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  • August 08, 2015 9:53 PM | Anonymous

    Hello EVMA Members!

    Remember that time you typed the Meeting Minutes and then forgot to post them? Wait, that wasn't you, that was me. Well here are the Meeting Minutes & newest updates with my apologies!  - EP

    This Just In:  Volunteers Needed at York River State Park Sunday, August 9, 2015 9am-11am

    This past spring there was a fire on the edge of the park. In order to stop the fire from spreading, a fire line was created and it crosses the Dogwood trail at several locations. YRSP is looking for volunteers to help fill the fire line in by breaking up the dirt and raking it to make the ground level again. Meet in front of the visitor’s center to sign in. Please bring gloves, boots and plenty of water. No experience necessary, ages 15 and up are welcome. If you have questions, Call 757-566-3036 for more details and ask for Casey.

    EVMA Meeting August 1, 2015

    We had a great turnout for our morning rides & had several new members attend the meeting. Welcome new members!

    Upcoming Events

    • August 15 -  James River Trail System Road Trip  Penny will be the ride leader.  Riders will meet at 9:00am. Parking to be determined - please watch the Facebook Page for further information.
    • Sept 18 19 & 20  - Douthat Camping Trip. We have 24 spaces (4 tents per site). Volunteers are still needed for food. Room is still available. Register now

    Group Rides

    • Saturday, August 15th - James River Trail System, details TBA
    • Sunday, August 16th 9am - York River State Park
    • September - Ride weekends are already booked with Memorial Day & Douthat trip, therefore, there are no scheduled group rides. See EVMA Chatter to find ride buddies or organized your own.

    Trails

    • Wahrani Nature Trail - most signage is up. We are currently evaluating bridges for replacement. Work will start in fall.
    • Marl Ravine - Steve Nevins will be resuming construction of rock gardens. We will be installing two emergency exits and are planning to replace the skinny with a wider bridge.
    • John Blair Trail - We will be installing mileage signs every 0.5 miles by section
    • Harwood Mill - The next project will be a connector trail between A and B. Watch for a trail work notice in the near future.
    • New Quarter Park - Planning for sand and mud abatement, and will evaluate the raised trail for safety.
    • Reversals? - Marl Ravine, Freedom D & E are possible. Other trails requested (Freedom A & New Quarter) have too many entrance points to be practical for signage, and will not be reversed.
    • Trees Down Freedom E & 1/4 mile in NQP 
    • YRSP Campsites & Cabins? - Are in the park's five year plan. Location is under consideration. The park will be moving the contact station so paid parking can be extended. Primitive camping will be by Boat Ramp. No impact on our interests at this time.

    Teams & Races

    • Colonial Revolution NICA team grades 6 thru12. Will the EVMA provide financial support? YES - $400 contribution Passed with a majority vote. The team can also pass funding through the EVMA account for 501.3C status. 
    • VORS Woody wants to hold a race at YRSP in the spring. In preliminary planning stage. Organizer will be looking for volunteers if it is scheduled. Race organizer and State will handle organizing and advertising (Steve Boyd w/ DCR). The EVMA can build it into a festival if there is interest. 

    Accident at Freedom -  A rider crashed near the first gap jump on Trail C in Freedom Park and suffered a cervical spinal injury. He is recovering feeling in the chest and arms, but not movement. The EVMA's accident review, and the County assessment concur that accident was caused by rider error. Freedom has had fifty-six recorded accidents in the last calendar year, two requiring medi-vac.

    Treasurer’s Report

    • General Fund Balance       $2412.89
    • Trail Fund Balance             $5946.98
    • Checking Acct Balance      $8359.87
    • Savings Acct Balance         $675.05
    • WOYW                                   $117.00


    IMBA Chapter? The EVMA has concluded looking into the cost and benefit analysis of becoming an IMBA Chapter. IMBA requires a 60/40 split of membership dues. That would leave us with $12 per member but we currently spend $16 per member to run the club ($13 insurance + admin, website fee, etc.). IMBA does give a club more clout for receiving trail building grants, however, the cost is prohibitive for the EVMA at this time. 

    Membership is down. We will continue to encourage our members to renew, and will request that bike shops check EVMA membership cards before extending the 10% EVMA discount. If you have misplaced your card, contact us at evmamembership@gmail.com to request a new one.

    Next Meeting  October 3rd at New Quarter Park. We will have our group rides there and grill before the meeting.

