Volunteer with LAMBA!
7-9 am: We will start the morning at Squaw Creek Park in Marion by helping Linn County Conservation load trees for Operation ReLeaf.
9-10 am: Potluck style breakfast at tables near the upper playground. Bring something to share and socialize. Learn about the new trail.
10-?: Spend as much time as you like participating in the Rake and Ride! This is the first event of its kind and it will be a great way to learn about the trail building process!
Bring a lawn rake and gloves and of course, your bike. We will be raking the flagged trail corridor and then riding to try out different lines within the trail corridor.
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Great turnout for today’s conservation event at Beverly Park.
More pictures and info. on our efforts to control this ubiquitous invasive species here… http://forum.mtbiowa.org/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2175
Initial flags are up, the alignments have been approved by Linn Co. administrators and their board, and now it is time to corridor clear! Pencil May 18th onto your calendars and stay tuned for details…
Stayed tuned here for details… http://forum.mtbiowa.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2159
A ways off but you don’t want to miss this opportunity!
Great turnout, thanks everyone!
Mark your calendar and plan to come out and support LAMBA and Collins Road Theatre on Feb. 28th. Give yourself a little extra time – we’ll plan to assemble for some post movie libations. Be there, or be square. More details to come in the following weeks, so stay tuned!
Saturday afternoon, January 26, had dirt advocates descending upon downtown Des Moines and converging at the Iowa Events Center for the 2013 Iowa Bicycle Coalition Summit. Advocate mountain bikers arrived according to tradition and laid claim to their own room to host the Dirt Strand. In attendance were members of the Ames Mountain Bike Trail Initiative, CITA (Des Moines), CVAST (Cedar Falls), DHPT (Decorah), Dubuque, ICORR (Iowa City) by proxy (email), and LAMBA (Cedar Rapids). Absent was FORC (Quad Cities).
First up was IMBA’s “Better Living Through Trails” with a Midwest twist. Through my role as a the Iowa member of IMBA’s Regional Leadership Advisory Council, I wore dual hats at the summit and presented BLTT on behalf of IMBA. The group from Ames was highly attentive as they are working to pursue trails in and around the University. The information presented in this section is a good refresher too for those who have heard it before. It helps solidify relationships and is good fodder for grants and persuasion.
As the LAMBA president, I moderated the roundtable and, with Ken, presented the session on ProBuild and Bike Parks, based on our personal travels and LAMBA’s experiences with IMBA Trail Solutions. Having traveled to Whistler, the Yukon, Cuyuna, MN, Copper Harbor, MI, and Bentonville, AR, Ken and I have now seen what can be done for mountain biking through the pro build process. We have also experienced facilities built by four different trail specific contractors. It was a lot of fun to tell our and LAMBA’s story. Our goal was to inspire other clubs and show that we can make world class trails a reality in Iowa.
The roundtable discussion hearkens back to the days of yore when Ryan Hanser of CITA facilitated the initial statewide discussion, although, at that time, we pirated a few tables before Gary Fisher arrived and then holed up in some dark enclave. It was great to look at how far we have come in five years, not only as individual clubs but as a statewide group. The other amazing aspect of this group is that we are able to strategize and share experiences. I realized how much so after speaking with Ames after the presentation. The main purpose of this gathering is for each club to have their time to boast, toast, and roast. Essentially, we all get to share our highlights, talk about areas of improvement, and really evaluate all that groups across the state are doing to forward the cause for singletrack.
All in all, a nice showing for our dedicated Dirt Strand. We had nearly thirty people in each session and I think everyone was able to take away something useful to promote singletrack in their community. A great big thank you to Mark Wyatt for granting us three sessions dedicated to dirt, Hansi Johnson for making sure I knew all the details for BLTT, and all the advocates who took the time to make the trip and attend the sessions. Now well into the scheming season, let’s all dream up big plans and work to make world class riding happen in Iowa.
Were you planning to be part of the frenzy of Black Friday? Or do you skip the whole thing as your stand against materialism? If the weather holds, we should all be riding, right?
Regardless of your stance on the traditional up-all-night shopping marathon, this year Northtowne Cycling and Fitness has teamed up with LAMBA to make Black Friday shopping count for dirt. The store has agreed to donate a percentage of the sales from all LAMBA members and any “dirt” related purchases to the club. So, if you are a LAMBA member and buy a treadmill, part of that purchase comes back to the group. Likewise, if you aren’t a member and buy some mountain bike tires and a Camelbak, LAMBA gets a percentage of that purchase. You can even buy limited edition LAMBA swag!
You can even sign up for membership in the store! Since we are now IMBA chapter, you can also sign up on IMBA’s site before you shop.
So even if you don’t plan to fight the crowds for that electronics deal, make it your plan to stop by Northtowne!
What: Dirty Friday (and Saturday and Sunday), November 23, 24, & 25
Where: Northtowne Cycling and Fitness 1150 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids
Why: A percentage of LAMBA member purchases and mountain bike oriented product purchases will be given back to LAMBA to support local dirt.