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Fairview Trail Run ®
5 Mile Run – 3 Mile Run / Walk
Sunday, November 3rd, 2013, 12:00pm
Beverly Park – MAP LINK
Anytime IMBA comes to town, the mountain bike community gets giddy and perhaps a little star struck! It was no different when Linn Area Mountain Bike Association (LAMBA) was awarded a Trail Care Crew visit and began preparations to host the current Crew, Jesse and Lori, in Linn County.
A brief background of the events preceding the visit…LAMBA joined the IMBA Chapter Program, changing the status of the group to a subordinate of the international organization. With the integration into the program came many benefits, including potential TCC visits.
Last year, LAMBA worked to raise the funds to bring the trail building arm of IMBA, Trail Solutions, to Linn County to create a concept plan of two Linn County Parks. Trail Solutions spent two weeks evaluating Squaw Creek Park and Pinicon Ridge Park. This took place in November of last year, with final plans presented in February.
Upon presentation of the plan, club leaders meet multiple times with the key County stakeholders and presented to the County Conservation Board. Volunteer trail workers also rough flagged proposed trail corridors. LAMBA was approved to begin construction of the green loop (official name TBD) up near the sledding hill and playground at Squaw Creek. Volunteer crews worked on the south side of the trail during the spring and summer months.
Fast forward to September of 2013. Jesse and Lori arrived on Thursday night to present a hybrid approach to Club Care to the LAMBA board. Guests from the board of the Iowa City club and new LAMBA members joined the group, bringing the total to over twenty participants! Instead of ‘death by PowerPoint’, the group opted to have the pair facilitate a discussion as the beginning stages of strategic planning. Those in attendance discussed their current likes and future goals. A decision was made to evaluate the use of committees to expand the roles of club members and transition some leadership opportunities to others. The event was held at Dublin City Pub, so food and drink complemented and livened the discussion!
Friday morning was spent on the ground evaluating the final portion of the green trail. Corridor clearing and flagging were completed, readying the project site for Saturday’s work. One volunteer was injured in the process by a bee sting…the others finished the day unscathed.
On Friday night, a group of about ten, gave Lori and Jesse a tour of Beverly Park. The first order of business that night was to debunk the stereotypical group ride and instead organize under the premise of ‘ladies first.’ The girls took the lead and shared the urban park with our guests.
Saturday was a day of much anticipation. The morning consisted of IMBA Trail School at Mr. Beans in Marion. Our trail building group clearly was not a group of morning lovers, especially on a Saturday, and massive amounts of coffee were consumed during the first hours of the school. Bryan and Steve became experts at using a clino to determine grade and we all learned the basic aspects of trail building, including corner types, bench cutting, and erosion control, all the while entertained by the Crew’s use of media in the presentation.
As is typical in the Midwest, a week of gorgeous fall weather was followed by exactly one day of rain that so happened to begin around ten am on Saturday and continue through three pm, foiling our plans to bench cut the final piece of the new green trail at Squaw Creek. Keeping safety as a paramount contingent, it was decided that we would not place nicely sharpened tools in the hands of our eager volunteers to traverse the slip-n-slide that was quickly taking the place of our trail. Instead, Jesse conducted a detailed demonstration on bench cutting and our volunteers schemed times to come back out and finish his work.
A lovely dinner with the Crew at Bata’s wrapped up the night and the visit. It was a great experience for the newly christened trail gnomes and fairies, and showed our traveling guests, that yes, there is mountain biking, good food, and great people, in Iowa.
Thanks to all the willing volunteers and the Crew. In a course of three days, over 149 volunteer hours were logged, the dollar amount for those hours totaling nearly $3000! And we trained sixteen trail builders, garnered renewed interests in the club activities, and, enjoyed a little bit of riding.
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Thursday, Sept. 26
- Club Care presentation, 6:30 pm @ Dublin City Pub upstairs, 415 1st St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Friday, Sept. 27
- Social ride at Beverly Park, 6:30 pm
Saturday, Sept. 28
- Classroom 9 a.m. – noon @ Mr. Beans in Marion
- Lunch provided
- Trail work 1 p.m. – 4/5 p.m. @ Squaw Creek
* Please do not plan to attend the work session if you can’t make it to the morning classroom. Wear pants, closed-toe shoes, a hat, gloves and bring water for the trail project.
The recent closure of Sylvan Island in the Quad Cities and the damage to Beverly Park in Cedar Rapids made me realize that those who enjoy singletrack need to be sure to do everything possible to keep and enhance our local trails. Here is a list of ten fairly simple things to get the process started.
10. Join your local IMBA Chapter. There is strength in numbers and IMBA can help us increase those numbers. Joining a local chapter ensures that some of your money stays in Iowa! You can join here: http://lambaonline.org/join-lamba/
9. Volunteer. Go to the next trail work day, trails don’t build themselves and as cute as they sound, trail gnomes and fairies don’t exist.
8. Ride. User demand shows our land managers and those in charge how important singletrack is for every community. Take a friend who has never ridden with you!
7. Show up. At the next board meeting, bike parking event, membership drive, or Trail Care Crew visit. Attendance counts.
6. Log your hours. We use this as leverage to show the demand for trails and to correlate a dollar amount to that time. This is a big number by the end of the year. You can log your hours here: http://www.tinyurl.com/lambavolunteerlog
5. Know what your local group is doing. This is the information age, there is no excuse to not be part of the local activities. Stay up to date with LAMBA: https://www.facebook.com/LinnAreaMTB
4. Be a do’er and do something helpful! Getting whipped in the face when you ride? Grab a pair of loppers the next time you are going out. Find something you can do and let the trail steward, board, etc., know that you will do it!
3. Tell others. Invite your friends and family to ride. The more riders and volunteers, the more power we yield for more trails. Do you see a trend here?
2. Remember why we do this in the first place. Mountain biking is supposed to be fun. Who doesn’t want to ride their bike in the woods?
1. Write to your local officials and send letters to the editor (they all have email now too). Tell them how much you appreciate the work LAMBA is doing and how much you enjoy the recreation opportunity that singletrack provides.
Let us know how you do on the list!
After MANY hours, hard working volunteers have removed a majority of the tree damage at Beverly; updated map below.
Look for continuous improvements in coming months.
Please be informed that due to downed trees and various trail maintenance projects, the dark-bold trail alignments on the map below are CLOSED trails. Please do not attempt open the trails or make bypasses, LAMBA volunteers will work to get these projects going in the next week or two… Stay tuned here, the forum, and or LAMBA’s Facebook for information about trail work get togethers…
More info. on how to help here… http://forum.mtbiowa.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1808&p=11804#p11804
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.
For more detailed information CLICK HERE
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