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    Other Important Stuff 

    EVMA Membership

    Membership lapsed?  Our inexpensive membership dues are an important source of revenue used for trail maintenance and improvements. In the coming year we'll be working on plans to extend the trail network at Harwood Mills, make bridge improvements at Wahrani and York River State Park, general trail repair at New Quarter Park, and extend rock gardens on the Marl Ravine Trail, to name a few. It's fast and easy to renew your membership online at the EVMA website, and help keep mountain bike trail access advocacy rolling for all of us. Renew Now , and keep your bike shop 10% discount!

    Trails

    • Trail Work - Members who do any trail work, please see an email to president@evma.org with details: date, trail, number of volunteers, hours, scope of work. 

    Contact Info For Colonial Revolution

    • Colonial Revolution A new composite NICA interscholastic mountain bike team has formed and started pre-season practice. Interested middle school and high school students grades 6 thru 12 can learn more at the Colonial Revolution website  or Facebook Page.
    Have a great week, and ride lots!


  • July 30, 2015 11:09 PM | Anonymous

    Hello, EVMA Members!

    Here's what's happening this week in the wild world of local mountain biking:

    EVMA Club Meeting Saturday, August 1st Freedom Park

    Start off your weekend with an EVMA group ride at 9AM, and follow up with lunch & our club meeting at noon in the Interpretive Center. We hope to see you there!

    EVMA Membership

    Membership lapsed?  Our inexpensive membership dues are an important source of revenue used for trail maintenance and improvements. In the coming year we'll be working on plans to extend the trail network at Harwood Mills, make bridge improvements at Wahrani and York River State Park, general trail repair at New Quarter Park, and extend rock gardens on the Marl Ravine Trail, to name a few. It's fast and easy to renew your membership online at the EVMA website, and help keep mountain bike trail access advocacy rolling for all of us. Renew Now.

    Summer Group Rides 

    • Saturday, August 1st 9am - Freedom Park*  (EVMA Meeting at Noon) 
    • Sunday, August 2nd 9am - York River State Park
    • Saturday, August 15th - Buttermilk Road Trip, details TBA
    • Sunday, August 16th 9am - York River State Park

    * YRSP is the default back-up in the event Freedom Park trails are closed

    Trails

    • Wet trails Enough with the rain, already! As always, please allow trails to dry before riding, and call the Freedom Park interpretive center for trail status before you head to the park. (757)259-4022
    • Trail Work - Members who do any trail work, please see an email to president@evma.org with details: date, trail, number of volunteers, hours, scope of work. 

    Upcoming Events

    • Saturday, August 1st Noon Club Meeting & Lunch at Freedom Park
    • September 18th-19th -  Fall Douthat Camping Trip - Registration is open on the website, and spaces are still available. Space is limited so Register now.
    • Late April/ Early May, 2016 Raystown Lake Spring Camping Trip

    Other News & Events

    • Colonial Revolution A new composite NICA interscholastic mountain bike team has formed and started pre-season practice. Interested middle school and high school students can learn more at the Colonial Revolution website  or Facebook Page.
    Have a great weekend, and ride lots!


  • July 24, 2015 8:48 AM | Anonymous

    Hello, EVMA Members!

    Here's what's happening this week in the wild world of local mountain biking:

    EVMA Membership

    Membership lapsed?  Our inexpensive membership dues are an important source of revenue used for trail maintenance and improvements. In the coming year we'll be working on plans to extend the trail network at Harwood Mills, make bridge improvements at Wahrani and York River State Park, general trail repair at New Quarter Park, and extend rock gardens on the Marl Ravine Trail, to name a few. It's fast and easy to renew your membership online at the EVMA website, and help keep mountain bike trail access advocacy rolling for all of us. Renew Now.

    Refer a Newbie

    Do you know someone who's bike-curious? Reassure them that they're not alone, and that they can find an understanding and supportive environment at our EVMA beginner rides. These no-drop, leader based rides are held the first Saturday of most months, and are a great introduction to the manna that is mountain biking, and the ridiculously awesome riders of the EVMA. See the details, and forward to a friend!

    Summer Group Rides 

    • Saturday, August 1st 9am - Freedom Park*  (EVMA Meeting at Noon) Also Dirt Divas and Beginner Ride.
    • Sunday, August 2nd 9am - York River State Park
    • Saturday, August 15th - Buttermilk Road Trip, details TBA
    • Sunday, August 16th 9am - York River State Park

    * YRSP is the default back-up in the event Freedom Park trails are closed

    Trails

    • Wet trails Enough with the rain, already! As always, please allow trails to dry before riding, and call the Freedom Park interpretive center for trail status before you head to the park. (757)259-4022
    • Trail Work - Members who do any trail work, please see an email to president@evma.org with details: date, trail, number of volunteers, hours, scope of work. 

