in Trails

trailworkSo last time we got rained out, this time it looks like rain will happen AFTER we are done.  Tomorrow, get on it, get dirty, move dirt and meet cool people.  Here are the details:
Location:  McDowell Mountain Park – Pemberton Trail
Date:  Sat, 12/7/13 from 8:00 AM – Noon.
Info:  Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area at 8:00 AM. Bring H2O, work gloves and any trail work tools you have. The park will also have tools for volunteers to use.
Parking/fees:  If you do not have a park pass, let the host know that you are there for trail work and you can enter the park for free.
Areas to to worked on: repair erosion damage on Pemberton, fixing a few off-camber turns, and adding a few bridges to steep wash areas.
Hours worked will be logged with the MBAA for anyone looking to get their MBAA trail work hours in. Be sure to sign in at the trailhead.

Contact: Rand Hubbell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
MMRP Arizona 85255
Ph: 480-471-0173 Fax: 602-372-8507
mcdowellpark@mail.maricopa.gov