Monthly Archives: June 2014

What we’ve been up to lately

-Roanoke IMBA helped support the recent Mill Mountain “Earth Day Work Day” by providing lunch for the volunteers who came out to work on the trails. Volunteers picked up trash, trimmed bushes and cut deadfall, fixed muddy trail spots by adding water diverters and armoring, and blowing leaves.

-A trail proposal has also been submitted so flagging for new trails at Mill Mountain will happen this summer.

-Roanoke IMBA is sponsoring the “Lakeside Trail” building effort at Carvins Cove by providing most of the humanpower and all of the tools required.  (Tools to date = $690.00, Work Hours to date = countless). Construction continues with less than 1 mile left to join with Hemlock Tunnel.  This last mile will include some of the most challenging sections to build on the whole trail, so be on the lookout for emails and watch Facebook for opportunities to come help out.  You can also contact Steve Powers at fishdoc.powers@gmail.com for more details and opportunities to help out.

-Roanoke IMBA has contributed $1100.00 in fuel & power equipment rental fees for the Blue Ridge Gravity (BRG) sponsored trail at Carvins Cove.  We also purchased over $500.00 in hand-tools to be able to loan to BRG for the duration of the project.

-RIMBA gave $30.00 scholarships to 8 Chapter members who attended Roanoke City’s Parks & Rec “Chainsaw Safety” certification class in May 2014.

-Richard Blackwood helped us get set up with Meetup. Sign up here if you haven’t already: http://www.meetup.com/Roanoke-International-Mountain-Biking-Association/

-Roanoke IMBA is collecting donations (and contributing $1000) for concept/design work for a proposed bike skills park in the Town of Blacksburg at the bottom of Gateway Trail.

-Roanoke IMBA represented mountain biker interests in a stakeholders meeting held by The New River Land Trust and Mountain Lake Conservancy regarding the conservation plan (including trail development) for Mountain Lakes Conservancy in Giles County.

-Over the past year, RIMBA in conjunction with NRVBA has held a number of trail work days at Pandapas Pond near Blacksburg, addressing mud-prone section of Poverty Creek Trail.

-To date, 20 miles of singletrack have been cleared and re-opened on Price Mountain and Patterson Mountain in Botetourt County. We are calling this trail system Patterson Creek Trail System. See our website for a map.

 

If you saw our previous post then you also know we have a new President, Craig Riddle. Look out for more socials, more rides, and more social rides.