    Upcoming Events

    • Saturday, August 1st 12 noon Club Meeting & Lunch at Freedom Park
    • September 18th-19th -  Fall Douthat Camping Trip - Registration is open on the website, and spaces are still available. Space is limited so Register now.
    • Late April/ Early May, 2016 Raystown Lake Spring Camping Trip

    Other News & Events

    Keep the rubber side down, & enjoy your week!


  • July 15, 2015 10:31 PM | Anonymous

    Hello, EVMA Members!

    Here's what's happening this week in the awesome world of local mountain biking:

    Volunteers Needed Saturday

    Boy Scout Troop 300's Cason Kerrick will be working on his Eagle Scout project at Freedom Park. Cason will be installing a second bridge at the D trail intersection. The completion of this bridge will allow for future races to be held using all of trail D, since it will be one direction traffic flow on each bridge.

    Volunteers are needed to come and give a hand with hauling the material and installation of the bridge. Meet at the Hornsby Middle School parking lot on the back side of the park, this Saturday, July 18th, at 8am. Cason has worked very hard on this project for the past year. He also has it completely funded, and is having Chick-fil-A lunch served for volunteers. Anyone that can lend a hand should bring work gloves and water. RSVP for a lunch count.

    Summer Group Rides 

    • Saturday, July 18th 9am - Pocahontas Road Trip. Meet at 7:45 to car pool from exit 231 (I64 Norge exit) Park-N-Ride lot, or meet at 9am in the Heritage parking lot. Follow the conversation on the EVMA Chatter page.
    • Sunday, July 19th 9am - Freedom Park* 
    • Saturday, August 1st 9am - Freedom Park*  (EVMA Meeting at Noon)
    • Sunday, August 2nd 9am - York River State Park
    • Saturday, August 15th - Buttermilk Road Trip, details TBA
    • Sunday, August 16th 9am - York River State Park

    * YRSP is the default back-up in the event Freedom Park trails are closed

    Trails

    • Wet trails just keep happening. As always, please allow trails to dry before riding, and call the Freedom Park interpretive center for trail status before you head to the park. (757)259-4022
    • Trail Work - Members who do any trail work, please see an email to president@evma.org with details: date, trail, number of volunteers, hours, scope of work. 

    Upcoming Events

    • Saturday, August 1st 12 noon Club Meeting & Lunch at Freedom Park
    • September 18th-19th -  Fall Douthat Camping Trip - Registration is open on the website. Space is limited so Register now
    • Late April/ Early May, 2016 Raystown Lake Spring Camping Trip

    Other News & Events

    Stay cool and/or dry, & enjoy your week!


  • July 10, 2015 3:43 PM | Anonymous

    Hello, EVMA Members!

    Here's what's happening this week in the wild world of local mountain biking:

    Summer Group Rides 

    • Saturday, July 18th 9am - Pocahontas Road Trip, details TBA
    • Sunday, July 19th 9am - Freedom Park* 
    • Saturday, August 1st 9am - Freedom Park*  (EVMA Meeting at Noon)
    • Sunday, August 2nd 9am - York River State Park
    • Saturday, August 15th - Buttermilk Road Trip, details TBA
    • Sunday, August 16th 9am - York River State Park

    * YRSP is the default back-up in the event Freedom Park trails are closed

    Trails

    • Wet trails just keep happening. As always, please allow trails to dry before riding, and call the Freedom Park interpretive center for trail status before you head to the park. (757)259-4022
    • Trail Work - Members who do any trail work, please see an email to president@evma.org with details: date, trail, number of volunteers, hours, scope of work. 

    Upcoming Events

    • Saturday, August 1st 12 noon Club Meeting & Lunch at Freedom Park
    • September 18th-19th -  Fall Douthat Camping Trip - Registration is open on the website. Space is limited so Register now
    • Late April/ Early May, 2016 Raystown Lake Spring Camping Trip

    Other News & Events

    Stay cool and/or dry, & enjoy your week!


  • July 03, 2015 11:25 AM | Anonymous

    Hello, EVMA Members!

