Almost there……….

Every year the same thing happens, folks jonesing for dirt get on out into the dirt a little before conditions are ideal…

Taken at Beverly Park March 16th 2015

Please be patient, natural processes will soon allow for dry trails, riding before then will make the trails extremely rough / not fun and require volunteer time and energy to repair… trust me, LAMBA volunteers have some really fun things planned for this season!

Here’s last years post about the very same topic – http://lambaonline.org/2014/03/27/let-the-frost-out/

March 17, 2015 · Ken · Comments Closed
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LAMBA-IMBA Membership Drive!

IF YOU LOVE MOUNTAIN BIKING, YOU BELONG WITH LAMBA-IMBA!

LAMBA and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) believe access to sustainable mountain bike trails is critical to recreation and land conservation. Every day, we work to educate trail users for a strong future, because without stewards and advocates of the trails, mountain bike experiences will be limited or lost.

Joining your local IMBA chapter is the most effective way for you to build and maintain the amazing trails you love to ride. Your membership dues support your local chapter’s work, and IMBA’s efforts nationwide. During the month of March, your membership enters you to win great prizes, like a Scott Genius mountain bike, or a VIP mountain bike trip to the Burning Can Festival at The Oskar Blues REEB Ranch in Brevard, NC! Sign up now and check out the prize details below.

Join with thousands of other riders who are passionate enough to support the trails they ride on.

Not ready to join or renew? You are still eligible, click here to enter.

CHECK OUT THE PRIZES:

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Burning Can Beer Fest

VIP MOUNTAIN BIKING TRIP FOR TWO

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The Bike Farm

 Total approximate retail value: Scott Genius 750 mountain bike: $2,500. Oskar Blues Burning Can Festival trip: Approx $1,000* Transport to and from Brevard, N.C., is NOT included. No purchase necessary. Open to US residents at least 21 years-old on March 1, 2015. Void where prohibited and in Florida, New York, Rhode Island. Click here for official contest rules.

 

March 9, 2015 · Ken · Comments Closed
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PAR-TAY

LOCATION? CLICK HERE!

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March 6, 2015 · Ken · Comments Closed
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Winter Gathering / Membership Drive!

March 4, 2015 · Ken · Comments Closed
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Winter Riding Conditions

Ah winter riding, such a conundrum when it comes to hitting the dirt. It’s not an exact science due to multiple factors (i.e. soil type, moisture content, grades, temperature, sun exposure, leaf cover, etc.) therefore black & white steadfast rules don’t really exist, it’s ultimately up to the best (and hopefully educated) judgment of each trail user. WinterConditions Do know this… if you’re leaving an impression on the trail more than a half inch deep, you are causing problems that will require volunteer time and attention; not cool. BeverlyRut People want to get out on the trails, a good thing! However, we address this problem every spring, throughout the “normal” riding season, and now in the winter… I could go on and on, but won’t. Instead, check out this regionally similar post with more details, it is one of the better / more accurate ones I’ve come across. And here is another from our FORC’n Quad Cities friends, who are awesome. Thank for reading and clicking every single link :-) Ken, the LAMBA guy who is really into trails

 

*edit / UPDATE:  Our friends to the south (ICORR) recently posted about Winter Conditions as well, very important as we enter the thaw – freeze cycles of spring… http://www.icorrmtb.org/?p=1455

December 10, 2014 · Ken · Comments Closed
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November 16, Beverly Park Trail Run

Results – CLICK HERE     Pics – CLICK HERE

October 8, 2014 · mem · Comments Closed
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Take A Kid Mt Biking Day, Saturday, October 4, 9-11 am

LAMBA will be hosting an event as part of IMBA’s National Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day. The purpose of this event is to get kids introduced to mountain biking as a good way to get outside and be active.
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So, bring yourselves, your kids, their bikes and helmets to Squaw Creek Park in Marion, IA for some information, some skills clinics, and a guided trail ride on our newest trail.Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 9.41.54 AM

We’ll be at the Meadowlark Shelter at Squaw Creek Park in Marion, IA.

All participants must wear a helmet. Training wheels are not recommended.

Only the new green trail is open for this event-all other trails at Squaw Creek are closed as of October 1. 

September 29, 2014 · mem · Comments Closed
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The dirt. Fall News

Check out Volume 1, Issue 1 of the dirt., LAMBA Fall News! Highlights:

Squaw Creek Trail UpdateTake a Kid Mountain Biking DayHelp Wanted

We welcome content and suggestions for our Winter Edition, Issue 2. Please send any comments or feedback to lamba07@gmail.com.

LAMBA members have been sighted around town, at events like Meet Me at the Market and at the top of Mount Trashmore (aka the landfill), in addition to the local singletrack, and some not so local trails. Here are a few of our favorite pictures.

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The view from the top…of the landfill.

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Our space at New Bo City Market

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A trail gnome sighting!

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Riding at Beverly, the best place in Cedar Rapids.

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Your leaders evaluating some UP singletrack, Copper Harbor, MI.

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The Beverly Park Beach Party!

September 20, 2014 · mem · Comments Closed
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Using Water Bottles and Hotel Stays to Fund Singletrack

Just yestereday, I recieved notice that LAMBA will be receiving $9500 from the Marion Hotel/Motel Grant! These funds will go towards our Red Cedar Singletrack in Squaw Creek County Park. This is great news and a great boost to our campaign to develop professional built singletrack in Linn County. This also means that we need to share this and support local hotel stays! The money for this grant comes directly from the hotel stays in Marion. So, the next time you have guests coming or a conference to plan, consider using the Longbranch or other Marion locations.

We also have custom water bottles to sell to complete our $2500 Specialized Dealer Grant. Northtowne Cycling and Fitness is supporting us in this endeavor and bottles are for sale for $5 each at Northtowne.

We still have about $45,000 left to raise to complete this project! The question then becomes, how can you help?

1. Buy waterbottles
2. Donate to LAMBA via our donate tab
3. See if your employer has a charity match (we are a 501c3)
4. Share this post with others
5. Tell us about grant opportunties and opportunties to earn cash! Own it!
6. All of the above.

We are making amazing strides in expanding singletrack opportunities in Linn County, let’s finish this project’s funding before the end of 2014!

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July 16, 2014 · mem · Comments Closed
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Mother Nature… Rawwwrr!

While the dirt is beginning to dry trail users will find that mother nature has not been kind to our woods. Be cautious and patient as it will take time for trail volunteers to inspect and repair any damage.

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July 3, 2014 · Ken · Comments Closed
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