    Here's what's happening this week in the crazy world of local mountain biking:

    Summer Group Rides 

    • July 4th  no ride, SundayJuly 5th 9am Wahrani Nature Trail
    • Saturday, July 18th 9am - Pocahontas Road Trip, details TBA
    • Sunday, July 19th 9am - Freedom Park* 
    • Saturday, August 1st 9am - Freedom Park*  
    • Sunday, August 2nd 9am - York River State Park
    • Saturday, August 15th - Buttermilk Road Trip, details TBA
    • Sunday, August 16th 9am - York River State Park

    * YRSP is the default back-up in the event Freedom Park trails are closed


    Trails

    • Wet trails just keep happening. As always, please allow trails to dry before riding, and call the Freedom Park interpretive center for trail status before you head to the park. (757)259-4022
    • Trail Work - Members who do any trail work, please see an email to president@evma.org with details: date, trail, number of volunteers, hours, scope of work. 
    • New Quarter Park needs trimming. Watch for a trail work day to be scheduled.
    Upcoming Events

    • Sunday, July 5th 1:00 - 3:00 Colonial Revolution Youth Mountain Bike Team Skills clinic & team practice ride New Quarter Park. Interested middle school & high school students are welcome to come out and meet the team members and coaches of this new NICA team. Learn more at the Colonial Revolution website or Facebook Page.
    • Saturday, August 1st 12 noon Club Meeting & Lunch at Freedom Park
    • September 18th-19th -  Fall Douthat Camping Trip - Registration is open on the website. Space is limited so Register now
    • Late April/ Early May, 2016 Raystown Lake Spring Camping Trip

    Stay cool and/or dry, & enjoy your week!


  • June 26, 2015 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    Hello, EVMA Members!

    Here's what's happening this week in the rad world of local mountain biking:

    Bryce Park Road Trip June 28th!

    Join the EVMA at Bryce Park Sunday, June 28th. Bryce is approximately 3.5 hours from the Norge Park & Ride. Those wishing to carpool can meet there. See details and join the event on the Facebook event page.

    Summer Group Rides 

    • July 4th  no ride, SundayJuly 5th 9am Wahrani Nature Trail
    • Saturday, July 18th 9am - Pocahontas Road Trip, details TBA
    • Sunday, July 19th 9am - Freedom Park* 
    • Saturday, August 1st 9am - Freedom Park*  
    • Sunday, August 2nd 9am - York River State Park
    • Saturday, August 15th - Buttermilk Road Trip, details TBA
    • Sunday, August 16th 9am - York River State Park

    * YRSP is the default back-up in the event Freedom Park trails are closed


    Trails

    • Wet trails just keep happening. As always, please allow trails to dry before riding, and call the Freedom Park interpretive center for trail status before you head to the park. (757)259-4022
    • Trail Inspections - Trail Captains, please log your inspections and any work for the month of June. You may also email president@evma.org with details.
    • Trail Work - Members who do any trail work, please see an email to president@evma.org with details: date, trail, number of volunteers, hours, scope of work. 
    • New Quarter Park needs trimming. Watch for a trail work day to be scheduled.
    Upcoming Events

    • Bryce Road Trip June 28th - See item #1 above, and join on Facebook for updates.
    • Saturday, August 1st 12 noon Club Meeting & Lunch at Freedom Park
    • September 18th-19th -  Fall Douthat Camping Trip - Registration is open on the website. Space is limited so Register now
    • Late April/ Early May, 2016 Raystown Lake Spring Camping Trip

    Stay cool and/or dry, & enjoy your week!


  • June 18, 2015 8:08 PM | Anonymous

    Hello, EVMA Members!

    Here's what's happening this week in the fabulous world of local mountain biking:

    Bryce Park Road Trip June 28th!

    Join the EVMA at Bryce Park Sunday, June 28th. Bryce is approximately 3.5 hours from the Norge Park & Ride. Those wishing to carpool can meet there. See details and join the event on the Facebook event page.

    Summer Group Rides 

    • Saturday, June 20th 9am New Quarter Park
    • Sunday, June 21st 9am Freedom Park* 
    • July 4th  no ride, SundayJuly 5th 9am Wahrani Nature Trail
    • Saturday, July 18th 9am - Pocahontas Road Trip, details TBA
    • Sunday, July 19th 9am - Freedom Park* 
    • Saturday, August 1st 9am - Freedom Park*  
    • Sunday, August 2nd 9am - York River State Park
    • Saturday, August 15th - Buttermilk Road Trip, details TBA
    • Sunday, August 16th 9am - York River State Park

    * YRSP is the default back-up in the event Freedom Park trails are closed


    Trails

    • Trail Inspections - Trail Captains, please log your inspections and any work for the month of June. You may also email president@evma.org with details.

    • Trail Work - Members who do any trail work, please see an email to president@evma.org with details: date, trail, number of volunteers, hours, scope of work.

    • New Quarter Park needs trimming. Watch for a trail work day to be scheduled.
    Upcoming Events

    • Bryce Road Trip June 28th - See item #1 above
    • New Quarter Park needs trimming. Watch for a trail work day to be scheduled.
    • Saturday, August 1st 12 noon Club Meeting & Lunch at Freedom Park
    • September 18th-19th -  Fall Douthat Camping Trip twelve campsites have been reserved. Eric Van Duessen volunteered to be the event coordinator. Thanks Eric!
    • Late April/ Early May, 2016 Raystown Lake Spring Camping Trip

    Stay cool & enjoy your week!


  • June 11, 2015 9:39 PM | Anonymous

    Hello, EVMA Members!

    The EVMA club meeting was held Saturday, June 6th  Here's what we discussed:

    Treasurer's Report

    Our treasurer, Crystal Richardson, was absent and sent the report to Jim Irby, who did not bring it to the meeting. In short, we have money! Seriously though, in the interest of transparency, the report is available to anyone who would like to see it. Email Jim Irby if you are among the financially curious.

    Insurance

    Insurance has been renewed with K & K for one year. We are considering and implementing additional measures to help limit liability including:

    • Safety rules 
    • Renewed MOUs
    • Stricter enforcement of procedures (Freedom Park)
    • Registration as volunteer organization with State Parks (YRSP)
    • Background checks for leaders of children’s events (required by NQP, JCC)

    Individuals can register as State Park volunteers also, and earn perks for their volunteer work. Visit Virginia State Park's Website to learn more.

    IMBA Membership

    The club is evaluating costs & benefits of becoming an IMBA Chapter.

    Youth Activities

    The idea of sponsoring a kids group was brought up and is under consideration. We are working with New Quarter Park & Freedom Park as venues for youth activities.  James City County requires background checks for ride leaders. 

    Trails

    • Wahrani 10 volunteers worked for 6.5 hours to install new signage and trim trails. We still need to GPS the trails, Steve Maxey is working with the park management to complete this task.
    • Upper County Boundary dispute still ongoing. 
    • New Quarter Park needs trimming. Watch for a trail work day to be scheduled.
    • York River  we will be installing mileage markers every 1/2 mile on Marl Ravine. Mike Gross is heading up this project.

    Summer Group Rides 

    • Saturday, June 20th 9am New Quarter Park
    • Sunday, June 21st 9am Freedom Park* 
    • July 4th  no ride, SundayJuly 5th 9am Wahrani Nature Trail
    • Saturday, July 18th 9am - Pocahontas Road Trip, details TBA
    • Sunday, July 19th 9am - Freedom Park* 
    • Saturday, August 1st 9am - Freedom Park*  
    • Sunday, August 2nd 9am - York River State Park
    • Saturday, August 15th - Buttermilk Road Trip, details TBA
    • Sunday, August 16th 9am - York River State Park

    * YRSP is the default back-up in the event Freedom Park trails are closed


    Upcoming Events

    • Saturday, August 1st 12 noon Club Meeting & Lunch at Freedom Park
    • September 18th-19th -  Fall Douthat Camping Trip twelve campsites have been reserved. Eric Van Duessen volunteered to be the event coordinator. Thanks Eric!
    • Late April/ Early May, 2016 Raystown Lake Spring Camping Trip

    Stay cool & enjoy your week!


  • June 04, 2015 4:21 PM | Anonymous

    Good Afternoon, EVMA Members!

    Here's what's happening this week in the fascinating world of local mountain biking:

    EVMA Club Meeting Saturday, June 6th, Noon at Freedom Park. We'll be grilling burgers. Lunch will be at noon, followed by the meeting. We'll be grilling and meeting in the new picnic shelter by the playground. 

    • Women's T-Shirts: We will have women's cut tee shirt samples at the club meeting. We would like some input as to sizing and colors.
    • Summer Group Ride Planning: We would like to schedule group rides for the summer both local and day trips. Please come to the meeting with suggestions and to volunteer.
    • Fall Trip Planning: We need a volunteer organizer for the fall trip.

    Wahrani Update

    • A big "Thank You!" goes out to everyone who worked at the Wahrani trail work day: Steve Maxey, Kirk Moore, Mike Benton, Mike Gross, Eric Van Dusen, Dave Barker, Robert Maye, Harry Caraway, and Jim Irby. Also, Rob, a local rider, gave us several hours of assistance and planned on joining the club. Kim Turner, New Kent County Parks and Rec. Director,  spent several hours helping and was very grateful for all of the work. Most of the signs were put in place. Many decals still need to be installed, and some old markers need to be removed. Ride with caution.
    Group Rides 
    • June 6th 9:00 am Freedom Park* - Dirt Divas & Beginner Mountain Bike Rides *There is a high probability these rides will cancel based on the current forecast. Check Facebook or the website for updates.

    Trails  

    • Trails are currently very wet at all parks, and Freedom Park trails are closed today. Please give the trails a chance to dry out before you ride.
    Stay dry & enjoy your week!


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